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The Goa Getaway Again

One fine day, Ekta, Rachita & me met at gallops for a few drinks. The discussion revolved around going & seeing a house in Goa for their aunt. Randomly we all agreed & decided on a roadtrip to our most favorite holiday destination… somewhere through the week, we also convinced Vishal to come with us, a point to be noted here is we also tried to get Aashay to come with us, though he wasn’t allowed as his parents think we are a bad influence on him – this has definitely not gone down well with all of us…

Heaven is a place on Earth!!!

Heaven is a place on Earth!!!

Banyan Soul

Banyan Soul

Moving on & now to the interesting part, we started the roadtrip by about 4 a.m. on a Friday, made good time as we didn’t stop anywhere except for the occasional bathroom breaks & reached Goa by about 2 p.m. This time around, we were on a tight budget so were staying at a place called The Banyan Soul, a relatively inexpensive place at Anjuna. The Hotel is built around a huge-ass banyan tree as you can see in the pictures. It was nothing to rave about, but considering in Goa we use the hotel only for crashing, it served our purpose. After resting for a bit, decided to explore the surroundings on foot, walked passed German Bakery which was 100 meters from our Hotel, had a beer there, then decided to go to Curlies which was about a 15 minute walk away.

German Bakery

German Bakery

A Must Visit Place...

A Must Visit Place…

The place was pretty crowded, though we did get a quiet corner to chill, beers & rum were ordered. Also ordered some food which pretty damn awful, though the whole angle of being in Goa & on the beach with alcohol made up for the same :-). Next day started off with some photography and playing the guitar under the banyan tree which was super cool! For breakfast we decided to go to Lila’s Cafe where the roesti, sandwiches, bacon, etc is phenomenal. Side by side, we ordered some beer, which by now you have figured is mandatory with meals as well as generally while you are in Goa. Post a superb breakfast, we went to see the house. Nothing exciting happening there, as in it was a nice property and all that, but too far from the beach & general activity & thus a definite no show. Then we decided to go to Calamari, a shack ahead of Candolim. More beer was drunk & some more good food eaten, post chilling for a while, decided to head back to the hotel, crashed for a bit; dinner plans for the night were at Florentine, one of the most awesome places for authentic Goan food. We ate awesome vindaloo, fish cafreal & egg curry with beers, rum & fried papads.

Super View at Calamari!!!

Super View at Calamari!!!

Superb Crab Curry!!!

Superb Crab Curry!!!

Next morning, Ekta & me went out for a drive for some photography & general chilling. We went around Vagator which has some awesome opportunities for great photography; for brunch, we decided to go to Calamari again. Post general lethargy & laziness through the day with beers & alcohol, we decided to go for dinner to Souza Lobo’s one of the oldest sea food eateries in Goa located at Calangute beach, we ordered some awesome crab curry……. this was the 1st time we ate crab & it was instant love….. we finished every last bit availaible in the curry bowl i.e. ekta & me did. We also ordered vindaloo which was superb. Beach photography started off the next day, post which we decided to go to the Casino. This was interesting because Casino Royale is located on  a ship away from the dock, in what qualifies as international waters, thus making gambling legal. In the casino,  played some black jack & slots with Rachita, won about 2k & then after a while got bored & went home, though decided that at some point in life, need to buy a boat which is kind of cool. For dinner, Rachita & I went to this shack at Anjuna called Seashore Bar which had super view of the ocean, had a few mojitos & beers accompanied by bhajiyas which was total awesomeness!!!

We were chilling here...

Shopping!!!

Shopping!!!

The final day in goa was spent having breakfast at this quaint place called Artjuna which had some great food & a brilliant ambiance. The concept basically is an eatery with a selected menu card, add to that pieces of art, sculpture & a lifestlye store in the open where you can buy whatever you like. Post breakfast, Rachita & Vishal decided to go finish some shopping, while Ekta & me went to Anjuna beach, got ourselves a couple of loungers & lazed there for a while. Shortly Rachita & Vishal also joined us as the area where we were living had no electricity so the breeze on the beach was more then welcome. Early evening, went shopping again with Rachita at Candolim. Finally, dinner was at a place called Sussee Cafe which was ahead of the Kingfisher Villa at Candolim. Ordered mussels, chicken, etc….. ate, chilled with beers, got back to the hotel & crashed. Next day roadtrip to Bombay was in full effect. Goa, this time around, was a revelation in terms of all of us trying & eating different kinds of seafood. Other than that, it also reconfirmed the fact that there is no other place in the country which is so super chilled out. Now we have decided to go there at least once every 3 months :-).

Susse Cafe!!!

Susse Cafe!!!

