28 November 2023

Lovely start to the morning

There I was – sitting at my usual chair at my usual Starbucks after my usual morning routine busy knocking off some office work before the traffic on 400 subsided. Picked up my head from the laptop and I thought I saw somebody I knew walking thru the door. Except, this is not where I would normally expect to see him.

But sure enough, it was good old Jon!! He had come up from Buckhead to meet a friend.

You may remember him from a prior post as the CEO that meaningfully changed the arc of my career by taking a huge chance on me. Always great to catch up with this nicest gentleman I know.

25 November 2023


Should not have stayed that long in the coffeehouse. By the time I started back, it was getting dark and without the sun, it was cold. It did not help that my heated gloves ran out of battery too!! All the same, put another ride on the books.

25 November 2023

Some real authentic Tamizh food!!

Thanks to Lakshmi, had some great Tamizh food – uttapam with molagapodi and some deadly idlis!! The sambar was to die for. I did not realize this during my years in Chennai but apparently you garnish the sambar with finely diced onions (like you would do with a pav bhaji from Bombay). It tasted real good.

Of course, the Sivasubramaniams are always great company!

24 November 2023

From the bartender’s corner – Four Roses and a Bee

Remember the honey based mead from Lithuania that is supposed to be one of the oldest alcohols that I got last week? Made a variation of the Bee’s Knees today. Tried first without the citric acid. Will try with lemon juice tomorrow. Instead of gin, used Bourbon.

Sharmila feels orange goes well with honey. Will try a variation with triple sec too.

Four Roses Bourbon and the Lithuanian Mead.

Strong on the palate – which fit the cold weather fine and very rich with honey on the nose.