Desert Blues (and Pinks)

It’s amazing how much a good camera (and a little bit of practice!) make a difference! I had visited Morocco twice and these are my photos from my second time there.  I’m so unimpressed with my first set — I don’t think I’ve even kept them.   There’s NOTHING like …

Exploration: Macro Succulents

I love succulents. They’re weird and beautiful and interesting and… easy to take care of.  I haven’t managed to kill the ones I have — and they continue to look healthy and graceful.  My macro lens has taken to them too.

Exploration: a Day in the Park

Hung out at Dolores Park recently — the weather has been marvelous in SF with warm days extending late into November this year. Not complaining.  Dolores is amazing on a warm day.  There are people sprawled everywhere, and cute dogs frolicking.  Snapped a few photos and got to play around …

Sonoma on Thanksgiving Weekend

Having 70 degree weather on Thanksgiving weekend means you take advantage of it, and we did.  Decided to go for some wine tasting in Sonoma so we visited Ravenswood and Viansa wineries.  Having wine country be so close is definitely another perk of living in SF.  Only an hour away and you’re transported …

A Saturday Night Tuscan Feast

One of my favorite Tuscan dishes is Pappardelle al Ragu di Cinghiale.  I’ve became determined to make this sumptuous dish!  Last night was my second time attempting this and I have to say, the flavor and texture were super close to that time we had the dish in Siena at Osteria Enoteca Sotto le …

Exploration: Light + Color Part II

This is part II of my exploration with Light + Color (see part I). Egypt is actually magical — though it’s hard to remember that sometimes. It’s more so when you have this vantage point vs up close near the pyramids at Giza.  Cairo is one of the most exploited …

Exploration: Light + Color Part I

I’ve been experimenting a lot with my camera, light, color and post processing.  I have gigabytes of photos that I need to sort through from this past year.  Had a little bit of time to do so this past week — I only got through 10 photos!  It’s amazing what …

One Fall Day at Baker Beach

This past weekend, I hung out at Baker Beach.  Though it was supposed to be rainy, it cleared up just enough for me to snap a few photos.  I was amazed there was no fog either — and the sun showed its beautiful colors at the end of the day. …

Nothing Wrong with a Little Abstract

I spent a good chunk of yesterday at the de Young museum. I think it’s probably my favorite museum in SF. I love the building itself with its copper facade — and the light indoors is nice and controlled that you can get optimal lighting any time of the day. …

A Perfect Cup of Cappuccino, Every AM

Simply put, coffee is a-m-a-z-i-n-g.  I’m in love with every part of it: the ritual, the smell, the habit and, of course, the taste.  I seek out coffee and identify a go-to-coffee shop wherever I go — the Arab world is a given, of course.  But there’s Colombia, Brazil, Spain, …

Happy 1 year, M + P!

About a year ago, my friends Michelle and Paul had a stunning wedding in Tahoe. I can’t believe it’s been a year already!  I remember spending an awesome afternoon with them in Half Moon Bay — taking some engagement photos. They’re such a beautiful couple; lotsa looks and wonderful personalities …

Sunsets and Rainbows

I always find myself chasing after sunsets and rainbows, and very often with a camera in hand (I probably share that habit with many).  I will chase after them on rooftops, mountain tops, aboard planes, trains, you name it (as you’ll see from my photos below!)   I have hundreds …

All About Saturday Mornings

When I’m in town and in a relaxed mood, I like to start a Saturday morning with a farmers market and end the morning with a spectacular brunch — most of the time at my favorite brunch place, Slow Club.  This past saturday was our first farmers market visit in …

Bresaola, Home Cured

Ever since Khaled tried bresaola in Boston, he’s been forever in love with this lean Italian-style cured beef.  Since Boston has a huge Italian community with many salumerias in the North End, bresaola was easy to come by.  Now that we’re in SF, bresaola is rare, very expensive and with …

Spectacular Interiors

Historically, many places of worship were created in a way where whoever enters is taken over by an immediate feeling of smallness — a way to humble those who come in.  I’m obsessed with trying to catch that on film — and it’s really hard for a photo to do …

The Market

My favorite part of travel is going to the local markets — you can tell a lot about a city and a people by the way merchants display their goods. And I love the markets because of the color everywhere.  It was really hard to limit the number of photos …

Paris, I miss you…

The last time I was in Paris was the summer of 2011. I miss it — and if I had the time, I would make a habit of going every year! Excessive, maybe. Understandable, absolutely!  

Carnivorous Vegetarians

Yesterday was a beautiful day in San Francisco — we’re talking 77F on a November day.  Decided to check out the Conservatory of Flowers located in the Golden Gate Park.  It turns out the Conservatory was given the ‘Best First Date’ Award by SF Weekly!  Who knew?! Well, I went there for …

Italia! Part 4 – Firenze

And finally… Firenze!  So you’ve read about the visits to Rome, Siena and Chianti.  There’s history and a story to be heard everywhere in Italy but you become immediately aware of much of the renaissance history the minute you set foot in Florence.  What I loved about both Rome, and …

Italia! Part 3 – Chianti

Oh Chianti! Third stop after Rome (Part 1) and Siena (Part 2). October is one of the most special times to visit the Chianti region.  It’s harvest season, not just for the grapes but also for a lot of the things grown in this area!  Hence everything tastes amazing this …