magic hour – sunset at ocean beach

I’ve been practically living in a bikini ever since I moved to California. Living close to the ocean, I never know when I am going to end up at the beach. So when I head out, I make sure to wear a swimsuit underneath whatever I am wearing that day. I also keep an extra…

Shepherd’s pie

The number one must-try food for me, at any Irish pub, is the Ireland’s most beloved traditional dish – shepherd’s pie. I have always liked shepherd’s pies but never made it myself until I recently discovered just how simple and quick it is to prepare. Recipes vary widely but the basics include ground lamb, mashed potatoes…

Borscht

My mom spent her toddler years in Russia and my dad attended a university in Russia so it’s no surprise that my brother and I grew up eating all kinds of Russian food. Borscht is one of my mom’s specialty food and I loved eating it when I was growing up. Nowadays, my baby gets…

Spaghetti with meat & tomato sauce

This is a really quick dinner option. It’s good on one of those days if you are in a hurry or just feeling too lazy to cook. You boil the pasta, cook the meat and add a tomato sauce, a monkey can do this! There are so many great choices of marinara sauces out on the…

Breaded tilapia with couscous & summer veggies

I’ve noticed that I tend to cook fish pretty often. I thought salmon was easy to cook but tilapia is even easier and quicker. I usually fry salmon using just the soy sauce but when preparing tilapia, I like to coat it with bread crumbs to make it crunchy.  I recently started making couscous a…

Birthday Boy

I brought my little one to Fanuel Street Park not too long after I moved here. When I came here, I saw a grass park filled with children having a blast. It was right then and there when I decided that I would have my son’s birthday party here. So it’s been a long time…

Bodhi’s first year

Wow, I can’t believe how fast the time has gone by. When I decided to do my baby’s 1st year in monthly pictures, I thought to myself “It’s gonna be a long time until we get to the last picture on the 12th month”. But time flew by at a blink of an eye. Now I…

To my dear son …

To my dear son, March 27 always remain the best day of my life, the day you were sent to me from above bringing an immense amount of joy and happiness into my life. Last year on March 26, I was in a room excitedly waiting to meet you the very first time. The day…