Im Going to India- Goa Eats

So you all seen what we got up to whilst in Goa- and now for the wining and dining part.

When it comes to food, Goa did not disappoint.

Inferno

On our first day we are at this place. It’s just outside Candolim Beach, which is also a walk away from our hotel, ( we only realised it’s a walk away on our last day! We were using taxis before this point) and it’s always kicking!

It’s so warm, vibrant and hip inside, I was impressed with the layout and the whole look. A combination of warm orange tones against the natural background of greenery, almost like your in forest. Scores a 10/10 with me.

We got complimentary papad and chutney as appetisers, which was tangy on our taste buds.

For starters we went for Chicken Tikkas, and Grilled Chicken and Veg Sticks which was recommended by the chef…. And don’t forget the Chips…. (Never forget the chips!!), and for mains we went for Chicken Biryani and Daar and Naans. Our first meal in Goa, and still memorable to this date.

Punjabi Rasoi

This place was literally down the street from our hotel. We tried…. seriously we really did try to wake up early, but our bodies just wouldn’t allow it, and we kept missing breakfast at the hotel, so this was out daily breakfast spot… in the Afternoon.

It was just a really large gazebo set up with table and chairs inside,

Daily we ordered Two Thalis (Indian style meal, made up of a selection of dishes, served on one platter. pic below) In the Thali we got Rice, Daar, two Vegetable curries (differs per day), Nans and Poppodom. You’ll never believe the price… For roughly £6. Yup. For both. And it was divine.

Desi Kitchen

One of the days whilst walking on Titos street we stumbled upon this place, it was very cool and quirky, so in we went.

We decided to satisfy our own cravings here, so I went for the Masala Dosa, the hubby went for Hydrabadi Biryani, and the boys went for Chicken Noodles, with Masala Fried Chips.

Once again we devoured it. Every single little piece. By far the best meal in Goa so far for me. Add this on your to do list. Im adding it on for if I do go back.

The Fishermans Wharf

Okay, so when your in Goa, and you ask anyone where the best place to eat is…. There’s only one answer. This place. Every local, every taxi driver, every tourist will tell you about this place.

And you know what, this place is as close as you can come to the Western World in Goa. From the decor to the food, to the whole vibe once inside and the price. You could say you feel at home (apart from the Indian music)

They have tried to make it so that it looks as if you are on a boat/cruise and its been done really well.

Theres fresh fish and little props set up all around the location, with is cute. Anywhere I can take a photo- I feel right at home.

Evan the cutlery they use feels like being back at home. here we ordered Masala Shrimps, Deep fried Chicken strips, Chicken Tikka, Naans, Sheesh Kebabs and a Chicken Karhai.

And we enjoyed all of this while live music was playing, so it felt preety special.

Namaste Chaii

You guys know I love Tea right? I mean I adore Tea, im obsessed over Tea. So when it comes to India- I just think of all things Tea related- I mean there should be a ‘Chaiiwala’ in every corner shouldnt there? Thats where Chaiiwala back at home has come from.

But my dear folks, not in Goa. Ive never been dissapointed this much in my life. There’s hardly any tea stops anywhere!!!
We eventually managed to find a taxi driver who knew a place- and it was like a 10 minute drive away.

Yes it quenched my thirst, but im not going to come here 6 times a day to get tea!! Dissapointed in Goa, (just in regards to the tea- mind you)

We asked the taxi driver where all the tea places are; he responded by saying, “Goans dont drink tea, they drink Alcohol…..” We got our answer.

Street Food

What is India All about? Street Food. To my delight. This part was not a dissapointment. We went to loads, like loads of places for street food, and not one dissapointed. (More street food on previous India blogs) Just keep on top of the charcoal tablets daily, and pray that the stomach bugs stay away. They did for us!

Bhel puri

And that’s a wrap from Goa.

Moving on next to beautiful Mumbai.

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M11bna

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I’m going to India -Goa Part 2

We set our alarms up for 8am- India Time, we needed to make the most of our time here, so decided that if we wake up early and suffer for one day, and then we will be in tune with India timing.

How did that work out?….. well we did wake up by 8.30…..England time, so afternoon in India again…. It is soooo hard getting use to the time difference here. We are ALL struggling.

