Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice

I had been dreaming of starting a food & travel blog for years and in 2017, I finally accomplished it. I realize now that this is just the beginning. Blogging is not easy and at times I’m overwhelmed. But I’ve learned so much in this one year and the experience has been very fulfilling.

I want to end this year’s post with another fulfilling experience – our visit to Iceland and viewing the magical Northern Lights.

Iceland Northern Lights

We visited Iceland in March. For the last few years, we’ve relied on the Caribbean islands for the much-needed winter escape. This year, however, we did just the opposite.

Viewing the Northern Lights was a bucket list item for me. Since they are visible only in the winter (late August to end of April), we decided to take the plunge.

Iceland Northern Lights

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An unplanned visit to Bucharest, Romania

The week after July 4th, Paresh had to visit Bucharest, Romania for official work. He insisted I join him and I couldn’t resist the temptation of visiting a new country. I knew he would be working all day, which meant I would have to tour the city on my own. I had no qualms about that!

We stayed at the Athenee Palace Hilton hotel, that is right next to the Romanian Athenaeum – a concert hall and landmark of the Romanian capital city.

View of Romanian Athenaeum from the hotel
View of Romanian Athenaeum from the hotel

The hotel was at a great location, with lots of eating options nearby and about a 10-minute walk away from Old Town.

Romanian Athenaeum at dusk
Romanian Athenaeum at dusk

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Slurp Studio (Cooking School in Bangalore)

In spite of my passion for food and cooking, I had never taken a cooking class. That changed last August when I visited Bangalore.

My friends suggested that instead of hanging out at a cafe or a restaurant,  we do something different and attend a cooking class at Slurp Studio. They had good reviews on Facebook, and the menu for the night was Italian. I was sold!

Slurp Studio in Indiranagar, Bangalore
Slurp Studio in Indiranagar, Bangalore

The studio is located on a cute little rooftop in Indiranagar and run by chefs Sarabjeet Singh and Faseeulla S. The chefs were friendly, and clearly had a passion for cooking.

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