Christmas 2017: Fasting and feasting in Mumbai

Dec 24, 2017, 08:54 IST | Phorum Dalal

Eat. drink. do » Following a debauched party do you head for more sinful treats or give your gut a break? Either way, we've got you covered. Phorum Dalal on fasting and feasting

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Waffles
Fluffy, eggy, warm and filling, waffles come in both savoury and sweet options. The latest obsession are the ones that remind you of bubble wrap, aiming to give you satiable pleasure than of just bursting them. Fun fact: eggs were a luxury food in Hong Kong post the second world war. Hawkers used all the broken eggs, mixed it with flour and water to feed the soldiers. Recently, the concept was revived in London, and turned into an indulgent gourmet dessert topped with gelato, Kit-Kat and Oreos. Available in vegetarian options in the city, this one will absorb the alcohol, or line your gut before round two.
Pro Tip: Pre-gaming with carb-rich foods will help you drink more, stay up longer, ward off a hangover, and keep generally regrettable behaviour at bay. Who knew waffles could help you get home in one piece? And restrict you from texting your ex. #Winning
SMD RECOMMENDS: Bubble-wrap waffles at London Bubble Company
AT: Juhu, Andheri West, Chembur and Vashi outlets
YOU PAY: Rs 250
CALL: 9867034689

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Freak Shake
Hershey's Kisses Chocolates, chocolate ice-cream, maltese, sprinkles, doughnuts, brownie, chocolate sauce, cream, cookies and nuts... This is an all-in-one monster shake that's going to challenge any hangover you've been nursing. The good thing is, this shake can also be prepared with all the leftover chocolates and cakes at home. Just prepare a frosting using sugar, cream cheese and butter to line the glasses outside. Simple decorations such as chocolate shavings and pretzels can also be used for this.
Pro Tip: Milk is high in potassium, which your body tends to lose when you are drinking. So, it's really a healthy drink.
SMD RECOMMENDS: Whole Lotta Cho-Co-Lat Franken Shake
AT: TGIF, G73, ground floor, R City Mall, Ghatkopar
You PAY: Rs 730
CALL: 61273971

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Long-island Iced Tea
'Tis the season to party. So, why let the alcohol levels in your body drop. Skip coffee for breakfast and continue the revelry with a long-island iced tea, first made by Robert Butt as an entry in a contest to create a new mixed drink with triple sec in 1972 in New York. Typically mixed with vodka, tequila, light rum, triple sec, gin, and a splash of cola, today's mixologists are breaking rules and recipes, making more potent, longer versions.
Pro Tip: Request for the cola to be replaced with a diet version to cut back on the sugar
SMD RECOMENDS: JJ's Long Island Iced Tea with a gin and Jägermeister. AT: Jamjar Diner, Plot No 7A & B, Aram Nagar ll, Jai Prakash Road, Versova, Andheri West
YOU PAY: Rs 420
CALL: 26358880

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Coffee Liqueur
So, you want your coffee and your alcohol too? Fortunately, there's liqueur for you. Liqueurs are distilled spirits with a high sugar content, it gives you just the right kick.
Pro Tip: It's a good idea to nurse it slow and curb your alcohol intake.
SMD RECOMMENDS: Hop-Cycle laden with Nutella, cafe patron, marshmallow and vodka
AT: Hoppipola in Todi Mills, Khar, Malad, Powai
COST: Rs 475
CALL: 8828435487

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Biryani
The Mughals brought in the dishes, but the Indian khansamas mastered it. After a night of partying, dig into some decadent Hyderabadi biryani that stands out for its saffron, cooked with raw meat and spices. Give 2017 a kingly farewell.

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Pro Tip: Biryani, a combination of veggies, meat and rice, will help fill you up and keep your blood sugar stable. You'll be brimming with energy so you can keep the party going all night long!
SMD RECCOMENDS: Mutton Hyderabadi Biryani
AT: The Kebab Guy, shop no.6, 15th Road, Katra Bhavan, Khar West
YOU PAY: Rs 305
CALL: 9967100066; delivery all over Mumbai, Thane, Vashi

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Pizza Fries
Greasy, piping hot, crunchy outside and soft inside, French fries are the perfect finger food to keep you going till the New Year Countdown and munch on when all the other food has vanished from the table. Drizzled with a cheesy pizza sauce, the street hawkers have revamped the plain fries to offer a comfort, diet-another-day serving.
Pro Tip: What your body really craves after a night of binge drinking is fats. Lots of it. Stuff your face before the hangover sets in.
SMD RECOMMENDS: Vs at Vile Parle; J's at Fort, Thane and Vashi
YOU PAY: Rs 140 (approx.)
CALL: 69999074 (VJ's)/ 22844650 (J's)

