It seems that the Fall rainy season is upon us in NY. The grey clouds, constant drizzle, and slight chill in the air make me wish that I could curl up on my couch with a warm fleece blanket and hot chocolate and watch movies all day. On the other hand, with the rain comes a change in wardrobe and the ability to layer. The key essentials, aside from a colorful, sturdy umbrella, include a top layer and footwear to keep you dry and comfortable. These are a few things that would add some sunshine to my rainy day.
While making a note to buy wrapping paper for my mom’s birthday present, I am reminded of a creative wrapping idea. In the past, I have often wrapped presents in fabric, whether it be a scarf or an old printed t-shirt. Chewing the Cud’s, Viola, has perfected this notion of fabric wrapping. Her cheerful array of vibrantly printed, organic cotton based scarves are a great way of giving a gift within a gift. Each one is $12 and has a specific message of “giving”. I am sure that the receiver will always remember the giver each time the scarf is used.
I grew up eating a lot of varieties of dal. As a vegetarian from an Indian family, it’s a nutrient rich staple with almost every meal. Dal is made from lentils, often split, combined with spices and on occasion, vegetables. It can be eaten with rice, naan or roti, or even plain (perfect if you(…)
I was a library frequenter in my school and college days. I even had a card to the New York Public Library which I put to good use over summer vacations. Now, every time I want to read a book, I either do so on my i-Pad or I end up buying it through Amazon.(…)
I love to dance. Give me a good beat and you will see me bopping along. There are many occasions where I will spontaneously start dancing while cleaning/cooking, getting ready to go the gym, or while watching a dance/music related movie (um, Step Up, Pitch Perfect, anyone?). Now imagine dancing in the middle of your work(…)
Pancakes, waffles, omelets, most breakfast dishes are also perfect for dinner. One of the most common Indian breakfast dishes that my mother used to make for dinner is Batata Poha (pronounced: puhwa). The ingredients in this vary slightly based on region and household but the two staring ingredients are always the same: batata, meaning potato, and(…)
Do you ever have days when you just cannot figure out what to make for dinner? Last night, I knew I wanted something spicy and cheesy for dinner but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. I had spinach wraps, baby bella mushrooms, jalapenos, and Monterey Jack cheese with jalapenos in my fridge so(…)
All time consuming meals are complicated to create. I love proving this common misconception wrong whenever possible. The amount of time that it takes to prep and cook a meal is not always directly correlated to its level of difficulty. Case in point: Baked Polenta with Tomato, Basil, and Pecorino. The whole thing comes together in(…)
Over the weekend, while getting in some cardio at the gym, I realized that I tend to stay on my cardio machine for a longer period of time when something fun and slightly juicy is on the monitor in front of me. Just when my body starts to wimp out, I tell myself, “Keep going(…)