Exploring California Part 7: Mount Diablo + Rosemary Cupcakes with Honey-Brown Butter Frosting

We’ve been doing local hikes in the South and North Bay recently, but for our anniversary hike, Tyler and I decide to venture to the other side, the East Bay, and head toward Mount Diablo. It sits tall at 3,849ft above the ground in Mount Diablo State Park. We hiked to the North Peak via … More Exploring California Part 7: Mount Diablo + Rosemary Cupcakes with Honey-Brown Butter Frosting

Exploring California 4: Coyote Hills Regional Park + Coconut Curry Soup-Salad

When we moved to California, I promised myself we would spend as much time outside as possible. We would hike, camp, walk, run, and bike (if I ever re-learn, it’s definitely NOT like riding a bike, you CAN forget) our way across Northern California. Apparently I forgot I was in residency — it’s a slow … More Exploring California 4: Coyote Hills Regional Park + Coconut Curry Soup-Salad

Exploring California Part 3: Roaring Camp + Madras Cafe

The smells of South Indian food make me smile. It’s not naan, it’s not palak paneer, it’s something different. It’s rice, it’s lentils, it’s sambar and rasaam, and memories. It’s memories of my mom making Uttapam at home with coconut chutney. It’s cilantro everywhere. I’ve been disappointed by South Indian food restaurants generally — thick … More Exploring California Part 3: Roaring Camp + Madras Cafe

Exploring California Part 2: Half Moon Bay and Mamacita’s Food Truck

I am lucky to still have my weekends to myself. I have two days to decompress, read, walk the dogs, and explore my new home. We have spent the last few months venturing out and making this place home, finding our favorite place to eat, where we get our groceries, a local dog parks. We … More Exploring California Part 2: Half Moon Bay and Mamacita’s Food Truck