Port of Call: THE Baltic Gastronomic Cruise

What does a Travel & Food Writer aboard a Baltic Cruise do? He cruises, walks, dines and makes merry over a couple of weeks, soaking in the Sun and Culture all around. 😍 Do check out some epicurean fare with a few monumental discoveries in tow. Magazine: Travel & Leisure Images & Words: Nolan Mascarenhas

Coffee Cherry Tea

Cáscara also known as Coffee cherry tea- is a herbal tea made from the dried skins of the coffee fruit. ☕ 😃 Often it is more than the skins that are used, and include the dried berries of the coffee plant that remain after the coffee beans have been collected from within. This native origin…

Voodoo Mumbo Jumbo

Cats. What’s not to love about them? Self wrapped up souls with a huge penchant for sychophancy, great candidates in many fields of the world today. Meet Voodoo. Yes, he’s Jet Black. A gentle boy, he came into my life at a time when i didn’t even have a home to call my own. Caught…

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…

Happy Paper Planes

I fly like paper,get high like planes….’ Sometimes ‘candidness’ in everything ones does, gets the true uninhibited version of what our souls truly are. At least on most count. Given our fast pace, well thanks to Covid19-21, Life has taken a minor pause in this ‘speed of light’ world we are used to. This is…

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…

The Calorie Night’s Watch

A double onslaught fast approaches- One of the most anticipated series Games of Thrones makes way as well as the pile on of calories. My arch nemesis for the longest time, the best description of these suckers is something I read; tiny creatures that live in ones closet and sew clothes a little bit tighter…

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…

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 Easter Egg Hunt 

Nearing the end of the Holy period, my Instagram feed is cropping up temptations aplenty. From White & Dark Chocolate coated bunnies and decorated eggs to Minion shaped marzipan ones, each has me impatiently counting down the days till Easter Sunday. During this period of abstinence, many friends around gave up the consumption of eggs…

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,…

Goa Garnishes Upper Crust in the latest edition! 

Read all about the quarterly round up of restaurant showcases in and around Goa- from Far East Asian Cuisine to Mediterranean Nostaligia in the latest edition of Upper Crust. Grab your copy today.  Miguel Arcanjo: Dining with Legend Taj Exotica, Calwaddo, Salcete, Benaulim, Goa 403716 Phone:0832 668 3333 Meal for two: Approximately Rs.2000/- + taxes…

Date with a Clause 

If anyone asked me how I envisioned my Christmas at the start of the month, I would have scoffed at the idea and barked of my role as the Grinch this coming season. Flashback to an impromptu meeting at a Saturday night market followed by a late night bike ride with a beautiful stranger had…

Smooth Criminal 

Smooth Criminal  Ever been called a ‘Smoothie’? An informal definition would pit it as a ‘man with a smooth suave manner’. Used in a sentence would construct accordingly- ‘A smoothie with an eye for a pretty girl.’ As for Miss YSL earlier- that’s the resonation she left me with. Whilst I thought it was the…