“I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer” ~ F Scott Fitzgerald
There’s something so inexplicably wistful about summer in Bombay – from the gentle sway of palm trees, to the bursts of yellow marigolds carpeting shaded pockets of the city.
Sure, tempers can sometimes fly as high as the soaring temperatures. The ongoing heatwave does have this uncanny ability to bring out an irritable side of our personalities… But if we can shake ourselves out of a summer-induced stupor long enough to smell all those pretty Bougainvilleas, it’s clear to see that the glass (of Mango lassi) is half full, and there’s a lot (really a lot!) to appreciate about an Indian summer…
… Starting with the best of the flowering season, which adds a serene beauty to the lush surrounds of the city!
The recently renovated Kamala Nehru Park in Malabar Hill is a charming corner for an evening walk, as are the canopied streets of Ballard Pier, sheathed by branches dusted with marigolds. Nestled between Victoria Terminus and Fort of South Mumbai, this old world business district is home to quietly-grand buildings, which serve as the unlikely headquarters of the country’s corporate and creative powerhouses…
… It’s also where you’ll find the 95-year old Irani cafe, Britannia and Co, which is still ably helmed by the Kohinoor family. Pop in for Pallonji’s famous raspberry soda (with a legacy dating back over 150 years, it’s really the epitome of a summertime cooler), and do stay on for a creamily-comforting caramel custard after!
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Summer Essentials: Soda & Shade 📍 Britannia & Co , one of Bombay’s quintessentially old-world Irani Cafes. That the 94 year owner , Mr Boman Kohinoor , can still be seen making the rounds and chatting with regulars, is really what says it all! #OldSchool #OldsCool #TheFoodieDiariesBombay
Of course, it’s also officially time to resume an ice cream diet.
Sip on an affagoto at La Folie’s pretty-in-pink cafe in Kala Ghoda; or shamelessly ask for an extra wallop of vanilla ice cream to be blitzed into your cold coffee at the ever-inviting Champagne Lounge at The Oberoi.
Don’t miss out on ice cream profiteroles (served up with a dash of Goan vibes) at O Pedro, and do take that walk down memory lane with the wafery ice cream sandwiches at K Rustom’s in Church Gate too. You know it’s the real deal when walnut crunch has generous chunks of caramelised walnut poking out of it, while pulp practically permeates from the seasonal fruit flavours!
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The only thing friendlier than a scoop of ice cream … three scoops (featuring the likes of banana, jaggery & coconut flavours!) stuffed within golden topped profiteroles @OPedroMumbai! A lush finish to a Goan-inspired evening at this jaunty new restaurant from the folks @TheBombayCanteen. #FoodTalkIndia #TopMumbaiRestaurants #TheFoodieDiariesBombay
Oh and best of all, mango season is upon us in all it’s luscious glory! For the best pick of the abundant lot of Alphonsos, my advice would be to head to Crawford Market early on in the morning.
For those more mindful of the scales, there’s always the more virtuous path of a smoozie at Suzette or açai bowls (and the like) at Sequel’s sun-filled bistro…
… But if you’re seriously worried about maintaining that beach bod, don’t be.
You can soon get an all-access-pass to the best (and most motivational!) classes in the city’s exploding fitness scene – from barre to bootcamps, aerial yoga to pilates and more! There’s really never been a more fun time to tone up in Bombay.
As for upgrading one’s summer wardrobe, I know I have my eye on the soothing pastel shades arriving at Clove’s hopelessly-beguiling boutique in Colaba this weekend (20 – 22 April 2018).
Aptly titled, “A Place Called Summer”, the collection will showcase Bangalore-based label, The Summer House. Expect lots of elegantly-flowing fabrics, perfect for gliding through the season in style – be it at a lazy Sunday brunch, or for your next coastal getaway to Alibaug.
Speaking of which, it wouldn’t be summer without some R&R by the beach – complete with Pimms, an acoustic playlist and a book to dive into… Looks like that’s my weekend plan sorted then!
What do you love most about summer in India? Do drop a comment below, or tweet me @foodiediaries.