Some weeks just fly by in a tizzy, andA�the last one fit that bill perfectly. AfterA�a grueling few weeks of juggling playA�practice deadlines and a family thatA�demands your attention, it was greatA�to be able to unwind and relax a bit.
But when one is enjoying oneself, theA�minutes and hours in that week justA�whiz by dona��t they?A�After a fairly successful fund raisingA�theatre event, my family decidedA�they wanted some private down time.A�So, over red wine sangrias and chickenA�cacciatore at Smoke House Deli,A�my kids and I argued, laughedA�uproariously and cemented ourA�bonds over coffee and dessert. With aA�warm fuzzy feeling in my heart, myA�faith in the age-old adage was reaffirmedA�a�� A family that arguesA�together, stays together!
The next afternoon, I toddled off toA�meet my favourite designers SusanA�Fernandes and Anu Nagappa toA�enjoy a champagne brunch withA�them at Susana��s beautiful home.A�They had assembled a couple ofA�designers who made bespoke handbagsA�and stunning jewellery thatA�complimented their beautiful newA�prA?t line of clothes for the ongoingA�festive season. Needless to say, with aA�resigned sigh, I succumbed to all thatA�irresistible temptation, and walkedA�away with a big bundle of goodiesA�under my arm.
Good friend and travelling companion,A�Sumitra Senapathy, theA�founder of the WOW (Women OnA�Wanderlust) Club, invited theA�a�?pinka�� (her favourite colour) ladiesA�to a small soirA�e at home. It wasA�wonderful to see a gaggle of womenA�wanderers, all animatedly talkingA�about their forth coming tripsA�or the fabulous vacations they hadA�just returned from. Ita��s great to seeA�women, ranging from workingA�professionals to housewives, soA�excited at the prospect of exploringA�the world on their own terms.
Herea��s a thumbs down to all theA�jaded men who think that whenA�women get together, one can onlyA�see fur fly.A�People who say that, a�?the way to aA�mana��s heart is through his stomacha��A�are wrong. You can warm the cocklesA�of my heart by feeding me too! Thata��sA�exactly what happened at Alba, theA�new Italian restaurant at the JWA�Marriott. I was invited to be a part ofA�the chefa��s table, where the delectableA�new Italian chef Bruno Ferrari (evenA�his name goes vroom) played host.
The dishes were irresistible as wasA�the chef. One didna��t know whether toA�compliment the dishes or eye theA�a�?dishya�� Bruno!