Monday, December 11, 2017

Of blurry dreams and hazy horizons

I've been traveling since Tuesday morning, last week. It's Monday night as I write this tucked in my own bed. There are times when I'm at home, bored and listless, wondering what it would be like to travel all the time. You know, the always being on road sort of travel. The never having to return back sort of travel. The I have no worries back home sort of travel. The I don't have a job or bills to pay, so let me keep going sort of travel. The let me foster newer friendships and the older friends can wait sort of travel.

But as I lie in my own bed, I realise how much I enjoy being in my own bed. The feeling of comfort and security. It may not be the coziest bed; it may not be anywhere close to the bed I could sleep on at the fancy resort. But it's mine. That's where the difference is, you see. I may have enjoyed riding the rented car, driving in the rented car or wandering around in the cabs, trains and buses; but nothing beats the feeling of riding my own bike into the horizon each day. I may have seen the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets when I'm traveling, but it's nowhere close to those surreal sunsets I experience at the beaches back home in Goa.

And that's when it hit me - all of us aren't meant to travel freely. While some enjoy the uncertainty of the roads, some prefer the comfort of their homes. While some enjoy the thrill of exploring newer horizons, some enjoy the chaotic routine. While some enjoy trying new food everyday, for some, moms homemade food may be heaven. While some prefer connecting to random people along the way, for some, human connections mean staying together each day and nurturing the relationship every moment. Don't worry if you don't travel as you are supposed to. Don't worry if you haven't seen 99% of what the world has to offer. Don't worry if you enjoy new places, but hate traversing the distance from one place to another. You're only human. You're meant to live. One day at a time. You never know, this journey might be the last!

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

A classy European diner for the perfect dinner date || Desbue, Fontainhas, Panaji

I have a lot of people ask me for recommendations for ‘perfect date night’ spots. And mostly, I cant think of any. But now that I discovered this hidden gem in Fontainhas in Panaji, let me tell you about this serene space.

The large green colonial building housing this quaint restaurant – Desbue – is a part of the La Maison homestay. I passed by this place occasionally during my frequent walks in Fontainhas, but it was only recently – out of curiosity – that I actually entered. It was totally unplanned, I wasn’t even dressed the part.

A friend who was down in Goa and I were heading to lunch at Viva Panjim, but we hadn’t booked a table and it was super crowded. As a result of which we walked out and took a walk towards the St Sebastian Chapel in Fontainhas and decided to enter this fancy looking place!

On stepping in, you enter a classy European restaurant which smells and looks fresh! The dรฉcor – hues of gold and green – curtains, chandeliers, mirrors, cushions and cozy couches line the room with large windows. As you move further, the restaurant dรฉcor got more vibrant and colourful. How dreamy!

The menu is limited to European delicacies, however, you have an option of customising it. For example, the wait staff will inform you that the food will be blend for the Goan palate and enquire whether you want condiments and spices added to your order.

We, however, chose to try what the chef presents while we ordered our steamed fish which was delightful. The Leaf Steamed Fish @ Rs 550/- came with coconut rice, cabbage slaw and fish sauce. The fish was cooked right and made a perfect meal.

For dessert, we tried the Green Tea Panacotta, which looked great, but the taste didn’t match up. It was a slight turn down, but the tea was enough to brighten our moods. We ended our meal with a cup of flavourful Rose In The Bloom Tea @ Rs 120/-. An infusion of rose petals, liquorice, fennel, aniseed, black pepper, white pepper and nutmeg, this herbal tea left me wanting for more.

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

What I wore to these bike festivals | Royal Enfield Rider Mania 2017 | India Bike Week 2017 || Bike festival lookbook

Hey guys!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I went to two bike events recently - Royal Enfield Rider Mania 2017 and India Bike Week 2017. I went to IBW on both the days. Though Ride Mania was a three day event, I could only go on the last day because I was occupied during the week. I met some of you guys there and it was indeed great catching up. It was one amazing experience. Two incredible weekends later, here I am posting my looks from the festivals.

Look 1 - Rider Mania Day 3

Look 2 - India Bike Week Day 1

Look 3 - India Bike Week Day 2

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#AskFlexcia Questions I get asked very often

Hey guys!

I get a lot of DMs of people asking me things about me. Though I recently posted a blog post with facts about myself, so you guys can get to know me better, it still doesn't seem enough. So I asked you guys on Instagram to ask me questions that you have...

...and here I am sitting to answer them all, along with some frequently asked questions in my DMs.