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2012 in Bikes & Builders

 

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Drinks, Diwali & Pune

Bombay Pune Expressway

So the Diwali celebrations for us started on the 11th of November 2012; Rachita, my parents and I left for Pune as we were celebrating the festive season with the in-laws at their Pune house. We over packed, as always, stuffed the luggage all over the Ritz added 4 people to the same & started the journey. The weather was awesome & there was no traffic so we made some good time, reaching our destination in about 3 hours. Reaching there, we realized the house was in chaos – too many people and too little space, so quickly freshened up & then decided  to head out with Aashay, Ekta & Rachita. This is when the fun began…

Awesome Decor at Hidden Place

The Tower of Power

Day 1- Also, please note, going forward we will refer to Aashay as Alpana because he in Pune is the equivalent of the house help whose name is Kalpana; in effect, he is the male Kalpana – Alpana!!! So Alpana decided to take me to this pub he has been raving about called Hidden Place. Reaching the destination i.e. HP we realized it doesn’t open till 12:30 & we’d reached by about 11:45 am so we requested the manager to allow us inside a bit early considering I had travelled all the way from Bombay. The guys were kind and let us in by noon :-). The place, overall, had a superb feel to it; nice retro decor with posters on the wall & bottles used as lights, also good music playing. We went in and ordered the King Fisher Tower which is about 3 litres of Beer; side by side, we ordered some chicken wings also which Alpana had highly recommended. By the time we went through the Tower of Power, the girls had also joined us and by now food & alco was flowing seamlessly :-).  We decided to have a pint of Stella & moved to another Japanese brand, the name of which I cannot remember. Ekta was having some cocktails while Rachita & Analushka were ordering food & more food. The afternoon was well spent being drunk & catching up on all the happenings in Ekta, Alpana & Analushka’s life!!! The evening was then spent with family at home eating Dosas & generally chilling.

Tower of Power & Mojito Pitcher

Day 2 – Post getting up the next day, decided to chill on the terrace for a bit considering the weather was a lot cooler than Bombay, played the blues, felt pretty awesome about it then made waffles for breakfast for all & then decided to go a new place at Koregaon Park called Kebab Studio; this was where Turtulia was originally. Reached the place & ordered another King Fisher Tower; also there was a super happy hours scheme wherein Pitcher of Mojito was availaible for Rs. 499/- so like, defo dude, ordered the same as well.

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Kebab Studio

To accompany the crazy amounts of alcohol, we also ordered some Crispy Roomali Roti with Kheema & a Choora Paratha which were like totally out of this world…the kheema just melted, actually disappeared in your mouth & it was like marinated in super masala. An absolute must try if you are visiting this place. Post a crazy drinking session (considering we ordered another pitcher of Mojito), we headed home totally drunk, chilled at home for a bit. Then Disha decided to learn how to ride the Bike; Ekta’s Royal Enfield aka Goo was there so taught her the basics of the same. For dinner there was barbecue, though by the time things were ready, I had passed out as post coming home from KS, I was OD’ing on Millers…

Tower of Power for Day 3

Day 3 – The last day in Pune, went over to the Taj Vivanta to meet the parents & check how the Hotel has been treating them; post which, intiially we decided to go to Machester United Cafe though, after a few discussions & miscomunications with Ekta who went of in the direction of Man U Cafe, we decided to go to this place called The Ship; as the name suggests, the decor of this place is like a Ship. Here also & for the 3rd consecutive day, Alpana & me ordered a Tower, Ekta, who had gone in another direction came back and ordered a few cocktails. For food, we ordered some Nachos & Onion rings which were pretty decent, also this was Diwali day, so there was lots of crackers being burst on the roads etc. Got home, crashed for a bit. In the evening, there was a full on celebration happening with Bhajiyas, some awesome Grilled Non-Veg & Icecream on the menu…..obviously unlimited alcohol & crazy bollywood music was also part of the POA. The Non veg included masala sausages, salami, bacon, chorizo & seekh kebab which were absolutely amazing. There was also masala khichya & fried papad with the alcohol. All in all, the evening was a lot of fun; a few crackers were also burst to celebrate the occasion…

The Ship

All in all, the Diwali Pune trip went off well. Next morning, left for Bombay early & got home. The places in Pune to eat & drink were sensational, also considering it was Diwali time the water holes were empty and we had the places all to ourselves. It was great catching up with Aashay & going drinking with him, Ekta & Rachita. I also strongly recommend Hidden Place & Kebab Studio for anyone visiting Pune & looking for good places to chill at. Closing the article with a slide show of our experience of the 3 days & the awesome 3 places we visited in Pune & the festive Celebrations!!!

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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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The Sensational Extended Weekend

Quick background – we had all planned to go to Pune for the weekend and in anticiapation taken Friday off. To our dissapointment, on Wednesday we heard that our Pune trip was hijacked by the senior citizens & we wouldn’t be going after all. Post multiple levels of mental mustarbation, we were clear that the Party was going to happen and that we were gonna have a super time at Peddar road (in-laws house) which was going to be empty for the next few days. Important note: the inlaws had hijacked the Pune trip!

