Friday Favorites: Bombay Edition

Hi everyone 🙂 I’m writing this post from sunny, summery New York City – the big day has come and gone, and I have officially moved back to start my Master’s in Magazine Journalism from NYU. Although New York is lovely, and I’ve had the best time meeting my friends from college and catching up with some of my old favorites, my last two weeks in Bombay were quite the whirlwind, to say the least. I don’t usually do Favorites, but I think it’s nice to share some of your obsessions once a month. Taking a leaf out of the book of a rather lovely blogger I know, I’ve decided to make this a regular feature. Featuring the best of August, this is my Five Favorites for Friday!

1. Wasabi by Morimoto at the Taj Mahal Hotel

Anyone who knows me even a little knows about my love for Japanese food – and especially my love for fusion Japanese! Luckily there is no shortage of Japanese food in New York, but my last two weeks were spent having a TON of miso black cod at one of my favorite restaurants in Bombay, called ‘Wasabi by Morimoto’ at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Chef Morimoto has a restaurant after his namesake in New York as well, and he has been called the ‘Iron Chef’ due to his unique eclectic spin on Japanese food. Although expensive, each dish on the menu is a culinary delight. The fish is fresh and tasty, and the fusion of flavors always leaves you wondering how he does it. Besides the miso black cod, some of my favorite dishes involve a succulent yellow tail carpaccio in a lemon and caviar glaze and spicy avocado and salmon tacos. Also, don’t leave without trying the green tea fondant! It is absolutely divine.

2. Gossip Girl

Oh, Gossip Girl. This show is such a guilty pleasure of mine. Although the sixth and final season aired last year, I have been re-watching the series while running on the treadmill. It’s such a fun, mindless show to watch particularly because the drama is completely unrealistic. For those of you who have been living under a rock the past few years, Gossip Girl is a television show based on the book series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar, about a set of privileged, private school educated kids in the Upper East Side in Manhattan and their ubiquitous blogger/follower, Gossip Girl, who has nothing better to do than to broadcast all their secrets on social forums. Before you judge me too much, be aware that the clothes are divine, the views of Manhattan are amazing, and the drama is so mindless it takes any and all of your worries away. And when you’re panting away on the treadmill, some of that distraction (read: eye candy) is pretty appetizing! 🙂

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An Addict’s Guide to Coffee

I can imagine all my friends rolling their eyes at this post already. If you know me even a little bit, you’ll know I love my coffee. It’s impossible to not know that about me, considering talking to me before my first cup usually only leads to disaster for the poor person involved (and my former roommates will definitely attest to this fact). Though I have cut down recently, a day without a cup of coffee is absolutely impossible for me. I need it, I crave it, and yes, I get a headache when I don’t have it. And it doesn’t hurt that it tastes (and smells) absolutely amazing.

Coffee also has a number of health benefits. Aside from keeping you awake and alert thanks to the caffeine content (by binding to the adenosine receptors that make you sleepy, if you want the biological explanation), coffee has also been linked to greater concentration, a higher metabolism, improved mood and lower chances of Type II Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. Not bad for a cup, huh?

However, coffee has long ago lost its simplicity. You can no longer walk into a specialty coffee shop and ask for “one coffee, please”. More often than not, you’ll get a blank stare, especially if you’re in India. The different types of coffee beans and the several different ways to prepare espresso have led to the rise of a number of inventive coffee beverages – not all good, not all good for you, and not all authentic. So if you have ever looked at that huge menu board behind the barista and wondered, “What the hell is that?”, then worry no more. Here are the most common coffee beverages on the menu at your favorite caffeine spot, with an explanation about what they mean. You never have to wonder about what goes into your cup of java again! Continue reading