Friday, 24 December 2010

Christmas decorations, goodies, gifts and more... - PART 2

Christmas ornaments

Christmas tree


Christmas stockings

Snow globe

Stuffed toy

 Antler hat

Christmas decorations, goodies, gifts and more... - PART 1

In the spirit of Christmas and a way of curing my Christmas hangover, here are some photographs I shot of beautiful Christmas decorations, yummy decorative cupcakes and cookies, gifting items and 'gifted' items :)
Since I've clicked dozens of pictures, this post is divided into 2 parts.
And Merry Christmas to you all :)

Decorative ornaments

Special Christmas cupcakes and cookies!

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Christmas brunches in Mumbai

A time to celebrate, sing, dance and make merry, Christmas brings with it a sack full of joy. It is also a time to forget about diets and low-fat foods and simply gorge on finger-licking Christmas treats. Here’s a round of the yummiest authentic festive brunches in Mumbai city.

COMING UP NEXT: A photo feature on Christmas decorations and goodies!

The Oberoi, Nariman Point
Start this lavish brunch with a selection of salads: salmon, cold cuts/ turkey platters and then move on to traditional roast turkey, Canadian duck breast or dig into an array of sushi. Satiate your sweet tooth with the indulgent platter of desserts that include mince pies, Christmas stollens and pudding. To top it all, sit back and down the free-flowing Bollinger Champagne, or head to their Martini and Cosmopolitan bar.

Relish a decadent Christmas Menu, from December 24-30, with classic Christmas salad from Naples andtrilogy of foie gras, grilled lobster and roast lamb and traditional Christmas pudding.

For reservations, please contact 022-66322011

Address: The Oberoi, Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400021

Trident, Nariman Point
Ever seen a turkey being carved? If not, then this is your chance. Head to Frangipani and watch the gallant chefs carve the Christmas turkey; and make sure you’re sipping on Frangipani’s signature Sangria while doing so. Wine drinkers don’t miss the free pour of wines and sparkling wine cocktails. Strike a sweet note with a sampling of Christmas desserts at the Cappuccino bar. To complete your hearty Christmas meal, Santa Claus will enchant you with his jelly belly and snow-white beard.

Christmas Eve Dinner: 
Timing: 7:30 p.m. onwards
Price: Rs. 2,750* for adults; Rs. 1,500* for children (up to 12 years)

Christmas Day Brunch: 
Timing: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Price: Rs. 3,000* for adults; Rs. 1,500* for children (up to 12 years)

Verandah promises to bring you sweet desires with live counters and an array of Mediterranean desserts such as Black Forest and Chestnut Jiavara Yule logs all through Christmas and New Year.

* All charges are per person and inclusive of applicable taxes
For reservations, please call 022-66322011

Address: Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai - 400021

Four Seasons, Worli
Lots more yuletide yummies this year, as the Four Seasons open up across three venues to serve a super-sized family feast! From turkey, with all the trimmings to Brittany oysters and caviar to foie gras and charcuterie; you’ll be spoilt for choice. To soak it all in, wine and dine in CAFÉ PRATO, while our cheery elves throw a party for the little ones in THE PAVILION. And look out for a special visit from the bearded one himself!

Timing: 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Price: Rs. 3,000 per person (including Louis Roederer Champagne); Rs. 900 + taxes for children (5-12 years)

Looking to turn a good Christmas Day into an incredible Christmas Night? Then climb up 34 floors to Aer—a heady haven of star-lit style. Perched high above the bustling Mumbai metropolis, enjoy the incredible view with champagne cocktails and DJ Dino’s booting-shaking beats.

Timing: 8 p.m. onwards
Price: Rs. 2,500 per couple or Rs. 1,500 (entry only)
Attire: Smart casual

For reservations, please call 022-24818444

Address: 114 Dr. E. Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai - 400018

Intercontinental The Lalit, Andheri
For a grand buffet replete with all your favorite Christmas goodies such as Roasted Turkey with a generous stuffing, Roast Duckling, Honey baked ham and Christmas pudding, head to InterContinental The Lalit. And make sure you take along a hungry stomach to be able to make the best of this buffet!

Christmas Eve Dinner: 
Timing: 7:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Christmas Day Lunch: 
Timing: 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Address: InterContinental The Lalit, Sahar Airport, Andheri (East), Mumbai – 400059

Courtyard, Marriott, Andheri
Cakes and bakes, gourmet gifts, turkey on the menu, carols galore, Santa giving out gifts and silver bells—all this and much more awaits you at Courtyard by Marriott.

Not only will the chefs ensure you have a lip-smacking feast, but the hotel will woo you with their gorgeous décor. Halls will be decked with red and silver festive balls, snowflakes and a lovely 11-feet-high Gingerbread house—a scintillating visual treat.

MOMO CAFÉ offers the perfect place for families to come together and celebrate Christmas while singing along with the caroling team and meet Santa Claus himself! The brunch is an elaborate brunch spread of delicacies like Christmas Turkey Roast, Honey Glazed Pork Leg, Herb-roasted Lemon Peppercorn Feed Chicken, Hot and Sour Crab Soup, together with usual suspects like pastas, risottos and pizzas. Pamper yourself with sinful desserts such as the Chocolate Yule Log, New York Cheesecake and Hazelnut Panacotta with a berry compote, among many other delightful selections.

Price: Rs. 1,100 + taxes, per person

Alternatively, you can also pick up delectable festive treats from MOMO TO GO! And gift your loved ones baked goodies like plum cake, stollen bread, linzer torte, dundee cake, florentine cookies, coconut macaroons, etc.

Address: Courtyard, Marriott, 215 Mathuradas Vasanji Road (Andheri-Kurla Road), Andheri East, Mumbai – 400059

Renaissance Hotel, Powai
Aside from a festive feast comprises of Roast Turkey and Cranberry Sauce, Barbecue, spread of appetizing salads and mouth-watering desserts, the hotel will reverberate with a line-up of lively activities for the children like storytelling and puppet shows, to name a few. A two-piece band and colourful décor will further accentuate the festive feel for the day.

Price: Rs. 1,800 (alcoholic); Rs. 1,450 (non-alcoholic)
For reservations, please call 022-66927550

A live band performance for the adults and a special kids’ corner for the kids will ensure plenty of family-bonding time. In addition, there will be carol singing galore and a cheery Santa Claus walking around distributing gifts to children and adults alike.

The spread includes roast counters of Turkey, Lamb of Leg, Pork Roulade, Lamb Stew, and more, along with delicious desserts like Christmas logs. Pour on some sparkling wine and Moet & Chandon with your preferred authentic Italian delicacies.

Christmas Day Brunch: 
Price: Rs. 1,500 (non-alcoholic); Rs. 1,800 (alcoholic); Rs. 2,500 (champagne brunch)
For reservations, please call 022-66927540

Address: Renaissance Hotel, 2 & 3B, Near Chinmayanand Ashram. Powai, Mumbai - 400087