- Meeting a lot of people that you may know online and can finally met in person
- Great food and drinks at Happy Hour rates at Indique Heights
- Get to meet Allyson >apin Author of the book "Social Change Anytime Everywhere"
- Make new friends
- Wish me luck as I start my new job as Vice President of Digital Marketing at The Bozzuto Group on Monday
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Saturday, February 02, 2013
When I agreed to see a few good friends for lunch a few days ago, their only request was that they could go quickly across the road to the White House for a meeting. So we agreed on the Old Ebbit Grill.
It was a very cold day and I arrived early and the restaurant lunch hour rush was just starting. I got a very friendly greeting at the door and they seated me immediately despite the rest of the group not having arrived yet(I loved that). Service was great and cheerful and water kept coming while I waited and was never intrusive.
As I waited for my friends, I kept thinking how close this restaurant was to the White House and almost seemed like I would see President Obama walk across and have lunch or maybe Ben Bernanke. while I waited.
Wikipedia provided a good page on the history of the Old Ebbit Grill and Wow! from the Iran Contra Scandal to the movie "In the Line of Fire" this restaurant has seen a lot of celebrities. At the same time even though I was a first timer I did not feel any lesser welcome which is a mark of a good restaurant- making a first timer feel as good as a regular customer. Old Ebbit Grill's Menu selections I thought was nice. I had a tough time choosing between the Seafood Jambalaya and the "Veggie" Lentil Burger pictured below. Of course if Michelle Obama were to visit the restaurant, Robert McGowan Chef of the Old Ebbit Grill has the Winter vegetable Platter on the Special Menu.
As if on cue as I left the restaurant the traffic stopped and the Presidential Motorcade left the White House.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Monday, October 08, 2012
My good friend Liana Evans now lives in New Orleans and told me about the multi-location Tropical Isle on Burbon St. in New Orleans. We visited two locations, one at 421 Burbon St. and the second at the corner of Burbon and Orleans St. Just like in their name Tropical Isle restaurants have the tropical themed décor made up of colorful lighting and a fun atmosphere.
The signature drink here is a Hand grenade and after you pull the “pin” out you can practice your throw and toss it into this basket.
Great music and the artists very involved with the audience and finding what they enjoy and playing it. In New Orleans you feel a nice sense of welcome and Tropical Isle does it a step further. Many of the customers looked like local with a mix of tourists and most certainly a place that many had sought out rather than just chancing upon the place by surprise. As for me I was fighting a Shark Attack.
if you are in New Orleans add Tropical Isle to your list of places to be and tell them the ‘Swami” sent you lol .
Friday, September 21, 2012
I have learnt a lot from the visits to Al Tiramisu and learning Italian cooking from Chef Luigi during his cooking classes. A few months ago he took a leave of absence and traveled to Italy to help his brother uphold the ancient Italian tradition of Transumanza, which was a way of life in Italy for some 3000 years that's in danger of dying.
Transumanza means "crossing the land." It's the nearly disappearing, twice yearly migration of cows and sheep from winter-appropriate lowlands to cooler, high-altitude, lush pastures and back again. It has the full support of the Italian government. Each cow has ID "papers" to make this journey—number, date of birth, and health information including vaccines.
It’s not exactly like the cattle drive in the popular American film “City Slickers,” starring Billy Crystal and Jack Palance. There are no Italian cowboys on horseback to herd the cattle—only men on foot both herding and shepherding hundreds of cows up and down hills, through pastures, gorges, valleys, refuges, glens of trees, rural villages and towns, and even down paved two-lane roads.
Wow! Walking 120 kms or around 70 miles and herding cows with a stick, reminds me of my native village in India but of course I have not done much beyond helping the cow herds in my village when I was much younger.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
weight watchers quinoa & spinach 3 pts
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