Wednesday, May 10, 2017

101 Cookbooks - a great little resource

I am putting this link here mainly because I know my cousin and a fellow food lover Ity periodically checks this blog to look through the entries, but I am sure does not go through the links in the side panel.  

This particular entry on 101 Cook books, Rice Cakes Health Snack is definitely worth a try.  

Ity, hope you enjoy read 101 Cook books blog.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Skiing in Aspen and an important lesson learned

For the longest time I have been thinking of taking kids skiing in Colorado mountains, but the occasion never came. So this spring, we decided to skip Dallas and go to Aspen. Both Jaya and Jiya got excited about skiing and ended up taking lessons. Jiya took two days of lessons while Jaya decided that one day was enough for her.

In her excitement for skiing, Jiya did not mention that the boot we had rented for her was too tight. Day 1 was fine, but by the end of day two, her foot was starting to hurt and she had to take a lot of breaks. Jiya was so active during the lessons that the instructor too didn't notice that her foot was hurting. On day 3 we had agreed that she would ski with me to show me the skills she had learned. Alas, this is when we found out that her foot at this point was hurting so bad that she could not ski down with me.

When I found out how she had been toughing it out for two days, we had a little chat about why it is important to tell mom and dad about pain. She learned that if she had mentioned her foot pain earlier we may have been able to remedy the situation by getting her a larger shoe size.  The little charmer didn't want to tell us lest we should take away her ski lessons!

As a parent it became clear to me that I need to be explicit about what I ask the kids.  If I had specifically asked if their foot hurt, I may have been able to discover this painful situation earlier.  Important lesson learned.

© Sunil Joshi | Jiya with her ski instructor

© Sunil Joshi |  Madhu 'posing' to walk on Skis!  ;-)

© Sunil Joshi  |  Taking a selfie with my pretty young lady Jaya

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Dallas, Beautiful Dallas

Williams Park, Texas, creative commons copyright Sunil Joshi

© Sunil Joshi | Williams Park, University Park, Texas

Before moving to Dallas, I knew very little about this town.  I had travelled all over the country, but had spent very little time in Dallas.  When I did come to Dallas, it was usually for an in-and-out affair at an airport hotel or downtown hotel.  As a result, I didn't really come to appreciate Dallas.

But now that I have lived here for over a year, I can tell you, Dallas is a fabulous city - a city that has a lot to offer to young and old, culturally minded as well as outdoorsy times.  As you go around the city downtown you will realize that Dallas is growing leaps and bounds in every direction.  The number of sky scrapers going up in the downtown area are enough to make one's head spin.  And now with AT&T deciding to stay in its downtown headquarters and invest in renovating the downtown Global HQ and near by area, downtown Dallas is bound to become one of the best downtowns in the country.

But Dallas is not one city - it is really many cities in and around proper Dallas.  The cities of Highland Park and University Park are great residential communities right in the heart of Dallas. Both cities offer lush green streets and avenues, with numerous parks and play areas, quite streets, lakes and rivulets, birds and amazing amount of wildlife (I saw an armadillo here once!) to make an outdoors person's heart sing.  Both cities within the city of Dallas, are just a beautiful area to raise kids - i.e. if you can afford to live here; both cities are very expensive.  A home in Highland Park can easily set you back by over $1Million!  University Park is slightly better, but not that much. However, if one were to go just north of Park Cities, there are plenty of great areas to live that are also affordable.

We ended up living in Highland Park in a condominium that is just across Whole Foods grocery store, and a walk away from really nice restaurants and entertainment.  Still the one aspect of Highland Park that I enjoy the most is going for walks in the Park Cities.  The picture above is one I took recently in Williams Park, a picturesque park in the heart of University Park area straddling Turtle Creek, a creek that flows through the city creating a nice green area.