Eating My (Savory) Way through Tokyo

I’m so excited that this is my first blog for the year and it’s about food.  It’s been a busy few months with some wonderful big changes that I’ll talk about later! But I had the luxury of taking some time off recently and decided to take off to visit …

The Chateau on top of the Hill

Driving in the south of France, we couldn’t miss stopping in Chateauneuf-du-Pape for some wine tasting and good food.  This little town in the southern Rhone region is so special both as a place and as a spectacular wine region. We spent one day and one evening here, got to …

Ode to Èze, from Az

This post is not much of an ode but more of a ‘love’ post to Eze, this stunning small town perched high up in the French Riviera mountains overlooking the Mediterranean. This place is magical — perfect in every way.  It reminds me a lot of the Greek island of …

Gaudi’s Guell Creations

This is my last Gaudi post.  Eusebi Guell belonged to one of the big families of Barcelona who recognized Gaudi’s talent early in his career and the two became good friends and had many years of working together.  As Gaudi’s patron, Guell funded many of the great buildings built by …

Gaudi’s Casa Batlló

Gaudi was the highlight of my Barcelona trip and Casa Batllo was a big contender for a favorite. This building feels like something that came out of a wonderland and is a demonstration of Gaudi’s architecture principles.  Standing on the street, you can see clear elements from nature with columns …

Gaudi’s La Pedreira

You walk down the street in L’Eixample and it’s very hard to not notice this highly unordinary building facade on what otherwise would be a very ordinary street. It’s, quite frankly, ridiculous and awesome all in one. At the time, many of the Catalan wealthy were infatuated with the modernist movement …

Gaudi’s La Sagrada Família

K and I just celebrated (a little early) our 11-year anniversary by taking a Mediterranean trip to Barcelona, Provence, French Riviera, Italian Riviera and Milan. This trip was a good few months in the making and Barcelona and Guadi’s architecture that is scattered around the city was definitely one of …

A Few Hours in Frankfurt

On my way back from the Middle East, I had a layover in Frankfurt. It’s not a place I would have considered as a vacation destination, but I enjoyed having a few hours there as we waited for our connection back to SF.  If you haven’t been there, it’s the …

Petra, the Enchanted Pink City (by Night)

If you thought Petra was magical by day, then you must see it at night to get a very different experience.  It’s enchanted.  At 8.30pm, you start out on a candle-lit path all through the Siq until you reach the Treasury where the whole open space in the middle is …

Petra, the Enchanted Pink City (by Day)

One of my favorite historic spots in the world is Petra, the pink city.  A truly magical and majestic place that meets you with ample grandeur the minute you set eye on it.  The last time I visited was 13 years ago. I was so sad to see that generally …

A Spring Feast in Amman

I haven’t been to Amman, Jordan in almost 8 years.  Khaled and I are here for a week seeing family.  One of the most amazing things about Amman is the food. Partly, my mom is here and in my mind she is the most amazing cook I know.  I may …

Bay Area from Above

Every time I travel on a plane, I’m bummed to not have my camera with me.  I always end up missing out on the most spectacular shots.  This time around, I actually had my camera with me.  If you’ve lived in the bay area, or have visited, more often than …

Cheeky’s for Brunch

No trip is complete without a visit to a special restaurant.  This time in Palm Springs, CA, Cheeky’s was it! Brunch outside for two with misters to cool down the 92 degree weather at 8.30am.  Started out with freshly squeezed blood orange juice. YUM! I am in love with this …

The Gentle Wind Giants

Since my first visit to Palm Spring in California, the wind farm on the side of highway 10 completely mesmerized me.  I had promised to get back there to take photos and this past weekend I did. The farm, called San Gorgonia Pass Wind farm, spans a few miles with 3200+ wind turbines. …

The Getty

A little while back, had a chance to drop by the Getty while on a quick visit to LA. The first time I visited the Getty Villa, I fell in love with the place and the collection. On this trip, I had wanted to go again and take Khaled but …

LA Eats

Of course, eating well and discovering new places to eat is a part of every successful trip.  This last trip to LA, I found two new places for yummy eats. First up is Little Next Door, a most quaint brasserie with a beautiful outdoors garden.  Great for brunch and light …

Spring is Really Here

A few weeks ago, I’ve started seeing pretty little flowers on trees, the hummingbirds started coming to our balcony, and we sprung forward (so the days are longer!) Spring was definitely loud and clear when I dropped by the LA Arboretum this past weekend on a quick trip to SoCal. I had initially …

The Most Vain of Fowl

For a while now, I’ve been trying to figure out a way for me to get some time with the peacocks at the Los Angeles Arboretum.  I’ve managed to do exactly that!   I spent a few hours there only mere feet away from those absolutely stunning and vain birds. …

Remembering Japan: Temple of 1000 Gates

This is my final post of the ‘Remembering Japan‘ Series.  Just on a hill located in the southern part of Kyoto lies a most memorable temple, the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, or the temple of 1000 gates.  Designated by the UNESCO as a World Heritage site, this very unique and special …