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About goantolondon

International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html

Tacu Tacu Latin American in Hackney

Tacu Tacu is a Latin American restaurant that has opened up on Mare St where Rita’s used to be. The front is a bar serving dangerously drinkable cocktails such as the Pirates Pear, a combination of rum, pear nectar and … Continue reading

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UK RumFest 2017 is this weekend & win tickets for this weekend!

Rum parties are the best fun … Looking forward to @ukrumfest @dominouk #presspreview #evening at @londoncocktailclub #bethnalgreen ! A post shared by Jason & Chiara Pinto (@goantolondon) on Sep 27, 2017 at 11:02am PDT   Great meeting Nick from the … Continue reading

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Have you entered yet… Win a pair of tickets to UK Rum Fest 2017

[Image courtesy of: UK RumFest 2017 and Domino Communications. All rights reserved.]   Win a pair of tickets to UK Rumfest 2017 on Sunday 15th October, 2017 at Earls Court : a Rafflecopter giveaway https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js Enter once a day via … Continue reading

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Feast in the Moat – BBC Good Food Show at Tower of London

At the end a rainy week, we were looking forward to the forecasted brighter weekend weather and visiting the Feast in the Moat at the Tower of London – one of our favourite, iconic landmarks in London. #tbt Had fun … Continue reading

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Win a pair of tickets to BBC Good Food Show – Feast in the Moat, Tower of London : 22nd to 24th September, 2017 – and the winner is ….

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Four To Eight, tucked away in Covent Garden

We went to Four to Eight, a modern Italian, in Covent Garden to try out their new brunch menu. We kicked things off with cocktails, I went for the Blood Orange Margarita, which was actually a lot sweeter than I … Continue reading

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Pivaz – Turkish dining in Hackney, London

We arrived on a bright summer’s day at Pivaz to a warm welcome by Matt (GM), and settled at a table near the open French patio doors. #food #cocktails🍹 #wines #menu at #dinner at @pivazrestaurant #Hackey #Homerton , courtesy of … Continue reading

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Bistro Mirey, London

We discovered Mirey’s bistro tucked away down a quiet Islington side street, currently popping up in the Charles Lamb pub. As an added bonus we managed to score an outside table in the sun it was the perfect place for … Continue reading

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Italian pavement dining and people watching – at Venerdi, London.

We wandered along a bustling Hackney street on this sunny summer’s evening and quickly reached our easygoing Italy in London destination – Venerdi ! Settling down to #dinner at #Venerdi – with a warm welcome and pleasant service from Martin … Continue reading

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A hidden gem in North London- Bayleaf

A post shared by Jason & Chiara Pinto (@goantolondon) on Jul 16, 2017 at 6:03am PDT   So we may have found our new favourite Indian restaurant tucked away in Whetsone. We kicked things off with cocktails, we got a … Continue reading

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