A Bandra Christmas
For the longest time,I have wanted to spend Xmas day at Bandra and this time I did! Caught up with my friends Kalyan and K at one of their favorite hangouts...The Sassy Spoon.Yeah,Sassy Fork finally met Sassy Spoon! After having read about high tea and scones in Kunal Vijayakar's HT weekend column on food,I was keen to try it in Mumbai.I have had them years ago at the Sandringham Palace in UK and they were divine.The ones at the Sassy Spoon were lovely! Ever so light and served with strawberry jam and clotted cream
It being Christmas we ordered the Turkey Four Way .....Asian Stir Fry,Wrapped in Bacon,Salad and Empanada...and loved it.The turkey was tender and flavorful as never before! We bumped into Chef Irfan Pabaney and he explained how they cooked it to make it that way.
We ended with a brilliant Star Anise Pannacotta with poached pear with the right amount of wobble.
It was great catching up with the Karmakars,first driving by all the dazzling Christmas lights in the bylanes of Bandra in the Sassy Spoon Nano and then chatting with them with Xmas songs playing in the background
Next I went to Pali Village with my friend Anna (after having Xmas goodies like cake and guava cheese at hers).We visited our friend Stardust and marveled at her neighbour's crib and her dazzling Christmas tree.Hope this little village retains its old world charm forever!
Stardust had made traditional sweets such as kalkal,coconut cake,milk cream and date rolls.These are exchanged during this festive season like Diwali sweets are.
While I was there,I glanced through a stunning book by her friend called "Markets Of Goa" which included the Christmas Market at Mapusa!! What a lovely place to visit!!
So grateful! It's been a warm Xmas spent with friends and family!