Food, fitness & entrepreneurship

by Khushboo on October 19, 2015

Hey guys! How was your weekend?  I started my Saturday attending an Entrepreneurs Connect Breakfast event at The Table hosted by Ellevate.  Ellevate is a global network that connects professional women at all stages of her career.  The guest speakers were:

  • Vibha Kagzi – Founder and CEO of ReachIvy.  Essentially her company guides students to get accepted into top tier educational institutions abroad.
  • Nazia Vasi – Founder and CEO of Inchin Closer,  an India-China Language and Cultural Consultancy that seeks to bridge the information gap between the 2 countries.
  • Gauri Devidayal – Owner  of The Table a.k.a. my favorite restaurant in Bombay.

Just for the record, I am  not sponsored to write this post.  I left feeling so inspired and uplifted after hearing about each woman’s journey setting up their ventures and life as an entrepreneur!   I know quite of you who read my blog have set up or are in the midst of setting up your own business so I wanted to share a few key points that stuck out for me:

  • You’ll know you’re ready to set up your own business when you are so passionate about the idea that you let it consume you.
  • If you’re seeking, you can draw inspiration from various environments.
  • Not everyone needs to jump on board as an entrepreneur- it’s okay to be an area expert. 
  • Don’t approach your business as an experiment and something you’ll try and see how it goes. You need to be ready to fully commit both mentally & physically to see results. 
  • You can’t sit back – you need to constantly up your game.

I really felt like this event re-lit a fire in me!  Aside from that, my weekend involved plenty of eating out. There are some weeks in Mumbai where I eat at home all week and others where I’m eating 4-5 meals out- last week was the latter.  Oriental food has been sounding so good lately & Pa Pa Ya’s Asian Bistro menu did not disappoint.  Almost everything we ordered tasted great, but my fave had to be the Lobster Sriracha Buns: 

Lobster sriracha buns

Let’s be honest- anything covered in sriracha is going to be good, even better when it’s lobster.  For dessert we ordered the Ice Cream Mochi Balls, which was a first for me.  Initially I was a bit skeptic but I enjoyed it a lot.  The squidgy gelatinous rice/ice cream combo worked well together. 

Mochi Ice Cream

Apparently I was all about the ice cream & trying new places this weekend as I also checked out South Bombay’s new gourmet dessert parlor Papacream.  As amazing as a ‘doughwich’ (ice cream stuffed doughnut) and exotic a Mexican Cheddar ice cream with nachos sounded, I had my first taste of liquid nitrogen churned ice cream in the form of…wait for it…cereal milk ice cream & banilla (banana + vanilla) ice cream topped with Nutella.  Obviously we wiped both cups clean!

Papacream

I’m planning to put up a whole weight lifting-related post soon but overall I’m absolutely loving it.  It’s such an exhilarating feeling to get stronger and be able to lift weights which you couldn’t just a few weeks ago.  I managed to squeeze in a great shoulders & triceps workout with my trainer on Saturday afternoon.  In case you want some ideas, it looked something like this:

10-minute warm-up on the treadmill followed by:

  • 4 sets seated dumbbell press
  • 2 sets dumbbell front raises
  • 3 sets machine lateral raises
  • 2 sets close-grip bench press
  • 2 sets cable push downs
  • 2 sets rope tricep push-downs
  • 2 sets skull crushers 

*Aim for 8-12 reps in each set

Of course tailor the above according to your requirements. I had some time to kill afterwards so I finished it up with a 20-minute walk on incline on the treadmill.  And because Sunday’s were made to be a day of rest, I spent the first half of the day lying horizontal on my bed which was fan-freakin’-tastic!

Before I ramble any further, fill me in about your weekend:

What did you eat?

What did you work out?

What did you do?

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Tara @ Sweat like a Pig October 19, 2015 at 6:38 pm

OMG those desserts sound amazing!!! I need to get my butt to Bombay, as I’m very curious to try that nacho ice cream.

I had liquid nitrogen ice cream in London (in Camden Market) and I wasn’t particularly blown away, but the flavours were nowhere near as tasty sounding as these!

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Khushboo October 22, 2015 at 11:25 am

Haha what can I say- apparently desserts are a priority for us in India ;)!

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Parita @ myinnershakti October 19, 2015 at 9:51 pm

Nachos ice cream? Definitely try that and blog about it soon! I’m intrigued.

We went to Miami this weekend for a wedding and had a blast seeing friends and taking in the sights!

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Khushboo October 22, 2015 at 11:25 am

I love nachos & I love ice cream but I’m not sure I could handle the 2 combined!!

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets October 19, 2015 at 11:51 pm

I need to get on an ice cream kick, especially one that involved Nutella and Banilla. Swoon.

Maybe I can convince the Hubby to get gelato with me one day this week. It shouldn’t be hard. 🙂

I’m glad you enjoyed the conference so much. Revitalizing passions is always a good thing.

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Khushboo October 22, 2015 at 11:25 am

Convincing the husband to get gelato might involve a bit of arm twisting but I think you can hack it ;)!

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Ashley @ A Lady Goes West October 20, 2015 at 1:00 am

Love the business advice that you heard, K! So true that you can’t sit back. Especially with blogging — you have to keep creating, trying new things and sticking to it to grow. 🙂

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Khushboo October 22, 2015 at 11:26 am

Oh for sure especially given how many blogs are out there- you always gotta bring your A game!

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dixya @ food, pleasure, and health October 20, 2015 at 2:01 am

seems like a really inspiring event! i had some friends visiting from out of town so ate a lot..it involved ice cream sandwich on our end 🙂

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Khushboo October 22, 2015 at 11:26 am

Ah ice cream sandwiches are THE best!

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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen October 20, 2015 at 6:19 am

I love leaving events feeling so inspired and motivated! That’s awesome this event was like that for you.

Your food this weekend looks better than mine. We celebrated Oktoberfest with friends on Saturday night and went out for brunch as a group the next day – I ordered the most visually unappealing and unpalatable eggs benedict. Ugh, so disappointing!

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Khushboo October 22, 2015 at 11:26 am

Oh man- I hope you brought it to the restaurant’s attention! Nothing like bad eggs to ruin a meal!!

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Jen @ Chase the Red Grape October 20, 2015 at 11:39 am

Oooh I got to try liquid nitrogen ice cream for the first time this week too! Mine was made with ghee and vanilla… heavenly!

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Khushboo October 22, 2015 at 11:27 am

Wow I’m intrigued by the idea of ghee in ice cream- actually sounds good!!

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Shashi at RunninSrilankan October 20, 2015 at 8:04 pm

YESSSSS – anything covered in sriracha is definitely going to be good – but wait, please tell me you didn’t cover the Ice Cream Mochi Balls with sriracha too!!! 🙂
Looking forward to your weight lifting-related post, Khushboo!

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Khushboo October 22, 2015 at 11:27 am

Haha sriracha on ice cream- now that’s something I could be down with ;)!

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