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    AS WE sampled yet another cocktail before we had even gotten to the weekend, it became clear that a theme of the week was emerging.
    Starting off the thirsty trail was an evening hosted by David Belo of Earth Loaf and Jameson Irish Whiskey’s Asia Pacific brand ambassador Jamie Rath from Wexford, at Crowne Plaza. Combining single origin artisanal chocolates with Jameson Irish whiskey, the seven-course meal was any foodie’s dream come true. The highlight of the evening was Belo preparing the ‘Blue Blazer’ cocktail live for the guests, and he was even dressed to match. For those who preferred American Whiskey, there was an evening at The Park, courtesy the Distilled Spirits Council of The United States and Indian American Whiskey Ambassador Shatbhi Basu. India’s best-known spirits savant walked the guests through a tasting, along with tit bits on history and flavour profiles, as well as the art of mixology.
    Saturday night saw us at Hilton’s Q Bar, for ‘Shaken and Stirred’, the launch of their new beverage menu, presented through a fashion showcase by Karun Raman. Leggy models walked the ramp with a selection of cocktails paired carefully with their outfits. Meanwhile across town at GRT Grand, the finale of the Madras Couture Fashion Week was underway, with Bandana Narula showcasing her collection of indo-cocktail wear. There were lots of wines and berry tones, a sharp departure from her previous line. The three-day long event organised by Satish Jupiter and choreographed by Sunil Menon saw lots of celeb presence like Poornima Bhagyaraj, who also presented her range of designer sari blouses and closed her show with her entire family on stage.
    And it wasn’t just all about the binging, with Phoenix MarketCity inviting a select group for a fragrance workshop with Monika Ghurde. The session focused on the various aspects of smell, including how the fragrance you choose is linked to who you are. Later on in the week, it was all about balance and centering with ‘Stand Up Paddle Yoga’ at The Park. While the instructors showed some serious skill, they managed to keep it ‘do-able’ for all those who signed up. Quite the workout, but fun nonetheless.

    Paloma Rao
    —  paloma@newindianexpress.com

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