What are you reading right now?
I am reading a book called Dongri to Dubai by one of my favourite authors S Hussain Zaidi. It's a crime - non-fiction.

Where do you plan to go next?
I am going to Bangalore next week! Randomly. Have to catch up with a few friends and just chill for a little less than a week.

Who's your favourite author?
I love to read romance fiction and crime non-fiction. My favourite author in romance fiction would be Nicholas Sparks, Eric Segal and Durjoy Dutta, while my favourite authors in non-fiction are S Hussain Zaidi and Jean Sasson.

Favourite fish thali joint?
In Goa, has to be Kokni Kanteen.

Suggestions for sunset points in Goa?
Guru Bar, Purple Martini, Thalassa - all in Anjuna and Vagator,

Don't you think you are addicted to Instagram?
I am, and I have no issues with it.

You're always visiting a new place and doing fun things. Why?
Because I love doing it!

A word that describes you best.

The first thing you will do when Instagram is shut forever?
Find an alternative.

Don't you have any proper work? What is your job?
I write for a living.

What was yours and Isha's first impression about each other when you first met?
I thought she's arrogant. And I never once thought we would ever be friends.

When will you get married?
I don't know.

Are you single?
Yes, I am single.

Which is your next resort to explore?
I don't know.

I didn't know you were interested in bikes. I was surprised to see you at the bike events.
I always have loved bikes.

Do you ride a bike?
Yes, I love motorcycles and I know to ride one.

You can ask me questions with the hashtag #AskFlexcia and I shall respond to them!

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Bollywood's best dressed stars at IFFI Goa

IFFI is that time of the year when fashionistas go star gazing (at the IFFI venue). And I was no exception. From dabbling between the hotel (where the stars stay) to chasing them at the main event venue to following them everywhere else they go, I have done it all this IFFI. These glarious nine days, brought the best of the film fraternity to Goa, and how! Have a look!

Shah Rukh Khan stole the show looking all dapper in his jodhpur and making everyone go aww with his spreading the arms pose. awww

The evergreen Sridevi dazzled at the inaugural red carpet and the Indian panorama opening red carpet on Day 2. I absolutely loved the black and gold metallic lehenga paired with black shirt by Manish Malhotra on Day 2.

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Jhanvi Kapoor looked gorgeous in her Anamika Khanna lehenga choli as well.

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Shahid Kapoor, in his stripped tuxedo looked like he meant business.

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Radhika Apte proved she is a red carpet winner along with being the winner of hearts.

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Rajkumar Rao, definitely stole the show walking around cutely on his crutches.

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Diana Penty looked graceful in her one shoulder Gaurav Gupta gown.

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Shraddha Kapoor went in for a desi look with this Anoli Shah ensemble.

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Alia Bhatt was the cutest wearing an elegant Needle & Thread, UK gown.

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Salman Khan - though sick - looked prim and proper suited up!

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Katrina Kaif was shining at the IFFI closing ceremony with her Indo-western Abu Jani Sandeep Kosla ensemble.

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Sidharth Malhotra surely made me go awww with his charm on the red carpet.

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Huma Qureshi gave us princess vibes in his Falguni and Shane Peacock gown.

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Karan Johar looked dapper in his bespoke Shantanu & Nikhil ensemble.

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Bhumi Pednekar stole the show entering in this structured Gaurav Gupta gown. Can I have this outfit please?

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Akshay Kumar poised and proper, all suited up - looked like a real gentleman.

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Wearing the prettiest Jade by Monica and Karishma gown, Pooja Hegde looked as elegant as ever.

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Couldn't see beyond the face of the legend Amitabh Bachchan! ..almost in tears seeing the superstar so close! Even Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra couldn't control their emotions. So I am not shy to admit, I lost myself for a moment.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

7 vibrant and quirky home dรฉcor ideas to pretty up your home

Hola friends! Here’s a post for you girls who wish to give your apartment a quick makeover, all by yourself. It sure is one of the toughest task, considering you’re not sure what to keep and what to let go of. How about adding a little colour and a little drama by adding these quirky items for that instant pop of colour. As long as you don’t overdo it, you’re good to go! 

Vibrant cushions for your cozy corner

Cushion covers are one of the easiest ways to change the look and vibe of your room. How about adding some bright pop of colour to your living space by throwing in some vibrant cushions for your couch or bay window sitting space? The ones with quirky prints and tassels are what boho dreams are made of!

An arty side table lamp

A table lamp will instantly brighten and perk up your room. Though it’s the most clichรฉd way to brighten the room, adding a pop coloured shade or a decorative stand may change the look of your room.

