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Travel Is…

June 18th 2013

“Travel is little beds and cramped bathrooms. It’s old television sets and slow Internet connections. Travel is extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. It’s waiters, gas station attendants, and housekeepers becoming the most interesting people in the world. It’s churches that are compelling enough to enter. It’s McDonald’s being a luxury. It’s the realization that you may have been born in the wrong country. Travel is a smile that leads to a conversation in broken English. It’s the epiphany that pretty girls smile the same way all over the world. Travel is tipping 10% and being embraced for it. Travel is the same white T-shirt again tomorrow. Travel is accented sex after good wine and too many unfiltered cigarettes. Travel is flowing in the back of a bus with giggly strangers. It’s a street full of bearded backpackers looking down at maps. Travel is wishing for one more bite of whatever that just was. It’s the rediscovery of walking somewhere. It’s sharing a bottle of liquor on an overnight train with a new friend. Travel is ‘Maybe I don’t have to do it that way when I get back home.’”

Nick Miller, Isn’t It Pretty to Think So? (via ethereally)

February 5th 2013

I’m traveling again and it feels so good!! If you noticed my recent pictures, I was out in Lake Tahoe for a long weekend where I got to see my best friend from middle school, explore the Northwest and start making headway on my 2013 itinerary.

The whole weekend was incredible—from skiing the Sierra Nevadas to surreal sunsets on the lake and my first snowshoeing excursion. Also, In-N-Out Burger. Check it:

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(From top to bottom: Northstar California Ski Resort, on Donner Lake, above Donner Lake, abandoned rails inside, abandoned rails outside)

January 29th 2013

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Chaiwalla, Old Delhi

The Chai Diary…

Every single day of my 3+ months in India, I drank chai: As a respite from the deluge of Old Delhi or a compliment to the flavors of Shantaram…as a morning pick-me-up or a soothing post-trek sip, from corner chaiwallas to homestay moms, I couldn’t get enough.

And I’m not insulting Starbucks chai (which I especially enjoy iced), but India chai is on another level—milkier, creamier, sweeter. It’s like liquid creme brûlée but spicy with a hint of Lipton’s. And oh, I miss it.

So when I met the lovely Seema (thanks to an Onken Family brunch production) and heard about her culinary endeavors, spice adoration and Gujarati roots, I enlisted her help. Last night she inspired me to try veganism and taught me to make real, legit chai. Recipe and pics after the jump.

CHAI TEA

Ingredients:

Milk

Water

Cardamom pods

Black pepper

Ginger

Black tea

Goconut sugar

Directions:

Combine one cup of water and one cup of milk (almond or regular), bring to a boil; grate a small chunk of fresh ginger and add along with crushed cardamom pods, black pepper and one or two tea bags (depending on desired strength). Finish off with coconut sugar to your taste. It’s that simple.

Serve with a kale salad (another recipe I’ll be sharing soon) and jalapeño hummus. 

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(From top to bottom: Shopping, Simmering, Photographing, Serving)

New York State of Mind

January 21st 2013

When I got back from traveling, I tucked away crochet tops from Thailand, bangles from Bali and literally/metaphorically hung up my backpack. My fancy Nikon DSLR sat displayed on my vanity, next to jewelry and an orchid plant—until last week.

I chose my camera over a necklace, grabbed water of the coconut variety and started walking: Uptown, downtown, midtown; wandering in solidity and state of mind. Scroll and see: 

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(From top to bottom: Coleman Skatepark, Grand Central, Times Square, East BroadwayMulberry Street)   

January 11th 2013

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Last month I went on a major Quora kick, which I highly recommend (unless it’s 2:46am and you should actually be sleeping because you haven’t for more than four hours any night this week…#guilty)

Tonight (er, earlyy this morning) I stumbled on What real places or buildings look as if they could have been taken out of fairytales? There’s 71 amazing answers and countless pictures, including Japan’s Kawachi Fuji Garden (above) and Poland’s crooked house:

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