Category Archives: Celebrating Festivals

Celebrating the Fall Festival of Navratri Golu. 2016

The girls, Hitesh and I recently celebrated the South Indian Tamil fall festival of Golu, and what a fun time we had visiting all our friend’s and families’ homes to view their Golu displays.

What is Golu? Golu is observed every fall during the ten-day Indian festival of Navrathri and is celebrated in South Indian Tamil homes, especially by the women of the household. Continue reading Celebrating the Fall Festival of Navratri Golu. 2016

Guys Brunch on a Sunday Afternoon

We find guys are so hard to get gifts for.  Wine, coffee, chocolates, gourmet foods, these are what we turn to when we are struggling to figure out what to get our guy.  Do you see a pattern here?  They are all food-related presents. You know the age-old saying, “A way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”  That holds true no matter who the man is. Continue reading Guys Brunch on a Sunday Afternoon

Happy Mother’s Day! 2016

Mom. How can such a simple three-letter word conjure up so much emotion?  Love, devotion, beauty, rapture, and awe in all of us. Mom has to be the most loved word in the dictionary.

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To every one of us, our Mom is the best, the most beautiful, the smartest, the best cook, and the best at everything she does.  I don’t know anyone who when they talk about their Mom doesn’t talk with unadulterated affection.  It’s pure Love. Why is that? Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day! 2016

Georgina’s Maltese Easter Figolli

The Bay Area is a great place to live.  A true representation of what America is today – a melting pot of various cultures, languages, and religions.  Where else could I have such a wonderful group of friends from such places like Ghana, Philippines, Japan, China, Ireland, Vietnam, England,  Iran, Fiji,  Russia, Kenya, all corners of India, Eastern Europe, and Malta.  Which brings me to the topic of this post; Georgina’s Maltese Easter figolli.

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Vegetarian Menu Celebrating Love. Happy Valentine’s Day! 2016

Years ago in the early days of our marriage Hitesh would take me out every year for a Valentine’s Day dinner.  I expected it. After a few years of following this tradition I noticed something – Valentine’s Day second only to Mother’s Day is the busiest day to go out for dinner.  The restaurants are crazy packed.  Not only are the restaurants swimming with customers, the wait staff is working extra hard, the kitchen staff seems overwhelmed, and there is a constant stream of new customers impatiently waiting to be seated.  Restaurants want you to eat and leave so they can seat the next batch of customers, no leisurely romantic dinner on this evening. It can be pretty chaotic.  So I decided a while ago that while yes, I still want my flowers, and yes, I still want my fancy restaurant dinner – but the restaurant dinner I can take a rain check on for another day.  Instead, I will make a special dinner at home for all of us to enjoy and relax in the comforts of our own home.  This way the whole family gets to be part of the Valentine’s Day dinner. Continue reading Vegetarian Menu Celebrating Love. Happy Valentine’s Day! 2016

Halloween Pumpkin Carving

What’s fall without Halloween?  And what’s Halloween without the candy and the pumpkins?  Halloween in 2015 fell on a Saturday! And what a gorgeous day October 31st, 2015 was! It was a beautiful sunny day with cool 70s temperatures. All the conditions were perfect for a memorable Halloween celebration. Continue reading Halloween Pumpkin Carving

A French Inspired Vegetarian Picnic Dinner. Celebrating Rakshabandan

Every year my cousins Mahesh and Nando and their families are invited for Rakshabandan dinner at our home.  We started the tradition of celebrating Rakshabandan over a decade ago.  It usually falls in the late summer so we try to have dinner outside giving us an opportunity to enjoy the cool evening with drinks and dinner. Continue reading A French Inspired Vegetarian Picnic Dinner. Celebrating Rakshabandan