Accent Showpieces for Home Interiors ~ The Turquoise Buddha

The Turquoise Buddha was one of our purchases from this stand alone, expansive, pottery store (where I spent 4 whole hours) and I have not seen anything even remotely similar to this anywhere else, so far. Read on if you want to know more about it.  Continue reading

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Road Trip to Death Valley National Park

Road Trip to Death Valley, CA Travel photography
For our 5th wedding anniversary, we decided to do a Road Trip. As soon as my Feb break would start (I am a middle school teacher and we get a week off in Feb!) AB and I decided to take off on the Saturday, first day of the break.  Continue reading

The Nolen Gur Series : Part II ~ Naarkel Naru Recipe

Naarkel Naru, Coconut balls with Nolen Gur

Naarkel Naru or Sweet Coconut Balls, a sweet treat made with just 3 ingredients, makes an appearance as the second part of my Nolen Gur Series. It’s a very versatile recipe and I say so because you can actually use this even as filling for other Indian desserts such as Patishapta, Pithe, etc. For my Patishapta (Indian crepe) recipe, click here. Continue reading

Photographs as Wall Art ~ ‘Nature in the Rain’ 

leaf-black-and-white nature in the rain photography
Photography – A curiosity that has quickly become a hobby and now I find myself enjoying certain types of photography more than others. Food photography is certainly one the types I enjoy (you can tell by my food posts!) and now with the storm in California and the abundance of rain (Thank heavens!), I am ALWAYS intrigued by rain-soaked nature! I find the glistening water droplets beautiful, on leaves.  Continue reading

Aloo Gobi Recipe (south-indian style potato cauliflower curry)

Aloo Gobi Recipe (south indian style)

Cauliflower with potatoes ~ Aloo Gobi

This is a no hassle quick vegetarian recipe. After eating this one of my friends, who is from South India herself, told me “Sumana, it tastes so good. Like temple food.”  Continue reading

Thai Red Curry Recipe ~ Vegetarian

Thai Red Curry Vegetarian Recipe

Delicious and wholesome!

If you know Thai cuisine, you will know the Thai curries. And on the first day of Spring, here’s presenting you a colorful and nutritious dish with veggies galore and tofu.  Continue reading

Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe

Chocolate Bundt cake recipe

Warm, moist chocolate cake with no frosting!

Let’s not do the math and see for how long I have gone amiss from the blogosphere. But some of you have asked me with a bewildered expression, “You’ve stopped blogging. WHY?!”  Continue reading

Chicago and Jazz

Chicago travel and live jazz music, Andy's Jazz Club and Restaurant

“Jazz is the type of music that can absorb so many things and still be jazz.” ~ Sonny Rollins

The holiday season has begun and here I am catching up on my blogging! I have been away from blogging for 3 weeks and I finally got the time this weekend to post about my live jazz music experience!
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Mini Curios ~ The Little Tea Set

Littl eDanish tea set from Solvang, CA, photography nikon lens

The temperature has dropped all of a sudden with rainfall to accompany it. The result is super chilly weather. And all I can think of is hot tea to comfort me in this cold!  Continue reading