Missed Breakfast again, but I don’t think the boys (all 3) are fussed, its not the reguler eggs beans and toast we have everywhere else we have been on holiday. Here breakfast is Idli and Sambhar, Daar and Rotis, Aloo Paratha, Aubergine Fry, Potato Fry!! Oh YUM, mental note to myself- MUST WAKE UP FOR BREAKFAST.

Our tasks for the days coming? Discover Goa.

We needed to arrange excursions. We went to a few local stalls, and were told of the coach trips that take us around Goa to all the tourist picks, where we can drop off, have a wander and come back. The areas will cover the North and South of Goa, and include, Churches, Temples and Goas famous beaches, but the idea of sitting in a coach for full days with loads of other people and the waiting around, just didn’t suit the hubby and me.

Although we wanted to explore, we also wanted it to be a holiday. And full days in coaches in the heat….. well that ain’t a holiday. So we decided to pick and choose a few places we wanted to visit and did it in our own time in the comfort of a taxi instead. (having said that the coaches leave so early, The way we were going I don’t think we would even wake up on time)

The Basilica Of Bom Jesus

One of the biggest and oldest Churches in India, constructed during the Portugese Era (by the way Goa is still full of Portugese people, I recognised the language because Mama Bear speaks Portugese). This church is known because it is one of the first churches to introduce Christianity to India

The Church and the surronding area was packed full of people.

Entrance to the church is free, and before entering the Church their are loads of children outside selling candles. We bought a few and made our way inside. Photography is not allowed inside. There were loads of people inside that were taking photos, but I put my phone away out of respect.

The Church holds the Tomb of St Francis Xavier, and at over 400 years old, it still holds all its original features both inside and outside.

Mangashi Temple

The Most famous Temple in Goa. This particuler Temple survived the Portugese era where a lot of temples were destroyed. This temple is visited by both tourists and Locals. The route to the temple is quite majestic, it feels like a bridge, both sides full of lush greenery. A lot of people were removing thier shoes before entering the road that takes us to the Temple, the road roughly being 250 meters. On entrance we are advised to take our shoes off, and once again photos were not allowed on the inside.

The Entrance once again is free, and it is beautiful and so different to all temples I have seen. EVER. Its so bright and colourful. The Temple itself has links to the famous and most respested women in India Lata Mangeskar. However there is contradicting stories on this. So I dont reallly know 🤷‍♀️.

The Church Of Our Lady Of The Immaculate Conception.

Another famous church in Goa, it stands on a hilltop, and to get to it, you have to climb up 78 steps in a zigzag fashion. Famously known as the ‘Crown of Panaji’ or a ‘Great Big Wedding Cake’, as it sits on top of the city of Panaji and its white in colour. This Church has also been used in various different Indian Films as a backdrop. (Mujse Shaadi Karogi, and Aashiqui 2)

Tropical Spice Plantation

We drove past The Tropical Spice Plantation, It smelt awesome from outside. We didnt go in, the butterfly garden and birds put my boys off….. (yes we are afraid of butterflys, birds, flys, and fish and anything else living that is not human! How did we choose India?) If however you are not afraid, I would recommend you go in, they also give you food on a banana leaf!! (now that wouldve been a picture to take)

Titos Lane and Baga Beach.

Goa is known for its beaches, and our evenings were spent here. In the evening we would walk down Titos Lane, which is the most famous street in Goa, full of clubs, bars and food places. A 15 minute walk down would take us to Baga Beach. We didn’t see Baga Beach in the day, so I cant comment on its cleanliness, but at night its beautiful.

The restaurants pull out the chairs and tables on to the beach and you can wine and dine there, the atmosphere is buzzing, Indian music playing all around us, its surreal, along with people you are sharing your space with cats, dogs and Cows, all having a great time.

We spent our evenings having shisha, playing cards and watching the waves in the near distance whilst listening to Indian tracks.

It probably is the most weirdest and most amazing experience ever. Its not something ive had in any of my holidays. This is what made India special for me.

The rest of the time, to make our holiday ‘OUR HOLIDAY’ well we spent it enjoying our hotel, we used the facilities of the hotel, the spa for massages, the pools for swimming.