View From the Party Pad!

Budweiser Strong Magnum

So Thursday evening’s when the party began: in-laws place with Kingfisher Strong and lots of fun! We also called Aashay in Pune and & asked him to get to Bombay ASAP. He agreed to come on Friday so that was sorted. Also then we decided to smoke up which was totally insane. Post being ravenously hungry we devoured some awesome pasta & roasted potato mash made by the lovely Mrs. It was also clearly decided that we were going to be at peddar road for the next 2 days for which we needed supplies. Multiple lists were made basis food & alcohol, the same was ordered from Godrej Natures Basket. Food consisted of Meat, Cold Cuts & Mince; the Alco had Budweiser Red, Magnum, Murphy’s Stout & also Stella, and some Sula wine as well. We also had Royal Salute Whiskey & Grey Goose at home so then we were sorted for the next 2 days.

Awesome Kheema!

Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Friday morning began with getting supplies home and also consuming the same :-). Lunch was ordered from Mumbai Kitchen, which was spectacular! On the order there was Chicken, Steak, Burgers & Hot Dogs. By evening Aashay & his cousin, Aniruddh, were in and that’s when the party kicked into topgear. We also went and ordered a bottle of Teachers as we didn’t want the Royal Salute to get over during our binge sessions. Also need to add here that one of our friends bunked work half day and joined us for lunch and general chilling through the day. One of the best days ever! So much catching up with everyone, at the same time everyone piss drunk and crazy amounts of fun!

Saturday morning with Ekta & Goo (Goo’s the Royal Enfield Classic bike owned by Ekta)…… actually Friday & Saturday morning we were on the bike cruising past Nariman point, Marine drive also covered Worli Seaface. Post that, on Saturday went to meet Chottubhai to get some minor tweaks done on the bike. This is the moment we stumbled on the picture for a D-grade movie…..so took a picture for the blog……….. thought it was damn funny! Got home post that & devoured some brilliant Chicken Kheema Rolls, Bacon & Churizo Ham made by Rachita, then the drinking continued in the afternoon. Aashay, Ekta & me made a ginger, apple, lemon flavored vodka cocktail in a pitcher (actually Aashay made it) went through that, then decided to have a vodka chilli shot which had Ekta & Aashay running around the room in a frenzy! Evening continued in a super duper chilled zone with everyone and we ordered in Pizzas so life was like totally sorted. Post dinner & general zoning went home & crashed. We also made our own home made Bong which was the Ulti Baka moment…… actually Ekta made the Bong so it was Ulti Bakudi moment…

This is too much fun!!!

Best Dessert Ever!!!

Bike Ride View!

Sunday morning went on a bike ride past the lanes in my area and across chowpatty, then went to Peddar Road to clean up the place considering the in-laws were going to be back; so went there, sorted a bit of it and decided to move the party to my residence. Waffles were eaten for lunch, post which Aashay & Aniruddh left for Pune & the rest of us decided to watch movies. Please note we were smoking up through the day I mean that was kinda “obvio buddy”. So the 1st movie we saw was the sequel to Pirahana 3D, Pirahana 2 in 3 D which featured a generous amount of Boobs and was like a lot of fun. Then we watched This Means War which was a chick flick with a FBI secret agent love triangle angle, post which we watched 21 Jump Street which was a fun movie. For dinner Cold Cuts – Turkey & Ham Sandwiches which were out of this world. Finally ended the day with a super dessert by Rachita and watching a couple of episodes of Supernatural.

This extended weekend was probably one of the greatest times we all had and will never forget. The usual Suspects – Vishal, Rachita, Ekta, Mihir, Yooti, Aashay, Aniruddh & Anu! Ulti fun people… We so need to do this again, like Defo Dude!!!

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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Bikes, Beers & Barbecue

Bikes, Beers & Barbecue was the POA with Rachita, Ritika, Ekta, Vishal, Suneel, Anus & me for last evening! The whole thing came about on Saturday while we were celebrating Ritika’s birthday and, as always, the discussion revolved around food. The minute we figured that the in-laws were going to be out of town for the week, we had a POA ready. It was quickly decided that we were going to have a barbecue with loads of MEAT! This was the moment where Ritika & Rachita started planning the menu. Through Monday & Tuesday multiple visits to online sites were made, menu options were discussed & final list of food was decided.

Some of the Awesomeness!!!

