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Kasturi Gandhi , Hindustan Times
September 08, 2012
First Published: 13:34 IST(8/9/2012)
Last Updated: 18:00 IST(9/9/2012)

Pour your heart out
Call your friends over for an evening of wine swirling or malt sipping. Nikhil Agarwal, master sommelier and director of All Things Nice, conducts single malt, whisky, beer, wine, cognac, tea and coffee tasting sessions right in your home. He’ll introduce you to new aromas, swirling, terms like aged, oaked, tannic – the whole shebang. “We also tie up with chefs from prominent restaurants who’ll prepare a four course meal to go with the wine,” he says. Cheers!
Contact: All Things Nice on info@allthingsnice.in or call 9820704500

Get grilled
To add a fiery twist to your terrace party, get in touch with Grills And Tongs. They’ll come over, all grills blazing, to set up a live barbecue station and fill your tummy with yummy kebabs fresh off the grill. “If you’re planning to have more than 15 people over, just ring us a couple of weeks in advance. We’ll come with the equipment, ingredients, and even a bartender for the liquor,” says Sankul Ranade, the brainchild of Grills And Tongs. 
Contact: Grills And Tongs on 7738360436

Think and drink organic

At your doorstep: You don’t have to step out in the rain to get stuff done. Goods and services now come home
A hot cup of your favourite tea or coffee is a must on lazy days at home. Vedanta Organics home delivers organic coffee, tea and drinking chocolate, even the ones with exotic flavours. In case you’re in the mood to cook with organic produce, you can add their organic cereal, pasta, oil, chutneys, jam, herbs or spices to your cart, while you place your order online.
Contact: Vedanta Organics on order@vedantaorganics.com or 9167436190

Score some honey
Under The Mango Tree, which manufactures pure and organic honey ranging from Himalayan Flora to Desert Bloom from Rajasthan, will deliver a new kind of honey home every month. Vijaya Pastala of UTMT says that although they’ve set up a retail shop, their clients still prefer ordering the honey home. With services like these, why would you want to leave home?
Contact: UTMT at utmt.in@gmail.com or 65157953

Pet project
Chaperoning your pet to the salon can be a pain. If your pet is friendly enough, the good people at Whiskers ‘N Tails, a pet grooming agency, will pick up your tabby or pooch, give them a proper grooming and drop them right back while you
spare yourself the trouble of heading out.
Contact: Whiskers ‘N Tails on 9323089095

Get home-schooled
Purnima Jagtiani, who signed up for Blue Bulb’s Organic Farming workshop with her boyfriend, recounts her experience: “The conductor came in with all the equipment, seeds and soil, and a good part of the morning went getting acquainted with organic products. The plants are growing well and hopefully soon we’ll have organic veggies and fruit!”
Contact: Blue Bulb on booking@bluebulb.in or call 9821423448

Convert your kitchen into a classroom
If you have the necessary ingredients and pots and pans ready along with a keen group of friends, Shubadha Kotibhaskar will come over and share all her cooking expertise ranging from international desserts to good old bread.
Contact: Shubadha Kotibhaskar on 9819602083

Sachin Karvinde, head at AM’s Fitness, conducts Krav Maga workshops at home on request. Workshops such as these are great because you don’t have to be regular, but can pack up a great experience in that one day, along with some great memories with friends.
Contact: Call Sachin Karvinde on 9833879677

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If you’re just sitting at home, might as well do some good shopping. No Nasties has an online catalogue of quirky and pretty organic cotton t-shirts that you can check out from your comfy chair. If you place an order, they’ll home deliver it to you and if you’re not too happy with it just email them and send it back, they’ll exchange it for another.
Contact: No Nasties on yes@nonasties.in

Sweet endings
You don’t even have to get off the couch for dessert. Pooja Dhingra of Le 15 Patisserie will bring over her dessert prowess and set up a dessert station. She did it for fashion entrepreneur Radhika Dhawan’s superhero-theme birthday party. “Dhingra came over and prepared a bunch of cookies with Superman and Batman logos, along with yummy cupcakes!” says Dhawan.
Contact: Le 15 Patisserie onle15patisserie@gmail.com or 9769286544/ 9820487727

Parties aren’t the only reason you should have lovely things ordered in. Brown Paper Bag has their own BPB Box, within which lie fancy desserts. Subscribe, and for a monthly fee, they’ll send it over Swiss rolls, macarons and more. 
Contact: BPB on guide@bpbweekend.com or 9820228582/ 9867885533

Or you could go really fancy with a subscription to CVADO 1502 and get gourmet boutique chocolate from across Europe delivered regularly to your doorstep. Jyoti Gwalani, a CVADO member, says she and her family love exploring what’s inside every new box they get. “The best part is that the box temperature is maintained so that the treats inside don’t melt but
render the chocolate as it is meant to be,” she says.
Contact: CVADO 1502 on JoinUs@CVADO1502.com or 65111502/ 65171502

But if all you want is a one-time treat, ring up Cake Walk at The Leela a couple of days before you’ll need the cupcakes or a big chocolate cake. They deliver all across the city, and not too many five-star hotels can match that claim.
Contact: Cake Walk on 66911234
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Put out a spread
How about some cheese with your wine? No, don’t get up. The Gourmet Company’s Cheese Board takes the guesswork out of setting up the perfect platter with your choice of brie, feta or blue cheese, which they home deliver with sides of crackers, olives, kiwi and apricots. They also deliver chocolate and cheese fondues, yes, pot and all. 
CONTACT: The Gourmet Company on 9769132333

Set up a gig
If you’d rather have a more composed day at home, Priti Turakhia of The Kabir Community of Mumbai will tap in a
network of folk musicians all over the country and help organise at-home satsangs and concerts at a week’s
notice. Imagine Prahlad Singh Tipanya and Mukhtiar Ali performing Kabir and Sufi music in your living room as it rains outside. “Home concerts create a more intimate rapport between the musician and audience and makes for a great experience,” she says. 
CONTACT: Priti Turakhia on
prititurakhia22@gmail.com

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Oil change, spark plug replacement, tune-up – just because your car needs fussing over, doesn’t mean you have to leave home. Amit Makhija’s Plush Car Detailing will come over and execute whatever you’ve picked from their menu of basic and premium services on the spot, instead of taking your car all the way to the service centre.
Contact: Plush Car Detailing Service on 9322236083

Get stoned, somewhat
Amrapali, the luxury jewellery brand, will bring their stock of precious trinkets over. You stay home in your pajamas, put your feet up and feel indulged as you browse for what you like and purchase it on the spot. If you don’t want anything, you won’t be charged
at all.
Contact: Amrapali on mumbaijuhu@amrapalijewels.com or 26125001/ 5002

Live it up
Nothing good on TV? Rent laser tag guns, turn your home into a laser tag arena and virtually shoot friends and loved ones as you run around your 2BHK on a wet evening. Arunim Dutta, an environmental consultant, who recently rented the tag equipment from Blue Bulb, has been impressed by how reasonably priced it was, and how much fun. “We played laser tag all night, and brought the roof down by the end of it!” he recalls.
Contact: Blue Bulb on booking@bluebulb.in or call 9821423448

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