Monday , 20 May 2019


Rice Wines: Drink and Enjoy

By Mini Ribeiro
Sake has a high reputation among dining enthusiasts as containing simply rice and water, it is much easier on the stomach than most alcohols. It is an excellent alternative to heavier-tasting alcoholic beverages.
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Soul satisfaction at The Sofala 15°74

By Sinead McManus 
It was the thick of the season three years ago, after the rambunctious New Year crowd had filtered out leaving behind a sizeable number of good-natured tourists, when I received a very interesting invite.
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Ganesha Lord of nature

The most revered and loved Hindu God of Goa, Lord Ganesha has a special place in the hearts of Goans. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, which is celebrated annually in the month of Bhadrapath, starts the festive mood in Goa. The bright sunny days of September add to festivities.
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Pushing special status

The campaign to gain ‘special status’ for Goa appears to have fizzled out. The resolution introduced by Shantaram Naik was rejected by the Rajya Sabha and no one seems to be taking note of the one passed by the state Assembly. So I took it upon myself to open back-channel negotiations with the Centre.
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Melt-in-the-mouth Modaks

By Mini Ribeiro
The much-awaited 10-day Ganeshotsav is here. And modaks are a must-have.  Modaks (sweet rice flour dumplings filled with coconut and jaggery) or Ukadiche modak is a ritual sweet dish, specially prepared on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi.
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Romancing @ the Alfama

By Joe Mascarenhas
Journey to a Bohemian area called Alfama. The Alfama town square in Lisbon is the inspiration for the signature restaurant at the Cidade de Goa. Alfama was known as the bohemian quarter of Lisbon and the veritable birthplace of the Fado. 
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That’s how the Cookie Crumbles!

By Nolan Mascarenhas
At a recent art gathering someone asked me about my current assignment. To their amazement I said, “I have finished documenting the various chillies of Goa; yes, 17 in total, and counting.”
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The First: Brave Hearts of the Indian Film Industry

The First:
Indian Man who wore a sari on screen: Anna Salunke
In the early 1900s acting as a career was taboo and to top it all a woman on screen or stage was tauba tauba, a big no, no. Dadasaheb Phalke struggled to get a woman to act in India’s first film ‘Raja Harishchandra.’
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All about genius motivating genius

Writer and brain behind ‘Shanghvi Salons’, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi is ready the second edition of ‘Shanghvi Salons’. The salon will open on September 14 with William Dalrynple and Oliva Fraser at Sunaparanta Goa Center of the Arts, Altinho, Panaji.
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Cartoons do the Catwalk

By Christabelle Coutinho
There’s good news for all you Mario Miranda aficionados. A few months from now, sexy starlet Miss Nimboopani, big-bottomed Miss Fonseca and many of their friends will step out of Mario’s illustrations and head to Goa to model some of their favourite outfits from down the years.

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