‘Miya Ji Ki Rasoi’ Awadhi Food Festival At Goa Marriott Resort & Spa

Awadhi cuisine is native to the land of Nawabs, Lucknow and is highly influenced by the Mughal style of cooking. The bawarchis of Awadh somewhat invented the dum style of cooking or the art of cooking over a slow fire especially when it came to the meat. Their spreads consisted of elaborate dishes such as kebabs, kormas, biryanis, nahari-kulchas, zarda, sheermalrumali rotis, and warqi parathas. The richness of Awadh cuisine lies not only in the variety of cuisine but also in the ingredients used like mutton, paneer, and rich spices, which include cardamom and saffron.

But when you get to gorge on this culturally rich cuisine in Goa, it’s simply wonderful. You don’t have to travel miles to get the taste of Lucknow, as Goa Marriott Resort and Spa has an ongoing food festival called Miya Ji Ki Rasoi curated by guest chef Asif Quereshi who has specially flown in from Lucknow. In fact, not just the chef has come from Lucknow to host this food festival, but he has also brought in some ingredients from Lucknow in order to replicate the exact tastes and maintain the authenticity of the cuisine.

The elaborate spread has the infamous galauti kebabs, haleem, nihari, dum biryani and other dishes bringing in the best of Awadh into Goa. And go crazy tasting the various chutneys and pickles that are made with the local Awadhi ingredients and go so well with the starters and main course dishes.

Chef has taken a lot of effort in building the menu keeping both non-veg and veg options in mind and thus the vegetarians can actually enjoy this Awadhi feast as much, contrary to the popular belief that Awadhi food is only for non-vegetarians.

My personal recommendations include
Galauti Kebabs– these were delish! For those who have been to Lucknow and tasted the famous Tunday Kebabs, oh boy, these tasted just the same. They were so so tender that they simply melted in my mouth. And a great insight was shared by the chef, that all the meat was cooked for hours in order to become very tender and soft, all because the Nawabs did not want to put any efforts in eating. They wanted easy to eat food that didn’t take much strength to even chew!
Haldi Mitch Ki Tawa Machhi-This too made for one of my favorite dish of the evening. It was very flavourful and delicious.
Ananas Ke Tikke-
a great option for vegetarians, although the paneer tikka was good too, these chunks of pineapple marinated in tandoori masala and roasted, were truly amazing. The sweetness of pineapple was so perfectly balanced by the spiciness of tandoori masala.
Haleem- can’t really describe in words, but it was amazing. Top the haleem with some fried onions, lemon juice, green chilies and coriander leaves and savor it with some sheermal and you will taste the heaven!

Finish the meal with sweets like Imarti, Shahi Tukda, and Zarda and enjoy a wholesome foodie experience.

The festival is on from 13th May to 26th May, 7PM-11PM, so make the most of it and do savour some great food and drinks. Share your expienece with me in comments and do let me know what other places would you like me to visit.

Wholsome ​Fine Dining Experience At The Basil Leaf

Situated in the Golden Plateau Hotel, right on the Porvorim Highway, is the recently opened fine dine restaurant Basil Leaf. Honestly speaking when I attended the launch of the place, I couldn’t make much of it. There were a lot of guests back then and I had reached quite late, also I tried only Thai Chicken Curry and Rice during the launch which was good, but I wasn’t really sure how it would turn out when dining on a normal regular day. So when I headed to The Basil Leaf for a lunch with my family, I had no expectations at all, but at the onset, I have to say that I was taken by a complete surprise. The overall experience turned out to be so good that it has already become a favorite neighborhood restaurant for my entire family who looks forward to going back there soon.

Another thing that added a feather to the cap was the fact that as a blogger I wasn’t given any specially curated or pre-selected menu. I was free to choose my order, and this was because the restaurant management wanted me to try, experience and provide with feedback like a regular guest. This helped me understand two things about the place very well, first, it showed their confidence in their preparations and secondly, they were open to constructive feedback and suggestions to improve.

Coming to food, I ordered the following dishes

Pan Fried Chilly Fish– An absolute must have!

