Zucchini Carpaccio

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A favorite go-to appetizer at my local Italian eatery, I decided to save myself from enduring a long walk to satisfy my cravings by recreating the dish at home. Oh-so-simple, quick to whip together, few ingredients, yet impressive, also appeals to the vegetarian friends…all the factors for a perfect dinner party dish!…

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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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