The Veg Burger at Thalassa, Goa  | The Novice Housewife

The Veg Burger at Thalassa, Goa

Kingfisher beer at Thalassa, Goa | The Novice Housewife

Staple diet in Goa

The View at Marriot, Goa | The Novice Housewife

The View at Marriot, Goa


Last month my family and I went on a short vacation to Goa. My brother stays there with his wife and my three your old niece and with the crazy cold here in northern India, Goa seemed like a great place to get some sun and warmth.

Goa is a tourist destination with its beaches, cheap alcohol and awesome sea food. You will always see people with a smile here. Fact.

So while I wont be posting a recipe today (I do have one for next GMT though- I know! I am improving), I thought I will post about the food we ate in Goa in this trip. And we ate a lot. This is going to be a heavy photo centric post, so be prepared.

My sister-in-law is an avid foodie and she has a friend who works for Planet Goa and keeps recommending her new places to try. She had made a list of things we had to go to. One of the first places was Thalassa.

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Nutella Crepe Cake | The Novice Housewife

Nutella Crepe Cake | The Novice Housewife

Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Yup it happens. And lately its been happening quite a lot.

While more often than not I share recipes that have worked, I have shared my failures on the blog as well. Carrot cake truffles, macaron cake – cases in point. And today I will share another one.

This crepe cake with nutella frosting.

An utter failure and waste of delicious nutella buttercream frosting.

Well……not an utter failure because it still found a way into our stomach. We as a family hardly ever waste food. And so we still ate it. Only difference is we did not relish it.

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The  almond croissants at L'Opera, Khan Market, Delhi

The almond croissants at L’Opera, Khan Market, Delhi


The last few days had been  slightly busy, my grandfather got sick, then there were other things to attend to, plus my internet connection sucks making it even more difficult to put up posts and as such no GMT happened this week and I haven’t been able to post anything after last week’s GMT. Getting this post live, even though for most parts it was ready, has also been a task. I don’t have a recipe to share today but instead will share some of my gastronomical experiences when I was in Delhi for 10 days.

Since Delhi is the capital of India, each of India’s 29 states has a government run house for its affairs, called bhavans. These bhavans have guest houses for its states officials and also run a canteen/restaurant in their premises. Some of the bhavan’s canteen/restaurants are open for the general public, providing a taste of their authentic regional cuisine at quite an affordable price.

When V had come down to India for his MBA course, and with  him being busy during the days with his course classes and with my in-laws busy with elections in Firozabad, and my friends busy during the day, I was mostly left to eat lunch out alone in Delhi. I hate eating out alone. I can’t do it. Its too boring. I would rather get a to-go, switch to PJs in my room, put on TV and watch something while eating. So even though I had made a list of going to all the State Bhavans for lunch and trying out their food I was only able to brave it once and soon realized eating out alone is just not my cup of tea. In theory it sounded great, and I was all excited about it but when I sat down to eat, I made a note to myself never again.

The chicken curry at Assam Bhavan, Delhi | The Novice Housewife

The chicken curry at Assam Bhavan, Delhi

Assam Bhavan, Delhi | The Novice Housewife

Assam Bhavan, Delhi | The Novice Housewife

My first tryst with Bhavan food was when I was pursuing my bachelors degree in Delhi. Friends of my parents were regular at Sikkim House and loved the food served there and insisted we try it out as well. Though the place was a little gloomy decor wise, the food was exceptionally good. I am not sure whether Sikkim House’s restaurant is still open for general public, because my dad’s driver recently told me that it was not open for outsiders any more. Since I haven’t personally checked it I can not confirm it. If any one of you has been there in the recent past do let me know, I would definitely like to go try their dishes again.

Dal, Assam Bhavan, New Delhi | The Novice Housewife

Dal, Assam Bhavan, New Delhi

Fish Tenga, Assam Bhavan | The Novice Housewife

Fish Tenga, Assam Bhavan, New Delhi

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