CRUISE – SHORE CULINARY TOUR
We offer Shore Culinary Tour for tourists arriving on cruise ships. Since we are located in the close vicinity of the Marmagoa Cruise terminal, this is an attractive culinary excursion that can be taken keeping the short time in hand.
Our immersive shore culinary tour gives the tourists an opportunity to explore the local farmer’s market, participate in the demonstration cooking class and relish the traditional dishes, get an insight to culinary tradition and culture and be part of the family.
- Guided local farmer’s spice, fruit, vegetable market tour.
- Relishing traditional snacks.
- Demonstration in preparation of Masala Herbal Chai & Black Cinnamon Coffee.
- Introduction to an array of spices
- Demonstration cooking class in Indian as well Goan delicacies.
- Enjoy a traditonal meal.
- Local sweet tastings.
- Knowledge bytes – Local traditions, culture and cuisine of Goa and how Port town derived its name after the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama.
Tentative Programme of Shore Culinary tour (Timings can be customised as per the schedule of the Cruise Ship on advise to us)
09.30 am: Arrive at Rita’s Gourmet situated around 11 kms from the cruise terminal. The GPS location will be shared once we receive the mail or whats app message.
09.35 am to 10.30 am: Welcome with traditional snacks and beverages. Preparation of masala chai. Culinary history of Goa
10.00 am – 10.50 am: Proceed to Vasco da Gama Market. Local Farmer’s Guided Market Tour showcasing colourful fruits, vegetables, spices and local aretfacts being sold by local vendors
10.55 am – 11.15 am : Transfer back to Rita’s Gourmet at Dabolim
11.15 am – 11.55 am: Introduction to an array of Spices and ingredients used in Indian/Goan Cuisine. A quick tour of home garden and the with a brief on Goan traditions, culture and culinary history
11.55 pm to 1.30 pm: Demonstration and participation cooking class in few Indian/Goan dishes as chutneys.
1.30 pm – 2.15 pm: Appetiser with Meal
2.20 pm: Departure
- Hats / Sun Glasses / Sun Screen recommended for Market Tour
- The Taxi can be hired from Cruise Pier.
- Please call/message or ask the driver to call on (+91)7507452225 if any difficulty.
- Marmagoa Cruise Pier to Vasco Market : 3.5 km
- Vasco Market to Rita’s Gourmet, Dabolim: 8 kms
- Rita’s Gourmet, Dabolim to Marmagoa Cruise Pier : 11.5 km
- USD 65 per person
- Payments to be made by bank transfer. Details of bank will be shared at the time of registration.
Mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Rita’s Gourmet Goa on (+91) 7507452225
Cruise Ship “Costa Neo Classica” – 21st December 2016
How else do you get to spend a day in the home of a local, have a meal together, shop her local farmer’s market when you are in a foreign country and a strange city? Rita is the best. From her first responsive email to her transfer instructions off our cruise ship this week, she was professional, patient (with all my questions), kind and helpful. This is a woman who can cook! We enjoyed the welcome marsala chai she prepared in her beautiful courtyard commercial kitchen, covered from the hot sun and surrounded by her palms and gardens, explaining all the spices as they were freshly pounded. We then ate an authentic Indian hot breakfast, several sweet cakes (hubby loved having cake for breakfast!) and tasted some fruits we didn’t know. After a tour of her garden and home, we set to work chopping, stirring, cooking, baking, kneading, tasting…. then sat to eat a feast! Fish. Chicken. Curry. Vegetables. Rice. Hot shrimp appies. It was the best Indian food we have ever eaten served by the most gracious of hostesses. I can’t think of a better way to experience India, or Goa, then by spending a day with Rita who kindly answered all our questions and gave us a day where two worlds coincided. Way better than a day visiting yet another temple, mosque or tourist trap. It will be the day we will remember the best India has to offer!
I like cooking and had a short day to spend, off a cruise ship in GOA. I thought Rita’s Gourmet would fit the bill. It WAS so much more. We went with two other people from the ship – and that was the class! Classes are small and hands on.
To save time, we first went to the local market and, met Rita and learned about the local fruits and vegetables, then the seafood. We purchased items that we cooked, later in the day. Then we went to Rita’s home for a typical Indian breakfast. (Normally you would do this first, then go to the market, but the order we followed saved time due to our limited time). We met Rita’s daughter and husband as well. (It felt as if we were invited into a friend’s home rather than an impersonal cooking school.)
Next we went to her outside cooking area. She had two assistants as well. After reviewing the seasoning and spices that we would be working with, we learned about some of the differences between Goan and Indian dishes. We then started cooking.
We made Prawns & Vegetables Caldin, Fish Recheado, Galinha Cafreal (Chicken in Coriander &Mint Sauce), Navratna Korma (a vegetable dish) etc. We also made a Creme Caramel for desert. We were given excellent instructions and direction. All the cooking was done by us (students), under the watchful eyes of Rita and her assistants.
As the food was being taken into the house, and the table set, we spent some social time with Rita and her husband, Mukund. We spoke about cooking as well as life in India.
Then time to eat what we prepared. Wow! This was so much better and different than Indian food that I had had in the US. I’ve become a fan. I will now go and try to cook different Indian food at home.
This was a great experience. If you are in Goa, do this, you will be richer for it
Cruise Ship – “Celebrity Century” – 29th March 2015
My sister and I joined two others from our cruise ship for a fun day of cooking and shopping with Rita’s Gourmet. Rita arranged a pickup from our ship, took us on a shopping adventure through the local market, and guided us through creating 7 authentic and tasty dishes! Her hospitality was superb! We had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Rita’s husband and daughter. It was a treat to spend time with such a special family. After two delicious meals (breakfast upon our arrival and the great lunch we prepared) we sadly said farewell. We were on a tight time schedule and Rita made sure we were back on our ship in time for its sailing. Rita followed up with an e-packet of recipes and photos in addition to the packet we received in our class. It was a fabulous experience!