NYC-based nomad Supper club host: next event 7/28 Bangladeshi & Sri Lankan food 🇧🇩 🇱🇰 Development & microfinance geek Content posted is my own ~
Taking time to stop and smell the flowers... that fell off from the flower vase. 😂 Nonetheless, these to me smell like home! #🇧🇩 .
Back in Bangladesh marigold flowers were traditionally used to adorn brides and decorate wedding halls during the Bengali pre-wedding "holud" (turmeric/yellow) ceremony. People seem to use them less in Bangladeshi weddings these days, but I've always loved the faint, citrus-like scent and the bright orange and yellow hue of these flowers. They remind of the years I spent in Dhaka, of beautiful weddings and of "falgun", the Bengali celebration of spring. ❤️ .
I grabbed a big bunch of marigold flowers from @wholefoodsnyc last week to decorate the table for my Bangladeshi supper club dinner, and they are currently making me very happy. Flowers have such an incredibly uplifting power! On me at least. 😊 .
Have a great week everyone!
I love farm fresh summer produce! ..
While normally I roast or grill a ton of summer veggies, last week I made a Bangladeshi spiced "bhaji" instead with onions, zucchini and corn from my favorite local market in Astoria. .
A bit lighter than the usual "bhaji" (which refers to fried dishes in Bengali cooking), this was more of a sauteed medley of vegetables with turmeric, cumin, chillies and "panch phoron" spices (cumin, fennel, mustard, nigella and fenugreek seeds). Super simple and delicious!
"Chotpoti" & "fuchka" with tamarind shots! Tangy, addictive & quintessentially #Bangladeshi street-side classics. 😋 .
I'm featuring these at the next few pop up dinners I'll be hosting this summer in #NY. Excited to show guests from all over the world how we eat these in #Bangladesh!
#foodie #food #foodpics #supperclub #astoria #lic
Leftovers got a makeover for the last brunch/lunch at our rustic weekend home in the #catskillmountains. Not pictured: eggs, yogurt, bread and five happy friends.
Gotta love Airbnb!
We had such an amazing getaway that was mostly spent relaxing at home. Lots of cooking, grilling, playing board games and watching horror movies, along with some hiking, river tubing and farm visits to grab local produce from the towns nearby. .
And so much wildflower foraging! (The ones pictured here are wild chamomile flowers that I picked up on a hike.) Could not be happier! 😊
#Haleem -- a stew made with a variety of legumes, grains and meat which is ever popular throughout the Indian Subcontinent, especially during #Ramadan. .
Pictured here is "haleem" from the streets of #Dhaka #Bangladesh which I photographed a few months back at the request of a new business promoting #Bangladeshi street food in #NYC. They needed photos for their food cart and I was happy to help. (Always excited to support new entrepreneurs and anyone putting food from my country on the map! 🇧🇩❤️) .
Check out my Instagram story for more info. Do stop by to check out the vibrant Puran Dhaka NYC food cart and try out some popular #Bengali street snacks and "cha" (tea) next time you're in Queens. .
Grab a seat next to the cart for an "authentic" experience and you'll be transported right into the bustling streets of Old Dhaka! And that you can do that without getting on a plane is in itself also an authentic NYC experience! 😊 .
Chilled Sri Lankan inspired summer #borsch -- results of a food experiment last week. Think I'll be making this again. And again! 😊 .
This was inspired by a Sri Lankan curry & one of my favorite Russian dishes, and combines two things I absolutely love -- beets & coconuts! .
Will test out again soon and share the #recipe I've created. Stay tuned!
Wishing everyone a happy Friday and great Memorial Day weekend! And Ramadan Kareem!. .
I'm looking forward to a lazy weekend playing catch-up with sleep and friends. 😊 .
The simplest, prettiest blooms are always found at @thequeenskickshaw alongside lotsa good #vegetarian #eats and #comfortfood. One of my neighborhood favorites.👌
Streets lit up for #Vesak (holiday commemorating the birth, enlightenment and death of #Buddha) -- enjoyed the festivities and lights all over #Colombo the past few days. It's like wedding season in #Dhaka, with more lights than we get during the holidays in #NYC -- everything I love! .
Feeling grateful for the precious time home with family and all the cultural celebrations and food we've enjoyed over the month. Can't wait to return to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh again soon, although for now looking forward to going back to our other home -- New York! 😊
Came back to one of my favorite places in #Colombo for simple homestyle Sri Lankan eats -- and it's still awesome after two years! .
On my plate: Jaffna style mutton varuval, cashew curry, tempered cauliflower, coconut-chili sambol, pickled eggplant, fried fish, pappadum. Fresh pineapple juice on the side. Everything was beyond excellent! 😋