Remembering Japan: Modern and Traditional Kyoto

One of the things that left a huge impression on me while being in Japan was the intermix of old and new, traditional and modern throughout the country.  They sit comfortably next to each other and one doesn’t hold back the other.  One of the best examples of that hit …

Remembering Japan: a Tokyo Walkabout

Tokyo is a very unique place with a very rich history intermingled with the modernity of the city.  It’s a very urban place but, as inspired by the culture, you’ll find these beautiful quiet spaces where you can find peace.  Some are temples, some are gardens. Wooden Temple Gate at …

Remembering Japan: Pretty Edibles

A few weeks ago, I watched ‘Jiro dreams of Sushi’, a documentary about a sushi master, Jiro, and his 3-Michelin star sushi restaurant in Tokyo.  If you’re a sushi lover, this documentary will make you fall in-love with sushi all over again, and with vengeance.   I think I’m due for a …

Harira: a Moroccan Lentil Soup

In my humble opinion, there’s nothing better than lentil soup on a cold January eve.  And what’s better than any ol’ lentil soup, is a Moroccan one, Harira.  I decided to make this one tonight. Ingredients 250g ground beef 500g chopped tomatoes 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 tablespoons fine short …

Donner Lake at Sunset

Every time we work our way back from the mountain at the end of a snowboarding day, we see Donner lake right at sunset.  Most of the time though, the skies are either overcast or snow is coming down.  Though this scene looks beautiful in whichever state of weather, this …

The Cranes

I love Cranes!  And I don’t mean the ones that fly but the ones that are usually at big ports that move big shipments from ships to the shore and vice versa.  Anyone who’s spent time in the Bay Area knows that this is one of the defining features of …

Two (Very Large) Fluffy Puppies

My friend Sabrina has two white Samoyeds — Bianca and Sorcha.  If you’ve encountered this breed of dogs, those pretty things can grow to be MASSIVE.  Regardless of their size, Sabrina will continue to refer to them as puppies (maybe it’s because they continue to behave like ones through their …

From SF to Tahoe: A Car Ride

This last trip to Tahoe everything came together to make for a beautiful car ride up to the mountains. We had left early on Saturday as we usually do — around quarter to 7 or so and managed to see the tail end of the sunrise which was stunning.  The …

My Favorite SF Izakaya: Roku

Roku is quickly becoming my favorite Japanese restaurant in SF.  It opened recently right on Market St, only a few blocks away from my place.  Over time, I had gone there with my camera — by my third visit, they were used to me taking photos and often helped me …

Walking Tour: 2.5 blocks in the Mission

Sometimes on Fridays, I work from home.  This past Friday, I had an intense day that started at 6.30am and before I knew it, it was 3.30pm.  I decided to take a short break from work and take a walk around the block (and of course get myself a coffee). …

A Power Smoothie

Ever since we’ve started training with Linda in time for snowboarding season, I’ve built up an addiction to power smoothies as a post-workout meal.  This one is made of fresh blueberries, peaches, banana, soy milk, flax seeds, and 16g of whey protein!

One Photo: Dutch Windmill

If you’ve been to where the Golden Gate Park meets Ocean Beach, you’ll be surprised by a couple of windmills.  They took me by surprise one rainy day.  Luckily the skies opened up for a few short seconds to reveal a bit of light right over the windmill.  I usually …

Lighting Decorations

Every once in a while, especially during the holidays, you drive down a street in a neighborhood and you notice that one house after the other is decorated intricately with lights.  Some are put everywhere, and some are deliberately placed to create elaborate designs and formations.  It’s quite amusing to …

A Walk by a Lake

Spent a good chunk of one afternoon by a lake.  There was nothing particularly special about this lake except for the birds idling, beautiful light, and of course lots of photo opportunities.

LA (Not So) Grunge

LA is such a great city and it’s definitely a city — with lots of urban grunge — which I love. But also amidst all that, you’ll find lots of wonderful charm sprinkled in.  I try to capture those sightings when I can.  These photos were taken during our visit …

Exploration: In Floral Terms

I have tons and tons of flower photos — took many before I acquired a macro lens and now that I have one, the number of flower photos has gone up drastically.  I’ve recently started, albeit slowly, sorting through that set.  It’s seriously hard to take bad photos of flowers. …

A Play Date with Baby Annabelle

I spent a super fun afternoon with Baby Annabelle.  At 10 months, she has the cutest and most well-formed personality. You’ll often catch her in a pensive mood or she’ll give you an examining look. She’ll make sure to tell you what she wants. But mostly, she’s curious and just …

A (Rainy) Day at the Legion of Honor

Yesterday turned out to be a super rainy day (and I hate rain!) We decided to spend it indoors at the Legion of Honor, a lovely museum in SF. I usually love hanging around there on a sunny day as it overlooks the Golden Gate bridge. But on a rainy …

A Sumptuous Box from Vivel Patisserie

I just saw my Mom and sister over the holidays and they had brought back for us a stunning box from Vivel Patisserie, A family owned patisserie and cafe business based in Dubai. We opened the box of Iranian-inspired sweets when we got back to SF to have some with our morning …

Shaggy Oski

I had coffee with this guy.  His owner had left him outside the coffeeshop to wait for a bit.  Oski is his name. He was shy at first and then warmed up.  He had eyes the color of honey!