From planning a hearty feast to surprising her with a spa day, here’s our guide on making Mother’s Day unforgettable
Curated by Jane Borges, Heena Khandelwal, Nidhi Lodaya and Nimisha Patil
For Mummy’s tummy
If you want to spend quality time with your mother and learn a new skill, march to this pasta-making workshop. Chef Shahbaz Shaikh will teach you to make pasta from scratch—right from kneading the dough, cutting and rolling it. Forget pedestrian penne, you and mummy will learn to make pappardelle, tagliatelle, sorpresine, cappelletti, and garganelli. All this learning will be lubricated by complimentary sangria or a mocktail pitcher. The problem is that now she’ll know you can cook for her.
WHERE: Loci and Toot, Khar (West)
WHEN: May 8, 12 PM-2 PM
PRICE: Rs 2,950 per pair
Mithai for Aai
A box of delish treats just might compensate for the grief you give her. Momentarily. Lucky for you, the Bombay Sweet Shop, in collaboration with KCROASTERS and Pahadi Local, has put together a special no-fuss gift collection. You can send her a gift bag with coffee essentials such as a special blend of coffee, choco hazelnut barks, super crunch chikki, and toffee butterscotch cookies. If she digs mithai, give her an assorted gift box containing kaju-marzipan bonbons, nolen gur kheer kadam, malai peda, milk cake, kaapi paak, dulce de lecha peda and Ferrero rocker besan laddu. There’s also a chai time hamper that has some sweet treats, with chilli cheese bhujiya and a soothing Forest Dew green tea blend.
WHERE: Bombay Sweet Shop, Bandra
WHEN: 11 AM-8 PM
PRICE: Rs 425-Rs 1,600
Art with amma
If you are falling short of gift ideas and your amma is the arty sort, send her to a knife-painting workshop at the Bombay Drawing Room; you don’t want her around you with a knife... The session will take participants through basic strokes, sketches and techniques on canvas. All art materials will be provided. Pre-registration is compulsory.
WHERE: Love & Latte, Versova
WHEN: 12 PM–3 PM
PRICE: Rs 1,800
CALL: 9619273009 or www.bombaydrawingroom.com (for offline booking)
A boozy Chinese brunch
If mumma darling loves Chinese food and is up for cocktails, go for a brunch at Hakkasan in Bandra. Wear roomy pants to do justice to the six-course menu offering signature dishes such as wild mushroom clear soup, crispy duck salad, crab dumpling with Singapore sauce, stir-fry pak choi, with burnt garlic, four-style vegetables in Szechuan sauce, hand-pulled noodles and more. The food is paired with unlimited French cocktails.
WHERE: Hakkasan, 206 Krystal, Waterfield Road, Bandra West
WHEN: 12 PM–3:30 PM
PRICE: Rs 3,000 plus taxes per person
Sweet and high
Dessert delivery kitchen Cocoa Cellar, promises to use only top-of-the-range ingredients such as best Belgian chocolates, and imported liquors such as Amarula and Kirsch in their range of desserts. There’s much to choose from—both alcoholic and non-alcoholic—such as sacher torte cake, coffee walnut loaf, amarula and dark chocolate cupcake, whisky and cashew cookies, and much more.
PRICE: Rs 75 onwards
Relaxing and rejuvenating spa
Mama bear definitely deserves a break and there’s nothing like a spa day to feel pampered. Award-winning Quan Spa in Juhu has a coffee and chocolate spa detox treatment designed especially for mothers. It will help exfoliate dead skin, detoxify the pores, improve blood circulation, and soften the skin. The package also includes an espresso facial treatment to reduce fine lines and improve skin elasticity.
WHERE: JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu’s Quan Spa
PRICE: Upon request, 20 percent discount today
A fragrant affair
Here’s something she’ll cherish every day and make her feel pampered. Bath & Body Works has an indulgent collection for mother dearest in fragrances she loves the most. Put together a care package with a conditioning aloe mist, a nourishing shower gel with the goodness of vitamin E, some candles with relaxing essential oils, and a hand cream with moisturising shea butter.
PRICE: Rs 725 onwards
WHERE: All retail outlets
Memories of a matriarch
If your mum loves nothing more than reading a good book, a more meaningful gift would be children’s author Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan’s just released title, Good Innings: The Extraordinary, Ordinary Life of Lily Tharoor (Penguin Random House). It is a collection of individual reflections on moments and stories put together from the life of her mum. Every chapter starts with an anecdote from Lily Tharoor, which paves the way the chapter is to be read and understood by the reader. The books also has a prologue by her more famous brother, politician Shashi Tharoor.
WHAT: Good Innings
Available at all leading bookstores
Healthy for Ammi
She wants to celebrate her day by staying in? Call for the Snackible gift box that has a little bit of everything: Jalpeno ragi chips, baked bhakarwadi, sriracha quinoa puffs, peanut butter nankhatai and dark chocolate ragi cookies. That’s right, it’s all healthy. And to stretch the celebrations, the gift box also contains a voucher for Jean-Claude Biguine Salon and Spa which the mater can enjoy at her leisure. They promise delivery within 24 hours in Mumbai.
PRICE: Rs 749
TO ORDER: www.snackible.com
Mummy on the dance floor
Known for its live screening of sports, live music, craft beer, brunch, karaoke and a dance floor, The Little Easy gives the merry mum various ways to celebrate and have the time of her life. Besides the usual delectable food and drinks, they have a special offer for today: Every madre in the house gets a complimentary glass of Cinzano Prosecco and dessert. You know she needs it.
WHERE: The Little Easy, Bandra (West)
WHEN: 12 PM-5 PM
PRICE: Rs 1,800 onwards for two
CALL: 98929 22232