A pretty tea set

Whether you’re hosting a tea party or just sipping on some coffee, a pretty tea set is a must-have! Imagine the joy of pouring your morning cuppa from this pretty tea pot. A great start to a day indeed!

A recycled frame to hold your memories

Adding a monochrome photo frame with photos of the memories you want to hold on to is the best way to give your side tables and walls an instant makeover. How about this recycled cutton photo frame?

Colourful bed sheets and cushion coordinates

You can instantly revamp your bed room by changing the bed and pillow covers. Get a light pastel shade covers with a pop coloured pillow covers. Throw in some bold printed cushions to perk it up more.

A vintage candle stand

How we love illuminating our room with candles? How about getting a vintage candle stand which won’t just hold your candle but work as a decorative piece. Probably pick some scented candles too. Bliss!

Quirky painted jars for your dining table

Add these artwork based jars to your dining table to give it a pop of colour in seconds. Use them to store your condiments, preserves or chokies. You’d probably want to keep other accessories on the table in solid or coordinating colours to avoid looking gaudy. 

Shop all of the above items online at Freedom Tree or visit their store at House No 78, Mae De Deus, Chogam Road, Sangolda in Goa or Bandra Breeze, Plot no. 57/A, 23rd-28th Road, Bandra (W) and Block 31, Laxmi Woolen Mill Compound, Shakti Mill Lane, Off E. Moses Road, Mahalaxmi (W) in Mumbai.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Malaka Spice now has Mamak and Nyonya cuisine on their celebration menu (in all outlets across India)

Malacca – the Portuguese colonial state in South-Western Malaysia – like Goa, has some great culinary offerings, most of which is an amalgamation of the cuisines from different cultures. Malaka Spice does justice to it with a lot of inspired South-East Asian cuisine on the menu. They went a little ahead this time and launched their celebration menu, since they’re completing twenty years of existence. The menu which is available at all the Malaka Spice outlets until December, honours the innovative and timeless Mamak and Nyonya recipes, of course, with their own local twist to suit the Indian palate!

The Nyonya Cuisine is a rich mix of Chinese and Malay flavours, teamed with hints of Indian and Thai. The Nyonyas are Malay descendants of marital unions between the Chinese traders and the local Malay women. The Chinese came to Malaya for a variety of reasons and obviously preffered Chinese food and flavours. But since they weren’t able to find the required fresh herbs and vegetables in the humid tropics, these Chinese settlers started teaming their traditional cooking techniques with local produce, blending distinct Chinese flavours drawn from five spice, fish maw, soya sauce and fermented soybeans with the zesty Southeast Asian herbs, coriander, galangal, lemongrass and kaffir lime, which gave rise to the classic Nyonya cuisine was born.

The Mamak Cuisine on the other hand, is influenced by people from Southern India (especially Tamil Nadu) who arrived in Malaysia as indentured labour during British colonisation. They bought along with them their culture, ingredients, spices and styles of cooking. This cuisine is a fusion of Malay and Indian cooking. I am told, this food is a very popular street food option to be devoured while in Malaysia. Noted! But at Malaka Spice, we got to try all the Nyonya and Mamak recipes in Goa!

Since soups are often a highlight in Orinetal cuisine, I was pretty excited when we started our meal with a soup called Kanji Kedah @ Rs 270/-. Let me admit at this point, most of the names I heard were my first time, since I’ve never been to Malaysia. The piping hot soup was an amalgamation of South Indian rice porridge and some Nyonya spices, topped with shrimp, vegetables and coconut milk. It was yumm!

The menu has a balance between the number of vegetarian and non-vegetarian recipes. So well, for the appetisers, in veg, you could pick from the Spicy Pumpkin (Mamak) or the Sambal Steamed Okra (Nyonya). The Spicy Pumpkin @ Rs 260/- definitely has South Indian and Malay influences, with inclusion of curry leaves, garlic and shallots in addition to Guilin chilli sneak gourd rings. I loved the Sambal Steamed Okra @ Rs 260/-with a spicy sambal belacan and soy sauce dressing is full of umami flavour. In the chicken, you can pick from the Kam Heong Chicken, Chicken Debal Curry and Kurma Ayam, all @ Rs 330/-.

The Dalca @ Rs 470/- was my absolute favourite. It’s essentially a meat and lentil stew flavoured with Asian spices, making it the right amount of spicy and tasty. It goes well with the Tissue Roti, also known as the Roti Helikopter @ Rs 130/- which looks super interesting and is paper think. You could also go for the Udang Tumis Petai @ Rs 590/- which is essentially stir fried prawns and beans tossed in Nyonya spices.