Chilly Fish
Chilly Fish

Chicken Pahadi Kebab– Very highly recommended, especially for those who are trying North Indian

Chicken Pahadi Kebab
Chicken Pahadi Kebab

Garlic Pepper Prawns– A very decent preparation yet again

Pepper Garlic Prawns
Pepper Garlic Prawns

Pan Fried Tamarind Fish– Something very different and unique, must be given a shot

Tamarind Fish
Tamarind Fish

Chilly Paneer– This was ok, nothing exceptional, but not bad either.

Chilly Paneer
Chilly Paneer

For the main course, we settled for Dal Makhani, which could have been better, Hyderabadi Dum Biryani, which was great, Chicken Noodles and Chicken in Oyster Sauce, both of which were really well prepared. We ended the meal on a sweet note with some Hot Gulab Jamuns.

Hyderabadi Dum Biryani
Hyderabadi Dum Biryani
Main Course
Main Course
Gulab Jamun
Gulab Jamun

P.S.- They have something called as Cafreal Biryani, which is chef’s own twist to create a fusion with Mughlai and Goan flavors, although I did not try it, but it sounded interesting and I will surely try it soon. Just keep in mind that if you are ordering in, you will have to call the restaurant and especially ask for this one, as it is not part of the regular menu.

To sum it up, I had a great experience enjoying my food at The Basil Leaf and you definitely should give it a try.

Address 

H 818/3, NH66 Behind Delfino’s, Near teen Building Bustop, Porvorim Bardez Goa

Phone Numbers

+91 9158083333
00 08322417733

Cuisines

North Indian, Goan, Continental, Chinese, Seafood

Average Cost 

₹700 for two people

Why ZEE5 is the best platform to watch TV shows

TV Shows are a great way to kill time but finding a good one takes more time than the show itself. Strange, isn’t it? There are numerous TV shows that exist in India. With the inception of the internet, you have the luxury to watch them on the go. This has encouraged many into stepping into the online streaming services. One such OTT platform that has been doing it better than many is ZEE5. They have constantly added new interesting TV shows to their constant library. So, today we are listing the sheer variety of shows that is enough reason to prove that ZEE5 is the best platform to watch TV shows

Soap Operas:

Tapping into the popularity of soap operas, ZEE5 has your favourite shows from all the ZEE channels. Thanks to their Before TV option, they even let you watch your favourite TV show hours before they are aired on TV. So, if the air time of ZEE Kannada’s Kamali clashes with your busy schedule in the evening, catch it earlier on ZEE5. 

ZEE5 Originals:

Don’t like to watch daily soap operas? Then why don’t you try the ZEE5 Originals? Since their introduction, ZEE5 has promised to deliver some mind-boggling  regional content and so far, they have stuck to this promise. With their originals, ZEE5 is mostly trying to give quality web series to its audience. One of their recent Originals Auto Shankar is the most intriguing Tamil web series in recent times. In the past, their original Hindi series Rangbaaz was critically acclaimed in 2018.

Reality Shows:

Are you bored of watching fiction content? ZEE5 also features some kickass reality shows in multiple languages. They have dance shows like Dance Kerala Dance, Comedy Khiladis (ZEE Tamizh), and American Idol which are pretty famous in their respective languages. They all make for a perfect watch during weekends when you do not want to leave your house and want to watch something from the comfort of your house.

Cartoons:

Kids love cartoons, and no one understands it better than ZEE5, and that is why you would find a wide range of cartoon shows on their platforms. In fact, they have a different category dedicated to kids which features not only cartoons but also some educational and art based television shows like The Art Room, Engineer This!, and Science with Brain Cafe. What’s more, watching it with your parents makes for a good time to bond with them. 

Bollywood Junkies:

This is for the Bollywood junkies among us who live and breathe Bollywood. If you are one of them, then look no further than ZEE5. Starry Nights 2. Oh! invites your favourite actors to talk about their life and their upcoming projects. It is not just limited to Bollywood. Talk shows like Konjam Coffee Niraya Cinema which addresses prominent rumours floating in Kollywood is a fun watch for Tamil audience.

