Goa

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
Breakfast: Ham. Mustard.
Lunch: Bangda (mackerel) curry and brown rice
Dinner: Mojitos by the sister
Discoveries:
1. Poi – Goan bread that is delivered by a man on a cycle and who rings a little bell at about 4 pm every afternoon, to announce the arrival of freshly baked bread.
2. Bangda is some really good fish. And healthier than most other varieties of fish, I have been informed.

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
Breakfast: More ham. More poi.
Lunch: Rawa Fried Kalamari
Dinner: At Sunset Cafe, Anjuna
Discoveries:
1. King’s Beer. Nope. I had never had it before. Good stuff.
2. Anjuna, in holiday season, is packed with chaddi-banyan type men who visually rape you.

Thursday, December 29th, 2011
Breakfast: A trip to the Mapusa fish market
Lunch: Home made paan
Dinner: At Stomach, Mapusa (post my first ever swim in the sea at Little Vagatore)
Discoveries:
1. Rawa fried mussels are the shit. And with rum and coke, they make fantastic chakna.
2. I am not used to sea-weed in my feet when trying to swim in the sea.
3. Baga is the shittiest place ever. And in holiday season, it’s even worse. It was wayyyy better in 2007. Terribly commercialized. Not my thing.

Friday, December 30th, 2011
Breakfast: A beer (and a swim at Little Vagatore)
Lunch: Shimplyas (clams), Crab curry and brown rice
Dinner: A glass of Zinzi and one of Vin Ballet – both very very nice Goan white wines, the former sweet, the latter dry. I liked the Vin Ballet better.
Discoveries:
1. Losing weight can mean the possibility of a holiday in Bali.

Saturday, December 31st, 2011
Breakfast: Poi sandwiches with ham and Boursin – still in my Goa daze.

Varieties of sea food eaten:
1. Bangda (mackerel)
2. Kalamari
3. King fish
4. Mussels
5. Chanak (a local variety of fish very similar to the red snapper)
6. Black Pomfret
7. White Salmon
8. Shimplya
9. Crabs

Happiness quotient: unbounded

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