Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce

Superwomen to descend on Delhi
A galaxy of names, who form the face of the empowered woman, will be seen together at the Women in the World Summit, 2015, scheduled to take place on November 20 in New Delhi. This is the third edition of the event that has already been held in the UK and USA.

Cate Blanchett, Deepa Mehta, Tina Brown and Shabana Azmi
Cate Blanchett, Deepa Mehta, Tina Brown and Shabana Azmi

Academy Award-winning actress, Cate Blanchett, actress and activist Shabana Azmi, filmmaker Deepa Mehta, HRD minister Smriti Zubin Irani, USA’s ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, Pakistan People’s Party vice president, Sherry Rahman will all be there with other dignitaries.

Tina Brown, founder of Women in the World will be one of the interviewees exploring how women can bring about change. Brown was former editor of The Newsweek, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Tattler and The Daily Beast — some of the biggest publications in the world.

Drive safe, says Virat
Despite a packed itinerary India Test captain Virat Kohli found time recently to lend support to an initiative that supports road safety and responsible driving.

The project by a leading Indian alcobev company aims to motivate the youth to be socially aware of harmful consumption of alcohol and its effects on society. Kohli shared that, at times, he would volunteer to drive his friends after a fun evening in town.

Now, sip on Arunachali wine
With the festive season well and truly in full swing, apart from mithai overkills, alcohol seems to be high on festive menus as well. A Pune based brand whose primary focus is on fruit-based wines, caught our attention with their recent additions to the cellar.

ArunKiwi, an off-dry wine from the scenic climes of Arunachal Pradesh, is made from grapes and blended with Kiwi fruit sourced from the northeastern state. It is manufactured in alliance with the Arunachal Government, hence the name ‘ArunKiwi’. With 12% alcohol content, the wine will be available in 750 ml and 375 ml size bottles.

The diabetics’ dream diet
If you are diabetic, here is a bit of news that might brighten your Diwali. The Sassy Spoon will have a Diabetic menu present from Saturday, November 14 and will be on until the end of the month at both outlets.

The diabetic-friendly Cajun Spiced Grilled Chicken served on a bed of barley, oats, spinach and sprout risotto with shaved fennel
The diabetic-friendly Cajun Spiced Grilled Chicken served on a bed of barley, oats, spinach and sprout risotto with shaved fennel

This customised spread will include fresh salads with grilled veggies, grapefruits, lemon and cumin dressing. For mains, pick from Red Rice Risotto with Fenugreek Pesto and Sauté Garden Vegetables, Thai style Seafood Broth with Bean Thread Noodles, Asparagus and Broccoli; Lemongrass and Kafir Lime Marinated Steam Fish with Coconut Oats.

Chef Irfan Pabaney
Chef Irfan Pabaney

There is dessert too! Try Sour Cherry Cheese Cake and the Blueberry Pannacotta. “We were approached by Diabetic Food Trails and since diabetes is a big issue in India, we agreed to take up the challenge as a way of giving back to society. Keeping in mind the dietary constraints of diabetics, we have crafted the menu so that they enjoy their meal in a restaurant like ours,” says Irfan Pabaney, chef and owner, The Sassy Spoon.

Meet your social media experts
You follow them, like them, retweet them and sometimes, even adore them. The world’s leading social media influencers are coming together once again for the Social Media Week, right here in Mumbai.

The international digital conference, which is organised throughout the year across cities to measure and discuss how social media affects businesses, people and cultures around the world, will take place in the city from November 16 to 20 along with two other cities — Chicago and Santiago.

Sharing their viewpoints at the annual conference will be Suhel Seth, Richard Lui and Milind Bharambe who will be sharing their experience of tapping social media to influence behaviour and run social campaigns, and Ansoo Gupta of Pinstorm among others.

Overall, expect more than 27 events featuring social experts who will share their views and experiences including use of social media to run food business and to promote social creativity. For more details, log on to

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