INDIGO is one of our top 5 favorite restaurants in Mumbai. We have eaten at Indigo Deli in R City Mall, Indigo in High Street Phoenix in Lower Parel and Indigo in Pali Naka, Mumbai. Not only do all three Indigo restaurants we went serve delicious food and offer great customer service, but they also perform consistency, which is a key element for us to go back to the same restaurant. I love Indigo’s interior decor which is very modern and chic. If you ask my favorite Indigo restaurant to go to among those three Indigo Delis we went, then I have to say it’s Indigo Deli in Pali Naka, Mumbai. Why? All the staff members are friendly (you will see it later), the interior design is cool, and it’s in a cool neighborhood. I am a big fan.
As always I asked the restaurant floor staff if I could take some photos for my blog. They were very welcoming. My middle child excused herself to go to the bathroom. Then, one staff approached me and said “if you would like to take photos of your daughter in the kitchen, you’re welcome to do so.” I thought to myself “HE SAID WHAT?”
Sneaky little monkey…
8 Fatima Villa, 29th Rd
Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050
PHONE:+91 22 2643 8100
HOURS: 9:00 am – 12:00 am
I hope this post finds you all well. Thank you for visiting!!
I am a bit late for Wednesday post. I don’t know where my time goes…
Here are the photos of our bathrooms in our apartment in Mumbai for my Wednesday Wall2Wall interior.
Bathrooms are spaces in homes where you don’t spend as much time as you would in a living room or bedroom, but it is still an important space to your home. I like making bathrooms look nice and go with the rest of our home. I’d like bathrooms to look simple, pretty and functional at the same time. Here are some ideas I used to decorate our current bathrooms.
This is the bathroom that my middle and youngest children share. It leans more towards a boyish design, but I have meant this bathroom to be gender neutral. The towels are SKÄRET from IKEA.
These butterfly frames are gifts from my dear Japanese friend and her husband in Jakarta, Indonesia.
I like to cover and hide every little clutter.
The hooks are BÄSTIS hooks from IKEA. I wanted to decorate the wall, but I didn’t want to invest too much money or efforts into it. Then I remembered I purchased the BÄSTIS hooks at IKEA in the U.S. and shipped them to Mumbai when we moved, so I decided to use them as decoration as they are so adorable!
These below blue dog and green tub with soap and lotion were things I got in the past. You can see a pattern here. The items in this bathroom are the collection of what I was attracted to, but because the color patterns are the same, they all go well together.
Bathroom in Guest Bedroom
This is a bathroom in a guest bedroom for our out-of-town visitors who stay with us. I decorated our guest bedroom with an Asian theme with Nishijima wood block prints, thus I went with the same Asian theme for the bathroom. The two decorative plates are souvenirs from Myanmar which my husband bought there.
I like to use baskets to hide any clutter.
This is the bathroom in our study which is used by our guests. Since I photographed this bathroom back in November 2013, there is still a pumpkin basket and pumpkin spice soap for the fall season. Normally I don’t have the orange color in this bathroom.
I wanted this bathroom to have a beach feel because many places we have lived overseas in the past were near the ocean. The photographs in the white frames are my souvenirs from Okinawa, Japan where my husband and I spent two years with our first daughter and then were joined by our second daughter during our time there. The photographs were taken in Okinawa by my friend and fantastic professional photographer Annya Eyestone.
I hope you enjoyed this post!
My friend and I took our boys to Suzette for a brunch a couple of weeks ago. Suzette is one of those places where your expat friends ask if you have tried Suzette yet or post a photo of a crêpe on Facebook and say how delicious the crêpes were. It took me a while, 5 months to be exact, to get to Suzette for the first time. Then after that, I went to Suzette 4 times within a 3-week span. Who wouldn’t like sweet or savory crêpes? To me, I love Suzette for its authenticity (well, according a Japanese person…), price and design as a whole package. I had a chance to even meet and speak a little bit with the owners. In French! They speak English very well. Their sweet personalities and their great style and passion for food are all reflected in Suzette.
