The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream design just got revamped with a touch of Eley Kishimoto. The wife and husband duo’s designs have graced the catwalks of legendary designers like Louis Vitton, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen. Now, the ‘patron saints of print’ have restyled one of The Body Shop’s most iconic products. The playful print, in pink, blue and red is all about the letter “E”, as well as the chemical structure of the vitamin E molecule. The limited edition Vitamin E Moisture Cream is priced at Rs 1595 (100 g). Along with the cream, there is a limited edition pouch in the same Eley Kishimoto print available as well. That is priced at Rs 595 but you can get it free if you shop for Rs 3000 and above. Read on to know more about the cream and the Vitamin E range.
Most people on their first visit to Switzerland focus on the more popular destinations like Interlaken, Lucerne, Mt Titlis. Jungfrau etc. Nearly 90% of the travel agents atleast those in India also concentrate on these places but Switzerland has a lot more to offer. Every place that you go to in that country is so beautiful that it is difficult to come out with a list of must visit destinations. Since I have family staying there, I was lucky enough to explore some of the more offbeat ‘Swiss Treasures’ and I have put together a list of five such places in this post. Read on to know about them. I also have another travel post on Switzerland and that one is entirely on chocolate. Click this link to read 🙂
5 Offbeat Tourist Destinations in Switzerland
Stein am Rhein – I’ve left my heart in this charming and beautiful old town. Stein am Rhein is located in the canton of Schaffhausen and situated on the river Rhine. It is less than an hour’s drive from the Rhine Falls and about 55 kms from Zurich. Originally a small fishing village, Stein am Rhein developed in the 11th Century when Emperor Henry The II transferred the Benedictine St. George’s Abbey to the hamlet because of its strategic location. Soon, the small village grew to a prosperous commercial center.
Stein am Rhein is straight out of a Swiss fairy tale. You can take a stroll by the beautiful river promenade, eat a delicious meal at one of the many cafes lining up the promenade and once done, you must take a walk around the town and then go to the Rathausplatz – the square of the City Hall. The entire perimeter of Rathausplatz is lined by half-timbered houses with magnificent painted façades. Most of these houses are nearly 400 years old and you will be amazed at how well these medieval buildings have been preserved. There are quite a few cafes and shops inside the square as well and I will recommend you to try out La P’tite Creperie. I had a chocolate crepe there that was absolutely delicious and there was an Indian dal and spinach option too!
Nowadays, I find myself leaning more towards natural, organic and ayurvedic products for skin and hair care. We all know about the ill-effects of parabens and SLEs so I am trying to avoid them as much as I can. Recently, I was sent some products from the newly launched Ayurveda brand from Shesha Beauty, Ashtapathy, which has a range of coconut oil based shampoos and soaps.
About Shesha Beauty Ashtapathy Range
Harnessing tried and tested Ayurvedic beauty secrets is Ashtapathy. Ashtapathy Herbals is a herbal bath and body care brand from Kerala. In today’s times when purity in products is a rarity, Ashtapathy captures Ayurveda in its purest form and brings the same to you in a subtle way.
All of our products are prepared with the pure and potent coconut oil as the base. The entire range is free of parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate, mineral oils, artificial perfumes and colour additives and are prepared from organically sourced medicinal herbs through a 100% natural process with the guidance of ancient Ayurveda scriptures. Ashtapathy Herbals also takes great pride in the fact that local women make up over 50% of our workforce and all the packaging etc are done through small groups of women across Kerala. We manufacture all products in our own plant at Cochin, Kerala.
For more information on the brand and to buy the products, check out their website sheshabeauty.com.
Serafina, my favorite Italian restaurant in the city now has a revamped menu. And everything on it is so good! From the refreshing Twisted Orange Mojito, to the earthy and filling Cappuccino Di Funghi – Cream of Mushroom Soup to the mains, each dish is a winner all the way.
The carnivores will love the Anti Pasto Misto, a platter that includes parma wrap chicken, chicken mortadella crostini, buffalo mozzarella, parma ham, grilled zucchini, chorizo and pimento stuffed olives. I am not much of a soup fan but the Cream of Mushroom soup I really liked. This is served with a portion of chicken with mushroom crostini with a generous helping of parmesan cheese.
Serafina always makes great pizzas and the Pizza Pollo Funghi with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, spicy marinated chicken, shitake mushrooms, onions and chilli flakes did not disappoint. My favorite however was the Brasato Di Pasce – a braised beckti served with spinach and mashed potatoes. After the beckti, the next favorite was the barbeque pork sausage with egg fries. A dish that has pork and egg is kinda tough not to love!
Serafina is synonymous with Tiramisu in Kolkata but they do have some other desserts that are equally good. Crespelle Con Nutella is a new addition to the menu. Nutella stuffed crepes with vanilla ice cream. Something very simple but oh so delicious!
“It is all this that makes The Grand Hotel a great one. And more than all this, the fact that it is embedded in the memories of six generations. That it shared the momentous events of modern India. That it bore witness to two world wars; the heyday and passing of an empire; famine, flood, fire and riot; a bloodied Independence and a comparitively bloodless revolution. That it has watched both triumph and disaster and, taking the poet’s advice, treated “these two imposters just the same”. – Bachi J Karkaria, To a Grand Design.
Like many refugees who came to Calcutta from Bangladesh in the 1940’s, my paternal grandfather had a tough life. On a very meagre salary as a government official, he had to support a family of more than 20. This included his brothers, sisters, their families, cousins and even friends who crossed the border looking for food and shelter. It was a life far far removed from any luxury hence one day, when my grandfather, courtesy his job stepped into The Grand Hotel, it was nothing short of paradise for him. The white marble, the sparkling crystal chandelier in the lobby, the grand piano, the well-dressed ‘shahebs’ and ‘mem-shahebs’, it was a new world. And I remember how many years later when we were crossing The Oberoi Grand one day, his eyes were gleaming when he recounted that experience to me. The charm of the Grande Dame of Chowringhee has always been magical.