The Perfect Getaway!

What are you up to these hot summer days?

I just traveled to an even hotter destination than the one I’m currently in. But it was every bit worth it. Now I know Kerala is known to be God’s own country but literally it is! Err ma gawd it’s breathtakingly beautiful. I’m just so blessed to have even gotten this opportunity, much thanks to Shanice. You probably know her from My Birthday Blog ! post. You know… my soul sister but now I feel like the trophy sister, haahahaha.

Anyway… get yourself some popcorn or chips, a coke, a juice – whatever you like. This is going to be a long one! (Also … Question of the day – do any of you call snakes ‘long ones’ ? PLEASE LET ME KNOW!)

Right from the time Shanice told me about this trip till I reached the hotel, I had absolutely no clue of what to expect. I just knew, I was going to Kerala and staying at the Taj. So I knew it would be great but I mean… This was next level. As we pulled into the property, we were greeted with chilled coconut water and a scenery that could take your breath away.

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We were then escorted to our rooms, actually… scratch that. We were then escorted to our gorgeous little house with a front porch and a pond! I’m just sad I didn’t get a picture of the bathroom area for you guys. It was pretty though. Right next to the shower was an outdoorsy type area covered in pebbles.

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I’m absolutely in love with this place. It’s the most peaceful, calm, serene getaway location ever. You’ll hear the sound of birds throughout your stay as they share borders with a bird sanctuary. Also no matter what time of year you visit, there’ll be something to do. From pottery to cycle tours or just a ride around the property, boating in their private pond. Or a boat ride into the backwaters, rappelling, swimming you name it!

I fell in love even with the tea time snacks. I kid you not, after eating this banana fritter I ate at least about 5 more throughout my stay in Kerala.

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I’m in love with this!
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Best tea time snacks ever. With a cup of filter coffee – Yaaaas!
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Some tea time trivia for you.

So tea time starts at 4:00pm and ends at 5:00pm followed by a boat ride. I was obsessed with taking pictures everywhere! In fact, before coming to Kerala, I randomly messaged Shanice saying I want a yellow wall to take pictures in front of! To which she said, oh don’t worry… You’ll find plenty in Kerala. Girl! Was she right. And my favourite was this tiny storage unit right where Chayakada was served. So you can only guess how we passed our time. Besides the chats we never seem to run out of, lol!

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Straight out of a story book, or what? And not only the place and the pictures. The people are so lovely. Everyone! Just such kind, genuine, helpful, chatty people. The Helmsman (if I can call him that) offered to take our pictures – he also asked us to move about to get the perfect shot! Hahaaha… it was the cutest thing. The guide with us from the hotel was telling us about the floods and how the water was up to their waist at the Taj. Everyone was relocated to their Kochi property. He was telling us to go for a walk at 6:00am to the bird sanctuary next door to which we were slightly apprehensive. Then he was like this is not Mumbai or Delhi, Kerala is very safe.

After that extremely relaxing boat trip, we went for an early dinner, while live folk music was playing. Then stayed for a couple minutes to watch the folk dancer before we called it a night.

I would totally recommend staying at the Taj Kumarakom for a special occasion or even just a relaxing getaway. Although a little more on the pricey side depending on what you want, I felt that they really got everything SO right. They were extremely accommodating and their customer service and attention to detail was spot on. They made our special stay feel so special and everybody was friendly and very helpful.

I think that’s enough for one blog post, I’ll do day 2 in another. Hope you enjoyed reading this. Do share it with your friends or family planning a trip and make sure to give it a like.

Xoxo
Girl On Fleek ❤

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TOP 3 PLACES TO EAT AT IN GOA

Hello again,

Don’t want to jinx it but I think this is going to be the year in which you’re going to hear so much from me, you’re going to be bored to tears! A.K.A the year in which I’m actually going to post as much as I should have all these years.

Hope you liked my previous post on my Goa outfits. If you haven’t read it yet, here’s the link, go check it out and come back (: GOA 2019 LOOKBOOK .

Now, on to my 3 favourite places to eat at in Goa.

DISCLAIMER: This is strictly a food review. Which means I’m not going to write about the ambiance, the service or anything else that might add to a great experience. Don’t expect me to anyway. If I add extras in there, take it with a smile. AND LIKE MY POST!

Carry on now… 😀

1. The Black Sheep Bistro : Zomato link

Came here for dinner on the night we arrived and I can tell you one thing… Goa was off to a delicious start!

The dishes in the pictures:

  1. Prawns Plancha which was essentially prawns tossed in garlic, chilli and garlic aioli (tbh I don’t know what aioli is) let me know if you do. All I know it was delicious, one of my favourite dishes here.
  2. Crispy Calamari not completely gaga over it. Was decent but wouldn’t order it again if given the chance. The meat was slightly tough and quite tasteless if I’m going to be completely honest.
  3. Bistro Pork Poutine yas! Yaas! Yaaas! Need I say more? The pork was perfectly cooked – tender as ever, it practically melted in my mouth. I need to find a place in Mumbai that does this. Genuinely.
  4. RED WINE SANGRIAAAA of course! Sorry I can’t tell you what wine it was or how it tasted after I shook the glass in my hand and smelt it like a fancy lady. Because well… even if I did do that, my opinion wouldn’t be accurate. In fact, it would be totally off, ahahahaha.

2. Zeebop : Zomato link

The perfect place by the beach. Great food, an insane view and a chance to take off your pants and jump in the sea. What’s not to love?