I love rice in general and happened to try both the recipes on the menu and I must say, they are absolutely delicious. The Nasi Bokhari @ Rs 330/- is their spicy chicken rice with an Indian influence. The wedding rice Samabal Terong and Nasi Kemuli is flavourful and delectable.

For the desserts, they have the Dodol, Nyonya Pancake and Pudding Raja, all at @ 190/-, and all super interesting. The dodol was locally sourced (since it’s common to Goan and Mamak cuisine), but served differently. The Nyonya Pancake, similar to Indian modaks are pandanu crepes stuffed with a coconut stuffing. The classic Mamak dessert – Pudding Raja – a caramelised banana sweet served with jaggery syrup and ice cream.

Monday, November 13, 2017

The cuisine about tandoors and kebabs from the North West Frontier Province comes to Le Meredien Goa, Calangute

From the North West Frontier Province comes the famed Peshawari cuisine, one of the legacies of undivided India. This authentic, evocative cuisine can be best defined as rustic and robust. The simple, nomadic flavours of the delectable frontier cuisine evoke the enduring romance of a place and a time that saw many a community come together over a crackling fire, grilling shanks of meats and evolving a robust and characterful style of cooking – tandoori cooking – that has left its mark on the culinary map of many cities across the world.

Latest Recipe at Le Meridien Goa, Calangute presents the culinary repertoire of the North West Frontier in a 10-day festival from November 10th to 18th, which lets one savour the culinary delights of the erstwhile North West Frontier Province. The North West Frontier was established as a province by the British in 1901 and from this Province arises the famed Peshawari cuisine, one of the legacies of undivided India.

Chef Nishesh Seth and his talented brigade of chefs at Le Meridien have curated a festival that showcases the vibrant variations in the cooking methods, flavours and offerings of the North West Frontier cuisine. One look at the menu and you know a lot of thought has gone into crafting it. It doesn’t bombard you with items, which can often be a very confusing decision; but provides a selected few options through their A la carte menu.

To start off your meal you can opt for Murgh Chapli Kebab, Ajwani Machi tikka, Bharwan Khumb Peshawari or Dahi ke kebab. The Ajwani Machi tikka – fish marinated and grilled to perfection, is succulent and leaves you wanting for more. The marination might sound bland but reserve your judgment till you bite into it.The flavours are simple and the fish is a delight for seafood lovers.

Ajwani Machi tikka

It was my first time trying Dahi ke kebab and I was impressed with how tasty the simple curd kebab can be. Though originally they were made of only hung curd and Indian spices, now they need to use potato and paneer as a binding agent considering the curd isn’t as thick as it was earlier. The soft kebabs with a creamy inside are absolutely delicious.

Dahi ke kebab

As the binging proceeds, what is most impressive is that the basic ingredients – the lamb, chicken, lentil, vegetables – are not swamped by overabundance of spices and oil; instead the intrinsic taste triumphs. Take for example, the Raan-e-buzkashi which was my favourite of the night is simply pieces of whole leg of baby lamb soaked in masala and griddled. The meat was marinated overnight and cooked for long, which made it tender and absolutely delectable.



Our main course comprised of a delectable vegetarian fair served with Ajwaini Parantha and Ghee wale muttar pulao (green peas rice in clarified butter) which made a great combo. The aromatic pulao with subtle flavours was delectable and so different and so much more buttery than the pulao we usually have. The rich chicken gravy – Murgh Kandhari – comprises of a cashew gravy and is absolutely delicious.

Murgh Kandhari 

Ajwaini Parantha

Ghee wale muttar pulao

Lentil is a perennial North India favourite, but unfortunately more than often it is doused with so much butter and cram that the after taste is more of the dairy products that leave behind a greasy trail. Interestingly none of the food at the festival was greasy! We tried three different vegetarian items along with it and what was surprising is, all of them are unique and alluring.

Makhmali paneer gulgule 

Dal Bukhara

The Dhingri muttar masala – tempered mushroom & green peas was as simple as it could be. The Dal Bukhara – black lentils cooked overnight with tangy tomatoes was delicious with no overpowering flavours. The Makhmali paneer gulgule – pillowy soft cottage cheese balls dunked in white gravy is super interesting. Though the food is vegetarian, you will thoroughly enjoy it! For the dessert, they have a Pista malai kulfi served in a matka. Yummm!  The festival is on till the 18th of November. For reservations call: 91- 7410066040

Dal Bukhara

Pista malai kulfi