I spent the weekend at a leisurely pace getting settled in.After a month of not having to do any cleaning,laundry or grocery shopping there is part of me which has gotten lazy about chores but I am slowly getting back into the swing of things.My fridge is stocked, the laundry basket is semi-empty,the suitcases have been put away and my room now has some semblance of order.
This weeks “Finds” is going to be an Indian edition where I share with you a newly discovered patisserie, a brand of dinnerware which is modern but with an Indian twist and a bookstore which has me thoroughly impressed with their incredible customer serivce.
While the Paris inspired Tiffany blue packaging was enough to get me to like Le 15 Pâtisserie, it was the incredible taste of their chocolate cupcakes which made me a fan. If you are someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy cupcakes they also have a wide selection of tarts ,cakes and macaroons. While I didn’t try the macaroons (I don’t eat eggs) my friends did and they loved them; They come in a dozen flavours from the usual ones like rose,lavender,pistachio to flavors which are highly unusual and typically Indian like paan. If you are in Mumbai and want to savor the sweet taste of a Paris patisserie I would highly recommend Le15.
In fact during my next trip I want to try and attend one of their cooking classes.You can also follow Pooja Dhingra who is the founder of Le15 through her blog here. I am looking forward to going through her recipe index and trying my hand at a dessert or two.
I really enjoy tea and have been on the lookout for a simple but elegant tea set. While I was in India I picked up a a few items from Noritake.Their designs are clean,crisp and classic-simple white mugs and glassware with beautiful lines and artistic patterns.If you are looking for dinner-wear which is modern but has an Indian design philosophy, I would highly recommend Noritake.
E-commerce and online shopping is a relatively new concept in India.One of the first companies to get the online shopping model right was flipkart and they did it through their innovative model of cash on delivery (You order merchandise online and pay in cash when the order is delivered). The Indian consumer till date still remains wary of using their credit cards. The cash on delivery model has since been adopted by almost all online Indian retailers.It is an incredibly innovative solution which caters perfectly to the Indian consumer.
While I was in India I placed my very first online order through flipkart and was amazed by their level of service.I had placed my order at 2 pm and received it the very next day at 11 am (my order came with free bookmarks which is another way to impress the Indian consumer who always like a freebie).When Indian business get it right they are incredible.If you are looking to do some online shopping in India, I would highly recommend flipkart.
Hope you had a great start to the week!
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