Friday, April 20, 2018

Here’s what to expect from this all new gastropub in Panjim | Embers Goa

A global inspired Goan dining experience is how I’d define my visit to this new gastro pub in town. Embers, located in Tonca, seems like a no-frills-attached place from the outside, but it converts into a hip party spot for the night, with some of the coolest DJs and live gigs. They even have a ladies night on Wednesdays and a great party going on Fridays. Within just a couple of months of opening doors, they have created the buzz for all the right reasons. While their parties seem interesting, their food is equally enticing. That’s how I found my way to Embers on a warm summer afternoon. The interiors are dark, but trendy and the colour play attracts.

What stands out as you enter is the wooden interiors and the Kopak bar that churns out some unique cocktails. They do have a couple of interesting cocktails, some of them are fresh-fruit based ones! We specifically liked the Watermelon Cosmo @ Rs 350 and Frozen Mango Margarita @ Rs 450. I’m sure both of these will be every girls favourite – one, for its fruity flavour, two – because they’re extremely cute and colourful! The Watermelon Cosmo – a perfect blend of watermelon, orange liqueur, cranberry and vodka – is very refreshing and perfect for the summers. The mushy Mango Margarita with mango pulp is every mango lover’s delight! Their bar also serves some great craft beer. Oh, just to mention, they serve Simba and The White Owl too, yayyh!

Embers – a pub, lounge or bistro, whatever you may like to call it, is also open for lunch from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm and serves a varied non-vegetarian menu. Well, the vegetarian food is limited, but the meaty treats are something you must look forward to. Having said that, the vegetarians can enjoy their veg cutlets, stuffed mushrooms or watermelon salad. If you prefer seafood, you could settle in for crab or fish cakes, golden shrimps or mussels caldeen for light nibbles. They even serve chicken cafreal and chicken liver – some of the local favourites.

I love how their menu is globally inspired and locally enhanced by ingredients that are sourced locally. We started with the Masala Squids Stuffed With Prawns @ Rs 400. It’s exactly what the name says – squids stuffed with prawns and cooked in true home style recheado masala – the right amount of spicy. The Clam chilly Fry With Garlic Bread Toast @ Rs 350 is every bit of perfection. The clams sautéed into a truly Goan chilly fry and served with some delicious toasted garlic bread. The portion sizes are not so large, and could serve two people.

For the mains, you could choose from basic comfort food like sausage pulao or Goan prawn curry, or opt for a steak if you prefer. Some of their mains have an infusion of wine or whisky and great for those looking for some adventurous options. We decided to try their Fillet Mignon in Red Wine Reduction @ Rs 600 – a beef steak served medium rare with red wine sauce, and a side of sautéed veggies. The meat is succulent and full of flavour. I couldn’t get enough of the baby potato too. The Bar B Que Pork Spare Ribs @ Rs 500 served with their home made BBQ sauce are too good to resist.

While you don’t expect good dessert at a gastro pub, we were definitely in for a surprise. They had a very local dessert menu which even had serradura, bebinca and caramel pudding! I ended my meal with their house made Caramel Pudding @ Rs 200 which was delightful! The place has a chilled out vibe to it and perfect for a night out with friends or even a work day meal. They have introduced a special menu for working people! The staff is warm and friendly and makes sure you have a great experience while at Embers. Definitely a place to visit in Panaji.

Text: Flexcia D'souza
Embers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Gourmet desserts at this French patisserie in Ashwem

You know the joy of finding a quaint little cafe tucked away in a distant place? Well, my find - Delicieux Goa - in Ashwem was one of those! On the way to Arambol beach, my sudden sweet cravings pulled me towards this patisserie that serves some incredible French dessert. Though I wished to grab a macaron, I ended up having a chocolate overdose with a Ferrero Rocher Praline,Vanilla Choux and Chocolate Eclair - all of which were yummy! What a perfect day! The cafe in itself is beautiful - with a little outdoor sitting space as well and a cool interior. The service is great and the food is value for money! They seem to have a nice breakfast menu too, which I am yet to try. Let me know what you think of it in the comments below.

Delicieux Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Chic and comfortable summer dressing ft. handwoven Khadi Matka ensembles by Praan:t

Recently I got the oppurtunity to wear a wonderful Pune-based designer who showcased her summer collection in Goa – Monika Chordia. Her label Praan:t, is all about customising the perfect silhouettes – may it be for the one looking for an outfit for a day out, classy office wear or chic summer ensemble. She uses age-old weaves and Indian handicrafts to create an exquisite collection of chic, elegant and in-vogue Indian and Indo-western clothing.

I wore two relatively different outfits from her latest collection that narrates a beautiful tale of modern day India through two of our country’s most remarkable, yet forgotten weaves. From the by-lanes of Bhuj and the heart of West Bengal come the purest of Indian fabrics – Kala Cotton and Khadi Matka. The collection uses the former in subtle, muted, earthen tones to create stylish day-wear; and striking, bright hues for the evening-wear made in Khadi Matka.

