• COVID-19 Diaries: May 3

    Last weekend marked seven weeks (seven.weeks.!) since our family had been in nature other than the park in our neighborhood, and I was eager to find a place where we could stay social distanced and be surrounded by trees. (We’re still under shelter-in-place rules in the Bay Area.) A quick Google search for open parks pointed me to hiking at…

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    Working from home

    This is the photo I shared with the WFH Times for my interview (see the article here) about launching my retreat business (Tentacles and Tea), as well as “community, bravery, mindfulness and more.” Rainbow Spice matches the decor so well, doesn’t she? #notplanned I’m sitting on that chair right now in my home office/shoe storage which triples as the cats’…

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    Dapper Day at Home

    Have you heard of Dapper Day? It was started in 2011 by a designer (Justin J.) in LA for people to “step out in style” at places like the opera, museums, and my favorite, Disney Parks. All styles (not costumes) are welcome, but I notice the majority of people lean toward a 1940’s-1960’s look. Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955…

  • JW Marriott in Mumbai

    After the wedding festivities were over and we checked out of the Sun-n-Sand Hotel, Jonathan and I had about 14 hours before our flight left Mumbai at 1:20AM, so we booked a room for the day at the 5-star JW Marriott a 7-minute drive down the road. The lobby was expansive with tall ceilings, and the flowers throughout the hotel…

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    An Indian wedding at Sun-n-Sand Hotel, Juhu, Mumbai

    Jonathan and I had the privilege of attending a beautiful Indian wedding at the Sun-n-Sand Hotel in Juhu, Mumbai, India in January of this year. Here is the baraat, the groom’s wedding procession up to the hotel; the groom’s guests were encouraged to join. I’ve heard it’s customary to travel through town to the bride on a mare; in this…

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    Red bean, matcha, sake macarons, AKA everything is fine

    Macarons are often an indulgent treat, not a quarantine staple, and I wanted to feel a little normalcy this past weekend, so I whipped up some macarons, using my Mauviel copper bowl and hand-whisking my egg whites for the first time ever (switched off whisking with Jonathan twice; my Kitchen Aid arms weren’t prepared for that task).  And by whipped…

  • COVID-19 Diaries: April 6

    It’s been three weeks since the “shelter-in-place” order was issued for the Bay Area, California. We are currently isolating, quarantining, insert COVID-19-recommendation-here, at home. I went grocery shopping today for the first time in weeks, and it’s a strange world. I stood in line outside Whole Foods, waiting for my turn to enter the store with a few others. Due…

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    My favorite macarons in Paris

    I don’t remember the first time I had a macaron, but I definitely remember my favorite macarons (so far). I have tried many. MANY. Years ago I created an all-day itinerary in Paris with a map of stops to sample macarons from McDonald’s to Ladurée to Pierre Hermé. Yes, my American friends, McDonald’s sells macarons in France (and Germany and…