Black Coffee

239 Black Coffee

Well, the origin of this post can be attributed to the Persepolis movie (I watched it, last month), and there was a scene (or two) where these patterned cups make an appearance. They’re simple to draw, but for me, it’s much too exciting because of late, I’ve developed a mild obsession for collecting dainty cups that one may drink their coffee in. (Other than my usual ramblings, I had a crazy but very COOL idea about what I should make the rest of this post about… A few poetic lines on my favourite coffee shops in Bombay, hooray! Ooh, alphabetically haan.)

Café Zoe

I don’t go there often because it’s far from the homeland, and is expensive. But the few times I have been there, I enjoy catching up with folks over coffee (and sometimes, Zoe’s seared chicken legs if I’m really, terribly, achingly hungry. Goooood!)… A great place for people who like their space, even while being on separate tables – the place is like a house. A cool house!

Candies

This place will never lose its charm, in my opinion because when I lived in Bandra, Candies used to be our (ex-roommates) favourite and only haunt. The Americano there, too is made just the way I like my black coffee!

Chai Coffi

Discovered this place ages ago, all thanks to Minila (Louisa)… We went there sometime ago, and had a ball chatting and stuffing our faces… I think we should go back, soon!

Costa Coffee

Their double chocolate chip muffins are LOVE! Apart from that, I went there a lot when I used to work at Matunga (and later, Bandra)…

Gloria Jean’s Coffees

Ah! I miss the one that used to be at a corner between Manuel Gonsalves Road and Waterfield Road in Bandra… We (ex-roommates) used to go there all the time. Our Central Perk minus Gunther! Also, the coffees were top-notch. (Used to go there between 2008 and 2012.)

Indigo Delicatessen

Though I have gone there before a couple of times just for the food (the one at the Palladium mall), I think it was sometime around last year when I re-discovered it as a coffee shop with Zainab (Badani). There’s a favourite table I usually always sit at, when I go there; and the salmon bagel with cream cheese paired with an Americano (or a single order of their Vietnamese iced coffee) is perfect! Not a bad place to sit by yourself, and a good place for a date.

Le15 – pâtisserie

Erm, so I haven’t actually been here! (The one that opened at Lokhandwala.) But it’s Pooja Dhingra! Who gets the concept of macarons, coffee shops, and Parisian places… I have heard that this outlet serves hot beverages including coffee from Blue Tokai (apart from desserts) and well, is also slightly bigger than the Bandra shop (been here) so you can probably sit down and enjoy your order. CANNOT WAIT TO GO! (Going to get Nina to come with, since she lives so close by.)

Le Pain Quotidien

One of the places I reviewed for burrp! way back in 2011… This is the Le Pain Quotidien at Apollo Bunder (Colaba). Their interiors are very French, spacious, non-intrusive and is another place you can sit by yourself and read, or draw in your journal, whatever. And while it’s always filled with folks, nobody bothers you… I would ideally pick a corner table to people-watch, or go there on a late afternoon to meet a friend for coffee. Ooh, and I love those bowl-like cups they serve coffee in! (Gotta be careful while handling the cups though, but still so much fun.)

Moshe’s

Out of all these places, Moshe’s is the one I visit the most. This is irrespective of the area it’s located in, because I love all of the outlets… Minila introduced me to Moshe’s and I can never get enough of their food, desserts or well, coffee. The whole place, really… I can spend hours there going through magazines, drawing in my journal, etc. Their oven-baked pasta and salmon bagels get my top vote. Ooh, and the (baked?) Philadelphia cheesecake is a favourite, too!

Pali Village Cafe

To be honest, I have been here all of just two times. But it’s a lovely place really, to catch up with a close friend or when you’re out with your lover, hahaha!

Starbucks Coffee

Okay, so if it’s not Moshe’s, then Starbucks is where I am at! Call me a hipster or whatever, but I always liked the coffee chain back from my time in the Arabian desert. Apart from that, something about its global branding and presence just always impressed (er, intrigued) me. Ooh, and the siren! (It’s one of my favourite logos.)

The Pantry

Bright, cheery and very cottage-like is what I think of, when I step inside this little restaurant at Kala Ghoda. The food’s about okay-good (their portions are heavy, so you might want to split it with your partner); I really like their espresso which they serve in dainty, dusky blue cups. I told you so!

The Table

THIS PLACE IS EXPENSIVE. (I do think it’s nice to go there on an occasion though, or when you feel treating yourself… Delicious meals, minimalist interiors and good coffee!)

The Yoga House

This is one place I go to faithfully whenever I am in the area (Bandra); it’s a serene place to read a book, meditate while looking at the sunlight streaming in through muslin curtains, et cetera and basically drink your coffee in peace. (Their raw chocolate mousse is goooood!)