I hope you’ll enjoy the photos.
St. John Street
Pali Naka, Bandra, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Opposite of Gold Gym, Next to Joseph Cold Storage
PHONE: 022 2641 1431
open from Monday to Sunday,
from 9 am to 11pm
Nariman Point, Mumbai, Maharashtra
PHONE: 022 2288 0055
open from Monday to Saturday,
from 9am to 11 pm
Thank you, Suzette, for letting me take photos of your beautiful restaurant!!
Merci, Suzette, de m’avoir permis à prendre des photos de votre beau restaurant!
When we are overseas for my husband’s job, we are usually assigned a furnished housing. I am grateful for that as it removes a huge amount of stress post-arrival. However, it means that your home would not reflect your style. If you like a particular style, this living situation requires a lot of creativity. How you incorporate your style using pre-existing furniture and architecture to create the original look that reflects your style is a challenge. While I would love to furnish our own home with the furniture we love, I realize that I thrive in the challenges.
There are many things you can do. If you would like to know how I have changed our living spaces in the past, please find the posts under the Interior Design tab.
For this post, I would like to show you how a color of one sofa can change the mood of a room. We had this one sofa that I did not care for the color. It was in a light brown which does not match the color theme in the living room: gray, white, mustard yellow and green. Since I live in India, the land of textile and inexpensive tailoring and upholstering, I thought I should invest my money in making a slip cover to change the look.
Here is the result.
There are 3 noticeable differences in these two photos above. One is, of course, the sofa cover. Can you find two others?
They are the winter tree wall decal & the placement of the white rounded lamp.
I love the slip covers. However, one thing I did not realize until the sofa was recovered is that the mustard color yellow does not match the tone of gray I picked. Oh well…
Process of Making a Sofa Cover
2. A tailor comes to measure your furniture to estimate the total amount of fabric required to make covers. In my case, a 3 seater sofa and a foot stool.
3. The same tailor comes back again with the fabric and cut the fabric while measuring at your residence.
There are so many furniture stores all over Mumbai that it’s not easy to pick one. I went to 3 different places and I liked Novelty Furnishings the best. What helped me choose Novelty Furnishings to make a slip cover for our sofa was that they had a wide selection of fabric and had the type of fabric I wanted with a reasonable price. Their customer service helped me decide as well.
By the time I decided on which vendor to use to make slip covers for the sofa, 5 months had passed after our arrival. There are many factors to it and some of them are my procrastination. Settling down in a new home, especially in a new country, takes time.
I cannot emphasize enough that patience is virtue.
624, Shahjanand Shopping Center
S V Rd, Somwari Bazar, Malad West
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400064
*Near Malad Shopping Centre
PHONE: +91 22 2880 7331
I have passed by Cottonworld many times, but I never thought to stop by. Then a couple of months ago my friend was wearing a very cute shirt, so I asked where she bought it (Not that I mean to copy my friend, but I like to ask) and she told me that she got it at Cottonworld. I went to the shop with my friend the other day since we had some time and it just happened that Cottonworld was having a sale. Cottonworld apparently delivers, too. It says free delivery on the Cottonworld’s website. I assume that the free delivery in India only. Please check their website for the timing of their sale as well as delivery details. I also bought two pairs of Capri pants in pastel colors which are very comfortable and I love and some shirts for my family. Cottonworld has a ton of very cute modern design clothes with very reasonable prices. I am a fan of Cottonworld now.
If you become an expat in Mumbai, you often get asked if you have visited Chor Bazaar yet. It is one of the famous spots to see in Mumbai. Chor Bazaar is the area where antique and vintage stores congregate.
To learn about Chor Bazaar, I recommend reading the article Photo Tour of Shopping in Chor Bazaar Mumbai on About.com India Tour written by Sharell Cook. She gave some good pieces of advice in the article.