The range is an elegant ensemble of pure Indian fabrics, western Influences, trendy cuts and the most intricate embroideries garnered with innovative detailing and stitching techniques. Both my outfits are made of handwoven Khadi Matka – a very light and breathable fabric. I picked these because they came in bright hues as opposed to the earthy tones of the Kala Cotton. The comfort level is unbelievable, without compromising on the structure.

Say for example, the pleats on the naturally dyed maroon ensemble – how neat do they look? This outfit is perfect for someone looking for some drama and structured detailing. It fits perfectly and accentuates my body just right. It could be accessorised by adding a chunky clutch, hoops and heels for a different look.

My second outfit is this natural dyed green cropped shrug on this elegant flowy black maxi dress. I love how the horizontal embroidery detailing on the shrug makes my body look proportionate. It can be effortlessly dressed down for the evening with some sneakers or comfy booties, or dressed up for the night by adding some heels or blingy jewelry. While we always focus on trends, these outfits are a refreshingly classy take on fashion!

Modelled by: Flexcia D’souza (Facebook | Instagram |Twitter)
Outfits: Summer 2018 collection of Praan:t (Facebook | Instagram)
Photography by: Viresh Chari (Facebook | Instagram)
Shoot location: Panaji, Goa

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Nothing should stop you from doing what you love || ft. CocoLeni eyewear

Hey guys

For those who don't know, I love reading. I have a mini library at home. I have been reading ever since I could. One reason I write for a living today is because I loved reading and I thought creating content is the coolest thing to do in this universe. Being able to touch just one life - in a way that many writers have touched mine - is something that keeps me going! Reading is something I can not imagine life without...

However, one really big challenge I need to keep tackling is poor vision. I'm born with a poor vision which was discovered only when I was 10 - because it was evident that I CAN NOT SEE! It came as a blow to my family, because no one, not even the elders in the family wore glass. So for a ten-year-old to be wearing a pair was scandalizing. I was totally oblivious of what's going on, and one fine morning I remember my mum forcing me to wear big round glasses to school... and that was the end of my life as a child!

I got teased, bullied and called all sorts of names, the most common one was Jssi from this soap opera 'Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin' which was aired on TV at around the same time I started wearing glasses. It definitely was a blow to my self-confidence. I stopped going out to play, I stopped doing everything a normal child would. I wasn't even allowed to watch TV. That's when and how I started reading. And my love for reading only grew over the years.

I got contact lenses only when I was 20 years old, because I was too scared of the weird stuff that I'd have to put into my eyes. But when I did get lenses, there was no turning back. I got my confidence back. I looked so much better. And life was fabulous... until, one fine day, one of my contact lens broke into two - in my eyes. Yes! I was at the beach and though I was wearing sunglasses, it was just too hot for me. That was in the summer of 2016. The same thing happened in the summer of 2018. I freaked out and stopped wearing contact lenses.

So I continued wearing glasses. But this time, I was so much more confident in my skin. I knew I had to live with my glasses and there was no running away from it. I can hardly even see without my glasses on, so I quite literally wear them everywhere I go. I have them besides my pillow and wear them the first thing when I wake up and take them off moments before I go to bed. So well, my glasses are a part of me, and they help me read and write better. I don't think my vision restricts me from reading. I don't think anything stops me from doing anything I love. And I think nothing should stop you from doing what you love!

I call this a new look because, I don't share pictures wearing glasses on the blog, for one plain reason - they aren't very flattering to look at. However, I shot by the beach with this pair of tortoise shell frames from CocoLeni Eyewear and I'm happy with the results. I think, if you pick the right glasses, they can very well be your style statement. The CocoLeni store is located in Caranzalem and offers an eclectic range of chic eyewear made from natural materials - making it unique and very different from what you get in the Indian market.

This editorial is shot by the very talented Ghananil Naik, who's a friend and a content creator himself! 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Six latest books by Indian authors you must read ASAP (...I loved them)

#ToTheMoon How I Blogged My Way To Bollywood
Author: Malini Agarwal
Genre: Non-fiction (autobiography)
Published on: 7 January 2018
This is everything you need to read if you’ve been a Miss Malini fan. I’ve been looking forward to the book ever since it was announced and finished it within days of receiving my copy. It’s everything a young entertainment media professional would need to read at the beginning of my career.

The Perils of Being Moderately Famous
Author: Soha Ali Khan
Genre: Non-fiction (autobiography)
Published on: 12 December 2017
I finished reading this engaging book in one sitting. Kunal Kemmu used to be my teenage crush while in school. Remember his look in Kalyug? And the synopsis looked pretty enticing. A glimpse into the family that’s contributed so much to Bollywood.

Dangerous Minds
Authors: Hussain Zaidi and Brijesh Singh
Genre: Non-fiction (crime thriller)
Published on: 20 June 2017
This read was everything I’d hoped and wished it was. I totally love the author – Hussain Zaidi and have pretty much read all his books. He’s a crime journalist turned author and makes books on his experience covering hardcore crime over the decades, which includes narrating life stories of some of the most notorious gangsters India has known, and the lesser known ones too!