P.S. There might be a few shops that I am missing, or yet to discover but for now, these will have to do. Also, this post was very impromptu… I would like to, at some point, shoot posts at some of these places – Coffee places, ooh! ♥

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Sugar & Spice

233 Sugar & Spice

I am not sure how to begin writing this post, exactly… Only because I tend to repeat myself, or usually start with, “Okay, so... ” or “Erm, to… ” Why don’t I have a cool catchphrase? Would be SWEET if I did! Do you have one? What would my life be like if I didn’t have a blog to look after? Not in the arrogant sense, more like, “Would it be easier to just be, and not over-think and not have to jot down every idea that I had?” Yikes, I don’t know! (Does this feel like what it would be like when you have a baby?) I can’t stop over-thinking, and yet I hate thinking about these things. Talk about a rubbish intro paragraph, and I wanted to have a catchphrase (shut it, bro).

Okay (turns out that I can’t get rid of it yet), so a few weeks ago, Radhika (Malhotra) of Sugar & Spice e-mailed me because she wanted to have a cool, new header created for her blog; I remember being very interested about the project because the name itself had so much potential, I was thinking of conjuring jars of magical sprinkles and cake-mixers blending secret-looking ingredients in bowls and well, all sorts of objects, because erm… SUGAR AND SPICE – Commonplace as the phrase is, something about it is very charming, enchanting even. (Radhika is a Delhi-based blogger who makes desserts and food, mostly – and covers all related recipes on her blog; she also loves composing and shooting the pictures for all of her posts.)

We both came up with very many ideas that were exchanged over a couple of e-mails… Radhika decided that she liked the idea most of Sugar & Spice being illustrated as a logo unit (in a typeface format, along with her signature). So, it was a header-style artwork that won her heart ultimately, wherein Sugar & Spice and all of her favourite ingredients and tools were illustrated colourfully! Also, we finally settled for a different typeface in the overall artwork but this is the one I used originally which made me like this version more, heh. (I can’t decide what I like the most… The jar of Nutella, slab of butter, or ooh, the eggs, camera – yes, I was inspired by the Lomography ones, the cake-mixer, lemons, etc. Ooh, definitely the sprinkles!)

P.S. This is the second dessert-ish related artwork/logo (I think The Vanilla Bean Bakery was the first) that I’ve worked on formally for someone, and I LOOOOOVE working on projects like these… Because it makes me very happy to be able to draw things to eat. :-)

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Walnutella Street

225 Walnutella Street

As one might be able to tell, I have been doodling/drawing/practising/writing a lot more with my tablet, and it is really fun! Definitely one of the better investments of my life (no matter how inexpensive the tablet actually was), and I would recommend it to all my other illustrator friends out there. ♥ (Eddereenie + Schmoochita)

Okay, also, really grateful to Amrita Rana for bringing dark chocolate walnut butter into all of our lives (mine, mostly)… Wouldn’t have discovered its “wonderfulness,” had she not been selling it through her blog + shop, Life ki Recipe – so yeah! I bought a bottle of it from her two months ago (I think) and the butter really made an impression on my palate. It was just so good! And one thing led to another, discovered a recipe online, and started making bottles of the stuff for everyone at home – all of last month. :-)

Another mention of thanks belongs to Edlyn D’Souza who told me about They Draw & Cook – a website that features illustrated recipes from folks all over the world, submitted my first contribution which was just published – and I aspire to send them another one for the month. Been pushing Eddy to send in some of hers too, she has a beautiful, water-colour vegetable heart that she illustrated on paper sometime ago but yes… I hope she does because she is the one who introduced me to They Draw & Cook in the first place! And she has original recipes to contribute, unlike adapted ones like me. (Also, dang, this girl is a cool cat.)

P.S. This post was about gratitude! Ooh, and you can view my complete submission on the They Draw & Cook, here – it looks okay, and I need to still figure out the colouring-in scenes as opposed to filling outlines in using the Paint Bucket Tool on Photoshop, you know? I do feel really grateful to Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell for publishing it, let’s hope that this will translate/transpire to more goodness for me. Too self-absorbed? Other than that, I am mostly well. How are you, friend?

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Cinnamon City

221 Cinnamon City

Ah, feels like Christmas is finally over… ! NOW. Oh well! Minila Louisa (who gave me the idea for this post) is one of the other people besides me who is going to be missing the cheery festival more than ever… We are weirdos. Cool weirdos, though! There’s much that I will miss: Cold and winter-ish days, sweaters, hot cocoa, LOVE, Christmas sweets, December, shopping, wrapping presents under the tree, listening to Christmas carols the whole day, discussing what movies to watch on THE DAY, blah blah blah blah. In fact, I decided not to be so glum about it so I finally gave in and ordered the very same tea I once gave away; it’s delicious, smells oh-so-wonderful and those darling cinnamon bits swirling around in the golden liquid – JINGLE ALL THE WAY, OOH HOORAY! Okay bye, I can sense you are closing this window, please come back tomorrow, or in a few days? I will see you soon. And if you are missing Christmas – shall we share a moment then? Farewell…

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes