Yeah, that’s right. You can visit a duck while shopping for flowers at our local florist Bunches here in downtown Los Gatos. Continue reading Visit a Duck at a Florist?
You know the saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” That’s how I came up with my signature Greek yogurt dessert for a lunch I was invited to at my cousins Uma and Nando’s. It was a super hot day on that Sunday and the thought of making anything in that heat was just daunting. Even stepping out to the grocery store for ingredients felt oppressive. For this lunch I had to make a dessert that did not involve using the oven or the stove. For this lunch I had to work with what ingredients were at hand, and what I had was Greek yogurt, berries, chia seeds, and some dried fruits. Continue reading My Signature Greek Yogurt Dessert
I heard this past week of the sad news that veteran actor Gene Wilder passed away at the age of 83. I’ve seen a few of his movies such as Stir Crazy, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein, all of which were great comedies, family friendly movies. But what Gene Wilder is most famous for is his role as Mr. Willie Wonka in the movie Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. What a classic this movie is. Based on the popular children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, this movie is a must see for kids of all ages. A great story about greed and selfishnes and how in the end love, generosity, and kindness towards others triumphs all misfortunes is a story that resonates even in today’s fast-paced world. Continue reading Visit to Hershey’s Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania
Antique shopping in Philadelphia and the surrounding neighborhoods is truly a unique East Coast experience. In fact, in the Philadelphia area, antique shopping is like going wine tasting in the Bay Area. There are countless numbers of antique shops in the Philadelphia area. There are even towns whose claim to fame is that their entire town is dedicated to just antique shopping. There are also antique flea markets where vendors from far and wide come and set up tents to sell their wares. Continue reading Antique Shopping in the Philadelphia Area.
It was a cloudy day when I stopped by my friend Shalini ‘s place for lunch on her birthday back in late April. I was so happy to have somewhere to go on this cold and dreary rainy day because honestly otherwise I would have been at home binge watching some TV show. This way I got out of the house and spent a lovely afternoon with my dear friend Shalini over a healthy and delicious lunch at her place.
I made a mango salad and took it with me, while Shalini made zucchini soup and butter bean salad. This salad was hearty, filling and delicious. I asked Shalini for the recipe so I could make it again at home and she shared it with me. Continue reading Butter Bean Salad
I visited my sister Banu in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania over the July 4th holiday. When you are a family of 4 siblings, organizing a family get together is next to impossible. Coordinating a timeframe that works for my siblings and I, along with our spouses and all our kids is a major feat. Which means we are lucky if we can all meet together every 2 years. This year all of us got together over the July 4th holiday! Continue reading Visit to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Off the Beaten Path.
My friend Rose recently gave us some homemade apricot jam and it was delicious! It tasted like fresh picked apricots in a jar. We were having it by the spoonfuls. I asked Rose if she could save another jar for me, as the jam was so delicious that we were going to finish it pretty fast. Rose was thrilled to know the jam tasted great because as I found out she used a new recipe. It was a jam recipe without pectin or gelatin as a preservative. It was an all-natural apricot jam. This is one wholesome recipe that is meant for sharing, so I asked Rose for the recipe to pass it on. Continue reading All Natural Apricot Jam
If you live in the Bay Area you probably have not one but multiple fruit trees in your backyard. After all, this area used to be covered in fruit orchards before it slowly became Silicon Valley. So you would expect that there would be an abundance of fruit trees to be found all over the Bay Area, especially here in the South Bay. Continue reading Fruit Picking in our Gardens
I love cutting dahlia blooms from my garden. They always get a “wow” reaction from friends and family. When all you see are roses, lilies, and the usual flower selection at the grocery store florist, dahlias are a stunning and unexpected floral display in the home.
If I had to label flowers as members of a royal family, I would have to start with my favorite flower-the rose. Rose would be the queen of the garden. Lilies would be the knights. Begonias, tulips, daffodils and freesias would be the princes, princesses and ladies in waiting. Which flower would be king you ask? That would be the dahlia. Dahlia has to be the king of the garden. With its huge selection of flowers in a myriad of colours, shapes, styles, and heights, dahlia is the King of the Summer Garden. Continue reading The Story of the Dahlia