Our Airbnb hosts love auctions and attend them regularly. They buy and sell, keep, and gift all kinds of things they find at auctions, including cars which they transform into batmobiles (well, they’ve only done this once.) Continue reading
Today, we went to the Portland Farmers Market downtown (my idea). When we lived in Durham, NC, the hours of the Saturday Farmers Market were 8am – noon. My question is: who wants to wake up that early on a Saturday? We certainly don’t, we like sleeping. So when I found out that the market here in Portland ended at 2pm I was happy. We left the house around 11am with still plenty of time to hang out at the market. Continue reading
Throughout my life I have tried learning new languages with different methods. I took French class in 4th grade, 5th grade, and again in 10th grade. And even though I aced all of my tests and I happened to be really good at it, I still cannot have a normal conversation with a French person. I did retain the basics like: what is your name, how old are you, please, thank you, hello, goodbye, excuse me, counting, food names, etc… and I can understand a lot of it when I watch movies and especially when I read it. But I cannot speak it conversationally! Continue reading
The week we arrived to Portland it was very cloudy and rainy. For a few days now, we have had amazing weather. Yesterday we dropped by the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park. Continue reading
Last July and August, I posted a list of things I missed from my US life in India. When we moved to India 3 months ago, neither Josh nor I had plans to come back to the US in the near future (if ever). But last week we bought tickets to PDX and have been enjoying this American life very much so. During the last 6 days of our stay here, I have been experiencing many of the things in the lists I made. Continue reading
On Friday, Sept 27th when we arrived to Portland, our Airbnb hosts (whom we had never met before) picked us up at the airport. A few minutes before arriving to their house, Jason told us that they have a Batmobile. He said he had bought a Lincoln Town Car at a car auction and transformed it into a Batmobile. He wasn’t kidding. We arrived to their house, and sure enough, there was a Batmobile parked on their driveway.
Our hosts here in Portland, Diane and Jason have been the greatest. We learned that Diane is Buddhist and she attends the Oregon Buddhist Temple. Yesterday she was going for the weekly 10am service, and we asked her if he could tag along. Continue reading
Last Sunday, I made two Indian recipes I had wanted to try: Mattar Paneer which is a north Indian dish of paneer (the most common type of cheese used in South Asian cuisines) and peas in a lightly sweet and spicy sauce. And saffron rice which is pretty self-explanatory.
I find Indian food complicated because of the amount of ingredients needed. This recipe for mattar paneer, for example, calls for 9 different spices plus sugar, salt, and cornstarch, and the other main ingredients: tomatoes, paneer, and peas.