Peach blackberry galette with cardamom pistachio streusel

It’s the last few days of summer, and I just had to find a way to use some of my favorite summer produce: stone fruit and berries.  This is a great dessert to throw together when you have last minute company coming over. I love galettes because they look fancier than they actually are. Readymade…

Eggless cheesecake stuffed pumpkin bread

It’s halfway through September and I couldn’t be happier. I love fall. I love pumpkin. And I love that it’s prime baking season.  I grew up in a household without eggs, which always made baking a bit tricky. Whenever I had to make brownies for a class project or fundraiser, I’d go make them my…

Green bean, tomato, and feta salad with walnuts 

There’s just something about eating seasonal that makes me feel good.  In California, you can get most produce year round, but I like the idea of eating local fruits and veggies at their peak.  I was reading a list of seasonal produce for August, saw green beans on that list, and started to crave them. …

5 minute gazpacho 

I got back from an epic trip to Barcelona and Portugal last week and I’m already experiencing withdrawals. The architecture, the petiscos, the pastries…more about that soon. Luckily, this humble yet flavorful soup helps me pretend I’m still there. It comes together in minutes, and is perfect for hot summer nights when I want to…

Modern Istanbul Eats with Feastly

My friend and colleague Priya invited me to check out this awesome vegetarian Turkish lunch she found on Feastly. Feastly connects talented local chefs and home. cooks with diners looking for an intimate, off the beaten path dining experience. This lunch was a modern interpretation of Turkish cuisine, prepared by the lovely Laura and Sayat…

Cheesy kale gratin 

This easy cheesy kale gratin (adapted from Food 52) makes an indulgent side dish. It’s perfect for chilly nights when you want something cheesy but still want to get your veggies in. Pair with lentil soup for a simple and satisfying low carb dinner. You start by combining the seasoning with the kale and massaging…

Almond berry pear breakfast crisp 

Ever crave dessert for breakfast but don’t want to feel toooo guilty about it? Try this crisp. It’s a cinch to throw together and can easily be adapted to use any seasonal fruit. The oats, almond butter, and almond flour add protein while the agave adds just a hint of sweetness. This recipe makes about…

Borderi’s Sandwich Shop in Siracusa, Sicily 

We were looking for a place to grab lunch in Siracusa when we stumbled upon Caseficio Borderi, a sandwich shop. It was rated the number one restaurant in Siracusa, with a perfect 5 star rating and over 2K reviews on Tripadvisor. I was intrigued. “What could be so special about a sandwich?,” I thought. I…

Switzerland highlights

What’s blue and green and featured in every Bollywood movie? Switzerland. Indians love Switzerland, and it’s no wonder why. Its natural beauty – lush green valleys, snow capped mountains, and dollhouse-like chalets – are breathtaking. One of my favorite cousins, Anita, lives there, and I’d been meaning to visit her for a while. My monthlong…

Sicily highlights

I have found my people and they are in Sicily. They consider a gelato and brioche sandwich to be a legitimate meal replacement. No time for a proper lunch? Have a gelato and brioche sandwich. And don’t even get me started on the marzipan, cannolis, and granitas. Sicilian sweets are to die for. In case…

Olive oil experience at Villa de Fontanasalsa 

When researching Sicily, I kept seeing vague references to an olive oil estate near Segesta where you could go do a tasting and tour. I was intrigued. I had done plenty of wine tasting, but olive oil tasting sounded novel. After a lot of Googling and driving around the country roads of Sicily, we finally…

Santorini highlights 

Santorini has been at the top of my bucket list for years, and it didn’t disappoint. Its stunning caldera views, swoon-worthy sunsets, and majestic blue domes were just the tip of the iceberg. Santorini also offers solid food, wineries, history, art, and culture. Here are a few of my favorite experiences: Chromata hotel Nestled on…