Here’s a little introduction about Chor Bazaar in South Mumbai in the article.
“Mumbai’s Chor Bazaar, which literally means “thieves market”, has a fascinating history that spans more than 150 years. Apparently, it was originally called Shor Bazaar, meaning “noisy market”, but “shor” became “chor” because of how the British mispronounced the word. Eventually stolen goods started finding their way into the market, resulting in it living up to its new name! These days it’s famous for antique and vintage items.”
I am not much of an antique or vintage shopper, but I have been curious about the famous Chor Bazaar in South Mumbai. I knew that it wasn’t a place where you visit by yourself on a random day. Many tourists and expats go there with a tour guide. However, as a mom of a toddler who is not even 2 yet, many tours offered in Mumbai are not very susceptible to my schedule with my cute toddlemonster. Thus, I had not visited Chor Bazaar. Until recently. The other day my friend asked me if I was interested in joining her to go to Chor Bazaar. Needless to say, my answer was YES!
She has visited Chor Bazaar before and knows where to go. I was very lucky to be able to visit Chor Bazaar with her. Many times she said “Look! How cool!”, then I snapped some shots of the items she mentioned. Nothing like shopping with friends with a great eye!
Mutton Street is known as Chor Bazaar. This is the street you want to be!
My friend first took me to a store that came recommended from her local friend. It’s called TAHERALLY’S. It’s close to the beginning of Mutton Street where we started.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure
Isn’t it so true?
MINI GUIDE FOR CHOR BAZAAR
WHERE TO GO
We asked to be dropped off on MS Ali Road by Mutton Street. The landmark on MS Ali Road near Mutton Street is Cafe Paradise in a red building which is on the other side of Mutton Street.
MY TWO CENTS
I recommend going to Chor Bazaar between November and February/March (I hear that it starts to get very hot in March/April). As Chor Bazaar is an open air market, I imagine that it would be tough to visit Chor Bazaar during the Monsoon Season. We went in January and it is a very cool season and not too hot, but still by the end of our hour-or-so-long strolling in the open bazaar, I was ready to go somewhere air conditioned and cool. The Chor Bazaar does not open until 11:00 a.m.
2. What To Take
Water bottle, hat, comfortable walking shoes or sandals
I felt very safe. However, I wouldn’t let your guard down.
As it is in the conservative Muslim area, dressing conservatively (not showing much legs or shoulders) is recommended.
I had a fabulous time exploring on Mutton Street with my friend! I was eyeing on the antique cameras to decorate my home, but they were not cheap to me. I recognized that it was my “want”, not “need”. Especially I just received gifts for Christmas, I could not justify myself for getting something other than items that I need. There were a couple of things that I would have loved to get, but this time, I successfully contained myself.
As for photos, most places say that they do not allow photo taking inside the stores. When I asked the very first store if I could take photos for my blog, they were hesitant. However, they kindly allowed me to take a few photos only.
I hope you enjoyed the photo tour on Chor Bazaar in Mumbai on Chuzai Living and the information I listed on this post is helpful to my readers. Thank you for visiting!!
All the photos were taken with Canon Rebel T3 with a 35 mm lens.
It was time to change the graphic design on my chalkboard wall again. I wish I am talented to come up with my own, but alas, I am not. I copied the design I found on Pretty Clever Tumblr page. It was designed by Friends of Type. You can view their video about how they drew it here. I did not see this video before I copied the graphic design. I am very amateur.
黒板の壁のデザインを変える時期がやってきました。自分でグラフィックデザインができるくらい才能があれば嬉しいのですが、残念なことにそういう才能がありません。それなので、Pretty Clever Tumblrで見つけたデザインを複写してみました。Friends of Typeによってデザインされています。彼らがどのようにしてこのデザインを描いたのかを見れるビデオがあります。興味がある方は、こちらをクリックしてみて下さい。私自身が描く前にこのビデオは見ませんでした。私って素人ですね。