Snowflake, the White Retriever

Walking around DC yesterday, I met Snowflake, a 4-month-old white retriever. This puppy has the cutest puppy eyes. I think any more time with this little one would have me convinced to get a puppy of my own!

Holiday Kit Kat

My sister has a black cat called Kit Kat, a cat with a whole lot of personality.  Over the holidays, the house was full of too many of us including a toddler. Saying the least, we’ve barely seen Kit Kat.  Last night I managed to catch a glimpse of her …

Christmas Day Walk in Washington DC

Somehow, every time I come to DC, I never get a chance to visit the historic sites especially the memorials.  Today, while everything is closed for Christmas, decided to take a walk.  The weather is probably the warmest it’ll be all week, just below 50F. I thought it’d be quiet …

Happy and Super Merry Holidays

Wishing you and yours a most blissful holiday season, filled with great food, lots of family time, and a chance to reflect and appreciate. Lots of love, Azhar + Khaled

A (Middle Eastern) Holiday Brunch

One of the best things about the holidays is the food.  That’s especially true when my mom is around.  She’s probably one of the best cooks I know!  As we all meet up in DC for the holidays and host numerous feasts, I get to enjoy my mom’s special dishes …

Holiday Nut Crescent Cookies

The holiday season has begun and all the baking and cooking has commenced as well.  My super crafty friends Allan and Joanne make these heavenly Nut Crescent Cookies every holiday.  This is my second year getting them and they are divine.  Not only are they so tasty, they’re beautifully packaged …

A (not so) Lazy Dinner

What started out as a lazy dinner for two of soup and salad ended up in French Onion Soup, Kale Caesar Salad and the jewel of the table, a new batch of fresh homemade Tartine bread. We also didn’t think it was enough food, so of course we had to …

Happy Birthday, Mister K!

I’m thankful everyday that you were born.  Thanks for being the most amazing and special partner-in-crime a girl could wish for!

A Walk on the Beach

One of my definitions of happiness is sitting on the beach, in the sun — for hours! A few weeks back when we were in Southern California, we had the chance to spend the afternoon on Laguna Beach south of LA before we had to get back to SF.  The …

A Day with Baby Sophia

I got to hang out with baby Sophia yesterday! We hung out at her home in the East Bay, and got to play all morning.  I had met Sophia a little while back, but she was so small and disinterested in anything other than eating and sleeping.  Now she’s about …

A Window with a (Dusty) View

Was in Southern California this past weekend and had the most amazing view from our hotel room.  I’ve spoken before of how awesome dust is when it comes to light especially in the late afternoon and sunset hours.  Southern California had this awesome haze that I love. (I know that …

Samta + Ajay’s Special Day: Part II

Following a most magical ceremony in Southern California, we partied with Samta and Ajay — who were genuinely enjoying every moment of this big party! They are such amazing dancers, which was such a treat!!! What started as a traditional slow western dance ended with a dance worthy of a bollywood …

Samta + Ajay’s Special Day: Part I

This weekend, we had the honor of joining Samta and Ajay in Southern California for their very special day.  These two are such the perfect couple with matching good looks, high energy, and fantastic dance moves! The ceremony was truly magical.  The sun showed itself for the special day. Ajay, …

Short Moments in Athens

I’ve been to Athens twice where the first time I hated it and the second time I loved it.  The first time, I was there briefly in passing on my way to the islands.  Everybody I interacted with was aggressive and rude, somewhat jaded.  I don’t blame them, as this …

A Union Square Tango in Sepia

If you’ve spent anytime in SF, you’d know that there’s always something happening in Union Square, that big open space in downtown SF in the middle of all the shops.  In the summer it may be a live music or dance show and in the winter there’s an ice skating …

Exploration: Cairo Light

Cairo is one of the most polluted places in the world. I remember thinking I had a bad cold the whole time I was there — but the minute I left Cairo to head to West Africa, I was totally fine.  It turns out I had insane allergies to Cairo’s …

A Memory of Santorini

One of the most scenic places I’ve ever been to is the island of Santorini, Greece.  It’s truly enchanted — and you completely feel transported somewhere magical.  As you come in on the ferry, you start seeing the stacked houses, in all their Mediterranean glory: blues, yellows, whites, and reds. The island …

Tartine Bread, Homemade

If you’ve had Tartine bread, you know there’s nothing in the world like it.  It’s just the right exact texture, crisp on the outside, fluffy with slight chewiness on the inside.  The taste is just divine. The problem with Tartine bread is scarcity, and if you know us, you know …