Cake from around the world in Goa – Artisan Backerei, Candolim

A couple of tables and chairs arranged on the sidewalk is the first sign you’ll see of Artisan Backerei, an unassuming little bakery-cum-café in Candolim. Located on the main road, opposite Baskin Robbins and Curves Boutique, it stands almost invisible in the midst of chaos on Goa’s most popular tourist…

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Traditional Italian Cuisine at The Verandah, Grand Hyatt Goa

If you eliminate the pizza parlours and the old-school (but still so delicious) triad of Pesto, Alfredo and Arabbiata sauces from Italian menus across the country, you’ll be left with a mere handful of establishments serving the perfect plate of pasta. Think about it! I can only speak for myself…

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Embark on the spice route at Sahakari Spice Plantation, Ponda

Variety is the spice of life, they say. So when you’re in Goa, shake things up a bit. Dust the sand off your feet, grab that sunhat and do something off-beat, like visiting the Spice Farm in Goa. The Sahakari Spice Farm is a well-known spice plantation located in Ponda,…

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Where to shop for gifts in Goa

Gone are the days when receiving an invitation in Goa meant a trip to Mapusa or Panjim to pick out a gift. Folks would head to a few trusted gift stores in the city – the same old places every single time – to pick out a crockery set for…

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Goan Tapas and Cocktails at Antares, Goa

Fusion. This exciting word in the world of food is at best, a celebration of creativity and a well travelled chef. While the trend doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon, Goan food has so far, has remained untouched by trendy mash-ups. On the other hand, we have…

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Staycation at Azaya – Benaulim, Goa

I’m pretty sure the tourists who visit Goa have seen more of the state than I have. Honestly! Having grown up and schooled in Saligao, I don’t think I’ve travelled beyond a 10 km radius around my village – unless it was a school picnic in the South. And now,…

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Bistro Bourbon Street, Candolim – Good ol’ Cajun Cooking

Hey hey! Welcome back! It’s a brand new week and I have a great new find to tell you about – a Cajun restaurant right here in Candolim! Think Cajun cooking and some of the things that pop into your head are New Orleans, Louisiana, some delicious southern fried chicken…

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THAT GOAN GIRL’S GUIDE TO RESTAURANTS IN CANDOLIM, GOA

With over 200 restaurants in Candolim alone, the big vacation dilemma if you’re staying in that part of the state is deciding where to eat. Roadside shacks, fine dining spots overlooking the beach and everything in between serve up fare to please any palate. Rather than relying on the contradictory…

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Fado Night at Alfama, Cidade de Goa

The elderly folk in Goa may not have heard of a ton of new fangled resorts in Goa, but you can bet they’ve all heard of Cidade De Goa. Situated at the end of the Miramar stretch, on turning left at the Dona Paula Circle, Cidade De Goa is one…

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Goan Stories at Vivanta by Taj, Goa – A tale of authentic Goan cuisine

Hey Guys! I know I’ve been MIA for around 2 weeks, but you know how hectic trips home are! Seriously! When I was studying, going home to Goa meant lazing around, sleeping, eating my fave dishes that Mum cooked and sleeping some more. Now, before I even reach home, I…

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THE SECRET OF THE SEA – A MYSTERY NOVEL SET IN GOA

If you exclude all the blogs I’ve been stalking and the occasional e-paper, I haven’t had the time to read much this year. And if it wasn’t for Tanya Pinto Dias, it would have probably stayed that way. Although we met only once during a trip to Sikkim – I…

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