I’m not usually one for healthy versions of dessert – but when it’s made of banana and chocolate, it’s a whole different story.
When it’s 40+ degrees outside and the streets are literally oozing with heat, all you want is a cool oasis to hide out in until the sun has set. And if the oasis happens to be a bakery filled with tantalizing aromas, pastel walls and pretty floors – well, that’s just a plus. Oh, and did I mention the cupcakes? Cupcakes with or without sprinkles, with colorful icing, and of all flavors. That is what really makes Magnolia Bakery at the JBR Walk the perfect escape on a hot day.
Summers in Mumbai can be all about the monsoons. Believe me, I would know. When I visited the city 4 years ago, that was about the first thing that happened to me! It came from nowhere, and left me completely drenched. But I didn’t mind at all – there’s something about the monsoon rains and their dark skies that I find poetic and almost a bit enchanting. Although I have to admit that I prefer to admire them from inside!
If I could choose to live my life eating just one kind of food, I would choose Indian. I love the sauces, the spices, paneer, tikkas, rajma, dosa… Just thinking about the dishes makes my mouth water! Given my passion for Indian food (all food really), it is perhaps not very surprising that my whole Instagram feed is filled with food accounts that share all that is great about Indian cuisine. Here are some that are definitely worth checking out!
Brunch might be one of my favorite meals. I love the choices. The savory: eggs Benedict, omelettes, avocado toasts. The sweet: pancakes, waffles, yoghurt bowls. All great choices – all delicious. And I hear that Cairo has a real gem for all brunch lovers: Bubblicious – a brunch, breakfast AND bubble tea store. YUM!
Love chocolate? YES YES YES I DO! And I cannot believe that I missed this cafe when I was in Istanbul. I absolutely agree with INSIDER Food – it looks like chocolate heaven! And their motto, “Forget love, fall in chocolate” :O this must be where I am meant to spend the rest of my life.
I love intercultural things, and therefore, I love Penn Masala. Penn Masala is an Indian-American a cappella group, the first ever South Asian a cappella group, which mixes contemporary American hit songs with Bollywood hit songs. Genius. And although they started as just a student group at the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Masala has grown to become popular all over the world for their inventive music mixes, with several songs reaching over 1 million views on YouTube. Here are some of their songs, enjoy!
In 2012, I went to visit Bombay, India. It’s a very special place for me, not only because I happen to love the colors, happiness, and movement that I think the city (and country) represent, but because it is the home to some of my closest friends. Here are some photos from my trip!