These are just some of the few reasons why ZEE5 makes up for a perfect TV shows experience and why you must pick it over the others. They offer all this with some lucrative subscription packs, making it an ideal choice for many.

Bracelet For Women, How To Choose The Perfect Model?

The choice of a bracelet can sometimes be a difficult dilemma mainly because the styles of women’s bracelet are so varied and interesting. Here are some tips for choosing the right model for each. To know more about the bracelet style Braceletworld will help you to know more about it.

Style

As with any other accessory, a bracelet must be chosen by considering the person intended to wear it. A delicate pattern will be better suited to a thin wrist.

For a person who has a very active lifestyle, a robust women’s bracelet will be more suitable. People with a discreet style of dress will also prefer discreet bracelet designs, that makes sense.Fortunately, given the choice we have, it is easy to find your style that you buy online or in store.

The perfect material

There are no rules imposed when the choice of materi to a bracelet for woman. Most of the time, personal preferences are decisive. There are tons of models and it is almost possible to find bracelets in all metal materials.

Although gold is still a safe and classic choice, stainless steel and silver are also very popular alternatives. Nickel-free stainless steel can be a good option if you are allergic to certain types of metals.

Choose according to your lifestyle

Size, material or even color are not the only criteria to choose from the wide selection of bracelet that exists. It is also good to consider your lifestyle and the way you want to wear this jewel. For example, busy moms sometimes prefer models without elastic strap type clasps, cuff or pull-on ring. The adjustable models will be recommended for women who like outdoor activities because, near the wrist, they will avoid any clash with branches or sports equipment. Bracelets not too delicate and durable will also be preferred by them.

The majority of women buy bracelets for their aesthetic appearance. However, some models can also have an impact on your well-being while making you beautiful. For example, models with magnetic parts are an excellent choice for women who want to relieve some pain by natural means.

If you think of using your mala daily as a permanent reminder of a goal or thought you never want to forget, the reason is just as commendable. In this case of devotional you can wear Malas bracelet as well as necklaces. It is even possible to combine several types of stones. Lava stones, quartz, amethysts or turquoises, do not hesitate to multiply the mala bracelets to enjoy all their benefits.

Fabric or woven bracelets bring a more ephemeral effect and are a good choice for people who tire quickly and often want to change accessories.

Conclusion, you are spoiled for choice in terms of colors, materials, sizes and styles, you choose the best models for your lifestyle and have a small selection of yours for the daily and for special occasions.

Simple Steps To Get Your Body & Mind Healthy

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When we think of a healthy lifestyle we’re mostly thinking of the physical aspect of health which means keeping our body healthy and free from illness, however, your mind is just as important as your body when it comes to overall health and well-being, so in this post we are going to share with you some of the simple ways that you can keep your body and mind healthy so that you can enjoy an overall great lifestyle and even perhaps reduce things like anxiety and depression from playing a role in your life.

Cutting back on alcohol:

Not only is alcohol a very unhealthy thing to drink a lot of for your body and causes a lot of physical issues, but it’s something that’s quite unhealthy for the mind as well due to the fact that alcohol is a depressant it can really caus a lot of issues for someone who suffers from things like depression or anxiety and can also trigger these feelings and make them worse, so if you’ve been thinking of giving up alcohol or at least cutting back, then this is definitely something to consider.

It’s important to realise that you may experience things like sober weight gain in the beginning, but this is just your body’s way of adapting to the change and it will balance itself out over time, and the positive aspects of course of giving up alcohol are overall weight loss, which can be good in some cases, decreased anxiety, increased energy, better sleep, and better skin amongst others.

Eating a balanced diet:

Food plays a major role in health and wellness, not only for the body, but for the mind as well, so making you sure that you’re eating a diet that is rich in nutrients, vitamins and that provide you with the energy that you need through the day as well as try and avoid bad diets and things that promise unrealistic results because your body responds best to balance and eating in a way that works for you.

Meditation:

There are many physical and mental health benefits to meditation that have been proven over the years, so if you’re finding that your life is particularly stressful or you would just like a way to relax, then meditation is definitely something worth trying. 

