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Tuesday Tunes: Early Morning

I heard this song for the first time just a few days ago when Katherine from Mumbai shared it on her blog. I am most certainly NOT a morning person. In fact, it could be said that I am an anti-morning person, as I generally find myself going to bed as the sun is coming up. Although, it has been proven that I am waaay smarter in the wee hours of the night than I can ever hope to be in the early...

Like an elephant ride to India: my day shopping at World Market

It has been a while, so I was excited to get out to one of most favorite places to shop, World Market. Whenever I am there, I always find a gazillion things that I love… no, literally, a gazillion things. It did not hurt that it was buy one get one FREE coffee day. Seriously,  I would walk a mile in tight stilettos for their Sumatra and Costa Rican blends. While I was there, I decided to shop around to see if there was anything...

Sleeping and Showering With Ganesh???

I know that its kind of kitschy, but I can’t help but adore this whimsical shower curtain featuring the artwork of Venezuelan born-Miami artist Valentina Ramos.  This mixed media artist uses paints and Rapidograph pens to create works that are both unique and inspirational. Happily for us, the home furnishings company, DENY Designs offers innovative bedding, shower curtains, wall prints  and wall clocks featuring the designs of Ramos as well as over 100 other independent artists. Throw pillows start at $39 and shower curtains can be ordered from...

Perfect Patra

Patra is an amazing savory pinwheel snack of India made by rolling a spicy ground dal (chickpea) paste infused with cummin and tummeric into taro leaves. There are all kinds of other ingredients as well, such as coconut, garlic, mustard and sesame seeds, cilantro and lime. My favorite global food guru Ruth Reichl does a splendid job of explaining the slightly labor intensive process of preparing this wonderful dish on her show Adventures With Ruth. So inspired was I by her episode on Indian cuisine, that I found myself in my local Patel Bros. Market...

Beautiful Monday: Mehndi

If you’ve been to India or to an Indian wedding event, you’ve probably had it done. If not, you’ve surely seen it in pictures. Mehndi is one of the loveliest and most intricate body beautification traditions ever performed and dates back as far as the 12th century. Although, its origin is unknown, some version of mehndi-type body art can be found in the artwork depicting the women of ancient Persia and Egypt. Even the Muslim prophet, Muhammad used henna to...