Our Top 3 Goa Restaurant Picks

Posted on November 10, 2016 by Beach Bum @ The Beach Company | 0 Comments

House Of Lloyds Goa

Found in the back roads of Saipem, Candolim, House of Lloyds’s is a magnificent restaurant set up in a beautiful garden. The house of course is the backdrop to this unique establishment. The villa is a hundred and fifty year old Portuguese styled house with an immense garden ideal for the restaurant to cater to functions and events, weddings and so forth. The surrounding neighbourhood is an inimitable illustration of the true Goa. Furthermore to add to the uniqueness of House of Lloyds’s, not only will you find original Goan food but a contemporary ‘fusion continental BBQ’.

Address: House of Lloyds, Saipem, Candolim, Bardez
Phone: +(91) 9823032273 / +(91) 9930326136

Mustard GOA

Mustard, a Bengali and French cuisine restaurant, promises you a lot more than delectable food. Goa is blessed with a legion of culinary ventures serving International, Indian, and Goan offerings and I have always been on a lookout for flavours I haven’t experienced yet or the ones I miss from the past. Being the smallest state in the country, it’s surprising how Goa is replete with such culinary diversity but what cuts through the clutter are places that have painstakingly researched and curated not just their menu but their ambience and music.

Address: House number 78, Mae de deus vaddo, Chogm Road, Sangolda, Goa 403511
Phone: +(91) 98234 36120

Black Sheep Bistro Goa

Contemporary comfort food

Set in an old colonial bungalow in the by lanes of Panjim, The Black Sheep Bistro (BSB) is a delightful find. Prahlad and Sabreen Sukhtankar’s labour of love, BSB has all the trappings of a great eatery. Chic minimalistic interiors, soft music and an elegant set up that promises nothing less than a fantastic evening. Since both Prahlad and Sabreen have been in the hospitality business for most part of their careers in India and abroad they bring with them a unique sensibility of marrying the local with the global. The menu has been painstakingly crafted using this philosophy of sticking to local produce and flavours and giving them an international twist.

Address: Swami Vivekanand Road, Next To ICICI Bank, Panjim, Goa 403001
Phone: +(91) 832 222 2901

5 Ways to Use Your Tempo Trainer

Posted on October 26, 2016 by Beach Bum @ The Beach Company | 0 Comments

Tempo Trainers are a new gadget designed to boost swimmers’ performance and encourage faster practice swimming. To help you get the most out of your underwater metronome and keep sets exciting, here are 5 simple ways to utilize yours:

1. Finding the Right Beat

A tempo trainer provides a multitude of differing beats. That said, swimmers should adjust their Tempo Trainers to fit their own desired pace and ability. To find the right beat for you, try this set. For distance swimmers (500 and above) complete a 50 of each tempo, for other distances, complete the set doing 25s on mode 1:

1-choose a tempo that’s a slow rhythm (about 50 percent effort) for you

2-choose a tempo that’s a fast rhythm (about 100 percent effort)

3-decrease tempo 1 by 5

4-increase tempo 2 by 5

Continue this alternating increasing and decreasing pattern until you find a comfortable race pace for your given distance. To get an even more precise beat, try straying from the new race pace tempo by a couple of beats and see which pace you prefer.

2. Pacing

Your tempo trainer is not only an underwater metronome; it also has a built in timer. To time yourself for longer periods, use mode 2. In mode 2, the Tempo Trainer will beep in whole second increments ranging from seconds to minutes. For a more precise pacing tool, set your Tempo Trainer to mode 3, making sure to adjust the tenths and hundredths of a second. For increased pacing feedback, set your tempo trainer to beep at lesser time increments.

For example, to pace a 100 free in 1:00 you can:

Set your tempo trainer to 1:00. It will beep once at the start and once at 1:00.

Set your tempo trainer to :30. It will beep once at the start, once at :30 when you should be turning (or done turning), and once at 1:00.

Set your tempo trainer to :15. It will beep once at the start and once every :15 (for each time you should hit the wall).

3. Mapping Your Race

If you have a goal time in mind, but haven’t quite reached it, Tempo Trainers can be an extra motivator. Set the Tempo Trainer to your goal time following the three pacing guidelines. Practice trying to reach each area in the race before the designated beep. As you get better at pacing, you will begin to notice yourself going further in the same amount of time (and thus moving faster).

4. Sprinting and Aerobic Sets

After finding your optimal race tempo. It’s important to adjust your Tempo Trainer accordingly. For longer aerobic sets, increase your mode one setting; for broken races and sets off the block, try to maintain as close to your race pace as possible.

