Saturday, August 11, 2018

Sanissimo , Madrid aesthetically vegan

Food has very interesting and importtant place in my heart. My major liking on a place often rely on the food of the place. While traveling and exploring new places, food memories stay with me quite well. Madrid is one of the places with so many factors to love about, food being certainly one of them. I am in Love with it forever and surely inspires me to come back pretty soon. I can’t believe how many healthy or vegan restaurant options Madrid has. 

One of our beautiful evenings in Madrid, we stumbled upon a vegan and vegetarian place called Sanissimo. Beautiful wall  paintings, bird cases and lovely decor make this cozy place an inviting 
one. The Greek and Spanish inspired menu has so many options to chose from. 

For our starter we had spinach and ricotta pastry and beet root hummus with focaccia bread. I love the crunchy base on the Riccota cheese pastry and spinach goes so well with it. Love the facaddia bread with olives and hummus. Flowery hummus and bread presentation definitely creates a lovely culinary aesthetic. As much as I love the bread, I wish I got the same punch and flavor in the hummus. It was little blend. 

For the mains I got eggplant lasagna, it was succulent lasagna and at the same time they were able to retain the natural flavor. Also, it came with maxican green rice and a little bowl of red savory lentils, that perfectly balance the distinctive lasagna. Then my husband got chik peas wrap. A delicate, warm wrap with veggies was very filling and delicious. But, if you are in favor of flavorful  food you might find it little blend. Nevertheless the less we ended the day without dessert as it was quite generous when it comes to portion. A quick and attentive service with culinary aesthetics will remain one of my favorite part of Madrid memory.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

A little guide to Travelling fun for kids

I love to travel, and I love to travel even more after having kids.  Though sometimes traveling with kids is not an easy task as you have to consider so many things like their health, safety, security and many more. Yet going with tiny tinnies make my traveling horizon boarder and sometimes enjoy the destination with their perspective adds a new meaning to my life.

  1. Get them ready... After you decide the destination, let kids know so that they have a hint of the place. More they hear about it, the more they can imagine. My kids are in elementary school, my older one makes his list of what to see. When we decided to go to Washington DC last month, he wanted to visit Space and science museum. As he knew a few things earlier he was really excited to see them in real. You can also educate them about the little culture of the destination or what food they are going expect. That makes them excited about the destination.
  2. Make them Feel as part of the plan... Let them carry their own bags, it will not only make feel them responsible but also important. Choosing and packing clothes, hats sunglasses and taking care of their little things gives them immense please for their upcoming trip.
  3. Make them feel at home... I always pack my kid's favorite toys or stuffy, games, bedtime books that make them relax and feel at ease at a new place.

  4. A playtime... Even though my kids love traveling kids are kids, they often get bored in between. I always make sure to plan some time for their activities. Give a little time to play like going to the swimming pool at the hotel. Also, stopping by for a snack or ice cream social can instantly boost their mood.

  5. Comfort... I can't stretch enough, how essential it is to make them wear comfortable shoes. No matter what, most traveling requires walking, and comfortable shoes make it more fun along with packing the right clothes for the weather of the destination.
Lastly, traveling is not just about sightseeing but also preserving and curating memories for life!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Sweet Green , Washington DC beyond salad

I always get psyched up visiting a metro city because it has plenty of dining options when it comes to era trendy restaurants. This time during our visit to Washington DC we got the experience of Sweet Green.
A food that is totally guilt-free, sustainable and keeping it real creating meaning in every day is all about sweet green.

Located in Arlington, the chic cafe sweet green mostly offers salad and bowls with the option of building your own. Emphasizes on locally sourced and seasonal food choices of protein and vegetarian.
I chose their most talked about and popular Mexican corn elote bowl. Mexican street style bowl with choice of all healthy substitutes Cilantro, arugula, quinoa, and tortilla chips. Not just colorful but with a power pack punch and succulent taste. Healthy substitute can be tasty that's what it says.

Then my husband had Shroomi a warm bowl with beetroot, wild rice, shredded kale with miso sesame ginger dressing. A tangy, flavorful bowl with just the right portion size, delicious.  I feel that adding various choice of dressing and an array of salad choices, world cuisine inspired definitely sets sweet green apart from any other salad chain.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Outfit of the day Sanjukta Dutta, Amrapali keeping the tradition and slaying the trends

Designer: Sanjukta Dutta, the winner of the prestigious Dada Saheb Award for the best designer 2018, who designs especially traditional Assamese outfits, mekhela chadar treasures, and transports from the Brahmaputra to the Thames,  the Ganges to the Hudson. Sanjukta's designs are a symphony of colors and medley of motifs from the traditional Assamese to the tribal tales around the world, a sheer visual delight.  I chose this Crisp and charismatic black mekhela chadar woven with traditional Assamese motifs in silver that melds with the modern royal blue and crimson for the 2nd day of Assam Convention 2018.  Got this mekhela chadar a couple of years back, but the best part of Sanjukta Dutta's mekhela chadar is that it remains trendy and classy even as days go by.

