So what goes best with the golden sun and sand? Golden fried prawns, may be? Throw some squids and Kingfish into the equation, and you get a killer combo. And finally some lime juice or beer to wash it all down…aah, now that’s a party in my mouth, indeed!
Goa is thronged by lakhs of people every year – the gang of friends looking to party and click cool pictures, the firangs to get a good tan and a good high, the Bengali families trying to cover all the beaches and churches in one day, the honeymooners with the new brides pairing bangles till the elbows with their new hot pants, and of course the college gang trying out all the adventure sports in between their beer guzzling sessions.
When I went to Goa, a few months back, my focus was to just sit at the beach shacks, dig into some amazing sea-food, enjoy the salty breeze and watch the sea and the happy people all around.
My first meal in Goa was at the Waterfront, J.W.Marriot, where the spread was almost unending. The local delicacies – Coconut Prawn Curry, Pork Vindaloo, Chicken Xucati, interspersed with sips of the bright and refreshing Kokum Juice, set the mood right for the rest of the trip.
The following days were marked by unholy amounts of seafood. The whole Kingfish in Butter Garlic Sauce at Baga, was the exact thing I needed to trail off the rush of adrenaline after my parasailing stint. Baga however, is the most expensive beach, so prices are steeper here than other places. A heart plate of crispy seafood having crabs, prawns, squids and fish, with fresh salad and aioli on the side, cost me a measly 500 bucks at Anjuna. Ooh! Now that’s what I call a real steal!
But those lines of shacks on each beach are not all of what Goa has to offer. There are innumerable good restaurants, and my trip’s last meal was at a brilliant Asian place, called the Wok & Roll at Candolim Road.
(Click for my review)
The good food on my plate, the cool breeze on my face, the mesmerising sunset in front of my eyes, and the sand below my feet all came together to create a memory no less than what can be described as magical. And it’s this particular feeling of unbridled joy that I will always associate with the Gorgeous Goa.
P.S. I have already made a wish list for my next trip to Goa, with ‘Fat Fish’ topping the list