A faraway beach with a pitcher of Sangria is now a distant dream.
The holiday is over as we’ve deep dived into work. That’s not to say there isn’t enough happening around us to make life worth living. It’s certainly not as glamorous as posting pictures by the beach, but they make for pretty fun stuff you can do during your time off.
Whether it’s good food that you fancy, or the prospect of a cruise, we’ve got a list of things to make the start of this year more interesting for you...
Eat this - Thai cuisine at TYGR (₹1200 for two)
Our love for Thai goes beyond massages, and extends to some delicious casual dining. This high-energy eatery situated in the heart of Mumbai’s retail hub is the perfect mid-shopping break for anyone who appreciates good Thai cuisine. Everything on the menu - starting from the Hokkaido scallop carpaccio, Crispy Shrimps, Caramalized Thai Raw Mangi, Sea Bass Ceviche, Phetchaburi Grilled Crab and the delicious mains - have everything going right about them. Coming from the kitchen of Zorawar Kalra, one expects and gets authentic, mouth-watering cuisine that leaves you wanting for more. This month offers no respite from work as even Republic Day falls on a Saturday. In that case, a fulfilling lunch with fam after a busy week sounds enticing, doesn’t it?
Don’t miss this - World On A Plate 2019 Masterclass with Marco Pierre White (from ₹10,000)
Foodies, pay special attention here. British chef, restaurateur Marco Pierre White is a genius Masterchef, which is a known fact and he makes his culinary debut in India at the food extravaganza called World On A Plate this month. Yay, our tummy just did a little tap. A masterclass conducted by this food guru is what a foodie’s wet dreams are made of. Shell out a little more and you can be seated at a table where the food giant creates two exclusive fine-dine dinners at Mumbai’s St. Regis Hotel on January 19 and 20. If the masterclass sounds like an expensive proposition and food is still a passion, a single-day pass gives you access to a unique talk show with celebrity chefs, masterclasses from the top chefs in India, an array of pop-ups, and more at High Street Phoenix on January 19 and costs a mere ₹499. It ain’t no ordinary food festival, this one! Brace up and book in advance to this exclusive event.
Buy this - Michael Kors Runway Smartwatch (from ₹21,995)
Do we really need another Android Wear smartwatch? Variety, after all, is the spice of life. The Runway is a bit of a step up from the watches that are already out there, because it comes from New York-based fashion label Michael Kors rather than a tech brand. Tech-guts of this fancy smart timepiece includes Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and is compatible with both iPhone and Android phones. Smart features include digital dial designs that measures and tracks heart rate, sends regular updates to the My Social app to allow social media feed and pictures right on your wrists, is water resistant to 3ATM, and more. The design is the key selling point here, though it’s not one to entice the fit crowd, but rather the fashionable one. What’s more is that you can switch from chic to sporty en route to the gym just by swapping the stainless steel platings with silicone-strap. What this one lacks in technical excellence, it makes up for in the looks department, so it isn’t a bad buy if you wanna be fit and fancy at the same time.
Drink this - Sheppy’s Cider (₹390)
The master of all ciders is in India, courtesy of Morgan Beverages. One of the oldest cider making families in the world (their history goes back 200 years) has championed traditional methods, and use their rare crafting skill to produce these premium craft ciders. The unique fermenting and maturing process gives Sheppy's its high-quality taste, even though the alcohol content remains a mere 5%. Take our word and give it a shot. It’s actually quite good. For a few days, we forgot all about beer. But that’s first love, we can’t not get back to it. But if your new year’s resolution includes cutting down on gluten (now now, our judgemental glasses are out) and other things that otherwise make us look forward to waking up every morning, grab a 'Hero ciders' pint for a gluten-free beer-like experience.
Visit this - Happy Planet (₹1200)
You slog all week and then the little monsters at home expect you to put aside that glass of wine you’ve abstained from the entire week and keep them company. Here’s an excellent idea - be a loving parent, take them to Happy Planet over the weekend and let them exhaust themselves doing all the crazy things the venue offers. And then come back home to a bottle of wine, instead of just a glass. The indoor play park in Mumbai and Pune is a great means for the monsters to do everything else besides bothering you, and you get to be the angel parent taking them to fun places. It’s a win-win, if you ask us!
Book this - Zen Cruises (from ₹10,000 per day)
Indians aspiring to go on a cruise will not have to plan a South-East Asian holiday to experience the same. A cruise from Mumbai to Goa (and further) will soon be a reality, one that aims to cater to an all-Indian audience. The visionaries behind Jalesh Cruises - Zen Cruises’ first premiere domestic venture is a multi-destination cruise line to offer the best of entertainment, adventure, food and culture to a largely Indian audience. Vacation takes a whole new meaning with the option of sailing from Mumbai to Goa, with Broadway shows, plays, magic shows, live music concerts, dance shows, shopping and much more onboard this 2,000 passenger vessel. The cruise sets sail in April and is currently open for bookings