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Chai, Teas & More……

A cuppa tea is welcome anytime for a tea lover like me. Can never resist a well-made one and when it is in a great ambience, even better. The newly opened Tea Trails at Vile Parle, close to the station, offered the perfect excuse to make trip there. India’s first chain of Tea Cafés which serves carefully curated range of the finest Teas & Eats  had after all launched their 11th outlet.

The inside area of the cafe is bright and cheerful, well-lit with high ceilings. It exudes a warmth which is so unpretentious. There is an outdoor seating area too, which is perfect at this time of the year.

The outlet  is characterized by its specialty teas, loose leaves, custom blends, mindful tea preparation and sourcing, equipment and tea-related paraphernalia, new approaches to the tea service, and new ways to experience tea.


The menu is exhaustive as far as the tea and chai offerings are concerned. Indian teas, herbal teas, kulhad chai, floral and fragrant teas. Something for every tea lover’s palate. The specialty teas include Smokey Chinese Lapsang Souchong and the South African Red among several others.

The eats are exciting too and quirky. We tried the Eggs Kejriwal, with fried and fluffy eggs served wrapped on a pav. A filling snack and boasted of the quintessential Mumbai flavour but the chewy pavs diluted the effect. Should have been toasted or grilled.


The samosa thauk I thought was unique and the gravy in which the samosas were immersed was tangy and delicious. The Teazza – pizza with tea herbs was delightful and a good example of innovation.

Vegetarian dishes is what this cafe offers . but there is a lot of variety. It also serves some egg dishes.

The teas are delectable and served by the well-informed staff. The fruity infusion I tried was comforting. Although I felt, the teas are a wee bit overpriced for that quantity.

The staff is warm and friendly and the service unobtrusive.

Overall,  the decor  in black and green, is inspired from their theme “a cup of life” and is replete with a modern, vibrant and friendly vibe. This is certainly the perfect place to relax and unwind over a cup of tea.

Rating : 3.5/5






Taste Bhi Health Bhi: The Nibble Box

Who does not enjoy munching on snacks and when the snacks are tasty and healthy, nibbling becomes so much more fun and one can indulge guilt free.
That is exactly what I did when The Nibble Box delivered my box of snacks at my doorstep yesterday. The Nibble Box is the first online snack-subscription service in India.
The array of snacks were beautifully packed in a cardboard box, each in an individual packet. There was Kiwi Kayak, Smoky Scuttle of Nibbles, Java Chip Latte and Fig Flaps. It was an interesting mix of sweet and savoury snacks. The Kiwi Kayak was delightful. Pieces of dehydrated kiwi, pumpkin seeds, black raisins, goji berries, almonds and dark chocolate chips were part of the Kiwi Kayak pack, which was extraordinary I thought. Good for Vegans too. The Fig Flaps, were generously filled with figs and made for a hearty snack. Full marks here too. The Java Chip Latte satisfies your sweet cravings. Loved those too.
Filling and made, using the best of ingredients, I thoroughly enjoyed my nibbles.
What’s more, the ingredients of the snacks are handpicked. They offer over 100 snack recipes that include nuts, dried fruits, seeds, granola bars, and other home-style recipes. There is something for everyone.
One can subscribe for a month, three months or six months and one box of 4 snacks is delivered every week. And they are affordably priced. Throughout one’s subscription,a snack is generally never repeated. One can thus enjoy different snacks every week. It is a wonderful concept and much-needed in India where we love our evening snacks. What sets them apart is there are no artificial colours, flavours or sweetners used.
The Nibble Box is one simple solution to one’s daily dilemma of deciding what to munch on and that too without consuming too many calories. The fact that their snacks are also nutritious, helps one maintain a balanced lifestyle. Perfect for kids, health conscious people, gym goers and many more.
I have at last found a solution to my evening cravings? Have you?

Appetizing Ayurvedic Ahaar: Swad Shakti

Ayurveda and its food philosophy has always intrigued me. But somehow, even though Swad Shakti has been around for a while, I somehow missed experiencing it.  But my recent visit, was well worth the wait. Tucked away in a quiet residential lane, off S.V. Road, Swadshakti, seems to be very popular and has a set clientele.

The place has a serene and positive vibe to it. Bustling with guests, it is always busy. A retreat for the health-conscious foodie, this place serves pure vegetarian food, based on Ayurveda’s detoxifying principle, Panchakarma. Chef Manoj Keni seems to know all his customers personally and prepares bespoke meals for them. The menu too is fairly exhaustive. It has interesting sections titled prarambh chaat, amantran, nimnatran and so on. We start with oorja, an energy booster made with dates. It is refreshing but filling too.


With my cold and cough, chef sends me a special coriander and ginger broth. Ah! My throat actually feels better after the first few sips.

The famous pav bhaji comes next sans any tomatoes. Chef Keni does not use tomatoes in his cooking at all as those are not supposed to be beneficial. Instead he makes extensive use of kokum, as a souring agent,  which is cooling. It is delicious and pairs well with the whole wheat bread instead of the traditional ladi pav.

Rotis made of makki ka atta, rice flour and ragi are served piping hot with a palak preparation. They encourage people to eat more of ragi and jowar as compared to wheat. Palak or spinach has never tasted so good before. The food is cooked in pure cow’s ghee and is healthy, contrary to popular belief. Fermented foods are an absolute no-no as far as Chef Keni is concerned. He owes all his knowledge to Dr. Smita Naram, who runs the Ayushakti Health Care Centre there, and has trained him.

The menu offers sandwiches, juices, rice dishes, rotis, vegetables et al. One is almost spoilt for choice.

We round off our meal with hot moong dal khichdi, which is runny, soulful and gently spiced. It is flavourful and comforting. We almost feel healthier, as we devour our meal, without feeling over stuffed or uncomfortable. There is a lot more we’d like to try and shall save that four our next visit. Maybe after all the rich food and sweets after Diwali, it is time to pay Swad shakti a visit. What say?