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

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The Chronicles of Instagram

119 The Chronicles of Instagram

For some reason, I really struggled with the thought of putting these pictures together + mulled over quite a bit over publishing this post. Honestly, it’s because the Word Press theme I’m using supports specific picture dimensions (I ranted on Twitter earlier this morning about how upsetting it all was – gah!). By the way, call this talk crazy and of the heat-of-the-moment variety if you must, but I’m thinking of discontinuing The Instagram Series because it doesn’t make much sense anymore; moreover, the images lose their quality on the big screen (which I’m guilty of because I employ way too many filters). I’ll figure out other ways to use select Instagram pictures on my blog. Anyway, I hope you like the set of pictures in this post because it’s my last.

1. It’s true! For the longest time ever (okay, it lasted about a week and some days, I like to exaggerate!), I suffered from what they call an “Instagrammer’s Block“.

2. I just like the cover art + lettering types on Philida by André Brink, which if you’re interested in reading, there’s a review here on The New York Times.

3. The Books on Toast initiative took place a few weeks ago, and I happened to swing by Candies at the time… and what do I find at the stall there except the fabulous stacks of magazines that my friend Latha and her hubby Bob had donated to the drive. Needless to say, I grabbed a few copies of Marie Claire. *GLEE*

4. A couple of times over the past few months, I stepped into the Le 15 Pâtisserie shop at Bandra. It’s Pooja Dhingra‘s first real shop as such because the others are kind of smaller. Unrelated, but she recently put up this picture on Instagram which I’m very curious about. :-)

5. A girl (namely me!) can never have too many evil eye charms… This one was given to me for my birthday by my sweet ex-roomie, Sonu.

6. A few years have gone by and I haven’t played Holi but it didn’t stop from happily scattering some rang outside my doorstep!

7. Yes, I finally dined at Aoi in Bandra but I didn’t like it as much as I LOVE Kofuku (Crispy spider rolls, I missed you, my babies!). :’-(

8. Before my orange slip-on shoes wore off completely (the leather’s in tatters), I managed to salvage them by wearing them a few times with my leopard print leggings. The combination was pretty phenomenal, if I have to say so, myself!

9. I’m reading Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea, and I’m enjoying the story as if unfolds because I remember so many places and traditions from my good ol’ Saudi Arabia.

10. Easily one of my favourite summer outfits: Khamsa tee from Zara, leggings from Mango, crystal pendant from Accessorize, my two-toned DONE by NONE loafers, and the sticky, sunshine weather! ♥

11. An interview I covered recently on the blog: This post talks of Jesi Rodgers and her wonderful, wooden pieces of art (the gnomes in the picture are of the brooch variety).

12. I spotted this cute illustrated map in the May issue of Condé Nast Traveller (the Indian edition); I want to make artworks like these someday!

13. I’ve been writing a lot in my Frankie journal lately, making notes of places to apply to (yes, I’m on the job hunt, y’all!) and other lists (new movies to watch et cetera). Speaking of which, I completed watching Castle (I wanted more of Season 5), and now I’m on to HIMYM. As far as movies are concerned, I’m dying to watch The Great Gatsby and the new Deepika Padukone movie  (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani).

14. Printed my NEW business cards! It’s going to be much easier now to review cute stores, and interview pretty folks for my blog. Hurrah!

15. I’m sooo jealous of all the pretty things my little sister Racile has brought back for herself from the kingdom, and of which, I’m totally digging this Accessorize-like Aztec printed (and beaded) tote she bought from Centrepoint (Splash) for SR 80 THE MOST!! :’-(

16. She (Racile) did get me this Baby Powder scented candle from Yankee Candle but… oh well.

P.S. To clarify, I’m not killing my Instagram account. Possibly never! I really do LOVE the app. ♥

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Artwork and pictures by Roanna Fernandes

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