On the menu….crazy stuff….right from –

1)      Sheekh Kebabs

2)      Spicy Chorizo Ham

3)      Spicy Cumin Chicken Sausages

4)      Paneer, Potatoes & Corn

5)      Bacon

Cold cuts were bought on Tuesday by Rachita & the Sheekh Kebab  was being made by Ritika. Wednesday evening was looking awesome! Chicken would also be marinated on Wednesday morning. Tuesday started the day as always with a bike ride past Prabhadevi & Shivaji Park. Thankfully, there was no rains so life was sorted. Also went and tanked up the bike… Ran through the day at work really quickly in all the excitement of the evening ….  also forgot to take tiffin to work. So, had to rush to the nearby mall to grab lunch, then left work, headed home quickly & got to peddar road by 6:30pm. Also carried a bottle of Southern Comfort for the evening, Vishal had ordered some Budweiser’s and Kingfisher Strongs as well, so now we were set for a crazy evening!

Sheekh Kebab Mix

Yummmmyyyyyy!!!

Southern Comfort & Beers kick-started the evening though the same was topped off with some super duper food. To start with, Rachita made some awesome spicy cumin chicken sausages with sautéed onions which was mouth wateringly spectacular!!! Then came in the veg stuff -corn, paneer & potato which was unreal. this was quickly followed by the chicken and the seekh kebabs which were divine. Post going through decent amounts of alco & food, there were, as always, multiple drunk discussions about people who like Ritika, etc. Bacon & spicy chorizo ham were brought on the table…..this is when the world came to a standstill & the food was totally devoured… Post this, and a couple more drinks, the discussion shifted to a discussion around the Nano – the mini Tata Car and it’s mileage – from there the discussion escalated into whether the car is safe and what the good points of the car are versus the bad. At this point, Ritika who is a Tata employee, on the bad points started severly outraging which was like weird but funny,  (She is going to kill me for putting this). Finally, post everything, we had some awesome chocolate cupcakes made by Ritika, and then we ended the evening by 10:30pm. All in all, crazy amounts of fun, gossip, food, alcohol was had to make the evening totally unforgettable!!!

Chorizo Ham & Bacon!

You have to try this…

The Recipe for the Spicy Cumin Chicken Sausage –

All you need for this are some julliened onions, cumin, a packet of sausages – sliced, red chilli powder, corriander powder and salt, to taste.

Heat some oil in a pan and add in the cumin seeds, about 2 teaspoons. Once lightly browned,

add the onion and saute till translucent. Add in 2 teaspoons of red chilli powder (adjust to suit your tastebuds), half a teaspoon of corriander powder and salt to taste. Now’s when you add in the sliced sausages as well. Cook it for a few minutes, and then serve hot. Your Spicy Cumin Sausages are ready!

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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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Beers, Bikers & More

While we have spoken about bike rides, builders, mundane Mondays, etc. in the past, today’s post, according to me, is one of the most apt & close to the heart variety.

So now, presenting to you, *Drumrolls* *Beerflows*

So here goes the story – Long bike rides with friends…reaching a bar…general chilling & loads of beer consumption. Bikers & Beers – the association is immediate…

Biker Bar

For me, the fascination, obviously, since I started riding has increased multi-fold, though the karmic connection with Beer & me goes back a long way.

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Started drinking and would pride myself as a Vodka drinker. Beer, to me, was gutter water….was young & stupid at that time. Over a period of time and due to lack of finances, I realized that beer was not only one of the cheaper alco’s available but was decently tasty. I migrated to drinking KF, Fosters, Tiger & Budweiser for a while – stuck to Budweiser because had seen advertisement on TV – the foreign types. Had that for a while. Eventually decided that for the Indian palette, King Fisher & Hayward’s are superb!!! Then came King Fisher Ultra…one of my most favorite beers – crisp, fresh & superb!!! Special mention here to King’s from Goa – totally sensational!!!

Also now, with what I consider an evolved beer palette, tasted beers like Carona, Asahi, Murphy’s Stout, Stella, Hoegaarden, etc. My favourite amongst all the imported brands is hands down Hoegaaden with a slice of orange…..absolutely fantastic!!! (In upcoming articles we will be profiling these & locals beers)

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That’s the story till now. Also, through this story forgot to mention that last year, the very lovely Mrs gifted me my own beer brewing kit! Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! Excitement had happened. Now I am a rare breed of biker who brews his own beer! Please note the reasons to brew your own beer

My Beer Machine 🙂

1) An absolutely unmatched feeling

2) Super Taste

3) Different flavours available

4) Absolutely easy on the pocket

5) Also you keep getting that reaction “you brew your own beer… Oh wow!!! How? etc etc”

There are loads of beer kits available online you can go to any site and pick it up. The one I am using is called “The Beer Machine”.

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Closing thoughts: “Everybody has to believe in something, I believe in having another BEER post a good BIKE RIDE! (or any time :-))

Coming back to why this article is apt & if you haven’t figured the same, its Midweek, time to unwind so grab a few friends and head to the nearest bar or someone’s house & grab yourself a few pints…

Life will be sorted 🙂

Best Buddies!

“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.”
-Dave Barry

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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