Goan Food & Lifestyle
the Portuguese, Goa was Golden Goa,
the epicenter of the Portuguese empire in Asia. The Portuguese
were great church builders, their desire to spread their faith
an important motivation. Little wonder then that modern day Goa
culture is a quaint blend of the old and the new, of
Portuguese and Indian elements. It is also a land of great variety
- with its many Goa culture and temples, In Goa
culture has a deeply religious ambience which contrasts sharply
with the highly hedonistic spirit prevalent on her beaches. Hindu
temples are as much a part of Goa as are Christian monuments.
Large hotels and resorts co-exist with small
hotels and paying guest accommodations; fancy restaurants with
People of Goa:
The people of Goa are very friendly and extremely
happy-go-lucky. They are fond of the good things in life and are
certainly not caught up in the rat race. Siesta is an important
part of life in Goa with shops downing their
shutters from one to four the most Goans retiring for the afternoon.
Though the people of Goa are of different faiths
and from different cultural backgrounds, they have come together
to create the easygoing Goa culture with its emphasis on good
Food in Goa is a very serious matter and capitalizes
on the range of food products available here. Goa culture
boasts of many different cuisines - the Konkan, the Portuguese
and the Bahamani Nawabi traditions. The fruits of the sea are
used lavishly in Goan food different types of fish, prawns, mussels,
oysters, crabs and many more.
The cuisine of Goa has an interesting mix of
influences from all the cultures that it came into contact with.
There are two separate traditions in cuisine influenced by the
respective religions of Hinduism and Christianity; there are some
meeting points that present interesting harmony. One of the most
popular dishes, the pork Vindaloo is a result of this beautiful
harmony. The Portuguese cooking has a strong and telling influence
on Goan Cuisine and that should not be forgotten. Goan food is
simple but one has to bear in mind that most, though not all,
of it is chili hot, spicy, and pungent.
Nightlife in Goa:
Though, Nightlife is not so popular in India, it is very much
accepted in Goa, which bears much of the Portuguese culture and
tradition. One time Portuguese Colony, Goa is the best place in
India to visit, if you love to fun & frolic through out the
day and the night. Nightlife in Goa is exciting and there are
many ways to spark up the evening.
The people of Goa are fun lovers and it is very common to find
families going out for a night of fun & merriment. There are
places where, almost every third house has a bar-cum-restaurant.
The place may not be anything very special, usually just a room
in the house that has been opened to the public with a couple
of chairs and a table. But the atmosphere is excellent - totally
relaxing and extremely favourable to an enjoyable night out with
friends and family. Most of the places serve exquisite seafood
and other Goan delicacies and have well stocked bars. Titos, which
is right on the beach in Goa are the hottest place to visit and
to be seen at in Goa today. There's also a new discotheque 'The
Beachotheque' where you can dance the night away. You can also
check out Lidos in Dona Paula. But, if you are in the mood to
dance to the tempo of the ocean, get together with your group
of friends, some food and drink and hit the beach. No doubt, you
will surely have a special night with the shimmering sand, the
soothing moon and the bracing waves!