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 …

Happy Birthday, to my Favorite Person in the World!

I met this marvelous man about 13 years ago and he’s made my life exponentially more amazing! Happy Birthday to the kindest, smartest and most thoughtful person I know, who’s a constant reminder of how great life is. I love you, K!

Happy (Baby) Halloween

Last Friday, Allan and Shige brought their adorable babies, Sophia and Akari, to work for Googleween, an event where Googlers can bring their kids to play.  Sophia loved our office and felt very at home. This little badass kid was changing into her bumble bee outfit on top of her …

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 …

Hanging Out with Baby Akari

My friends Shige and Masako have the cutest baby girl, Akari. Akari just turned 6 months old. This little one has the cutest expressions with these big cheeks that make you fall for her instantaneously. This past weekend, I got to spend a few hours with Akari and of course …

A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Tahoe

My friends Sabrina and Andrew invited me to spend the weekend of the 4th with them in Tahoe.  The weather is beautiful and the summer heat makes me so happy.  It’s been a few days of warm weather, food and drink.  We also had a few leisurely activities like seeing …

Happy 4th!

I spent July 4th weekend with friends up in Tahoe.  I love Tahoe: winter and summer.  And it feels like two very different places.  For the 4th, Tahoe city puts on fireworks for the occasion. We ended up making our way to the lake and finding a spot right on …

iPhone 5 Photo Test

I finally gave in and upgraded to an iPhone 5 this weekend.  The one thing I was excited about is the phone camera and how it performs in low light and close ups. I happened to be at Mission Cheese for a quick meal this weekend and sat indoor.  Captured …

From Tam to Stinson

On a warm day like yesterday, the thing to do is go for a hike!  There’s no shortage of breathtaking hikes in northern California.  We decided to go to Mount Tam and hike down to Stinson Beach.  This way we also get a bit of beach time! This hike is …

Burrata Mint Salad

I have so much love for Burrata that I’ll almost always order it if it’s on the menu. Recently, I’ve also been experimenting with it at home.   My most recent concoction is a Burrata mint salad.  The nice thing about this one is the greens combined with the cheese …

An Afternoon with Butterflies

Yesterday, I went to see the butterfly exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers.  I had tried to go last weekend but the Golden Gate Park was flooded by the masses from ‘Bay to Breakers‘.  The park seemed so much quieter yesterday and much more suited for a visit to see …

Baby Sophia Turns 1!

The last time I hung out with Sophia was when she was about 6 months old! It’s amazing how quickly babies grow in 6 months.  The good part is she’s still as pleasant as before: all smiles and no fuss. No complaints when I’ve surrounded her with crazy balloons 3 …

…And Then There Was ‘Bay to Breakers’

So, I spent all of last week getting inspired at ‘Singularity University’ at the NASA center in the South Bay.  It was spectacular and eye-opening, and reminded me how amazing it is to be in Silicone Valley and the Bay Area.  Everybody who attended either wanted to move to the …

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 …