Seventy… And Too Hell With It
Author: Shobhaa De
Genre: Non-fiction (memoir)
Published on: 13 December 2017
Shobhaa De, in a voice that’s confident and candid recounts her relationships in the past seventy years of life as a celebrity journalist and author. Like every other book of hers, this is a well written memoir and makes a delightful read for those who love her writing.

The Kiss of Life
Author: Emraan Hashmi and Bilal Siddiqui
Genre: Non-fiction
Published on: 5 April 2016
This book, provides an insight into the life of the actor, right from the time he was a child artiste, to a lead actor to the time he shot to fame to the time his career slowed down. Everything from his relationships to his acting career becomes a part of this book, though the major chunk of it is of course, how he and his son brave the deadly cancer and bounce back.

The Boy With A Broken Heart
Author: Durjoy Datta
Genre: Romance/thriller
Published on: 15 November 2017

This is a sequel to Durjoy’s The Boy Who Loved which released earlier this year and is a gripping and enchanting tale with the desired suspense and drama as the story advances. Though I loved the chick-lits he wrote while I was younger, I love how his books have changed over the years and his writing skills have just advanced to cater to a different audience. You must read this one, also because his author pic is cute! :p  

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Styling for a day out

If you're someone looking for style and comfort at the same time - here's an poutfit inspiration for you. I styled my shirt dress with a basic v-neck white tee and comfortable cotton shorts. Threw on a pair of sneakers and accessorized with a choker to complete this easy look for a day out. Hope you liked this post!  

Monday, January 15, 2018

Perfect Sunday Indulgence at the 11:11 Brunch at Kenilworth Resort & Spa, Utorda, South Goa

Hey guys!

If you’re wondering how to spend the slightly warm and humid Sunday afternoons in Goa without getting baked in the sun, the 11:11 Brunch at The Palms, the Kenilworth Resort & Spa is your answer! What a fun day it was when I made my way down south to soak in some sun and indulge in some good food and quality drinks.

The team at the resort nestled in the white sands of Utorda Beach promises to make your Sundays full of fun, with a scrumptious culinary journey, and you guessed it right, at the stroke of 11:11 am! Their love for the number 11 manifests itself in the 11 live stations, the 11 activities for adults and kids and 11 concoctions that the bar has skilfully mixed for unlimited feasting and a delightful noon, apart from the extravagant spread of international cuisine and live music.


Though the temperatures are rising, Kenilworth urges you to get out your swimwear and dip into one of Goa’s biggest swimming pools or if you like the bright day, bask in the sun sipping on your Sunken kiss, Kenilworth sun tan lotion or Green melon fenirita, the tantalizing cocktails. For those of you who would rather prefer a lighter beverage, there are mocktails like Pink flamingo, Aqua no jito and Mystical magic which are sure thirst quenchers.


You can indulge in delectable food at the 11 live counters, where you can get your food done fresh, before your eyes, and customized to your tastes. Choose from the farm fresh healthy salads or sink into meat paradise with the grills, Lebanese shawarma and the Muhammad Ali counters. Try some Indian tangy chaats or Italian pizzas made fresh from the wood-fired oven. Get a taste of Thailand with the Thai curry counter, pamper your Goan tastebuds at the Chorizo and pav counter or dig into some south Indian flavours at the Dosa/idli live station.  With all this you will definitely have a great time.

But no brunch is ever complete without dessert and they have a variety here including the Jalebi/malpua counter, the crepe suzette counter and one of the most chased after in haute cuisine the Tepanyaki ice cream counter where you can make your own ice cream, choosing from the mix of flavours and fruits, before your very eyes! It surely is a haven for dessert lovers (like me).

In addition to the interesting food and drinks, they have 11 activities to go with their ‘11’ theme, which includes, water zorbing, paintball, fighter zorb, shooting, archery, foose ball, table tennis, giant outdoor chess, carom, score-a-penalty, cycling and Frisbee. So you can stay back until 4 pm enjoying all of that, like we did! And while the kids could still have a fabulous time at the supervised kids zone watching movies, drawing, making card and craft, the adults can also indulge in some soul soothing spa treatments from 9 am to 6 pm at a whopping 50% discount, by booking a massage a day in advance!

On the day I went, they also had their Christmas cake mixing ceremony and it was a lot fun!

The food is yummy, as I mentioned earlier. And combined with the host of activities they offer, is totally value for money! At Rs. 1111++, the 11:11 Brunch is all you need to have a super Sunday at the Kenilworth Resort & Spa, with food and activities. Children below 12 years, can avail a special 50% discount aswell. For those who want to thrive on some unlimited cocktails and mocktails, pay Rs. 1750++, per adult. You can book your table by calling on +91 8550993289.

The Palms - Kenilworth Resort Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato