A visit from the Seven Sisters in Goa

A trip to discover the Seven Sisters has been on my bucketlist ever since I can remember. Manifestation led to friends who curated an Assamese Thali in the heart of Fontainhas @soulchefgoa, bringing their lovely cuisine to the folks of Goa in celebration of ‘Rongali Bihu’ – the spring festival. For the uninitiated- Bihu is…

#GoaTimes Mixology 101 feat mr.NObody

When and how did your interest in cocktails develop?I was someone who really liked alcohol. Growing up as a sports person it was forbidden for my training regiment. However with access to the Hospitality Industry, my Dad encouraged me to try sips of each spirit, if and when the need arose. How did you learn…

We The People- NDTV feat #NolansATwit

Rishika Baruah @rishika625 interacts with eminent experts from different walks of life and common people who share their opinions regarding current affairs on @ndtv Catch mr.NObody share his views- Tonight @ 9:30pm IST on ‘We The People’. #nolansatwit #goa #ndtv

ItsGoa chats with #NolansATwit

Your Name? Nolan Michael Mascarenhas Your loved ones call you: mr.NObody , Nols, Fruitcake Your Instagram handle is: nolansatwit The website or weblink you run is called: http://www.nolansatwit.com You live in Goa at: Porvorim If anyone were to ask you, “What do you do, then what would you say?” I make money via my Edelweiss…

Wake up and smell The Coffee

A recent conversation with friends led to times of a different life not so long ago. I used to pride myself as a Coffee aficionado. From my personal Nespresso Machine to maniacal search grids on my travels to try as much of the variety of blends and aromas, my quest was endless. While many coveted…

Goa Garnishes #Corona21 edition

This issue comes out at our worst Hour. The Hospitality Industry is bleeding with major chains and owners opting to close down operations. In the doldrums would be an understatement, as much as our stalwarts try to keep a brave face. After all, we aim to please. Food has been a passion for me, some…

Goa Garnishes in the New Year

2020 indeed, has been the Year of the Rat. While we scurried away to safety in the comfort of our home- The Rise of the Home Chef took prominence with many restaurants having to shut shop due to the pandemic. 2020 bounced back a little, with restaurants opening up while patrons thronged them with support….

Khordad Sal Mubarak!

Still reeling over a celebratory Birthday weekend of Gods and Prophets. While many of us celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi with scrumptious fare and delicacies, our Parsi brethren celebrated Khordad Sal; the birthday of their ancient spiritual leader- Zoroaster also known as Zarathustra. He is credited to being the founder of what we now know as Zoroastrianism….

Something Tart-ish

Over the last few months of quarntine, I’ve been on the down low, stuffing myself with some amazing goodies from many start-ups chefs in the home space as well as food outfits around Goa (for now) Welcome to my #ATwitCanPick series. The #ATwitCanPick Ground Rules:1) All food has been ordered anonymously. 2) All meals have…

Eat & Drink the World Lonely Planet e-edition May 2020

Excerpt with Interview with LMPI (Goa’s Food Finds) How did you come to be a Food Influencer? Growing up in a family related to hospitality, deterred me from the food industry earlier. It was during my stint at Corporate where I started entertaining clients and prospects ever so often and the allure of a well…

The Stuffed Moppet 

Namaskaaram! A warm and sticky welcome from God’s own country-Kerela. An encounter with a doctor at a recent check up had me take notice of what exactly I was fuelling my system with. A whole representation of eating habits, which I’ve mustered along the way, my drastic weight loss due to troubles plaguing the mind…

The Summer Dip 

“The Heat is on”,- lyrics apt for the current weather situation. Glenn Frey definitely knew what he was talking about, however profoundly missed the gravity of the situation here, in scorching Goa. Normally, I would be on meticulously planned travel to a pleasant destination, the mountains up north perhaps- however this was the first for…

A ‘Whirlwind’ Experience at Sea

Statutory Warning! The next 1282 words, describe a ‘Whirlwind experience‘ aboard a floating world in the middle of the ocean. Granted its not an apt choice of words and I got home all accounted for, it did feel like just that- the minute I boarded the Mariner of the Seas by Royal Caribbean – a…

The Sleepy Minion 

An excerpt from Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost- “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep” generally sums up and epitomizes our current lifestyle for the present generation of ‘millennial’. We work hard, party harder, love deeper,…

Lent with Lentils 

 It’s the first of forty. Days when one resists the temptations of sin, prays and abstains from all forms of luxuries as an offer form of penance. It’s Lent. While most of us are reeling in from the fun and frolic of the Carnaval that went by, I find myself in a rather precarious position…