The Lampe Berger

I never – I mean never – talk about products I love on this blog. Well, not as far as I can remember, anyway. However, there’s one product I came across about a year ago that I absolutely LOVE in my home, and I wanted to share! And no I’m definitely not sponsored by the…

The Book That Is Changing My Life

…is The Dirt Cure. Before I delve into that, I want to mention the other book I recently finished (on Audible): Grain Brain. I cannot even remember now where I first heard about Grain Brain, but I listened to it in full and was intrigued by its assertions. After reading more about the book and the…

Mom’s Recipes: Tuna Thoran

In keeping with the theme of my mom’s Malayali cooking and our heavy reliance on coconut, my next dish is a great option for fish eaters. As I mentioned before, Malayalis eat alot of fish and seafood. My mom always purchased fresh fish from the local Indian or Asian grocery store, bones included. We enjoyed…

Mom’s Recipes: Avial

As part of a new series, I’m excited to share the glories of some of my favorite Indian recipes, namely what my momma taught me. My family is from the southern Indian state of Kerala, and the food I grew up eating is not typically found in the Indian restaurants we all frequent. Some restaurants may…

Sweet Gestures

After a very long and difficult string of weeks at work, often caring for patients who have endured terrible accidents (physically and biologically speaking), this evening I went to see a patient whose loved one’s gesture brought a smile to my face. This patient, a fairly young man who recently suffered a rare type of stroke…

San Francisco Trip

As mentioned in my previous post on traveling with an infant, our little family took our first major trip earlier this month. We chose San Francisco, a city I have visited before but that my husband had not been to yet. We were entertaining a few options (Hawaii, the Turks and Caicos — where we…

Stand Still

How can a country be simultaneously the greatest country in the world and also need to be made great again? Our parents immigrated to this land of opportunity With dreams of success and happier lives Hopes of futures for their children That otherwise would not have existed Upon arrival, they quickly learned To work their fingers to the bone…

Traveling With an Infant

This past week we took our first cross-country trip with our baby who will be 8 months old tomorrow! It was her first plane ride. Prior to this trip, the longest she had travelled was about 3-4 hours by car. Overall it was a good experience, and we made some great memories. A lot of the smoothness…

Homemade protein bars

In recent months, I have been on a major healthy food/lifestyle kick and have really enjoyed eating wholesome and mostly homemade foods. It has helped me start shedding my pregnancy weight, and I feel overall more energetic and healthier. A huge part of this has been eliminating sugar as much as possible from my diet….

Role Models for My Daughter: Lupita Nyong’o

“You can’t eat beauty. It doesn’t feed you.” For the latest post in this series, I would like to feature actress Lupita Nyong’o. She is of Kenyan decent, but her Mexican name is a product of her birth in Mexico (Lupita is a shorter version of Guadalupe). She was raised in Kenya and studied in the…

Role Models for My Daughter: Mindy Kaling

“There are little Indian girls out there who look up to me, and I never want to belittle the honor of being an inspiration to them. But while I’m talking about why I’m so different, white male show runners get to talk about their art. I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’…

The Irony of Becoming an American Citizen

On February 9, 2016, my husband became a United States citizen. He was a British citizen previously, and he would always joke about how he didn’t *really* want to be an American (those people who incessantly chant “USA!!! USA!!!” or sing the national anthem at every.single.event.), but it would make life easier now that he has…