Thursday, 30 July 2015

Port Pollensa Majorca: Holiday Edit

I just got back from a holiday in Mallorca, the largest of Balearic Islands, located off eastern Spain and to be specific, we spent a week at Port Pollensa.

I cannot get over the amazing quality of food. Weather you eat at a fancy fine dining restaurant or a basic one around the corner or simply buy some produce from the local supermarket, the food tastes bloody f****** amazing. Fruits & vegetables look real not perfect. Food in Europe is GMO free and don't call me crazy but I think it tastes even better than what we get in England!

Believe me when I say you will cherish each bite and thank God for being able to taste such delicious food. Sounds cheesy but it is true! Add to that some kick ass cocktails pretty much every where. I really enjoyed sangria and mojitos but totally fell in love with Mojito de Fresa i.e. strawberry mojito. I can safely say that except literally one or two okay food experiences, all meals were exceptional.

Here are snippets from some of the best meals I had whilst in Pollensa.

Mixed Paella at Hibiscus 

Sea Bream with Tumbet at Bar Coral

Sea Bass with Courgetti at Lorac

Smoked Salmon & Avocado Salad at Pizzeria Velomar 

Squid Rings at Bistro Joker 

Mediterranean Tapas at Marina

Lime Mojito at Capri Bar

Mojito de Fresa at Marina

Sangria at Bistro Joker 

Lemon & Strawberry Mojito at Can Pescador

Port Pollensa is a great vacation spot for families with little children and for people looking to have a quiet & peaceful holiday. Don't expect a crazy night life with clubs & dancing. Though there are bars where you can sit, drink & chat till the wee hours. If it is night life that you are after, you will be better off at the capital city of Palma or bonkers Magalluf.  

The sea here is extremely calm and warm and that makes it very safe especially for kids. A word of caution though, it gets HOT during the day, making it suitable for nothing except a siesta. Quite a few shops remain shut all afternoon.

The shopping is per usual and you will find all the touristy knick knacks but there are a few cosmetic shops that stock many European luxury brands. You are bound to score a good deal on skin care products and fragrances! I think this is because Euro is weak at the moment. Now I don't know about you but this is very exciting for me!  Price points here are definitely better than duty free. Anyway I feel like Duty Free is a big hoax! That is a separate topic of discussion. 

The beach at Port Pollensa 

Pine Walk 

It is totally worth the effort and money to book hotels or apartments along the Pine Walk for that killer sea view. People book way before their actual trip as Port Pollensa is crazy busy especially during summer. It is rightly advised to make your bookings well in advance.

Pine Walk, the walking area along the beach comes to life every evening and you can watch people pass by. There are many restaurants & bars on Pine Walk and they are obviously fancy looking with posh deck seating & the view. They are slightly expensive when compared to the ones a couple of streets away from the sea. Having said that, food everywhere is phenomenal. Don't hesitate to experiment and find your own favourite spots! Even if you are on a budget, you can eat excellent local food every day.   

I highly recommend sea food, paella and of course tapas. If I had to choose, I would eat fish day after day but I also really enjoyed tumbet, which is a traditional vegetable dish from Mallorca often served as a side dish. I also recommend the strawberry mojito, it's absolutely sensational and my poison of choice when in Mallorca ;)

Have you been for a summer holiday this year? Tell me all about it!


Friday, 10 July 2015

Thoughts on Trunk Shows and The S&S Trunk Show

Shreya Dalmia Agarwal & Sonam Pall

Visiting Delhi certainly has its perks. Of course there is no feeling in the world that compares to coming home after moving to another country, but I also get to reconnect with my family & friends, meet like minded people and SHOP!

Delhi is absolutely sensational for shopping and I am not just talking about malls and flea markets; if you ever find yourself in Delhi and fancy serious shopping head to a trunk show.

Last week, whilst in Delhi, I got to attend the S&S Trunk Show. The collections showcased were very impressive and needless to say, right up my alley. Outfits & accessories were festive yet contemporary & very chic.

I also got to meet & chat with Sonam Pall & Shreya Dalmia Agarwal, the lovely and uber stylish ladies behind this hugely successful property. 4 glorious years and 15 prolific seasons of S&S are a result of their endless passion and on point business acumen.

The S&S monsoon edit showcased stellar collections by over 50 Indian and international designers. Valliyan by Nitya, Siddhartha Tytler and online retailer promoting brands such as Ted Baker, Tory Burch, Michael Kors and Versace were amongst the participating brands.

Trunk shows are becoming increasingly popular for many reasons. For one, these shows exude luxury and are always held at a lush 5-star property! They are also meticulously planned around a theme, a lot of effort goes into selecting the right venue & designers and ultimately ensuring that shoppers get the best experience. 

A trunk show is not as hectic or crazy spread out as a mall or a market. The problem with malls and markets is that you cannot ever explore them entirely. Even if you do chances are that you wont find the best brands especially indigenous ones.

Trunk shows are tailor made for serious fashion enthusiasts and for ladies who value time! You basically get to choose from amongst the finest Indian (established & upcoming) designers and international brands.  Everything is displayed in compact, very visible and accessible kiosks. And if you ever get overwhelmed or tired, take a breather, sit down order a drink and then come back to the shops, all refreshed. Pure genius!

If you have any weddings to attend in the near future or need to start shopping for the upcoming festival season, I highly recommend you check out the upcoming S&S or other trunk shows in your city.

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