Posted by sailaja on Nov 16, 2009 in Recipes

So here in San Diego I’ve had an opportunity to refine my culinary skills. I can now make a variety of unique and interesting Dal, all for Neel’s enjoyment.

In addition to rocking with the Dals, I’ve also been experimenting with making liquors. My first creation is Merry-Mint for the holiday season. Created using mint infused vodka and simple syrup this liquor is going to be a lovely addition to our holiday table!

Here is a look at the finished product, the lovely green color is thanks to the wonderful mint.

If you want to try this out yourself, simply add 2 cups of fresh mint leaves to a 750ml bottle of vodka and let soak for 10-30 days, shaking the bottle every so often. Once you feel your vodka is minty enough, strain out the leaves and return the now mint infused vodka to its bottle. In a large pot, bring 2 cups of sugar and 5 cups of water to a low boil, letting the sugar dissolve. Once the sugar mixture is room temperature, add in the mint infused vodka, stir and then bottle! I recommend clear bottles with a spout so you can see the beautiful green color of the liquor.

I haven’t tried out any cocktails, but I have a feeling it will go well with some Hot Coco!



What do the Joshis do in San Diego?

Posted by sailaja on Nov 15, 2009 in Uncategorized

Well, the Joshis do a lot of things in San Diego. Mostly we work hard on setting up labs, writing PhD application or a Master’s Thesis. In between those activities though, The Joshis find some time for fun. Here is a look at what we’ve been up to for the past few weeks.

The Great Urban Race. Neel and I participated in this city wide scavenger hunt the weekend of October 21st. It was pretty awesome I must say. All in all, we finished in 341st place. Not bad for a couple of confused Indians!

We get visits from relatives! The weekend of November 5th, Gautam came and visited the Joshis in SD. The two brothers decided to hit the waves and try surfing! I was the designated photographer this time around, but don’t worry, next time I’ll be on the waves!

We Eat! That’s right, We Joshis love to eat. And we do so with a lot of love. This past weekend Neel and I headed to Auggie’s Crab Shack to eat some seafood. It was YUMM-O!

It’s hard to believe, but our time here in San Diego is coming to a close soon. Next week will start the holiday season with my Aunt and Uncle visiting from Boston. We’ll be doing some sightseeing in LA and SD before heading to Yosemite to rendezvous with the Sunny Joshis. After Yosemite its back to the Bay for some more sightseeing as we prep for a fun filled Thanksgiving full of family. Neel and I only have a month more here so if you’re itching for some Beach, then come see us soon!

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Diwali Weekend 2009

Posted by sailaja on Oct 21, 2009 in Uncategorized

This weekend was a big weekend for us Joshis. Our first Diwali as a married couple and we celebrated the year anniversary of Neel proposing to me! For the festivities, Neel and I traveled up to the Bay to spend some quality time with family.

In addition to eating large amounts of food, The Joshis also decided to decorate the Sunnyvale house in a proper manner for Diwali. We gathered up some sidewalk chalk and 108 tea lights and decorated the courtyard and walk way. Here are just a few pictures of our wonderful art!

This is the main Rangoli in the Courtyard done by Neel.

A look at the outside steps from the courtyard.

The stairs close up. This Rangoli was done by Gautam!

A view from the Outside into the Courtyard. This Rangoli was done by me!

In addition to Diwali and our one year anni of being engaged, Gautam and I celebrate a very special day. Our First Bhai Dhoj as Bhai and Vaheni! I made Gautam some lovely Brussel Sprouts Subji along with Mushroom Masala. I like to think he enjoyed them. Here are some pictures from our Aarti!

Givin’ G a lil’ Blessing!

My present from Gautam! I named him White Button Mushroom!

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Diwali Mubarak Ho!

Posted by sailaja on Oct 14, 2009 in Uncategorized


What’s Your Rashee?