5. Underwaters

Practice faster fluid underwater kicks with your Tempo Trainer. You can select a beat to dolphin kick along to or use a pace time for underwaters. Practice several fast 25s on tempo. Then slowly transition into underwaters followed by several fast strokes. For an added emphasis on underwater kicking, try this set:

2×25 underwater at tempo

2×20 underwater at tempo followed by fast swim

2×15 underwater at tempo followed by fast swim

2×25 fast swim

Diwali Beach Travel: 5 Things To Pack For Your Baby

Posted on October 10, 2016 by Beach Bum @ The Beach Company | 0 Comments

Heading to Goa for the Diwali holidays? Wondering what to pack for your baby’s trip? Here’s a full list of space-saving items for babies .... '

1. A pop-up tent

If you can fit it in your luggage – and you’re planning on getting out and about quite a bit while you’re there – a UV pop-up tent is a lifesaver. You can get lightweight ones that fold down to next-to-nothing, and it’ll save you constantly searching for shade.

2. A paddling pool

OK, so it’s hardly an essential travel item, but we bought a really cheap one that could be left behind if necessary, and used it out on our terrace and down by the main pool with the pop-up tent over the top. Great for cooling off, can be used as a makeshift bath, or drained and filled with toys to become a playpen.

3. A swim float

If you’re heading to a poolside resort, you’ll be well catered for in this department. But if you’re staying somewhere that’s less geared up for kids, consider packing a swim float that’s specially designed for small babies who won’t fit in a rubber ring. You’ll get a lot more pool time out of it.

4. Kids sun cream

They’ll need their own, as it’s specially formulated for new skin.

5. Footwear

Essential to keep their feet safe and comfortable from the heat and sand


We're in love with the Maldives

Posted on September 23, 2016 by Beach Bum @ The Beach Company | 0 Comments

1. It’s seriously close to the equator 

Maldivian resorts are less than 50km from the equator, which means you’re only a luxury yacht charter away from the once-in-a-lifetime experience of crossing over this geographical wonder. How many people can say they’ve swum between two hemispheres? While you’re out in the depths of the ocean, make the most of it with some serious deep-sea diving.

2. They’re clued up on their environmental issues- and doing something about it

How many beachfront hotels can boast an in-house sustainability experts? With regular workshops, you’ll feel like you’re really in the know and you can offset those air miles by helping the planet in a big way. The Regeneration Project is now in full force with structures put in place to help the coral now starting to take effect.

3. You can learn Maldivian cooking

It’s the classic holiday problem- ten days of incredible taste-bud glory and new flavour sensations, only to return home unable to source any of those new delights. Well, not anymore. In the Maldives, chefs will be on hand to give you a private lesson in Maldivian cooking, so you can recreate the holiday experience at home. Who knew there were so many ways to cook a coconut?

4. Dolphins in the deep

Possibly the most mysterious and misunderstood animals, dolphins will always have a sense of magic about them. What better time to catch a glimpse of these intriguing creatures than as the sun sets? You’ll be taken out on a private evening cruise – the ultimate Instagrammable adventure – and sip on sun-downers as you keep watch for dolphins, manta rays, sea turtles and more. As you sail back to shore, let the stargazing expert regale you with stories of the sky.

Rehab Your Back Injury With Swimming, Not Surgery

Posted on September 14, 2016 by Beach Bum @ The Beach Company | 0 Comments

As a swimmer I am biased when I say there is very little for which swimming isn’t beneficial. But even thinking objectively it is a fairly accurate statement. Another area for which swimming is particularly useful is in the rehabilitation of injuries. I am using the word “injuries” here in a very broad sense, and for this article will focus on back injuries. 

There are a few main reasons why swimming is a good rehabilitation tool:

  1. It is low impact. (Unless you are training to be an elite swimmer at which point you will be putting your body through a more intense, higher impact workout.)
  2. It is a form of active stretching - swimming technically will ensure full range of motion movements for many different body parts.
  3. It provides just enough resistance from water to provide, over time, sustained aerobic conditioning to the rehabilitating subject, allowing them to continue to workout while rehabbing at the same time. 

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For back injuries swimming is particularly useful because swimming is not weight bearing. The water mostly supports you, and you swim close to horizontal, releasing most of the pressure associated with exercises where you need to stand. Now that pressure is not completely eliminated, and obviously the back is still engaged while you swim. Playing around with strokes can help alleviate some of this pressure further. Swimming backstroke is likely one of the best strokes for back injuries as you lay in the water in the supine position, allowing the water to support your back, in contrast to the other three strokes which are performed in the prone position.  

My case was not severe and I was able to swim. In severe cases, swimming may initially not be a possibility, but getting in a pool and doing low impact exercises in an aquatic environment are a good starting point in rehabilitation. Start with getting in the water to chest level and walking the pool, eventually add some arm movement and gradually progress to full on swimming. This is a common recommendation by neurosurgeons for post-spinal surgery rehabilitation. 

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