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Bull Fighting Arena. Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza in Seville, Spain

A bullring with over 240 years of history, built in 1761, Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza in Seville, Spain is today a landmark in Spanish bullfighting.  With all the controversy surrounding bullfighting, my kids weren’t keen on seeing this museum in Seville, but I on the other hand was excited to tour this historic arena, Why? Because this is such an integral part of Spain’s culture that it’s hard not to separate bullfighting from the fabric of Spain. And as with any cultural tradition this too is steeped in history and a story of how this sport came about in the first place is what can be understood at this historic museum and still working arena. Continue reading Bull Fighting Arena. Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza in Seville, Spain

Exploring Seville, Spain. Off the Beaten Path

Seville, Spain, the largest city in Southern Spain is a cultural goldmine. Flamenco, bull fighting, cathedrals, palaces, all come together in this beautiful city.  Must see sites include the Real Alcazar Palace, Cathedral Seville, Bull Fighting Arena, old town, and Maria Luisa Park.  In this post however I would like to share with you the sites and sounds that are not on the “must see tourist list.” Continue reading Exploring Seville, Spain. Off the Beaten Path

Art, Fabrics, Food. Exploring Barrio de Las Letras. The Literary Quarter in Madrid, Spain

During our recent holiday in Spain, Madrid’s Barrio de Las Letras had to be the highlight of our visit to this beautiful city.  The area known as the Literary Quarter is a neighborhood in the center of Madrid where some of Spain’s greatest authors have lived and wrote novels, poems, and works of literature over the years. Today it is an area that combines an artistic atmosphere, entertainment, shopping, and great food. Continue reading Art, Fabrics, Food. Exploring Barrio de Las Letras. The Literary Quarter in Madrid, Spain

Summer Vacation 2019. Holiday in Spain

Happy Monday! 
I hope you had a relaxing weekend!

This week I’d like to share a few pictures and stories from our recent holiday in Spain.  It’s hard to believe that we were in Spain and are already back! We left on July 4th and returned on July 13th. An eight-day holiday in the beautiful country of Spain. As I type this I feel we are late to the Spain party as every other person I spoke to before heading out there had already been to Spain and loved it. We have had Spain on our bucket list for a long time but we never took the plunge – its a big commitment for all five of us to go for so long and spend so much time on a European vacation, but we finally did it and loved it! Continue reading Summer Vacation 2019. Holiday in Spain

Making Fresh Bow Tie Pasta with Friends

Fresh homemade pasta truly has a taste onto its own.  Tender pasta that is soft yet al-dente is so delicious that anything you add to it tastes amazing.  We learnt how to make fresh homemade pasta from our friend Rose a while back and she learnt how to make pasta from a local Italian chef while vacationing in Italy, so you know it’s delicious! Continue reading Making Fresh Bow Tie Pasta with Friends

Picnic in the Vineyard at Clos LaChance Winery in Morgan Hill, California

The scene was set for a beautiful day in the vineyards.  Gorgeous weather with temperatures in the pleasant 70s, sunny with a gentle breeze, a winery with great wine, and friends who were all free to go together for a picnic in the vineyard.  This was my perfect afternoon at Clos LaChance Winery in Morgan Hill in the South Bay. Continue reading Picnic in the Vineyard at Clos LaChance Winery in Morgan Hill, California

June in the Garden

June has been a crazy roller coaster of weather for us here in the Bay Area. We had temperatures in the 90s and 100s and I think we even broke a few records with temps up to 105!  Then the temperatures went back down to our pleasant 70s and 80s. Basically we were all over the place weather wise in June. Despite these fluctuations in temps the garden faired really well. Continue reading June in the Garden

Quinoa Salad with Burrata Cheese Inspired by the Stanford Women’s Health Luncheon

I had this filling and nutrient packed salad for lunch at a Stanford Women’s Health Luncheon a month ago and this quinoa salad was the vegetarian option on the menu. It was served with a delicious balsamic vinaigrette, crusty bread with olive oil and balsamic, and tiramisu for dessert. But truth be told, the salad was so filling I had a hard time having more than a bite or two of the tiramisu.  This was such a great salad and so easy to put together that I wanted to make it back home for the family. Continue reading Quinoa Salad with Burrata Cheese Inspired by the Stanford Women’s Health Luncheon

Father’s Day Celebration with an Indian Vegetarian Dinner

Happy Tuesday!
I hope your week started off great!

How was your weekend and Father’s Day? I hope you got to celebrate and appreciate all the Dad’s in your family.  We had a wonderful Father’s Day, at least that’s what Hitesh (Father to my three girls) conveyed to me at the end of the day on Sunday.  Hitesh got to do his chillin and relaxing during the day. I made a veggie omelette for him for brunch with savory scones and fresh fruit. After that we planted some veggie seedlings that I picked up from my friend Veena. Then he and the twins went to downtown Los Gatos to take a stroll while I stayed home to get dinner ready for our Father’s Day dinner gathering with my cousins and their families. Continue reading Father’s Day Celebration with an Indian Vegetarian Dinner

Friday Fruits

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday everybody! I just wanted to share a few pics of my freshly picked nectarines today.  That gorgeous color on these fruits – oh my!  Nature always amazes me with how beautiful she is.

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I thought I could wait for the nectarines to ripen just a little more before I picked them all, but alas the squirrels and birds are already getting to them so I decided to pick them early and let them ripen indoors. It took just two days for all these nectarines to get nice and juicy.  I didn’t get a big bounty this year, what you see is it.  Also, the fruit is more on the sour side. I might make jam with them, but in the meantime I am enjoying their beauty in the basket.

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Have a great weekend!