Posted by sailaja on Oct 5, 2009 in Uncategorized

As the leaves begin to change colors in lovely New England, the weather here in San Diego remains remarkably summer like. It feels a bit like I’m cheating on New England, but I’m sure it understands that I’m in SD for a good reasons.

This weekend was visiting both sides of our family, with Saturday at my family’s place in Apple Valley and Sunday and the wonderful A-Maus. Saturday we spent showering our cousin Vij with blessing as she’s expecting a lil’ baby girl in January. It was great to see family and some new faces! Here are some pictures of festivities!

Joshis and Puris

Joshis and Peddamas

Neel being Silly with Dhattu Babbu

Sunday, the Joshi clan gathered at the local movie theater to view a private screening (ha!) of What’s Your Rashee, staring some Indian Actor that looks like Gautam, Priyanka Chopra AND Milind Kaka. I’m not going to give it away, but the movie is awesome, and Milind Kaka is the best. I’m not going to give away his big scene, but here is the link to my favorite song from the movie: What’s Your Rashee?

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The WCR: How the Joshis Rock the West Side

Posted by sailaja on Sep 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

We Joshis (I can now say as my license now reads Joshi) like to do things in pairs. A East Coast engagement party is promptly followed by a West Coast Engagement party. So what would an East Coast Wedding be like without a West Coast Reception?

We were lucky enough to have a wonderful West Coast Reception where I could finally meet some of the awesome people who were part of Neel’s life as a child.  The venue was the lovely Michael’s on Main in the Santa Cruz. Here are a few snaps of the wonderful night!

Joshis + Asthana + Goels

Lilensteins + Joshis

Brothers + New Sister In Laws

arn’t they cute!!!


I left my heart in San Francisco

Posted by sailaja on Aug 26, 2009 in Uncategorized

Well people, its happened. Neelaja has started their move to the wonderful state of California. Last week was spent traveling and camping as we finished up our time in New England for the year. Packing, was ove’ course a nightmare and we managed to only sell a couch and our mattress.

Now, here we are in lovely San Fran, showing my sister a good time as we take in the site of this wonderful city of sin, gold and something else. We’ll be heading to Chinatown today, and the doing a foodie tour tomorrow with my wonderful brother-in-law. Friday, we’ll start our road trip down to San Diego as Neel and I get settled down in the city by Mexico.


Where is Neelaja?

Posted by sailaja on Aug 9, 2009 in Uncategorized

My friends, I’m sure you’ve been wondering, where is Neelaja? Well, we’ve been busy and sadly not blogging. The summer has been wonderful, filled with the weddings of good friends and the celebrations of new engagements.

As August closes, we’ve started to pack up our belongings and head to that lovely place out west better known as SoCal. For the next few months, we’ll be lodging out there for the next four months as Neel works at Scripps. Come January, we’ll be back in Boston-just in time for Winter.

So, thinking of planning a trip out west? Make sure to stop by and say hi to us in San Diego.


Say Neelaja ‘09!

Posted by sailaja on May 27, 2009 in Uncategorized

So the lovely people at Boston Photobooth Rental posted the pictures from the Photobooth onto secure website. The site is pretty sweet and you can order additional prints, or even get your pictures on a mug. I mean, who wouldn’t want a travel mug with their Neelaja Photobooth picture on it right?

Here is the link and password information:

password: neelaja09

Take a look at your pictures and hey, maybe make a mug!


The Joy of Cooking: American Style

Posted by sailaja on May 27, 2009 in Recipes

From the Top Left: Habenero Shrimp, Mint Pea Soup, Spinach and Mushroom Pockets

After a few nights of Indian food, I decided to try some recipes from The Cook’s Bible. The Shrimps were purchased at Whole Food’s (or Whole Pay Check) for $1.99 each. The soup along with the pockets were made from scratch and I have to say they were pretty tasty. Even without a large Cusinart we were able to blend the soup pretty darn well.

Next time around when making the soup, I may add some spice to give it a bit of a kick.

Tomorrow: The Joy of Cooking: Homemade Bread


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