From ceramics to tarts, you can have it all
The festive season is upon us and it is the perfect excuse to indulge — not only our family and friends but also ourselves. With the impact of Covid looming large and small businesses striving to keep their shops running, this can also be a great way to support your favourite brands and people. Since Rakhi is the first festival on the list here are some gift ideas for your siblings and cousins. Needless to say each listing here makes for a great birthday, anniversary or just for fun gift.
Chocolate hampers and festive bonbons from Colocal.
Less than a year old in Delhi and famous worldwide, that’s how I describe Colocal. I am also partial to the place because it is a coffee shop cum chocolate factory cum restaurant that has carved a special niche in the heart of Delhi. The owners, Nishant and Sheetal are self-made entrepreneurs with no background in Chocolate and yet they excel at it. This Rakhi Sheetal has brought in special festive hampers where everything is hand crafted – bonbons in flavours such as Kaju Katli, Rasmalai, Gulab, Orange, Rasberry, and Banoffee. There are also hampers with granolas, spreads, chocolates and marshmallows. Whether you want to gift it or have it for yourself, this one is really special. Available Pan India on the official website (https://colocal.in/) and at Colocal flagship store, Dhanmill Compound, Delhi.
Hand poured scented candles by Sugandhee
If you know me you know I swear by Sugandhee candles, and there is a reason: I had always wanted to use scented candles at home, but even after trying the best known and the most expensive candles from around the world, I could never find one that worked. They were either too strong, or too artificial, either didn’t burn well or burnt too much – so much so that I gave up. When I met Disha, the mind behind Sugandhee, I was sure this will fail too. But I was wrong — and thank god for that. Since January this year no day has passed when I haven’t lit a candle. Sugandhee’s range is wide and despite being single handedly managed by Disha herself they are surprisingly affordable. Available pan India on the official website (http://www.sugandheecandles.com) and on Instagram
Tarts and Macaroons by Monique Patisserie
I am at a stage in my life and career when very few things move me food wise. Monique is one that did. When I heard about the place – they wanted to send me a tart to sample – I had my reservations: how can any place in Delhi be as close to Paris as they say they were. Glad to report that my fear was unfounded. The large lemon tart came to me all the way from Chattarpur in perfect condition. Along came a beautiful handwritten note and a postcard — both my favourite things. But the real deal was the tart. The base, buttery and flaky a la Paris, was perfectly contrasted by delightfully light and tart cream. I ate it over 5 days and trust me the flavours remained as fresh as they were. Christened after chef Maxime Montay’s grandmother, Monique brings offers traditional French dessert suited to all seasons. Monique’s pastry pays homage to the quintessential neighbourhood Parisian patisserie and brings alive memories of the city. Available in Delhi on the official website (https://cafemonique.com).
Ceramics by White Hill Studio
If you know me you know my love for ceramics. I truly believe that there is no gift like ceramics. Especially now when all of us are stuck at home cooking, feeding and eating like never before. In the past few weeks a lot of you have come back to me asking where I get my ceramics from, so here it is: White Hill Studio. Deeply influenced by nature and inspired by real life stories in the hills, this small business is run single handedly by a fiesty young woman and that makes it even more special. The tableware is classy and understated and yet warm and personal. Think hills and orchards of Simla, jungles of Jim Corbett and Uttarakhand; imagine tall pine trees, crisp pears and juicy plums sprawled on your platters and scarlet poppies and lantanas crafted on bowls and plates. Mountain goats, rabbits, prowling leopards, majestic tigers all find themselves on this classy ceramic range. Available Pan India on the official website (https://whitehillstudio.com), Instagram, and at select stores across India.
Cover Image: Colocal.