Friday, November 6, 2015

Modern sushi and Asian cuisine at Nobo in Chelmsford

Move over Sushi Yanagi, I've found a new favorite sushi joint in Chelmsford! I've been meaning to check this place out since its opening earlier this year but for some reason, we never got a chance to.  The Mo and I finally visited last Friday to celebrate my birthday (and to rack extra points on Chase First Fridays Dining!)
Spider Roll $9.50
We went around 9 PM and the place was pretty busy.  There are 2 sides, one is more of a lounge and the other is a dining area with a sushi bar where you can sit and watch the chefs prep maki rolls and sushi boats.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

36 hours Grand stay at the new St.Regis in Mumbai

St Regis Mumbai
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For our last night in India, the Mo and I wanted to indulge a little before our 37 hour journey back home.  We booked a night at the Palladium Resort in the lower parel area in Mumbai.  Through Agoda, we got a Club King Panoramic View for about $270.00 a night (with tax and fees) which was a bit more than our typical hotel budget since we usually spend that much for a whole week in Southeast Asia.

I was intrigued by the hotel special because the club room included airport transfers, cocktail hour(s), breakfast, high tea, early check-in and late check-out.

To our nice surprise, the hotel would be acquired by the premier St.Regis brand and I would be staying at an exclusive hotel.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Afternoon high tea at St.Regis Mumbai

During our stay at St.Regis Mumbai, we were treated to a delightful afternoon high tea experience in the drawing room.  Traditionally, high tea was a social event for upper class British where they can get in  a quick bite in between meals since their dinners were later in the evening and much more formal and lengthy, not to mention getting dressed for the dinner itself. (Think Downton Abby)

In addition to the other high end hotels like the Taj Mahal Palace and the Taj Lands End, St.Regis jumped on the bandwagon and offered its own version of the tea service.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Dabbawala, Sea Link, Taj Palace, Colaba, Gateway of India and Busaba Buffet

Gateway of India
(opposite Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai)

We only had a day in Mumbai before our flight back to the states so we didn't have a jammed pack itinerary for the 9th most populated city in the world.  We hired an air conditioned taxi for four hours to drive us around Colaba.

Burmese Kaukswe and Banh Mi's at BusaGo in Lower Parel Mumbai

BusaGo Kaukswe
Surprisingly, we didn't eat at much curry and biriyani as we thought we would in India. Being in Mumbai, a large capital city, we ate lots of other Asian staples.  Within a 15 minute walk from the St.Regis, we walked the Lower Parel area of Mumbai to BusaGO, serving Southeast Asian staples in a quirky eatery.

The restaurant is down a little alleyway so it can be tricky to find. Luckily, I spotted the delivery truck infront of the restaurant.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sunset & Cockails at Go with the Flow Baga Beach Goa

Go with the Flow was one of my favorite dining experiences in India.  The ambiance was wonderful and the food was great. Prices were very reasonable and we had a great time. Also, all profits from the restaurant goes to the Samarpan Foundation, "surrendering your identify to the Universe."  The non-profit charity serves the most poor and vulnerable people so I was happy that we were dining for a good cause.

Go with the Flow
Beef Na Pedra
We were told that the best sunset view was from the tower at Go with the Flow in Baga Beach Goa.  One can sit in the funky chairs, sip on cocktails and watch all the fisherman's boat come in.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Shisha and Dancing on Baga Beach

Safil's Beach Shack on Baga Beach was one of my favorite places to hang out in Goa.  We took a late nap and woke up around 9:30 PM before heading out on Halloween. There were some people dressed up and others with just a basic light up prop.  Our AirBnb hostess told us that the expats up north in Arpora go nuts and get fully dressed up because most of them are western.  We were invited to a party but opted to stay in Baga beach since the taxi ride was another 20 minutes away and we didn't bring any costumes.

Baga beach is a quick 10 minute walk from our hotel down Tito's lane where there is a plethora of shops, restaurants and bars.  It reminds me of Pub Street in Siem Reap, Bar street in Faliraki but not as raucous as Bangla Road in Patong.

Weddings, infinity pool and spa retreat at Alila Diwa

After a 37 hour door to door journey, we were relieved to enter the grounds of Alila Diwa Goa.  Sure, our taxi got scanned for bombs and we had to walk through metal detectors but once we were in, we were ushered to seats in the open air lobby where refreshing towels and juice was brought to us.  We were told the hotel was booked to occupancy for the weekend so I wasn't too thrilled to hear that off the bat.

The hotel grounds are exceptionally beautiful. Some people have different definitions of beauty but I loved the infinity pool against the paddy fields.  Workers were constantly cleaning leaves and brush form the pool and the grounds to keep it immaculate.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Delicious fresh seafood at Martin's Corner in Goa

Martin's Corner Goan seafood Cuisine
During out stay in southern Goa, we were conveniently located near Martin's Corner, an award winning local legend that serves some of the best Goan cuisine and seafood in the area.  Our hotel Alila Diwa Goa was a short 12 minute walk away.  Although it was quick, it was a bit scary as there is limited street lights and stray dogs and cows. Bring a head lamp!

Once we arrived, we were happy to see that the restaurant was full of life.  The parking lot across the street was full and the restaurant was almost at capacity by 7 PM.

Beachfront lunch at Zeebop Utorda Beach

We had a relaxing beachfront lunch at Zeebop by the Sea on Utorda Beach in southern Goa.  We almost attempted to walk the 35 min duration along the beach but I am glad we opted for an Air conditioned taxi.  It was 2 PM and the sun was blazing hot.

Since the restaurant is right on the beach, the taxi had to drop us off at the end of the road where we walked down a small walkway.