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Food & Nightlife in Goa

As the pandemic loosens its grip over the sunshine state, the Goa government is stepping forward with amplified relaxations. After a long period of closure, restaurants and bars across the territory have been permitted to resume operations at 50% of their seating capacity, from today onwards. Though the statewide curfew stands extended till July 12, the administration has also allowed sports complexes, outdoor stadiums and salons to reopen from today.

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Amidst the natural bounties of Goa, are oodles of hyperlocal stories, secrets and facts, that are not too accessible by the travellers but to the locals of course. Several dishes, recipes, ingredients, constitute a significant part of these local tales. However, when people think of Goan cuisine, they seldom go beyond the grips of dishes that are a part of the mainstream coastal cuisine.

Visitors completely fail to recognize the importance of Goan varieties of bread in face of the state's inclination towards rice as a preferred side to their bowl of Xacuti or Sorpotel. Goan markets house several sorts of fresh bread but amidst all, Poee is the one which is well-regarded by all. Also spelt as Poi, here's a little history about this flour-dusted masterpiece and the places where you can find the best of it.

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Usually bustling with hordes of tourists and locals, Goa's nightlife scene has been severely affected by the pandemic. Clamped under the bans of the ongoing curfew, nightclubs and bars of the coastal state will only resume service once the COVID situation is brought under control. While the state's tourism industry has been harshly hit by unprecedented circumstances for more than a year now, it cannot be said if the stability and normalcy of the past times can be restored anytime soon.

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If you are vacationing in Goa and wondering what all grubs you can pair up with your chilled bottle of booze, then you have landed at the right place. Be it the richness of Portuguese flavours or the zing of Konkani, the Goan cuisine is so vast and unexplored, that you can have something new each day here. So check out these 11 Goan dishes that can zing up your palate and add a sprinkle of spice to your trip!

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Commonly referred to as Jungle Juice, Urak is the quintessential, hangover-free fluid concoction and it is a staple among Goans who are looking to beat the summer heat. Feni may be the most famous Goan drink but it is popularly believed that conversations happen to be more pleasant with the light-headedness induced by a glass of Urak. So if you are in Goa and wish to rejuvenate your soul, whether post-party or to escape the heat, then hop to the nearest wine shop or local pub for a refreshing sip of Urak!

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As soon as the thought of 'Goa' pops in your head, it is followed by a quick glance at your wardrobe, isn't it?! Well, this may be because Goa has been a creative hub for fashion designers and boutiques, which have wrapped the state in a colourful and oh-so boho fashion vibe! One such modiste is Katja Grew, who has set up a vibrant shop near Anjuna Beach by the name of Mermaid's Boutique, where you can treat yourself to a shopping session as you enjoy their delicacies. So even if you cannot find clothes that vibe with the Goan aura before you step into the state, once you are here, this boutique will not let you leave empty-handed.

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Tracing its etymology to a Sanskrit word meaning 'to begin, to flow', Goa's Saraya is a place with the vision of "culturing the infinity of creativity". A confluence of exceptional artistry, Saraya is an amalgamation of art culture, eco-living and food, where visitors come to enjoy a placid and relaxing atmosphere. If you too are looking to begin your creative journey, then travel hardly 20 km from the capital city to spend some time at Saraya Goa and get inspired, meet like-minded people and cleanse your aura as you experience the rhythm of nature.

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If you are looking to have some badass fun under the sun, then head out to Leopard Valley, a unique location in South Goa that hosts music gigs, parties, a night market and more. Located approximately 70 km from the capital city, in Agonda, this destination is widely famous for upping the night club scenes in Goa! So if you and your gang of partyholics are looking for a unique night out experience, then this hotspot is where you need to be this weekend.

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Regularly flocked by tourists for its buzzing beaches and bountiful collection of beers, Goa definitely has something to suit each heart's craving. But if you happen to be a teetotaller amid a gang of drinkers, you must be craving to join in the thrill as your drunk friends lose themselves in revelry. So if you are up for one refreshing ride, trail through this list of 7 non-alcoholic drinks from Goa that will rejuvenate your soul and lighten up your spirits in a jiffy!

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Shining like a precious jewel along the western coastline of the country, Goa is known for its alluring amalgamation of three diverse cultures-the French, the Portuguese and the Indian. Amongst an array of bountiful presents offered by the scenic state, what leaves an unmatched impression on the minds of its visitors is its sprawling cuisine.

While tourists may topple in their love for the choicest varieties of seafood, what has us drooling is the Goa's dessert spread. From a local delicacy that comes with semblances of north India's 'Gujia' to a range of sweet servings having a European appeal, you simply can't enjoy it all in one trip! If you are lost in your sugar-dipped imaginations already, let us take you on a tour of the 14 most relished Goan desserts.

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If you're a local in Goa, you must have been judged at least a couple of times for saying that YOU need a vacation.

So if you wanna shout a resounding yes to a change of view, which would help you to catch a quick break from your everyday life while you collect content for an interesting trip tale for later, then check out Maharashtra's Malvan. Located at an approximate distance of 120-km from Panjim, this road trip will take you on a historical journey coupled with the serenity of the Arabian Sea and deliciousness of the regional cuisine.

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