Meditation is something that there’s no right or wrong way to do it, it’s just about basically being able to be present with your thoughts and calm them so that they’re not overtaking your life. You can try out things like guided meditations for issues such as not being able to sleep or just being able to practice meditation if it’s something you’ve never done before and you’re having trouble quieting your thoughts.

Regular exercise:

We all know that getting regular exercise is something that’s important for a healthy lifestyle and even if it’s just a 20 minute brisk walk per day, it’s better than not doing anything – especially if you’re sitting for longer periods throughout the day, which certainly isn’t healthy, so making sure that you’re getting regular exercise, not only for your physical health but for your mental health too. 

The Life-Threatening Affects of Alcohol on Your Body

The function of the brain is to receive messages from the nerve cells of your body. Sending back the correct messages all the way through your body is the normal function and the healthy sign of brain.

Alcohol actually has psychotropic effects on the level of neurotransmitters by disrupting brain chemistry. The witnessing signs of heavy drinking include the stumbling tread, slurred speech and memory lapses. The people who are drunk are often observed having trouble with their balance, judgment, and coordination.  The effects of alcohol can be expectedly far-reaching, impinging your feelings, personality, movement, and much more.  

Alcoholism is a traumatic problem for families

Liquor addiction is a genuine, horrendous issue for families and for couples. Being married to somebody who is off the wagon can lead the other life partner to feel sad, down in the dumps and alone. Alcoholism is one of the main reasons people give for divorce in the world. Actually, it’s commonly one of the top three reasons, and that is justifiable. Liquor abuse can break up relationships to the point where they can never again be salvaged. To sum up, alcoholism can be grounds for divorce that essentially needs the service of the Divorce Matters Law Firm which deals divorce-related cases.  

The Main Adversary Effects of Alcoholism

The aftereffects of alcohol make us feel sluggish, lethargic, and slow-moving, repressing the activities of certain nerve pathways. 

Here are a number of the scandalous ways of how alcohol affects your brain.

Alcohol makes you klutz 

Alcohol eventually makes you clumsy and sluggish by restricting the activity of your brain centre. 

The scientific and investigational research in Alcoholism is of the view that heavy drinking can damage the brain’s cerebellum and ultimately cause a sense of balance problems for years. 

Inflammatory Damage: Chronic Liver Disease 

Life is one of the vital organs that help break down and eliminate harmful substances from your body. No doubt, liver disease is fatal and life-threatening and leads to harmful toxins and the waste upsurge in your body.

Women are at higher risk of creating alcoholic liver disease. Women’s bodies are likely to take in more liquor and need longer timeframes to process it. Women additionally show liver damage more rapidly than men.

Blood Sugar or Hypoglycemia

The pancreas directs your body’s insulin use and reaction to glucose. At the point when your pancreas and liver aren’t working properly, you risk encountering low blood sugar or hypoglycemia. A damaged pancreas may also prevent the body from creating enough insulin to use sugar. This can prompt hyperglycemia or a lot of sugar in the blood. 

It’s critical for people with diabetes or hypoglycemia to keep away from much quantity of liquor.

Digestive System is badly affected

Drinking can harm the tissues in your stomach related track and prevent your intestines from digesting food and sopping up vitamins and nutrients. Consequently, undernourishment may happen.

Dipsomania leads to:

  • Chronic intestinal gas
  • Bloating or tumescent
  • A feeling of fullness in your abdomen
  • Diarrhoea or painful stool

Circulatory System 

Alcohol can fatally affect your heart and lungs. People who are boozehounds have a higher danger of heart-related issues than people who don’t drink. Women who drink are more expected to build up coronary heart disease than men who drink.

Circulatory complications lead to:

  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Difficulty pumping blood through the body
  • Stroke or cardiac arrest
  • Heart disease or CAD
  • Heart failure

Conclusion

Stay aware of the impacts of alcohol on the body and figure out how it impacts your stomach, heart, liver and understand the relationship between alcohol and mental health, erectile dysfunction and weight gain.

