Boston

I arrived in Boston yesterday. It was a last minute trip, but I’ve been having so much fun in the city! It’s my first time here and it’s pretty cold, but I’ve already done quite a bit of exploring.

Eating at Chutney, an Indian style Chipotle

The Harvard Library

Driving by the Cheers bar

So do you have any recommendations for things to do/places to eat in Boston and Cambridge? I’d love to hear them!

Weekend Snapshots

The forecast for this weekend was rain, rain, and more rain. But this time I didn’t do what I usually do when it rains.

Instead I went to San Francisco, enjoyed a Thai lunch, and spent the rest of the rainy afternoon in a cozy wine bar. If you had to be out and about in the rain, that was the place to do be. I was obsessed with the sheep-shaped artwork on the walls. So cute, right? I also saw The Hunger Games. I had been waiting for the movie for what seems like the longest time and I plan to share my thoughts in a separate post!

So yes, it was a great weekend despite the weather not cooperating. How was your weekend?

Mm, chaat

Sev Dahi Batata Puri 

Chaat is my favorite food group.

I could eat it all day, every day and not get tired of it. It’s bursting with flavor – sweet, spicy, crunchy, with each bite packing a punch. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by so many Indian restaurants so that I am always able to satisfy my chaat craving.

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten this week?

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Less is More

Whether it’s a simple morning beauty routine…

or a leisurely afternoon spent with a good book, a cup of tea, and a pastry..

Less really is so much more, don’t you think?

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo DaVinci

Weekend Snippets

Spotting some spring colors

Taking out all the DVDs of my favorite show, Gilmore Girls, and starting from the beginning

Not pictured: the Chipotle burrito bowl I ate while watching said DVDs…pretty much perfection.

How did you spend your weekend? What do you have planned for this week?

Blueberry Bars

Ever since I made the peppermint bark cookies back in December, I’ve been wanting to try a different variation. The shortbread-like crust opens it up for many possible pairings. For example, you could add chocolate chips and walnuts. I decided to keep it simple and use blueberries.

I mainly followed this recipe as a starting point. Some changes: I used egg whites instead of eggs and wheat flour twice instead of all purpose flour. I also cut down on the sugar, as I didn’t want it to get too sweet with the addition of the blueberries.

It was quick and easy to bake, with wonderfully tasty results. I’m looking forward to having these blueberry bars for breakfast all week.

A French-Inspired Evening

First stop: Paris Baguette 

So many delicious pastries to chose from.

A croissant, blueberry cream cheese pastry, and a cake donut

Next stop: Crepevine

The colorful menu written on chalkboards

The California crepe (bell peppers, avocado, sauteed onions, and cheese with chipotle sauce and salsa) with a side of potatoes and salad. True confession: I will order anything that has avocados in it.

Al this French-ness is making me wish I was walking on the Champs- Elysees at this moment. I guess downtown Palo Alto will have to do for now. I can’t complain too much when it looks like this.

I think trees should be lit up all year round (and not just during the holidays). Don’t you?

Hot or Cold or Both?

I really love it when completely opposite food items are paired together (within reason, of course) to yield one delectable result. Some of my favorites include pear and gorgonzola pizza and the pizookie.

Another dish that tops that list is fried banana and ice cream.

I know it sounds not very appetizing, but I urge you it’s worth a try. You can find it at a Thai or Malaysian restaurant. The combination of the hot, crunchy banana with the cold, soft ice cream is heavenly. Another one of my favorites is mango fried ice cream.

Do you enjoy the mix of hot and cold desserts? Why or why not?

The Vegetarian Diaries

I think it is possible to be a vegetarian and a lover of food at the same time. I may not eat meat or fish, but that doesn’t stop me from trying different cuisines and restaurants. Perhaps I have been lucky enough to live in an area where there are plenty of choices for vegetarians.

Regardless, I thought it would be fun to share what I eat when I go out to a restaurant. And no, it’s not a salad or soup. I’m talking real food.

This week I went to a local Mexican restaurant. I LOVE it. Whenever we would return from month long visits to India, my first meal of choice would be Mexican food. Honestly, how can you not like a cuisine in which guacamole is one of the main ingredients?

I ordered the nachos (can you believe these were in the appetizer section?). I opted for black beans because I love them, but also because they are vegetarian.

In case anyone is interested, I added the book Eating Animals to my GoodReads list. Just as he is about to become a father, the author Jonathan Safran Foer, takes a look into the food that we eat, why we eat it, along with a few trips to factory farms in the middle of the night. I am looking forward to reading it!