Sunday, July 26, 2015

Food: a bangladeshi thali

We tried a new South Indian restaurant this weekend where we ordered Indian thalis. Indian thalis are large plates with rice or naan accompanied by several little bowls of various curries. I really enjoy eating Indian thalis and they are quite popular here in the Western part of the world now. But it made me come up with a version of my own Bangladeshi thali. The thali - I feel symbolizes basically the way we eat our food. It consists of two or three vegetarian items, a fish item or a meat item (or both), and it always ends with lentils. The white rice is quintessential to our food although it is quite healthy because it is parboiled and everything is brought together with lime/cucumber/green chilies/pickles. In concept it is similar to the way Koreans eat which is why we enjoy that cuisine so much as well. In large joint families which was very common in Bangladesh and it's surrounding countries and still are in places, each family member were served their portions in small bowls and this was done so that everyone gets a fair portion to eat. My mother shares these memories with me since by the time I was born the families started to separate into their own abodes. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Travel: a different sight of the river niagara

Our tour of Canada started from Buffalo, NY where our brother-in-law picked us up and took us on a tour of the Niagara en route to crossing the border. We went over to the Horseshoe Falls and then drove parallel to the river, stopped by Niagara on the Lake and then a quick stop at the Whirlpool Aero Car that zips over the lake in a cable car. After that we kept driving adjacent to the river most of the way. We felt it was a beautiful way to get a full tour of the Niagara. I have arranged the photos in reverse. So this first photo is of Niagara at the Lake. Most of the shoreline is inhabited by wonderful lake houses. This small public area here feels almost like a beach and the Toronto skyline can be seen on a clear day.

Take the photo tour...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Architecture: marilyn monroe towers, mississauga, ontario

During our Canada tour, we drove right past these curvy skycrapers more popularly known as Marilyn Monroe Towers although the project is called Absolute World. Just by taking one glance, the meaning of it's name becomes clear. It is part of a bigger development called the Absolute City. Each floor has it's own angle of rotation to form the curvature. A detailed list of each floor's rotating angle can be found here

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

DIY: sailor-navy themed indoor/outdoor graduation party

My super creative nieces/nephews and their friends were at it once again! Remember this graduation party? It was for my niece who graduated from college. Well this time my nephew graduated from high school and is on his way to get a bachelors. So they used the same backdrop but a totally different theme - sailor/navy - for his big party!

Everything they made was from cutting/pasting/gluing/hammering - you name it! Check out the entire party..
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