A + Y, a Match Made in Heaven

Had the great pleasure of celebrating Amer + Yara’s engagement yesterday! I haven’t had such an awesome time at a nuptial-related party in AGES!  It helps that those two have a chemistry that is contagious and casts a halo of fun and delight on any setting they happen to be …

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 …

Springtime at Commonwealth

This week, I visited the same restaurant TWICE. Commonwealth had just added their Spring menu and it’s really wonderful. Went with Cashmere Mafia on Wednesday and went again last night with Khaled but this time I brought my camera. The food is surprisingly light. It also feels super fresh and …

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. …

Explorations with Water: Morning Dew

Morning dew creates a very strong emotion for me of being alive.  Maybe it’s that waking up in the morning and capturing what nature has done overnight. Or maybe it’s just water in nature.  Regardless, it’s powerful though it can go unnoticed.  Took out my macro and took advantage of …

Explorations with Water: Flowers

Putting it lightly, I have a ‘minor’ obsession with photographing water. I’ve been experimenting a lot with photographing water as it occurs naturally in my environment (lakes, oceans, waterfalls, etc) and more recently as its movement is more simulated. This weekend, I spent a ton of time simulating and photographing …

A Tuna Dinner

Been on a healthy kick the last few weeks so I replaced the red meat with a different kind of red meat, Ahi Tuna.  I’ve seared the tuna so that it’s raw in the middle.  I served it with an avocado, cucumber and arugula salad.  I really liked it! Here’s …

Vegetable Lentil Soup

The other night, a few days after I got off my juice cleanse, I decided to make a hearty lentil soup full of veggies.  That would give me all the protein I’ve been short on the last week but also get to stock up on vegetables.  This is definitely a …

A Juice Cleanse

Last year was a pretty busy one with travel almost every week or every other week. Saying the least, I’m still feeling the effects of last year’s lifestyle.  Two weeks ago, I finally hit rock bottom, or I think I have and so I decided to work on reversing last …

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. …

Walking Tour: 2.5 Blocks in Hayes Valley

I love Hayes Valley.  It’s my favorite neighborhood second to the Mission of course.  In the last two years, the neighborhood has exploded with restaurants, cafes, boutiques, parks and parklets, and so much more.  And since the original Blue Bottle Coffee is located in an alleyway in the heart of Hayes, …

An Intimate Love Affair… with Tulips

Last weekend, I received tulips that have been gracing my living room for a few days now.  12 tulips and 250 intimate photos later has made me fully aware of my love affair with tulips (it turns out I’m not original there and I think it’s somewhat genetic as tulips …

You ‘Make’ My Day, Too.

I was traveling all last week and I came back to the cutest Valentine’s gift from the ‘Make Retail‘ team, a team that creates beautiful industrial designs and retail spaces.  I’ve worked with Make for about 3 years now and have so much love for the team and their work. …

An Acai Super Bowl

Ever since I’ve tried Acai bowls in LA filled with the super fruit, a mix of other seasonal fruits, and granola, I’ve been hooked.  I thought I’d find many places here in the Bay Area (especially in the marina…) that serve this but surprisingly I’ve only found two and they’re …