Friday, December 09, 2016

Mother... - restaurant review

Food, nurturing and sustenance seems so synonymous with mother (or parent) that even if an adult is talked to in a patronizing motherly (parentally) tone he or she is going to give in, specially when it comes to delicious food.
My friend chose this restaurant 'Mother' located on K street between 10th and 11th street and even before I entered to meet my friend, I saw this board and I knew its a perfect place to eat food and besides, someone please tell me, how do I refuse to go in after reading that sign...

Friday, December 02, 2016

Just a little update... right now!

I was looking back at the year and at some past posts and came across an old questionnaire and decided to update the answers:
What I ate for breakfastCoffee and cheese stick

Who I last spoke to on the phoneDH

The last website I looked (listening to MPR classical music)

The last book I readSacred Stone by Clive Cussler and Craig Dirgo

The last meal I cookedPasta for lunch yesterday and assembled (not cooked) Ham and Cheese Sandwich this morning

What am I wearing right nowSteel Grey checkered trousers and Black & White ikat print top

My current Favorite TV showWatching re-run of Gilmore girls with my girls
The last person I sent an email toTo my boss, asking for vacation time off :-)

Something I recently learnedIt’s been a decade that I have been finding ‘Word of the Year’ each year

Something I am not looking forward Finishing some short notice work over the weekend

Something I am Thankful for - Everything, even the worse of things bring out the humility, and I’m thankful for that.

How am I feeling overallBlah… Finding it hard to motivate myself. Just one foot in front of the other and keep moving…

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Camping in the Sierra Foothills

This would count to be our first summer in California in the true sense of the world. Last summer, we were in the moving phase and emotions were raw and memories too fragile to stop calling Minnesota home and settling into the California life. This year besides sightseeing which is plentiful in California, we slowed down our weekends to enjoy a few camping trips.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Vegetarian cooking - Eggplant dishes

For this Friday's foodie talk, I'd like to talk about vegetables; eggplant to be a little more specific.
I know, vegetables aren't looked upon very favorably specially here in America. So I decided to break it up, introduce some eastern spices into the mix and present a few variety of vegetarian eggplant dishes.
1) Eggplant curry: It can be prepared in several different combinations, with potatoes and tomatoes, or bell peppers. Overcooked eggplant provides a good creamy consistency to the gravy and can be a good accompaniment to other vegetables or beans.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Hike to Lassen Peak

Towards the end of summer vacation this year in July, we decided we want to tackle a summit hike and since we didn't have a lot of time to train, Lassen Peak in Lassen Volcanic National Park seemed like a good hike. Its about 2.5 hours drive from Sacramento on I-5 driving north.
You can partake in the experience of our hike through the video at the end.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Rounding up the Figs!

Its Fig season in northern California and there are some good figs starting to appear in the local farmers market. And you know it's been really busy at work lately so haven't had a chance to visit a good eatery last few weeks. Team lunches these days are sandwiches and salads from the corner deli and while its good for sustenance but not worthy of a blog post. So, here I am talking about Figs from the local Farmer's market.  

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Harry Potter World - Universal Studios LA

Last long weekend of summer is just around the corner and even though kids are already back in school, it is hard not to take advantage of the long Labor Day weekend and make one more road trip before Fall weather sets in.
I think I’m still in Minnesota mind set where winter road trips were a major challenge and even though in California, travel is pretty much year round, summer season and summer vacation hold special place in our lives. At the beginning of the summer, we took a road trip to LA to see the new Harry Potter exhibit at Universal. I thought I’d share it here and inspire you to take a trip.
 If you are a Harry Potter fan or have read the books or watched all the movies then you would love this place. If you are on the fence about visiting the park, I’d say give it a try, it is totally worth it.
Here’s a short video of the whole experience to give you a glimpse.

At the entrance of the Harry Potter world is the Hogwarts’s Express locomotive, beautifully staged with loads of luggage, steam/smoke from the chimney and even a conductor/engineer/driver.