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Last night was a night where everything sparkled…

The wit. The men in smart suits strutting that wit.

The diamonds. The women sashaying in gowns glittering in those diamonds.

The wine. The majestic tables laid with shining cutlery and stately flower arrangements that held up those wine glasses.

The lively jazz band fronted by Natty Congaroo that made all of the above swing to their foot-tapping beats.

Natty Congaroo and his lively Jazz band in action...

Natty Congaroo and his lively Jazz band in action…

And yes, the massive buffet under the stars, showcasing food in all its glory, some of the finest dishes from cuisines around the world laid out enticingly.
It was a night well dressed for the launch of an iconic brand, the luxury hotel St. Regis, in Mumbai. And while red Cummerbunds and Black pearls abounded, so did Kakunis and Peking Duck Pancakes and Lobster Raviolis and Steamed Chilean Sea Bass.

And while a few delicate eyebrows arched dangerously on looking at my plate piled high with an array of sinfully delicious desserts, most others on the long walk from the dessert temple to my table smiled in genuine appreciation…That right there is the spirit of the city of Mumbai!

My dessert plate added some sparkle too ;)

My dessert plate added some sparkle too 😉

As is the Mumbai Mary, a kicky take on the original Bloody Mary, a cocktail first made at St. Regis New York in the last century!

Fernand Petiot, the bartender at St. Regis' King Cole Bar, who perfected the recipe of Bloody Mary.

Fernand Petiot, the bartender at St. Regis’ King Cole Bar, who perfected the recipe of Bloody Mary.

The famous cocktail Bloody Mary now has a spicy cousin in Mumbai Mary!

So here’s raising a Mumbai Mary to toast India’s tallest and grandest hotel tower! Sparkle on…

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