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Preeti Verma Lal

In a world where everyone wants to be seen, Preeti Verma Lal prefers being invisible (that's why no photograph). But if you bump into someone with waist-long hair, her eyes lined with thick (really thick) kohl and a pearl in the gold nose ring, perhaps it is her. Having worked in the United States and India as a journalist, she now freelances as a writer/photographer for various publications in India and abroad. On a good day, she edits manuscripts, dabbles in Urdu calligraphy, makes pickles and crochets. Fluent in Hindi, Urdu, English, Magahi (dialect) and currently learning Persian, she calls writing her salvation and words as the only staircase to heaven. Having trudged the world on various writing assignments, she now lives in Goa.

Elaa goa cafe & bar

A vegan-friendly menu at Elaa Goa Cafe & Bar

At Elaa Goa, an earth-based café & bar in Anjuna, Chef Sandeep Sreedharan serves ingredient-driven dishes rustled up coastal style. The radiant red firecracker flowers were the first to catch my attention…

Vedro in latin quarter panjim goa

Vedro in Panjim is eccentric and fun

Designed by Sussanne Khan, Vedro plates eccentric cuisine, conspicuously Indian fare in not-so-Indian formats. Not surprisingly, the swish restaurant is now Goa’s hippest spot for sundowners and dinner. And a hint of…

Food at slaughter house vegan

There’s no butchering at Slaughter House Vegan

The new kid on the Goan vegan block, Slaughter House Vegan is not only busting the vegan clichés of boring salads and smoothie bowls, it is also dishing a 100 percent animal…

Larder & folk

Larder & Folk’s sandwiches will turn you on

Metamorphosing from a cloud kitchen to walk-in to a sit-down café, Larder & Folk is redefining sourdoughs, sandwiches, sauces and snacks while laying lavish spreads for private parties. “I want to be…

Saraswat food at kokum curry

Finding the best Saraswat food in Goa

Redolent with flavours from kokum to khatkhate, here are four of the best options for a deep dive into Saraswat Brahmin food in Goa. Looking for authentic Saraswat Brahmin food in Goa?…

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A vegan affair at Okapi

Okapi Vegan Kitchen in Aldona started as an experiment for personal vegan food self-reliance, but is now much sought after for its desserts, community dinners, farmer’s market and sustainability philosophy. One fortuitous…

Yaki zushi goa

Back to the future with Yaki Zushi

With one foot firmly in tradition, Chef Amory D’Souza’s Asian restaurant Yaki Zushi in Porvorim is also experimenting with futuristic techniques like a 5-in-1 barbecue contraption that looks like an alien spaceship.…

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The perfect food grammar at Edible Archives

Chef Anumitra Ghosh Dastidar and Shalini Krishan’s Edible Archives in Anjuna is much more than a restaurant — it is culinary education in a meal. Sitting with Chef Anumitra Ghosh Dastidar and Shalini Krishan in…

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Old Monk Pork Chops and other surprises at Ida

The Ida Boutique Bar & Kitchen in Vagator offers trendy, homestyle fare and a bar with lots of surprises “This is Sean.” A voice from the other end piped over the phone.  “Shawn…

Montego bay beach village, morjim, goa, hotel, beach

Counting my blessings at Montego Bay Beach Village

Whether you want to relax or race around doing fun things on your Goan holiday, staying at this beautiful property in Morjim will add a lot to your experience. No one carries…

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Portuguese custard tarts and more at Padaria Prazeres

Just a few months old, Padaria Prazeres is an astounding bakery in Panjim that dishes up traditional custard tarts, moist Berliners, wholesome bagels, hot chocolate and more.  When you are heading to…

Cazulo feni tasting room

All about feni at Fazenda Cazulo

A feni tasting at Fazenda Cazulo, a feni cellar in South Goa, reveals that there is a lot more to the heritage and process of making feni than meets the eye.  Raise…

Roboto in calangute goa

Japanese and Korean casual fine dining at Roboto in Calangute

Chef Oishik Neogy’s Roboto is a Japanese izakaya-style restaurant in Calangute with a focus on sustainability and a minimal carbon footprint.  On the way to Calangute beach, ignore the sculpted dolphins huddled…

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Offbeat food trails in Goa with Soul Travelling

That Goa has food to die for is no secret. But have you tasted it all? These unusual food trails, curated by Soul Travelling, dive deeper into Goa’s culinary landscape and send…