When Mumbai-bred tea sommelier Snigdha Manchanda, 31, decided she was done with city life, it seemed a no-brainer to move to Goa. What surprised her, though, was the warmth with which Goa welcomed her, and her business. A few months after shifting base, in May 2013, Manchanda founded Tea Trunk, a line of fine hand-blended teas that is today shipped to 20 countries across the globe, besides being served in leading restaurants across the country. “Dealing with the Panaji city corporation and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India was super fast. I had all my trade and food licences within two-three weeks, all without paying a single rupee in bribes,” she says. “The paperwork was a breeze.” Manchanda’s experiences may be contrary to the laid-back energy usually associated with the holiday destination, but they are not the exception. With its upwardly mobile, well-travelled and increasingly cosmopolitan society, Goa has tasted the global lifestyle. Add to it the huge floating population of tourists with a keen palate and an eye for new ideas in living, and you have the perfect climate for experiments in the food and drink space.