Bikes, Good Food, Great View and More At Enfield Garage Cafe!

In one word if I have to describe this place, it would be AWESOME! Enfield Bikes, Good Food, and A Great View, what more can you ask for, still if you want more, Enfield Garage Cafe organizes regular events to keep you amused. The Sunday Stories especially is a very popular weekly event that happens at Garage Cafe.

Overlooking the Baga creek, this cafe is a part of the Enfield showroom and this makes it even more interesting. They have indeed a huge space which looks very inviting to spend long hours chilling there. In fact, I could simply carry my laptop, breathe in the fresh air, enjoy scrumptious meal and drinks and keep looking with drooling eyes towards the numerous Enfield bikes parked there.

Well, the food here is straight up basic, something that probably everyone can enjoy. Nothing fancy, but super delicious! 
We tried the following:


Spinach and Mushroom Crepes– super-thin crepes with a creamy filling of spinach and mushrooms- I really liked it

Buffalo Mozzarella and Pesto Pizza– this is definitely a must try, my sonny boy enjoyed it the most

Beef Stew– I thoroughly enjoyed dipping the bread on this flavourful stew with such tender pieces of beef. The meat was really very good. Simple recipe, great taste

Pan Seared Prawns– Have to be my favorite from the afternoon, subtle flavors but delicious

Pricing

I found the place moderately priced and given the fact the portion sizes are quite good, I think it is affordable. The average cost for two people would be Rs 1200/-.

Final Word

I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch at this beautiful cafe and loved everything about it. Do let me know about your experience if you have already visited or will visit now after reading my blog 🙂

Address 

House # 560, Villa Rodrigues, Arpora-Baga Creek Road, Arpora, Bardez, Goa

Shahi Kheer Recipe

While preparing for traditional Sunday lunches at home, we often spend a lot of time thinking about what to make for the dessert, because I feel it is one of the key elements of a meal. This Sunday since we were preparing a typical North Indian Thali with Butter Chicken, Dal Makhani and Kadhai Paneer, I thought of making Kheer for the dessert.

This recipe was passed on to me by my mother, its simple and yummy!

The Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Cup Rice- Washed
  • 5 Cups Full Cream Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tea Spoon Cardamom Powder
  • A Pinch of Saffron Dissolved In Milk
  • Chopped Almonds and Cashews


I used Zantye’s Almonds and Cashews because some of the ingredients that enhance the taste of a dish are very important and thus I believe in using only quality products. Zantye’s has been my favorite ever since I stepped my foot in Goa 10 years ago. Back then I used to parcel them for Delhi and now since Goa is home, I simply cannot do without these. From desserts to my chicken recipes and kebabs, I use Zantyes products quite extensively in my cooking.

Method:

  • Boil the rice and milk in a deep pan.
  • Simmer over a low flame, stirring occasionally till the rice is cooked and the milk becomes thick.
  • Add sugar when done, and stir lightly till it gets dissolved
  • Add cardamom powder and saffron dissolved in milk.
  • Transfer into a serving dish and garnish with almonds and cashews. I prefer my almonds and cashews raw, if you want you can either soak them in water for sometime and then use or even toast them lightly in a pan.
  • Serve hot or chilled.

Have You Been To Cuebebar Smokehouse Yet? If Not, You Must!

There is food, then there is food made with a lot of love, there are restaurants, and then there are dreams, this place Cuebebar Smokehouse Goa falls in the latter category because it isn’t just a restaurant but a dream that a young boy of 23 all has seen and pursued, it reflects his passion along with that of his friend. Arjun and his friend Bunty are the two boys behind this amazing place. Arjun who worked with Marriott in Texas before coming back to India is the main chef while his friend Bunty takes up the charge for the bar and shakes up some amazing cocktails.

It is one of Goa’s first smokehouse and grills and no place can satiate your cravings for great burgers, and sandwiches than this one. All meats are smoked for a minimum of 6-10 hours and thus the flavors are to swear by. In fact, they are so particular about smoking techniques, that they made their own smoker from an old tank.

