Top Veg, Non-Veg and Beach Restaurants in Goa

Goa is a popular year round tourist destination and people from all over the world flock to this beautiful destination to not only enjoy its beaches but also its amazing cuisine. Goa is home to many restaurants and some of the best ones serve a variety of interesting delicacies. One of the best ways of getting to enjoy authentic Goan cuisine is by exploring and visiting one of the roadside eateries that may seem small yet serve excellent Goan cuisine.

Top Five Vegetarian Restaurants in GOA:

  • Little Italy: This place serves authentic vegetarian Italian cuisine and it is perfect to enjoy an excellent meal in the evening.
  • Plantain Leaf: This is yet another amazing restaurant serving a host of vegetarian Indian and Continental delicacies.
  • Hotel Kamat: Located on the church square in Panaji, this place serves South Indian vegetarian food.
  • Satkar Hotel: This place is also known for offering a range of South Indian delicacies.
  • Vegetarian Restaurant: Situated on Tito’s Road on Baga Beach, this restaurant is run by an English woman and she serves a variety of vegetarian delights.

Top Five Non-Vegetarian Restaurants in GOA:

  • After Seven Restaurant: This restaurant is extremely popular and is one of the best dinner venues in Goa. The restaurant is situated between Calangute and Candolim and is known to offer some of the best steaks in town.
  • I-95 Restaurant: This place is known to serve some of the best-grilled meats especially prawns and lobsters.
  • Souza Lobo: This is one of the best restaurants in Calangute, Goa. This is literally an institution where Goan food is concerned and therefore a must visit for anyone looking to sample Goan delicacies.
  • Brittos Restaurant: Brittos in Baga Beach is one of the most popular beach shacks serving excellent array of delicacies especially prawn curry, crab curry and chicken fried rice.
  • Fiesta: This is a restaurant in Calangute that is known to be one of the most romantic restaurants and serves excellent pizzas, meat and seafood platters.

Top Five Beach Restaurants in GOA:

  • Cavala: This beachside restaurant on Baga beach not only offers great food but also features amazing live music on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The friendly staff further ensures that one enjoys a wonderful dining experience.
  • St. Anthony’s: This is yet another restaurant at Baga Beach that is known for serving a host of Indian delicacies and is one of the oldest restaurants in Goa.
  • Waves: Situated on Calangute beach, Waves is an amazing restaurant reflecting an artistic ambience and traditional Goan delicacies are presented in an extremely creative manner.
  • Stone House: Those with a penchant to excellent grilled meats and steaks must visit Stone House.
  • Lila Café: Situated on the banks of Baga river, this extremely pretty café serves an assortment of delicious pastries and other mouthwatering delights.

Vegetarianism – Is it Really a Big Deal?

I have been a vegetarian since birth if I can say and so are thousands of people who were born in Brahmin community like me. In Hinduism, we are divided into different groups originally based on profession. Brahmins were typically the educated ones and were expected to teach others and were also priests. As the society evolved, Brahmins took up wider professions like minister, banker, business etc. Some say that in the Vedic period Brahmins were allowed to eat the meat of sacrificed animals. Then with the spread of Buddhism and Jainism, in order to slow down the conversions to these religions, Ahimsa or non-violence was being spread as the key message of Hinduism as well. Following this, several Hindus, especially Brahmins became vegetarian and this was not a particularly difficult change because they were only allowed to have sacrificial meat anyway and not other meat so it was not a big part of their life. This is also not to say all Brahmins are vegetarian as some remained meat/fish eaters. As far as I am concerned, I mean no harm to animals and am a vegetarian. Now, why am I talking about Hinduism, Brahmins and vegetarian? Reason is that to me it is a bit of a surprise to see people being warned about the ‘pitfalls’ of becoming vegetarian while that has been the way of life for me and for my ancestors with no second thoughts. Also a quick look at where I come from may help you understand why I am surprised. If you have ever been to India, especially southern India, you will find more vegetarian restaurants than non-vegetarian and typically the non-vegetarian ones will say so explicitly on their name board. On the contrary I am yet to come across a vegetarian restaurant in the western world where I live.

Having spent some time in a western country, I do understand that meat is an important part of the diet and hard to let go off. So, for some, it is probably a big deal. Often people are warned against a vegetarian diet mainly because it is said to lack in protein. Proteins contain chains of amino acids which are converted into different kind of amino acid during digestion and absorption. Some amino acids can be secreted by the body but some are required from food. Plant foods are said to lack in at least one of these essential amino acids. However, it does not mean one cannot get enough protein being a vegetarian. It simply is a question of combining food – like combining grains with lentils and vegetables. It was interesting to read that some findings show that an excess protein intake can potentially lead to osteoporosis and kidney problems (remember your kidney has to work harder to absorb the amino acids). A well balanced vegetarian diet, in that way is said to give just enough protein. Even if you are not able to balance in a single meal, you can always achieve your balance in a day. For example, let us say you could not get enough protein in your lunch, you can always snack on some lentils and achieve the balance. In a vegetarian diet one obviously does not get the fat from the meat and also because most plants are fibrous, vegetarian diets are said to be more helpful to maintain a healthy weight.