There’s not much to review here but honestly when in Goa all you really need is a perfectly grilled / tandoored Snapper. And this is that. And hey, if Snapper isn’t your thing, they bring you that terrifying platter of dead seafood to choose from. I promise it isn’t as traumatizing as my picture looks.

The drink you’re wondering? Fruit punch. Because I was so done with alcohol. But it was one yummy fruit punch, I tell ya.

 

3. Gunpowder : Zomato link

They got that name from their food, I tell you! It’ll blow your taste-buds away. Spicy is an understatement but delicious as hell. 

Started off with some cocktails, I had the Smoked Maple Old Fashioned which is a blend of bourbon, maple syrup, bitter and Islay misk.

For starters we had the Andhra Prawn Masala, Beef Fry and Spicy Chorizo. I think my favourite was hands down the Prawns, we even called for seconds.

Now… if you have a low, medium, heck! Even a high tolerance for spice, do not order the Spicy Chirizo. It comes straight from hell I tell ya! No joke.

The main coarse was incredible. We had this Idukki pork curry which was nothing like anything I’d ever tasted before. Mostly because I don’t eat Kerala food but regardless… It was delicious. with Malabar Parotta at first and then with Appam. Also… I’m pretty sure, Appams are my new favourite thing to eat with curry. Or without curry.

I do have a couple more places that I really liked the food from. So if you’re interested, let me know in the comments. All you have to do is sign up with your email id, it ain’t that hard I promise.

Xoxo
Girl On Fleek ❤

M U L L E D W I N E .

Yeah! It gets you in the Christmas spirit but you know what, if it tastes good you wouldn’t mind having it all year round. Eh?

So excuse the fact that this is straight off my Insta Story but hey! The wine turned out fabulous and I think you’re gonna enjoy going through this.

  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 8 Cloves
  • 4 Star Anise ( I used 3 but it still turned out delish!)

By the way, all the ingredients shown are for two bottles of wine.

So sorry you have to look at my attempt at Orange and lemon art. Like that’s even a thing! And this is important – I only ended up using one orange because of how huge they are!

1/4 cup

Also 1/4 cup.

The best part is that all you do is combine all your ingredients and wait for it to simmer. Note – not boil cause you don’t want to get rid of that alcohol now, do you?

And TA-DA!

Hope you enjoy your mulled wine. Send me pictures if you end up making it and let me know how yours turns out! ❤️

XOXO

Girl OnFleek

If it’s Insta-Worthy, I’ll eat!

Hello 🌻

This officially the hottest it’s ever been. Also one hundred percent sure I’ll say the same thing next year, but OMG! Sorry, this was just an unrelated pointless ramble. Nobody ever talks about the weather anymore. Jeez!

Have you really eaten something if you haven’t Insta-Storied it? Do you even feel hungry when you have enough cute pictures that match your theme? And is the aesthetic more important than the actual food itself? 

That last one might be pushing it a bit too far. Here are some of my favorite places Insta wise as well as some of my favorite places to actually eat at. Even when I don’t need to update my feed. That’s saying alot now!

Breakfast at The Sassy Spoon!

The Kitchen Garden by Suzette

Bombay Salad Co.

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Also feel free to suggest in the comments what kinds of post you’ll would like me to do.

XOXO ♥️

Girl OnFleek 

THE WEIRDEST FOODS I’VE TRIED 😬 !

Hello friends!

I really wish we had a wider variety of meats to choose from here in India. Oh Well! Vietnam wouldn’t have been much of an experience (food wise) if we did. 

I’ve always fancied the idea of trying new and exotic types of meat, but when the time actually came to do so, it was so much harder than I imagined. These are a few of the weirdest foods I never thought I’d get the chance to try ever!

PIGEON

 (Apologies for not having a picture of this one for some reason. I can assure you though – it looked disturbing. It came with the whole head and everything attached!)

Now this one doesn’t fall under the absolutely ridiculous category, but it is kinda weird … I mean if anyone ever tried eating a pigeon here in Mumbai they’d definitely die of food poisoning! It’s the norm in Vietnam to eat practically everything that lives. So in the hotel we stayed at, one of the dishes on the menu was pigeon. It tasted like a much more tender chicken with a lot less flesh.

SNAILS!

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Urghhh! Not going to lie, this one was pretty hard to try. We got given snails twice during our stay. The first time was snail mince mixed with pork mince – that wasn’t too intimidating. The second time however was just plain boiled snails. You have to poke the flesh and pull it out of the shell, dip it in this ‘to die for’ sauce and eat it. I managed to digest one and that too with great difficulty. It wasn’t at all because it was yucky and didn’t taste good, it tasted brilliant in fact quite like squid. It was just the mental tension of it being a snail and my mind envisioning it crawling in my mouth that didn’t allow me to have any more.

CRICKETS!

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OMG!!! Definitely the craziest of all! Surprisingly, even though it happened to be the creepiest looking dish – it was the tastiest. Took a while for me to down the first few, but after that I was popping them like pop corn. They were fried nice and crispy with the most yummy seasoning. Couldn’t feel the tentacles or anything as you would imagine. The best way to describe what it was like is eating shrimp with the shell on. But not as hard and crunchy. I hate eating the shrimp with the shell on but this is a lot less hard and a great movie snack in fact. Maybe as crunchy as popcorn but a very different flavour. Overall, this was a delightful dish.

Id like to end by saying, try new things, get out of your comfort zone and I’m not just talking food wise. Take risks, find great adventures because if you don’t you’re not living. You’re merely existing. 

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Pictures by: André Fernandes

Xoxo💚