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Eight things to do this month.

RESTAURANTREVIEW / WRITER’S CAFÉ

BOOKLOVERS’ DE­LIGHT

The city has al­ways been home to quaint, pretty cafes but none that charm you with­out cre­at­ing a deep hole in your pocket. If like us, you have been look­ing for one that gives you a good eco­nom­i­cal cuppa with­out com­pro­mis­ing on the am­bi­ence, your prayers have been an­swered. Writer’s Café, from the house of Ori­en­tal Cuisines and Hig­gin­both­ams, the city’s old­est book­store, brings you a café that could well be any booklover’s par­adise.

The prices are the first thing you will no­tice on the menu and they are sure to leave you beam­ing as will the wide va­ri­ety of Swiss-in­spired of­fer­ings like flam­munchkens (thin-crust piz­zas), pas­tas, sal­ads, desserts and more. We stopped by for a late lunch to sam­ple the ex­otic of­fer­ings but soon set­tled for some com­fort food in the fa­mil­iar sur­round­ings of books. Our sim­ple or­der of mac­a­roni and cheese came plated in a sin­gle serve pan and was just the right amount of creamy. Though we en­joyed a meal with a book from the shelves, it took Chef Karan Manavalan’s Siphon cof­fee (not on the menu yet) for us to be blown over. A Ja­panese con­trap­tion that re­minded us of our Chem­istry prac­ti­cal days com­plete with a burner was placed on the ta­ble. Fed with Ara­bica beans, the result was a golden brown mild de­coc­tion that could well make you fall in love with cof­fee all over again. If the prices and this golden brew aren’t rea­son enough al­ready, the café gives all its pro­ceeds to burn sur­vivors and trains them in their own kitchen to bake. ÜAT 98, Peters Road, Gopala­pu­ram ÜTEL 48611604 ÜMEAL FOR TWO Rs 800 By Prachi Sibal

TIME­LESS EL­E­GANCE

Cit­i­zen watches has launched the lim­ited edi­tion Cit­i­zen L Am­biluna Col­lec­tion for women. Aimed at con­tem­po­rary women, the watch is en­cased in Su­per Ti­ta­nium case and is wa­ter re­sis­tant upto 50 me­tres. PRICE Rs 1,35,000 AT Cit­i­zen watch stores across the city

RUN FOR HEALTH

Feb­ru­ary 19

All you run­ners in town, here’s a chance to run for well­ness at the Lys­tNow Marathon. Cre­at­ing aware­ness on health and phys­i­cal fit­ness is a big chal­lenge in the so­cially and eco­nom­i­cally weaker sec­tions of peo­ple in any coun­try. To in­cul­cate the knowl­edge and aware­ness of im­por­tance and ben­e­fits of health and phys­i­cal fit­ness, JGC Group is con­duct­ing this marathon in the city. So take your run­ning shoes out and get set to run for your life. AT Marina Beach

TIM­ING 7 a.m.

GIFT A CRAFT

The Crafts Coun­cil of In­dia has opened Ka­mala Crafts shop, its third in the coun­try. Head here for all your gift­ing needs sourced di­rectly from ar­ti­sans. You will find porce­lain from Agra, wood carved items from Bijnor, brass lamps from Delhi and much more.

AT Ka­mala Crafts shop of the Crafts Coun­cil, 12 A-C, 350, Pan­theon Road, Co-op­tex Grounds, Eg­more Tel 28191457

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