While planning the outfit, I was a little overwhelmed while choosing the jewelry. Then I thought about this Amrapali necklace, I didn't have to think twice. Traditional mask motif is a very traditional Indian art form that merges into the modern muse. The mask reminds me of Majuli's mask making visit experience.  As I wanted to give the mekhela chadar a modern look, instead of wearing a traditional blouse, I wore a silk bell sleeve off-white crop top that blended well with Assam silk and a crochet potli to complete the look. Wearing the most traditional outfit of my home state, I incorporated the look with current trends, just like a woman of today who never leaves behind tradition yet always slaying the trends.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Fruitive, Washington DC

      If you follow me you might know I was in Washington DC for Assam Convention. As a foodie, my travel won't be complete without exploring good the food scene.

      My absolute turn on in life is good food and books. When I entered Fruitive it clearly hooked me in no time. The chic urban cafe has so much to offer. A beautiful entrance-self full of books definitely got my heart.

      When we talk about good food, it should be easy, sustainable, transparent and straight from nature. Fruitive is the first certified organic fast food restaurant in North America and the menu embody all natural plant-based ingredients such as fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices.

      A few barstools by the window and also outside sitting arrangement, Fruitive all vegan menu consists smoothies bowls and sandwiches wraps.

      I started my day lunch in Fruitive with a pressed juice called Immunity - green apple, lemon, ginger, and cayenne pepper.  Even though Indian origin is widely known for eating spicy food, I never had a spicy cold drink. If you are ready to give a spicy kick on your taste bud then immunity is your drink with the garden freshness of green apple and lemon.

      Then for the main food, I opted for Southwest wrap which consists of whole wheat tortilla, romaine lettuce, corn salsa, wild rice, grape tomatoes, cucumber, onions, avocado, spicy hummus and cherry on top sea salt and black pepper.  I love this innovative take on healthy food and is quite filling and must say, so yummy.

      My 9 and half year had Roasted red pepper panini in flax and spelt bread, roasted red pepper, spinach, cucumber, sriracha aioli, cashew cream, cayenne pepper and black pepper. The power pack and the nutrient dense sandwich was super succulent.

      Then hubs went for Mediterranean wrap which was on a wholewheat tortilla, spinach, Romanian lettuce, cucumber, green pepper, kalamata olives, garbanzo beans, original hummus and basil vinegarette.  The innovative and healthy sandwich oozed deliciousness in every bite.

      And then my little one had Almond banana toast flex and spelt bread, almond butter, banana, maple syrup and cocoa nibs. My five year old ditched the banana that day. The one good part of Fruitive is you can add or substracts ingredients. Some people add more power pack ingredients and some like my five-year-old ditched healthy option like banana even when you are in a healthy restaurant.  By the way, the smooth peanut butter and crunchy cocoa nibs made the toast decadent and delicious.

  Fruitive was a fruitful visit with all the good food which made you feel good, not guilty.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Outfit of the day Kunal Kaushik, Sabyasachi in Assam convention

Designer: Kunal Kaushik an acclaimed designer and a born artist, Kunal designs resplendent and redefining Assamese tradition elusive weave that lures one into his signature rhythm and rendition that merge relevant global sensibility. A dream cream color mekhela chadar warp and weft assamese motifs dhulia and nasani (the drummer and damsel dancer)  with Kunal's quintessential use of color shocking fuschia pink and periwinkle purple in mina. After wearing Kunal, I felt like a modern princess. Kunal designs are not just to wear but cherish and celebrate. No doubt why Kunal is seen as an avant great designer.
Event: Assam convention -Assam convention is a celebration of the assamese diaspora in North-America where the assamese community gets together to showcase Assamese culture, food, tradition talent, and invited artists. Every year it is celebrated on July 4th weekend around North America in different cities. This time it was celebrated in Washington DC and the 39th Assam convention.

  A gorgeous Kunal Kaushik Mekhela chadar does not need much yet going to a formal event, I added a few accessories from my side. As it was a signature assamese event, I don't want to add anything that takes away all the charm. A gold choker to team up with the mekhela chadar. I decided to wear a hair bun that was a little unusual for me and took a risk as hair up always make my rounded face little more rounder. I wanted to give the Assamese look a touch of the southern part of India by wearing jasmine in my hair bun. Wearing flower always enhances the beauty and smell of fresh jasmine personify peace and purity.  With the traditional look, I added a final touch with classic Sabyasachi box clutch jaguar in it. Let me know your thoughts and have a fantastic weekend.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Keeping it simple-random things about me

Hello my dear readers, how are you all doing? Summer vacation has just started here on the east coast. My kids are having a gala time. I can't tell you how time is flying. My time is all occupied by them. Taking to them, playing with them, take them to the library, reading stories and most importantly cooking their favorite food. Hence thought, I'll keep it simple and straightforward. It has been more than a year now, and I have shared so many things about my life, travel, fashion, etc. Today I'll share a few random thoughts about me.

1. My favorite color - Navy blue, peach and off-white. Not that I don't wear any other color, but those colors are readily available in my wardrobe.
2. My favorite outfit - In western I love to wear a crisp white top and blue jeans. I know very casual. In Indian, I love sarees. Mostly, I love handwoven and handwork ones. I love salwar kurta too. You will find more solid colors then prints or patterns in my wardrobe.
3. Am I fitness freak - Not really but, I watch what I eat. Try to eat healthy and clean most of the time. But, I do indulge once in a while.
4. My favorite tourist destination - I love any place that has a unique position with rich cultural influences then commercial tourist places. I like the ocean but, if I have to pick, I'll choose lake and mountain.
5.  My favorite accessories - I am a colossal accessory person. Love handbags and can't think of any outfit without accessories