Margao is the buzzingly quaint, commercial and cultural capital of the Indian state of Goa.
A jumpy bus ride, cozied with some swinging Hindi music got me to this little city.
Scouting for bakeries, I took a lazy walk down Margao’s streets.
Smiling helpful faces, all fluent in English, guided me around.
My first stop was DOM PEDRO’S…….a family run fast food joint and bakery headed by none other than Mr. Dom Pedro.
Cheerful Mr.Pedro sat at the cash counter surrounded by his pretty apron laden staff.
Goan style samosas, chicken puffs, dainty sandwiches and umpteen snacks were burgeoning at the counter.
The Goan samosa very different from the Punjabi samosa has a softer crust and slightly roasted, flavourful potato filling.
The Christmas cheer is apparent as I walk the bylanes……shops laden with Christmas trees, baubles, decorations and more.
lady sellers peddling their wares.Outside shop no 17 the old bai had a collection of unusual herbs.She suggested each one of them to be steeped and used to make a brew for different ailments like cholesterol, diabetes, constipation and wheezing.
After a researching through local fruits and berries…..I got to taste the melting Son papdi,an Indian version of the candy floss.
Royal foods was my next stop…a bustling well lit large bakery. With a vast selection of cakes and pastries.
Truly enchanted by the wooden cribs and models at Sarjos wooden cribs.These intricate hand carved wood and ceramic creations were really enigmatic.
Jackris, just across, is another popular bakery. Modern,comfortable interiors…….with a great spread of snacks, cakes, pastries and breads.
I spied upon some interesting local treats here.Sweet ball Rs 35 a confection made from sugar, semolina and flour.
Peard a guava cheeses like confection is availible for Rs60/200gms
Pinag Rs 60 made out of coconut and black jaggery and Dose a sweet confection,again made from coconut,tuar dal (Indian name for pigeon pea) and jaggery.
Jackris also has a large range of freshly baked gateaux and cakes,ranging from Rs 600-800 per kg.The pleasant lady manager explained thier various flavours and treats with enthusiasm and patience.Thank you so very much !
Another speciality bakery cum cake shop that caught my eye was Pastry Palace. This is a chain of cake franchises, with nearly 40 shops in Goa.
As I walked out of pastry palace……I went past the Margao Muncipal council which hosts the munciapl library to reach the EVER favourite landmark….Lounginos restaraunt and confectionary.Tall ceilings,warm brown stone flooring…relaxed interiors.I made myself comfertable with a puff and cold milky coffee,soaking in the laid back atmosphere.
Longuinho’s since 1950 is a great place for friends and family to catch up…..extremely popular with tourists too.Haunted and patronised for its authentic home cooked Goan fare.Its much tried desserts are the tender coconut souffle and layered Bebinca.
My journey of browsing and enjoying baked treats in Margao ended with memories of delightful confections and its people…..
Adieu till my next food and travel experience !