Japan Travels : Sagano Bamboo Grove at Arashiyama

Located in the gorgeous Arashiyama district of western Kyoto,Japan, is the beautiful Sagano Bamboo Grove. The beauty of the bamboo’s and the gentle rustling of the leaves has  it listed  among the “100 Soundscapes of Japan” by the Ministry of Environment. In Japan,  the Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples are often situated near bamboo groves,…

Pineapple Fried Rice

 Summer is here and so are the pineapples. The peak season for pineapples are between March and July, when they are at their delicious best, though they are available all through the year. The pineapples we get here are the Dole variety, coming to us all the way from Hawaii.  “The most-visited tourist attraction in…

Sweet Corn Sundal

Some pictures that are stored in memory never fade away, irrespective of the time or place since you last saw them….. The joy on the faces of hardworking Sundal vendors on the beach at the end of the day, strolling along the shore while the gentle waves touch their feet and go, their distant laughter…

SHAMROCK CHIPS ( Flat Bread)

Originally posted on stirringmyspicysoul.com:
Shamrock Chips/ Flat Bread The first time, I heard about St.Patty’s Day was when my kid came back from kindergarten one day & when asked how was school, replied,”Oh, we had fun trying to catch Leprechauns”…having never heard of them before, I thought it was some kind of a gecko/garden…

Treat yourself with Sugar Scrubs this season !

Looking out of my window this morning, the scene that greeted me was a dull, foggy and cold landscape, I pulled the curtains shut quickly…no inspiration there! It was easy to  get  swayed into that mood of doom and gloom rubbed off into you in an instant…………… SAD/ Seasonal Affective Disorder is real, people !…

My visit to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

” I do not understand the mystery of GRACE- only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us ” ~ Anne Lamott Slowly I made my way to the Basilica that morning, I had seen the distinctive green dome making a statement in the St.Louis skyline, as we…

A few of my Friday favorites…..

The snow was coming down heavy as  I drove my child to school , this morning,the windshield wiper was moving frantically,no sign of sunlight,my moods fluctuated with the gloominess of Winter, I told myself I WILL find  Spring in the day , if I have to, today, I cannot take this cabin fever any longer…

Chasing the Winter Blues Away !

Winter is finally here to stay! It’s been fluctuating betweens teens and single digits with the Weather Goddess this Winter, for the past one week, though we cannot complain of too much snow, we have been subjected to freezing conditions and beyond this week. Driving home from work, it was almost sunset, it becomes dark…

Random things in the week that made you stop and smile awhile

There are somethings in life, however crazy busy you are in the week, that make you stop and smile a while, let’s call them “grace stops” for now.Somethings that make your heart skip a beat, stop & look at it, for the sheer magic it spins around it, be it a thing, an event or…

Holiday Decor

The holiday mood is slowly setting in……..bringing the warmth and cheer indoors, a little each day.Weekends seem to be an ideal time to let your creativity flow and light up the home.What better way to celebrate the holidays than sharing the joy and cheer ?   May our home and hearts be blessed  this holiday…

Sometimes a girl gotta do what she gotta do….

There was no particular rhyme or reason…..JUST B’COZ….I FELT LIKE IT !!! Sometimes a girl just has to do what she enjoys doing,light a fragrant candle,surround herself with flowers, eat chocolates and watch “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” on Netflix to remind herself TGIF 😉 🙂