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Gur Chai
It may be the season for sugar and spice, and all things nice. This year, let's give jaggery a chance for its sweet, aromatic and caramel-like flavour. Not just a flavour bomb, jaggery activates the digestive enzymes in the body, stimulates bowel movements and thus helps prevent and relieve constipation. It helps cleanse the liver by flushing out harmful toxins from the body.
Pro Tip: Jaggery works with the tea to activate the digestive enzymes, and helps prevent and relieve constipation.
SMD RECOMMENDS: Chaayos, across outlets
YOU PAY: Rs 110
CALL: 18001202424

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Mushroom Broth
Warm, watery broth with crunchy veggies and herbs is an ideal wintry treat for the throat and the gut. There's no reason you can't have a carb-filled meal that's not wholesome at the same time.
Pro Tip: Miso is rich in essential minerals and a good source of various B vitamins, vitamins E, K and folic acid. As a fermented food, miso provides the gut with beneficial bacteria that helps us to stay healthy, vibrant and happy.
SMD RECOMMENDS: Miso Mushroom broth
AT: Little Food Daily which delivers from Andheri to Mahim; bulk orders anywhere in the city
YOU PAY: Rs 265+
CALL: 65596559

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Rasam Rice
What one needs after a hangover are vitamins that cleanse the body and recharge it. The healthy solution is consuming foods sources of Vitamin B and C as they replenish the body of its lost nutrients, especially post a hangover. Aarti Aruldas, co-founder, Vanakkam Foods, recommends rasam enriched with tomatoes and mint and garlic that will cleanse your colon. The broth consistency will replenish the body with water!

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Pro Tip: Tamarind adds bulk to food and eases bowel movement. And if you can handle the heat, add an extra spoonful of chilli to your rasam to boost your metabolism.
ORDER: www.vanakkamfoods.in
YOU PAY: Rs 130

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Apple Kombucha
Kombucha is a fermented tea hailed as ancient China's "youth elixir". It has long been known as the drink for vitality and longevity. Over the last decade, the drink has become an integral part of a healthy lifestyle for many in the West and all over Asia who swear by its healing and detoxification properties. It contains live cultures of probiotic bacteria, enzymes, and vitamins which makes it a super health beverage, which promote healthy gut bacteria, support healthy liver function, boost metabolism and therefore support weight loss, improve digestion and bowel function, boost energy, relieves headaches and migraines
Pro Tip: Rich in antioxidants, kombucha is also known to protect the liver from toxicity. And if that's not reason enough to guzzle down this goodness, kombucha also promises to help deal with your morning-after headache.
SMD RECOMMENDS: Kombucha by Bombucha
AT: bombuchadrink@gmail.com
YOU PAY: Rs 200
CALL: 7400081781

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Vegan Zucchini Cake
The party is over but the cravings aren't? It isn't easy to get onto that resolution diet immediately. But, there's no reason you can't opt for a healthier option. The vegans - the clean-eating brigade who have learnt to minus the guilt from cravings - have you sorted. From using zucchini, pumpkin and carrots in cakes make without eggs and butter, dark chocolate plays the devil without any disguise. Choose something with lots of nuts like roasted almonds and cashews to add some texture to your legit indulgence.
Pro Tip: Add it to your home-party menu as it is the perfect choice for a tea-time cake. While Zucchini pumps is the vitamin C and potassium, nutty milks will provide vitamin D and coconut sugar, the iron.
SMD RECOMMENDS: Vegan zucchini with dark chocolate and roasted almonds by Gezond
AT: lovegezond@gmail.com
YOU PAY: Rs 1,400
CALL: 9820047848

Pic/Ashish Raje
Pic/Ashish Raje

Cold Brew
Cofee and water is soaked together overnight. Brewing at room temperature enhances delicate flavours and a smooth bodied concoction. Some makers add cinnamon barks and coconut oil to create special infusions, and filtered by a drip process. What you get is a smooth chocolaty and refreshing drink, with high caffeine content. Sugar, fat and preservative-free, the caffeine will flow in your blood in less than 10 minutes, giving you the kick you need to survive an after-party day, and the best part is: there is no caffeine crash with this one.
Pro Tip: This richer, sweeter brew is less acidic which makes it kinder to the stomach and teeth.
SMD RECOMMENDS: Cold Brew by Koinonia Coffee Roasters
AT: 66, Dr BR Ambedkar Rd, Chuim Village, Danda, Khar West
YOU PAY: Rs 150 onwards
CALL: 9619682668

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