Goan Flavour Journey – Recommended Blogs

It’s been 3 months since I wrote the first post (about Sweet Water and Tandoori Shark) on Goan Flavour. Has so much time passed already!?

Time flows eternal.

Time flows eternal.

It’s been an interesting journey. I was pretty enthusiastic about posting about Goa in the initial days, putting up pretty much everything I thought of, without really thinking how useful it is for the reader.

Goa oh Goa!

Goa oh Goa!

Hopefully I’ve learned from my lessons and the later blogs are more in tune with helping newcomers discover Goa, and old timers rediscover it :).

On a different note, these three months have led to the discovery of many interesting blogs on WordPress. It is quite awe-inspiring to read these stories, posted by some very talented people. It has forced me to think harder, and write better posts.

One of the bloggers, Les 3 Elephants, who has an amazing story by the way (read about it here), was kind enough to nominate me for the Liebster blog award.  

Inspiration!

Inspiration!

While I won’t be writing for it, I will be recommending some of the very inspiring bloggers, who’s posts are a pleasure to read. Fun, quirky and often deep, they enrich everyday life and make you think about life beyond your own world.

Here they are (in no particular order), and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do :):

  1. Fabulous 50’s  – Great posts by a “fifty-ish” baby boomer who puts many young people to shame with her vibrant energy
  2. Dreaming in Arabic – All about adventures in the UAE. Compelling and well written posts with nice photos.
  3. The Open Suitcase – Quirky, fun posts about travel with family
  4. Not in India – A nice blog with gentle, relaxing posts, quotes, thoughts and much more
  5. PS Love Charli – A very nice blog about fashion, health and celebrities
  6. AvecVeritas – Another well written blog about make up and beauty. Great to suggest to all your female friends!
  7. MissAdventure – Follow the adventures of Jessica as she travels and writes about teaching abroad in China, Thailand and more
  8. The High Heel Gourmet – I love this blog for its wonderful pictures of authentic Thai and Asian fusion food. You can see that Miranti really puts a lot of effort in writing detailed recipes designed to make you drool.
  9. Simple Tom – I enjoy Tom’s blog for his high impact visuals and informative videos. His posts are simple, not too long, but they leave you inspired and thinking of a better way to live :).
  10. CristianMihai – This is one of the latest discoveries. A writer from Romania, Cristian has great short stories, essays and more about the craft of writing, its struggles and joys. 
  11. Wanderful World – Adventures of an arm chair traveller!
  12. TheVintagePostcard – She has some of the best photograph galleries about travels around the world and a most beautiful website layout.
  13. EricJohnBaker – Another nice blog about writing. Eric is also a talented musician and just posted a great song in the genre of Progressive Post-Punk Arena Pop. Check it out the video here. The band’s called Full Blown Cranium and the albums called Cacophony of Weirdos. Just hearing the name, you know you want to listen to it :)!
  14. Chronicles of Wanderlust – As they say, two travelers discovering the world and capturing their journey with nice posts and photos. They just covered Victoria and are having a contest giving away Maple Cream Cookies, amongst other prizes :). Check it out right away!

I do apologize for my brief introductions above; they do not to do justice to the depth and breadth of topics covered by them.They cover travel, living, fashion, food, inspiration and much much more :).

 I invite you to explore and enjoy these blogs.

Relaxed Goa

Relaxed Goa

 

And do come back to Goan Flavour, for fun, food and relaxation.

Update:

I’m shifting goanflavour from WordPress to be hosted on Hostgator.com. So during the transfer process, it’s possible that some pictures/links may no longer work. If you find any link not working or post not displaying, please let me know, and I’ll fix it right away.

The decision to shift was prompted by a wish to have greater control on the website and I’m it will work out better for you:)! 

“You got to be careful if you don’t know…

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“You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.”

–Yogi Berra

“The real voyage of discovery…

New eyes...

New eyes…

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

Marcel Proust

Goan Flavour_Story Behind The Blog

I will be honest.

Goanflavour was born out of a need to create a record for all the memorable food joints in Goa. Also, I wanted to to have a sort of aim for weekends, which are otherwise spent lounging at home or in front of the T.V. I had enough of mind numbing brain mushing weekends which weren’t really contributing to the quality of life.

I have lived in over 20 different countries since childhood, courtesy a dad whose work involved massive amounts of travel. Russia, Japan, Mauritius, Syria, Maldives, UK, France and more. I have been there, enjoyed food with people of different cultural backgrounds. I have had steaming cups of tea in small cold mountain shacks, and also enjoyed gourmet meals at 5 star restaurants.

Tea in the mountains

Tea in the mountains

I enjoy escaping to the mountains, whether winter or spring. One of the most memorable trips was hiking up the mountains in Triund, with a couple of college mates. It was a 4 hour trek with rocky paths and shaggy green trees. Sometimes there was only a path a foot wide, with a 2000m drop on one side and mountain wall on the other. We met an Israeli couple on the way. The dude was wearing a ridiculously large cowboy hat, while the girl was looking green in the gills. The Israeli dude sang hindi songs and offered us his bottle of Chivas when we helped them out with medicine for mountain sickness.

For most of 2011, I was on the islands of Maldives. Exploring different resorts every month, I must

Fishes in the Maldives

Fishes in the Maldives

have visited at leaset 20-30 different high end resorts. We also went snorkelling, cruising with

dolphins and eating varied Maldivian, Thai, Indonesian and continental cuisine. Heady times and all the good eating has left me with a bulge that needs immediate attention.

So the posts brought to you here, are the experiences of a seasoned traveler who has ended up in places he never planned to, hung out with all sorts of interesting and wacky characters and survived.

How did you fall in love with food and travel? What are your most memorable experiences involving the two?