Sunday, 13 July 2014

First time Macaroons!

It was a Sunday. I had an off from work, so I went shopping with my friend to Bandra. We spotted 'The Obroma' and decided to go and have coffee.  I hadn't planned on trying Macaroons today, but anyways ended up ordering.

Now, Macaroons aren't really an Indian thing, so don't judge me for not tasting em sooner. Not many places here serve this.

I tried the Red Velvet, Pistachio, Lemon and Hazel Nut flavors. Pretty to look, but turns out they are a little too sweet for my taste.

Did you notice that yummy looking chocolate pastry? Now that is something I loove.

Date Accomplished : 13th July 2014

Friday, 6 June 2014

Taste Non- Alcoholic Beer

When I first heard of Non- Alcoholic beer, I thought that was ... WEIRD. The term 'Non-Alcoholic Beer', though self-explanatory had me intrigued. It remained on the back burner for a long time, until I saw Leonardo Di Caprio having one, in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'. Now that I am in Goa, I decided to make most of my trip, and bought myself a 'Non- Alcoholic' beer.

Here's proof!

It tasted just like beer, but didn't make me tipsy (yes, I sometimes do get high on beer. Sorry, low capacity).

So would I try this again? - Not likely. I am not a huge beer fan. I prefer my Cocktails and Mocktails.

Date Accomplished : 6th June 2014

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Goa's Jila Bakery

Jila bakery is run by Reginaldo Antao and his two brothers, out of an old house in Ambora (Loutolim) in South Goa. It might be difficult to find this place if you are a tourist, but I think its worth the effort if you are in and around South Goa. After all, it has received an award as The Best Bakery in India by Times Now!

There is no fancy reception and the items are not on display. You will have to place your order at the entrance. The items are sold in kgs or dozens. All the items are take away, unless you want to sit on the veranda and eat. It's best to go here in the morning before 12pm; sometimes they can run out of the items because of the huge demand.

Everything is made by hand and in an old fashioned oven. No mixer, grinder, electricity or gas is used to make any of the products. Even the baking is done traditionally using wood. That probably explains the deliciousness of the taste! The most popular items are- The Chocolate Eclairs, Melting Moments, The Fan Biscuit and The Geneva Pastry. The prices are reasonable.

 Left: Melting Moments; Right: The Geneva Pastery

 My Favorite- The Chocolate Eclairs

Even though I've lived in Goa for more fifteen years of my life, I just recently heard about this place. That is because they do not publicize this place. The owners like to keep it low key. As soon as I heard about it, I knew I had to go. Luckily for me, its not very far from where I live. After tasting their items, I know I am going to patronize them whenever I am in Goa. 

Monday, 28 April 2014

Jawhar Palace

The city of Jawhar is at a distance of about 166Kms from Mumbai, approximately a three hour drive. It comes under the Thane district of Maharashtra (India). The main tourist attraction in Jawhar is the Jawhar Palace, also known as Jai Vilas Palace. It is a fairly new palace. I do not know when exactly it was built, but it is less than a 100 years old. It used to be the residential palace of the Kings of Munke family. 

The exterior of the Palace looks marvelous, but I can't say the same about the interiors. The palace looks too worn out for its age. Plus the architecture inside is really confusing. It doesn't stick to any particular era or style in terms of its design. 

The population isn't very dense in this area and the last thing you expect is this Palace to be here, in the middle of nowhere. It is summer now hence the landscape is a bit dried up, but otherwise there would be a lot of greenery here. There are a lot of Mango and Cashew trees around the Palace.

This palace is often given for film shoots... and that is the reason I was here. Perks of my job! I've been here four times in total, during the shoot and its planning process. 

Rumour has it that this Palace will be converted to a heritage hotel soon!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Eat Alone At A Restaurant

Up until now, I didn't know what it is to eat alone at a restaurant. It's not common in my country for people to eat alone. 

I was always curious about how this experience would turn out. I was sure it would feel awkward, but I had to do it. Just to prove to myself that I was brave and independent. That I could do anything I wanted to, even if it entailed being uncomfortable and facing my fears. Would people stare at me? Would they think I am a loner? Where do I look while eating? Can I stare at my phone and pretend to text people? Can I put my headphones on and listen to music? Would that make this whole experience much less awkward? What if I bump into someone I know? Would they think I am a friendless sad soul? Fears, I tell you!

I remember there was a time when I was in college, when I wouldn't even go to the supermarket or any store by myself for the fear that people would think I am a loner. I attempted that once, when I had no choice and I rushed whatever work I had to do and came back within an hour. Walking alone on the streets felt so wrong, so uncomfortable. Now looking back, I can't comprehend why I would ever feel that way! 

After I started working and living by myself, I've done dozens and dozens of things by myself. 

And today I went a step further. I went to KFC and had lunch alone

It wasn't anything like I had imagined it to be. Maybe because I wasn't thinking about it. I was just doing my work, realized I was hungry and it was time for lunch. I stepped inside KFC all by my happy self, ordered what I wanted and ate without a care in the world. There were no stares from strangers. No awkwardness. Nothing at all. Sometimes I am so proud of myself. If only I would be this proud all the time. A goal worth pursuing I am sure!

P.S. I haven't embraced the selfie trend, so no picture of me to go along!