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Goa again

I’ve ignored this space for months. The past few months have been eventful – we’ve had our share of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

A few friends (R, M, and A) came together to form ‘Keetabi Keedas’, a book club that started on a very ambitious note. The plan was to read the Harvard Five Feet Shelf. It did not take us long to abandon the project, but we’ve continued to read together. We’ve created a whatsapp group and meet online once in a while to discuss everything under the sun, and sometimes the book. Our selections have been wide and varied. We’ve read the Reluctant Fundamentalist, Heart of Darkness, On the Road, I know why the caged bird sings, etc and are now wondering whether to read How to flirt with a naked werewolf!! While I was in Goa this weekend, A shared a quote she felt was ‘lovely’ – “We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others, that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.” R felt it was “very nice” while I found it sad. A responded by saying that she didn’t it was sad as much as true and that “we all wear mask everyday and at some point start thinking of ourselves only with that mask or label”. I felt it was true and yet sad and expressed the thought that we all need to have at least one person in front of whom we don’t need to wear a mask or one who can see through it. It was absolutely weird when within minutes of sending this Mahesh shared an observation about me that someone shared with¬†him. My veil had been pierced. I didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry. I smiled and then proceeded to cry ūüôā Super weird!

This was my third trip to Goa. The first trip had some funny moments. The highlight of my third trip was hanging out with M who also happened to be holidaying in Goa. She was in South Goa while I was in North Goa. We met at Mapusa (pronounced maapsa) Market and explored the Friday market. We focused largely on the food. M did pick up some bangles too.

We came across these super tiny pineapples. The sweet limes on the right give you an indication of how small they are.

Baby pineapples

Baby pineapples

We were befriended by Anita, a lady from Gujarat, who spoke to us in English and insisted that we come to her shop. We told her that we wanted to explore food joints and would go to her shop after that. We walked into Luizinha’s where I picked up Goan sausages, fish curry masala, sorportel paste, and rechado paste. We were surprised to find Anita waiting for us outside Luizinha’s. We decided to check out her stall. She had a collection of pashmina shawls and cushion covers. We weren’t interested in either and she was quite upset about it.

Sausages Galore

Sausages Galore

While M was looking at seeds for her mom, I got distracted by these murrukus being sold by two men from Rajasthan. I tasted one and found it very unusual – it starts out sweet and then ends up being salty and spicy. We packed some for home.

Rajasthani Murruku

Rajasthani Murruku

It started to rain while we were in the market, but that didn’t deter us in any way. We sampled some local sweets prepared by a lady for Ganesh Chaturthi. We tried the coconut based barfi and guava jelly and packed some. We then headed to the hugely popular Simonia Bakery. Our requests for a sample of bebinca and baath cake were brutally turned down. We had no option but to buy them ūüėõ we bought 500gms of bebinca and asked them to cut a slice for us to taste. One bite and we were in heaven. It was the best bebinca I’d ever eaten. We packed some more.

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Mapusa Market

Mapusa Market

M and I headed to Brittos (considered to be a ‘tourist trap’ by some) for lunch. We ordered Sausage Chilli Fry, Calamari Rechado, and Goan Fish Curry. The Calamari was outstanding – it was perfectly cooked and the masala was yum. The curry was also very nice. This was a lot of food for the two of us, but we managed to polish a fair amount. We ended the mail with a yum slice of a Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake. We camped at Brittos for over 2 hours and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Chilli Sausage Fry, Calamari Rechado, and Goan Fish Curry at Brittos

Chilli Sausage Fry, Calamari Rechado, and Goan Fish Curry at Brittos

Here’s a picture of all the things I bought from Mapusa market.

Goodies from Goa

Goodies from Goa

The next afternoon, Mahesh and I headed to O’coqueiro for lunch. On reaching there we realised that Charles Sobhraj had been arrested while eating at the restaurant. Wonder what he was eating and who paid for the meal.

Look who got arrested here!

Look who got arrested here!

We ordered stuffed crab, clam cutlets, pork sorpotel and bread. The crabs were tiny but stuffed with crab meat. It was delicious.
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Stuffed Crab

Stuffed Crab

We couldn’t taste the clams at all and the cutlet was a letdown.

Clam Cutlets

Clam Cutlets

We enjoyed the sorpotel which had liver and meat in a curry.

Pork Sorpotel

Pork Sorpotel

And then I made the mistake of ordering a cucumber cake. I felt we should end with a traditional dessert, something we hadn’t eaten before. There was a look of surprise on the server’s face when I asked for it. We were served a huge slice of the cake. It tasted like a sweet cucumber raita. We couldn’t go past a few bites, though I tried telling myself that it was growing on me ūüôā

Cucumber Cake

Cucumber Cake

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Caperberry

I haven’t felt inspired enough to update the blog in a long time. That doesn’t mean I haven’t done my fair share of eating or cooking. I’ve tried three types of Ambur Biryani, eaten goat head (not brain) fry, made mini chocolate croissants, and some more. The microwave at home stopped working three weeks ago. All my baking (yes, I bake in a micro with conve(i)ction) has come to a halt. I am itching to bake something. Is it time for a new micro?