On the very last day it rained, and can I say that in India, evan the rain is Glorious. We ran out of the pool, only to be the only ones that did, everyone else continued to swim in the rain. (lesson learnt, dont let a little rain let you down)

Hope you enjoyed the read?, Next up is My Best Eats in Goa.

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Im going to India -GOA

22 hours later we got to Goa where we were met straight away by our driver (can I just say that the service we received was amazing. it was our first time booking through Southhall travel, and they did not dissappoint)

We got to our Hotel -Novotel Goa (Candolim) and were taken straight up to our room. With the boys being older we now get two adjoining rooms so that we can all have our own space. Hotel wise, we were not disappointed. It was a really nice clean hotel and the staff were attuned to our every needs.

Already we knew we were in a different place to our usual destination. There were Indians everywhere. It was a matter of spot the foreigner here, and we were only spotted because of our dressing.

So how did we spend our day here?

We woke up at 1 in the afternoon- our time at home being 8.30 am- Our internal clocks still tuned to British timing. Also the jet lagg is still seeping through our bodies.

We only have 4 days and we needed to make the most of it, and that we did.

Candolim Beach

We were told that this is the best beach around, and I have got to admit, it is a very clean and open beach…..Sunbathing on a beach means sharing your space with dogs, cats and cows. The occasional yelp of the dog, or a meow is do- able, but the moo of the cow- now that’s an entirely different culture shock.

The Cow- ‘Mata’ – Mother

For Hindus, Mothers are perceived as ‘Goddesses’ and therefore the Cow is a symbol of sacredness, because like a mother it gives out milk. So although they do not worship the cow, they do believe that it should be protected and looked after. And for this reason in India you will find cows everywhere. I mean everywhere, on the roads, the streets, shops and on the beaches. It’s an ordinary part of life in India.

Ive never seen so many dressed people on the beach on holiday. Im usually the only one in a burkini, here a burkini isnt even necessary, just go in fully dressed, no one really cares. I fit right in. You would think that on a beach its the one with the least clothes on that gets the stares, ill stop you right in your tracks, its usually me, fully dressed from head to toe, in the baking sun, sometimes the smiles are genuine, and sometimes….. well I like to ignore it. Im not one to get scared and walk away, but all I say is Live and Let live. I dont have a problem with the way people dress, so I expect the same back. (little rant over back to Goa)

The beach has a few activities going in, and we decided to go on one of the boats for a bit of sightseeing and dolphin watching,

Dressed for our ride….

At around £40 (or less) the 4 of us jumped on a boat, where they take us to 5 spots to see dolphins, and also a few tourist areas. The trip is roughly 2 and a half hours.

In terms of Dolphin watching, most of our boat trip was spent looking out to sea, trying to spot them. We didn’t get to see any jumping dolphins, a fin here or there was all we got. And it’s best to have your phone out and ready, otherwise you will miss it all.

5 secs in, a glimpse of a fin.

We were taken to a couple of spots for sight seeing. The problem I experienced is I am not really an indian film fanatic so most of it was lost on me and my boys. But the other guests in the boat we’re well informed and thoroughly enjoyed themselves and took hoards of pictures.

Fort Aguador- a very famous men’s prisons because of its location. Not in use at the moment. An indian film has used this prison as its set ‘Dil Chaata hain’
Jimmy Gazdars house- he is a notorious drug dealer and diamond smuggler in India, and this is one of his palaces, and this is the closest anyone can get to it. We didn’t know who he is, but the whole of India does.

Street Food at Candolim Beach

Walking down the beach we came to a little alley, which had a bazaar going on, and….. Street food!

What I came to India for. I love all junky and picky food. So this was heaven for me,

Mangoes with salt, chilli and chaat masala. Absolutely divine.
Charcoal cooked sweetcorn with salt and lemon. I’m salivating right now!
Fresh coconut water. Kept in ice boxes, so nice cool and refreshing!

That was day one in Goa, and can I say how much we enjoyed it? All tensions, all negative thoughts thoroughly buried, we had made the right decision. India is the place to be!

We spent our evenings in the hotel, enjoying the hotel and..

Well, boys will be boys…

But as long as I have my tea, I’m in the right place.

That was Day One, stay tuned for the remainder of our holiday….

Love and Regards

M11bna

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