Saturday, August 26, 2017

Perfect day to night outfit inspiration with AUrate New York

The sense, sensitivity, and sensibility, when comes together something awesome like AUrate New York happens. AUrate New York, a gold jewelry brand not only offers great style, the cause behind it is amazingly appreciative. It goes beyond just looks, by sourcing ethically and caring for the community.

       Mother of two young children, who understands better than me, how book reading can help shape up children's thought process and knowledge. How wonderful to know that AUrate runs a program named ‘A Book for Your Look’ where every purchase of their jewelry goes towards donating a book to an economically underprivileged child.

     As a blogger, I always give preference and love to promoting handloom and handmade. I feel lucky to come across jewelry like AUrate New York, which gives vital priority to sustainability and is also handmade in New York. You can read their story here.

   As women of today, I feel it's all about balance. Balancing home, career, children, and your own niche. Jewelry has a huge influence on defining your look. You need a jewelry that defines you yet balances your daily juggles extremely well. Here comes AUrate New York - a unique, clean and easily balancing your day to dinner.

It goes well with your black bell sleeve dress with a pair of earrings from AUrate, a pink sandal for a pop of color and a tan satchel, for your day look.

And for your soiree, ditch the pink sandal and tan bag, glam it up with a favorite pair of gold heels and black embellished clutch and a statement necklace from AUrate New York. Great for any dinner or a date. The statement necklace seamlessly blends with your day earrings. Bold and beautiful but, at the same time classic that uniquely defines new era women.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Lake placid food indulgence and healthy choices part 1

        When I am traveling or vacationing with family visiting new places, one thing we love to explore is the food culture of the place. You probably get to know it even better with their food culture. If you follow me or read my last post, you read about lake placid. This post is all about lake placid's food culture. Probably one post or one trip is not enough for exploring. Lake placid food is even better because you get to eat with a privilege of a lake view. Most restaurants in lake placid area are by the mirror lake.

The Cottage

The first day when we reached lake placid, it was already evening. After strolling for a bit we went for early dinner in the Cottage by the lake mirror. This restaurant is part of mirror lake inn. The cottage is more popular for lunch. We couldn't resist, at a first glance, after seeing The cottage at the heart of mirror lake. You get to see the best view of mirror lake from the cottage. Cozy, offbeat with American fair, live music and raining outside, full packed yet attentive service.

As in vacation, I love to indulge in few things which I don't eat or order in my regular restaurant visits. While going through the menu, I was tempted to order spinach artichoke dip that was my pending wish list for a long time. When it comes to food, looks and presentation also play a vital part. Ah, same applies to our artichoke spinach dip too. Already it increased my appetite by its look itself. Opulent at the same time melting in the mouth, Arithock dip and pita and corn chips you just can't miss it, except those extra calories.

Then came jalapeno and black bean hummus. This is definitely a little innovative hummus with a twist. A hint of jalapeno makes it even palatable pair with perfect pita and hearty healthy crisp veggies.

Then came the main, for the kids their favorite macaronni cheese and cheese pizza, the best part was that it was also served with seasonal fresh fruits. For us adults, black bean burger. As I have special affination for bean burgers, I might be a little partial. It was luscious and moist without being dry, as bean burgers, most of the time it tends to get dry and love the way it pairs with red pepper, aioli, and pretzel bread. My husband got honey sriracha grilled chicken as the name already raises some high hopes. It was not as expected, I mean we expected little more innovative than a regular chicken burger.

We can't stretch on including veg in our daily diet. It was definitely a raving part, like the way The cottage includes seasonal fruits and veggies in almost every entry. This time we were already over full, so didn't opt for dessert, probably in our next visit.
To be continued....

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Lake Placid New York, 2 days family tale

As the summer is rendering into almost fall, I felt we have not been to anywhere lately. The daily grind is monotonous and needed an escape from the hustle and bustle. But, hubby has some important project going on and can't take more than a day off. Before sending back to school, we wanted to spend time with kids leisurely. Then on short notice, Lake Placid came to my mind. We had been to lake placid before but thought, with children, it would be amazing.

We planned in a way that we reach lake placid by evening. After having early lunch at home, we started. When you travel, you usually want no rain, but that day it was pouring. In spite of that, we enjoyed the four-hour drive in light rain as it makes New England more charmer and fresher. After 3 hours of drive, we took a little break at Lake George. It was lovely to visit Lake George as well and by that time rain had stopped too. From there, it took us another one and a half hour to reach our destination, Lake Placid.