Ambiance

The place has a very raw, rustic and garage like feel with some super awesome bikes adding the funk to the whole atmosphere. I loved the use of raw wood at certain places, especially the plank which has the bar menu printed on it caught my eyes. And you just cannot miss posing with the bikes, I am sure it is gonna be one of the most instagrammable restaurants of Goa, in the times to come.

Food


Coming to the food, because of their sheer love and hospitable nature, they served us some homemade chips and you can’t avoid binging on them. I teamed it up with an amazing cocktail called Ice Age, while I waited for my food to be served.

The smoked beetroot salad was simply amazing, healthy, nutritious and very very tasty. The goat cheese and the use of orange vinaigrette gave it an extra punch that I loved.

Orange Brined Chicken served on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes was typically my kind of food and I know I will be going back for it soon.

The Cuebebar style beef burger is a must have. Period. The smoked beef will melt in your mouth and the burst of flavors with caramelized onions is something you would definitely not want to miss.

The Cuebebar slider platter is also something you can’t miss. The pulled pork slider is something that makes my mouth water even when I write about it now. It’s definitely worth all the attention. The tender meat smoked perfectly and oh yes the onions, yum yum!

Service

The service was very quick and I did not have to wait too long to gorge on the scrumptious food.

Pricing

I found the prices very pocket-friendly given the fact they are almost like American portions and one portion is more than sufficient for an individual person. Average cost for 2 people would be Rs 500-600

Final Word

This place surely deserves to be on your list and apart from amazing food, they keep doing regular events to keep their clients entertained. So it’s my belief that you would love spending an evening enjoying great food and drinks at Cuebebar and it might become one of those places where you would go again and again. At least I can say I found a happy place which serves my kind of food 🙂

Address 

Behind SORO Village Pub, Assagaon – Badem road.

Important Information

Open only for dinners, 6 PM- 11:30 PM and closed on Tuesdays

Vaishnavipratima, Goa’s most noteworthy lifestyle store showcases its signature collection


Vaishnavipratima – The Interiors Studio
 can easily be called one of the most noteworthy and Instagram worthy lifestyle store Goa can ask for. I have been a fan of this place since its launch last September. A spacious 90-year-old Portuguese Goan Villa is now converted into this amazing interiors studio which specializes in Indianized artifacts, furniture, interior design, and fashion jewelry and apparel. Right from the entrance to each room in the villa, this place is a true delight.


The weekend saw the launch of Vaishnavipratima’s Signature Collection which includes exclusive furniture pieces and furnishings which are apt for Goan homes. From exclusive furniture pieces like beds, dining tables, chairs, sofa sets, cabinets, bars, etc., the studio also offers a designer collection of furnishings, crockery, trays, candles, and other decorative items to uplift your home and other spaces.


The launch also witnessed the availability of Oorjaa- the handmade paper lights brand which is widely popular for its use of agricultural and craft waste fibers from lokta, banana fiber paper to upcycled cork and quarry waste to create interesting textures, colors, form, and light.

One look at the collection of lights and I am sure you can’t stop yourself from buying a couple of those gorgeous pieces.

As one of the first artisanal paper studios in the country, they have learned their craft through a journey of discovery. Along the way, they have been joined by people who share their curiosity of material and passion to create not just lamps, but spaces that glow from within. Crafted with care, every lamp is alive with the inimitable individuality of the handmade- superfluous in both, aesthetic and the methods, evolving designs that are easy on the eye and the environment.

Vaishnavipratima, based out of Mumbai & Goa, resonates with similar ethos of sustainable living, encouraging artisanal and exquisite handmade furniture and furnishings. 


Apart from being mesmerized by the showcase, the evening was made more delightful gorging on to the savories curated by Cuebebar Smokehouse Goa and the warm hospitality of Vaishnavi Pratima and Sinéad McManus


If you haven’t checked out the stuff yet, it definitely calls for a visit and also the entire range is quite reasonably priced given the fact that each furniture piece is exclusive and also the smaller products are not designed for more than 2-3 pieces of similar kind, so when you pick up something from this store there is a faint chance of finding it at your neighbor’s house too. A visit is highly recommended 

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