Nomads: Iran Edition- Padena

Nomads, Iran ©MK

After years of traveling to Iran, I yearned to see what life was like for those living outside the big-city bubbles most of us as diaspora are used to returning too. A more recent trip was to a Padena, a small village in the county of Semirom, a few hours outside of Isfahan. I was lucky enough to be able to stay with a family of nomads staying on the outskirts of town, waking to freshly churned butter in the morning, learning to dance in traditional gypsy style garb, and gaining insight into the lives of these pastoral tribes…

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Panna Cotta w/Balsamic Blackberries

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Never quite been a sweets person, despite the extra loads of candy that came in as a result of growing up as a Halloween-baby…I do make a few exceptions though, with a creamy tangy panna cotta topped w/a favorite fruit being one of them. Panna cotta is usually prepared with buttermilk+whipping cream, I like mine with a lighter yogurt, both for in terms of health+taste…a nice simple version:

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Isfahan, Iran: “Half of the World”

Naghshe Jahan, or Shah’s Square ©MK

Isfahan, once one of the largest most important cities in the world (hence it’s dubbed name “Nesfe Jahan” or “Half of the World”) is today Iran’s second most populated city. Luckily this beautiful historic city happens to be hometown to some of my closest family members, giving me a great excuse to explore all the sights it has to offer on a biennial basis….

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Nomads: Iran Edition- Kurdistan

Nomads, Kurdestan ©MK

Nomadic women carrying their water for the day

After years of traveling to Iran, I yearned to see what life was like for those living outside the big-city bubbles most of us as diaspora are used to returning to. One of my most memorable trips of this sort was to the Kurdistan region, border of Iran-Iraq, home to Kurdish nomads. Traveling to this war-torn region where its people have faced every problem, from border tensions, to land mines, government negligence, bombardments, ect. really allowed me to see Iran from a different perspective…

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Lunch Spots: The Slanted Door

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Came here with a few of my fellow Halloween babies as a part of our bday fiesta and accordingly ordered the whole entire menu. All-in-all solid dishes  although a bit overpriced, yet paired with the views and bustling atmosphere of the outdoor seating on Embarcadero’s pier on it sunny day, it made for a bday dinner well spent…

Spring Rolls, Slanted Door ©MK

Beef Carpaccio topped w/Toasted Sesame Cracker ©MK

Dinner in the City: Allegro Romano

Dinner in the City: Allegro Romano

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Was looking for a new Italian spot in the hood’ and came across this little gem. My love for food often blinds me to everything/everyone around me so I’m usually not one to rate a restaurant primarily based on service and ambiance, but this particular spot stood out for me in this case….

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Dinner in the City: The House

Dinner in the City: The House

{{ 4.0/5.0 }} Overall, definitely recommendable!!

Atmosphere:
Service has been inattentive at times, my attempt to flag down a server for salt and a drink refill once took so long that my food had completely cooled…quite a small space for such a popular restaurant, tables were so close together that it was as if you’re sitting in your school cafeteria…other than that the ambiance is good….

Food:

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Sunday Brunch: Rose Cafe

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One of my favorite things about San Fran are the many great brunch spots…one favorite spot close to my old neighborhood in Marina is Rose’s Cafe. My first time was on a lazy sunny Sunday while strolling through Union St….Nice ambiance and crowd (minus the lovely lady next to me who had the most intriguing conversation, with herself, throughout the whole meal)…service was a bit slow and inattentive, although it was quite a busy day…

Blood Orange Tea, Rose Cafe ©MK

Pot of Blood Orange Tea– love blood oranges, love tea, so I clearly enjoy this drink. The bits of blood orange pulp are a nice touch.

Smoked Salmon Pizza, Rose Cafe ©MK

Smoked Salmon Pizza– this seems to be there signature dish, Creme Fraiche & Scrambled Eggs topped with slices of Smoked Salmon on top of a thin crispy bread, delicious and a perfect filling yet light brunch item…

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Chicken Tarragon Sausage with Poached Eggs & Spicy Tomato Sauce– another good option, although seemed to lack oomph..