By the time we arrived, it had turned into a beautiful evening. What a lovely drive from Lake George to lake placid on the side of the river Ausable, as if a long green scarf was lying. After reaching, we immediately checked in our hotel. Even with the four and half hour drive, we did not feel exhausted. We decided to take a stroll around the mirror lake and have dinner. We parked the car on the main street, it is little difficult to get parking there as it is quite busy. If not you can always park in the public lot at the north end of Main Street. I love the way the town is settled beside the lake Mirror with all shops and restaurants, with almost every restaurants, and shops have the privilege of lake view. I love the spirit and ease of this town as you immediately feel being one of them. You don't feel like a stranger after entering into this city.

We took a little hike to the mirror lake, and it was magical and foggy with snow-capped mountain peaks. We decided to have our dinner. The first day ended like that. We didn't want to exhaust kids after the four and half hour drive.

Next day, we started the morning by deciding to have breakfast followed by other activities. As we are there for only one more day, we did not have many options to do. Also with kids, we wanted to take it easy and enjoyable, without trying to cover every single attraction.

The town hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic games and is also referred to as nation's first winter resort. After having breakfast, we visited The Olympic Sports Center, one and half hour is enough to visit it.  It also has the nations first Olympic museum built in 1994. It was great going through the history.

After that, we wanted to take a hike on the mirror lake. It was such a great hike with kids, two and a half mile filled with all the beautiful houses, restaurants and hotels beside the mirror lake.

After the hike, we were little hungry, and we had our lunch. After the meal, we took a short break and decided to go the 100 years old High Falls George. It was such a lovely experience especially for kids, introducing different plants, nature, and history. The George offers a quiz for kids; it was fun for them doing it and a good learning experience. The George has great views of many waterfalls along the Ausable River. Usually, it 's hard to walk in George pathways for kids, but this one is very easy and no problem with children at all. If you want to have coffee or snack, they have a coffee shop and bakery too and a souvenir store as well. As we were full, we didn't eat anything there.

After the great experience at the Geroge, once again we took a little hike in the mirror lake. It was one of our families favorite activities in the placid lake region. We had great dinner with a great view of mirror lake from mirror lake inn. As the little vacation was almost over, we felt little sad.

Next day, we wanted to take the Adirondack scenic railroad, but because of constructions, they were closed. We decided not to do anything more as we had to return home with a four hours drive ahead. After lunch and followed by a hike in the mirror lake our vacation was over. Our 2017's last summer vacation ended that way with a beautiful memory of the historic lake placid and it's beautiful nature. We saved a few of the activities for our next visit because we wanted to come again here for sure.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The name, A cup of Assam tea

      I don't remember how the word tea entered into my life, perhaps even before my birth. When I was deciding on a name for my blog, the moment "A cup of Assam tea" came to my mind, it stuck firmly. You probably know, I originally come from Assam, India, where I was born and brought up till my 20 and moved to the USA 15 years back. Assam is the highest tea producing state in the world. My mom has a tea connection. Both my maternal grandfather and great-grandfather worked for Assam tea company, later my maternal uncle owned tea gardens. I grew up hearing those tea garden stories and tea tribe stories of struggle as a lullaby from my mother. Our ancestral house in Assam is in the midst of tea garden. Those memories of quaint lush green tea, I always carry within me, even after moving to the USA to stay with me forever. The smell of tea, the memory of those two leaves one bud tea, labors music during festival floating in the air and buzzing in the ear.
       In our house, a day starts with a cup of Assam tea. When someone visits, the first thing you offer is a cup of tea. I feel that in our home, back in Assam, our expression of happiness always begins with a cup of tea. When there is good news celebration starts with a cup of tea followed by snacks and desserts. Even when it is pouring outside, we need a cup of tea, and when you are tired, you need a cup of tea. Whenever my husband gets back home from work a little early, it is our own time sitting together while having a cup of tea. At present, I love enjoying my cup of tea with a beautiful blog. I feel tea has a significant influence on everything about me from my food choices, my fashion to my lifestyle. Nothing could define my blog more precisely than a cup of Assam tea! Nothing gives me more significant boost than a cup of tea. A cup of Assam tea is not just a cup of tea it's my memory, love, inspiration and much more.

Here is the recipe for my favorite cup of Assam tea.

Ingredients for 2 cups of Assam tea:
1. Tea - 2 tablespoon
2. Milk - 1 cup
3. Water - 1 cup
4. Sugar - 2 teaspoon (depends on your health choices, you can use any other sweetener like honey or any other substitute you like)
5. Ginger - 1/2 inch crushed
6. Cardamom - 1 crushed

In a pot, boil milk and water. Once it starts boiling add tea then ginger and cardamom. Stir with a spoon. Now add sugar and stir again. Since we are using loose tea, we need a strainer to filter the tea. Filter and pour it into the cups. Now enjoy your Assam tea with a book or blog or with your family and friends.

Have a great weekend, enjoy your tea!

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