Now if the issue of not getting enough protein is out of your way, what else could stop one from being vegetarian? Could it be ‘limited’ choice because most restaurants offer macaroni cheese and salad as vegetarian on their menu, or could it be fear of not treating the palate because vegetarian in bland? If it is either or both, I can assure you, it is a myth. While I cannot put more items on restaurant menus as I do not have control over them, I certainly can assure you that your menu list at home can be made really long. As far as taste and flavour goes, who said spices do not work on vegetables, grains and fruits? There is no limit to the kind of dishes you can prepare with even just a few ingredients.

By making healthy choices, you can very well be a vegetarian and enjoy eating. If you need any help or inspiration to create nice vegetarian dishes, do stop by my blog http://www.tastefullyveggie.blogspot.com/

Top Vegetarian Paradise in the World (1)

With the emerging of a new eating fashion, there are more and more people who favor food made of vegetables. People would like to take in this kind of food for the sake of health and longevity. They think that vegetables are much more healthy than meat. Throughout the whole world there are many places in which vegetables are really famous. Now I will list the top vegetarian paradise in the world.

1. Singapore

Since there are a large number of Indian and Chinese live here, you can easily find vegetarian food in Singapore. Hawkers centers and gourmet centers all around Singapore provide various kinds of food made of vegetables for you. Or you can go to the colorful Indian restaurant like Komala Vilas or chain stores like Sagar Ratna and Saravana Bhavan where there are food exclusively available for vegetarians.

2. Mexico city

In Mexico City, there are sheer vegetarian restaurants and healthy food restaurants everywhere, including Super Soya chainstore, The Green Corner and Vegi Market. Food like hawking fruit, elote, fresh juice here can surely make vegetarians fulfill their stomach in Mexico.

3. Taipei

Influenced by Buddhism, those vegetarian food in Taiwan has developed into a distinctive style of cooking. “Meat” in this kind of food is made up of gluten or soybean protein. So those people who are fond of vegetarian food can try this when visiting Taipei.

4. Kyoto

Although there are a lot of foods made of vegetables in Japan, you can still find some delicious vegetarian food such as shojin ryori in Kyoto. This vegetarian food is made up of many kinds of dishes which are offered in many temples in Japan. There are also some other kinds of special vegetarian food such as the skin of soybean milk, wheat bran, eggplant food, carrot food etc. Each of them are delicate but cheap.

5. Vancouver

There are many gourmet activities here in Vancouver. It is the paradise for vegetarians and natural food. In the evening, the vegetable pizza in Jamaican Pizza Jerk will surely fulfill your stomach. Besides, you can search for your own favorite vegetarian food in the restaurant around the city.

5 Steps to Becoming a Vegetarian

So you’ve made up your mind to stop eating meat and become a vegetarian. Good for you! Vegetarianism is a much healthier form of eating but in the beginning it may be difficult to find enough variety to stop you getting bored. I’ve listed a few ideas that may help as you take your first steps to becoming a vegetarian.

1. Do your research
Buy vegetarian cookery books and magazines. Surf the net for vegetarian websites and join forums where you can get advice and swap recipes.

2. Build a portfolio of your favourite recipes
Try out recipes and if you like them paste them into a folder or scrapbook. Soon you will have a list of about 15 to 20 of your favourite recipes which you can cook on a rotation basis. Find ones you can freeze too for a quick fix when you’re in a hurry.

3. Eat out!
That’s right, I said eat out. Find where your local vegetarian restaurant is and go, simple as that. You don’t have to go on your own either many mainstream restaurants have great vegetarian selections these days. Just ask when you book. If you find something you really like ask if the chef will let you have the recipe. They’re not all Gordon Ramsey so you won’t get shouted at.

4. Take it easy!
Don’t go cold turkey (if you pardon the pun). Ease yourself in to the vegetarian lifestyle. A good way to start is by replacing some of your favourites like burgers and sausages with the vegetarian substitute kind. All supermarkets stock these nowadays. In the UK Quorn and the Linda McCartney ranges are very popular and very tasty.

5. One day at a time
This is a big lifestyle change for you so take it slowly. After you have integrated your substitute items into your diet why not and you’re feeling OK with this, why not have one day a week that is totally vegetarian with no substitutes at all. Slowly build this up to every other day until you’re finally totally vegetarian.