Meanwhile, here’s my experience at Caperberry which is touted as one among Bangalore’s best restaurants.

We had the three course fixed menu at Caperberry as part of Times Gourmet Week over a month ago. The meal kicked off with a tangy beetroot gazpacho, freshly baked bread, and creamy basil pesto.

Beetroot Gazpacho, fresh bread, and creamy pesto
 

The pesto was addictive. We then had the poached chicken sou vide salad with orange and the duet of parsley crumbed calamari rings and paprika and cumin grilled chicken.

Poached chicken salad

The salad was light, crunchy, and full of flavour. The citrus of the orange segments worked wonders. The calamari rings were spectacular – it was almost like biting into butter. The cumin grilled chicken paled in view of the other two dishes. It was decent but not as yummy as the calamari.
Calamari Rings on the left and grilled chicken on the right

For mains, we had Picada Grilled Halibut and the Chicken Risotto.

Risotto

I was quite let down with the Risotto. The chicken stock that must have been used to make the risotto completely overpowered the dish. I wish some parsley had been added to mask the overwhlemingly chickeny flavour of the fish.

Halibut

The fish on the other hand was chunky almost meaty and went really well with the mixed beans. It was beautifully plates as well.

For dessert we had mango mousse, coconut jelly, toasted coconut, candied rose petal and churros. The mousse was gelatinous and the candied rose petals were not fragrant at all. This was quite a dissapointing dessert.

Mango mousse
The churros and the warm chocolate on the other hand were very nice.

Churros
The meal ended with a yummy little tiny raspberry tart. While on the whole I enjoyed the meal this was nowhere close to my experience at Indian Accent or Olive in New Delhi.
Petit Four : Raspberry Tart
Priced at Rs 750 per head plus taxes, this meal was definitely value for money.

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My list of places to eat at in Delhi

In the first week of May, Mahesh and I relocated to Bangalore. I was sad to leave my parents and good friends and yet excited to set up home in a city I have grown to love. Before leaving Delhi, I had a couple of restaurants/food I wanted to eat at and managed to cover most. Interestingly, majority were places that I had been to before. The ones I missed were Al Kauser and the Khao Suey at The Kitchen.

Here is the list of restaurants that I went to in the last few weeks/months before I left Delhi :

1.¬†Yum Yum Tree, New¬†Friends Colony – The dimsum and sushi buffet. I’ve blogged about their Sunday Brunch at YYT here. I¬†LOVE the asparagus sushi (veg sushi is yum!), prawn tempura sushi,¬†¬†and the prawn har gao here. This was my last and best restaurant meal in Delhi.

2. Karim’s, Old Delhi – Breakfast of nihari and paya with soft¬†tandoori rotis. Surprisingly,¬†the weather on the last¬†Sunday morning in April was absolutely splendid. It made our journey to Old Delhi and back very very pleasant. I’ve blogged about my experience at Karim’s before.

3. Asian Haus – This is located in Zamrudpur, Greater Kailash and you can either do take away or have them deliver the food to your place. The way in which they pack the food and deliver it is quite interesting.¬†I love their Khao Suey, Otak Otak, and Sesame Chicken. Recently, I had them deliver these very dishes to my parents as a surprise Sunday lunch ūüôā

Neat Boxes of Food

Neat Boxes of Food

Otak Otak

Otak Otak

Khao Suey

Khao Suey

Khao Suey Assembled

Khao Suey Assembled

4. Indian Accent – I’ve blogged about my “experience” at Indian Accent before. Luckily, they featured again in¬†Restaurant Week in April. This time around I went there with my parents and we loved the food. What I really enjoyed were the bacon wrapped prawns, the pao bhaji, the tender coconut creme brulee and the doda burfi tart. Here are the pictures of what we ate.

meetha achaar chilean spare ribs, sun dried mango, toasted kalonji seeds

meetha achaar chilean spare ribs, sun dried mango, toasted kalonji seeds

tandoori bacon prawns, wasabi malai cream

tempered ricotta vada, pao bhaji, kafir lime butter pao 'chowpatty in a bowl'

tempered ricotta vada, pao bhaji, kafir lime butter pao ‘chowpatty in a bowl’

slow cooked baby lamb shank, california prune and mulberry korma

rice crusted john dory moilee, market green and pine nut poriyal

rice crusted john dory moilee, market green and pine nut poriyal

tender coconut and palm sugar br√Ľl√©e, berry chaat

tender coconut and palm sugar br√Ľl√©e, berry chaat

warm doda burfi treacle tart, homemade vanilla bean ice cream

warm doda burfi treacle tart, homemade vanilla bean ice cream

besan ladoo tart, mithai cheese cake, winter fruits

besan ladoo tart, mithai cheese cake, winter fruits

mishti doi cannoli, amaranth ladoo