One Roll

I shot considerably less 35mm in India than I did 120mm. A roll of 35 could meander the streets with shots from a walk here or there and would often finish, forgetting where it started. When I’d finally sent it to be developed and it eventually made it’s way back to the USA, I’d often forgotten what was on it at all. Months later, small gifts would unravel in my inbox filled with frames of friendly faces and bright temple corners. Somehow in the chaos of our move back home... Read The Rest →

Watermelon Fresh Lime Soda

The very first thing you learn in India, is to drink fresh lime soda. If it isn’t the first thing you learn, it should be the very second. In A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food, it is dubbed, “The supreme quencher of Colonial thirst.” A hit of sugar, which anyone will tell you is the breath of life in your 4:00 pm tea or coffee, just the boost you need to get you through the last hours of the day and well into the steamy and electrifying South India night. A dash... Read The Rest →

Lemon Rice

  This is the dish from our time in Chennai, that I cook the most. It is equally as satisfying for breakfast with an egg and filter coffee as it is for lunch with an ice cold glass of sweet lime soda, and as good hot as it is cold. It appeals to the entire stadium of taste buds and senses, as it is a little crunchy, a little sweet and a little sour and salty, too. This dish, like most south Indian dishes, initially seemed intimidating, given it’s complex... Read The Rest →

Notes From India: One Year

I speak best in photographs, it’s true, but in the last few years I’ve found I have more to say, more experiences to share and that the weight of my words carries moments in time and feelings that sometimes even my photographs can not. I read once that Annie Leibovitz said “If they could only convey smells, photographs would be perfect.” Above all I am a story-teller. If given every possible tool on Earth to communicate, none would accurately describe the heart of Chennai except for a visit ones self.... Read The Rest →

Top 5 Greenspaces // Chennai, India

In a city of over 9 million people, green-space is hard to find, make that city in India and green-space comes at even more of a premium. By now you know of my unbridled love for Chennai. Aside from it’s visual splendor that dazzled my camera each day of my two years there, living a life and raising a family in this city came with many more challenges. There are a few priorities on our to-do list when we move to a new place and one of them is seeking out green-space... Read The Rest →

Curried Carrot- Ginger Soup

This recipe was inspired by a recipe I spied on the Kitchn, one of my favorite sites for recipes and kitchen tips. Since our return from India, I just can’t bring myself to use the standard grocery”curry powder” anymore. There is simply nothing curry-like about it.  For this recipe, I used a very special blend that I hand carried home from Mrs. Rita. I’m working on getting her recipe to share with you, until then, cruise to your local Indian grocery (believe me, you have one!) or Amazon and pick up a box of Kitchen... Read The Rest →

Tea Stall Style: Dining Room Dreams

These photographs are from a tea stall in one of my favorite neighborhoods of Chennai, George Town. This shop was just opening, milk was heating and shelves were lined with pastel pink and blue insulated pots. A color palette too good to be true- one I’d like to make live on- in my everyday even though I’m no longer in Chennai. As I sort through my thousands of photographs from India now that I’m home and simultaneously settle my family into our new home in Northern Virginia, I’ve been thinking... Read The Rest →

Top Ten Books to Read in India

  With sometimes just a few hours or days to immerse yourself in a new culture or in a new city, it feels impossible to get caught up in the story of a place, but I’ve found, it happens to be just the perfect recipe for a well rounded travel experience. To understand the history or culture, I typically read a few guide books, historical facts and dates, but my favorite way to learn about a city is to immerse myself in a book* while I’m in that place; to paint... Read The Rest →

WANDERLUST STYLE // INDIA

It never fails that travel changes us from the very depth of our souls outward.  I always adore hearing that the fashion lines of some of my favorite designers and the work of some of my favorite artists were inspired by a place or a city. With a background in design I seek all aspects and genres of design to add to my photographs, art work and the interiors of my home. So the other day when I went searching for a new dress, something that melds my love of... Read The Rest →

Cumin Coffee // Recipe

  Cumin plays an elemental role in our kitchen. From recipes handed down by my husband’s Lebanese grandmother, to our shared mutual love of Mexican and Southwestern food from our days spent in the hospitality industry. Cumin is unequivocally our favorite spice. South India has made me a believer in many things, not the least of which is the importance of freshly roasted and ground spices. I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to buy masalas off of the shelves of a supermarket again and I’ll certainly always roast... Read The Rest →

Nappa Dori // Instagram Giveaway

  About a year back, while on assignment in New Delhi, I discovered Nappa Dori in the trendy enclave of Hauz Khas Village. Hauz Khas Village is a Tim Burton-esque pocket of  hip bars, cafes and boutiques intertwined with ancient ruins. In an alley lined with street art and vintage Vespa scooters I spied Nappa Dori, no larger than a closet, packed with candy-coated patent leather trunks and handcrafted leather bags. One of which I nearly melted for and has been my favorite go to bag for all my travels... Read The Rest →

Priyam Global + ELISE HANNA // Wandering Chennai Postcard Pack

There is a little place about a thirty-minute drive from my house here in Chennai, where possibility and opportunity unite and magic happens. I’ve taken a lot of photographs in this city in the past two years. I’ve painted a picture of my days here and have wandered most every neighborhood from left to right and top to bottom in this sprawling city of over 9 million residents. Villages set end to end are painted with color combinations so vibrant and unthinkable. At the end of one such road, lies... Read The Rest →

Kerala Travel Guide Part Three // Purity

  Day three of our weekend escape to Kerala finished right here as our private houseboat slipped slowly back into the dock at the Purity resort and spa. With an entire day ahead of us to relax before our evening flight from Kochi back to Chennai, we were greeted by a staff member clad in delicately pleated, rose-colored sari. We followed her swishing along stepping stones set into lush grass to our  deluxe cabana for the day. Surrounded on three sides by a veranda overlooking the gardens of the resort... Read The Rest →

Kerala Travel Guide Part Two // The Backwaters

Imagine a highway of rivers, where rush hour brings two or three houseboats silent slipping by one another, wide lanes, casual waves, and families relaxing about long leisurely lunches. Rest stops require tying up and include shopping for necessities-freshly caught fish for your dinner and sips of coconut water-freshly plucked from trees lining the highway and the rice paddy beyond. Life on the banks feels virtually untouched by modern India; women wash clothes, men fish and children skip about the jetty at play and catch water taxi’s to and from... Read The Rest →

The Taj Mahal // A Family Travel Diary

  These are my favorite people to discover the world with.  For every bit of awe and wonder that looking upon the Taj Mahal and exploring India provides me in my 30’s, I have three little afterburners for my own initial explosion of excitement. Traveling the world with little kids isn’t always easy, but these three have been raised on “short flights” and “long flights” here and there around the world. They love a good adventure and anything we are excited about they match with equal enthusiasm, often pulling out... Read The Rest →

Red Pearls of Goa // With Magnum Workshops

Stuffed, smoked and laid out in the sun to dry seems a popular Goan theme. The sausages of this tale, however, are more firmly rooted in the colonial Portuguese lore than in the modern-day, summer holiday-fest that Goa has become. Stuffed in the tradition of their Portuguese ancestors and relegated to sales in only certain areas of the city, the reign of the swine still lives in the farthest corners of restaurant menus and street-side vendors alike.   I recently had the honor of attending Magnum Workshops in Goa, India, with mentors, Stuart... Read The Rest →

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