nihaar's notepad on technology, food, sf and… well, life

Hiking The Inca Trail: Machu Picchu
Hiking The Inca Trail: Machu Picchu

Hiking the andes and running around the ancient ruins in Machu Picchu makes you realize just why the Incans worshipped the mountains and the sun. We did a 2 day hike to Machu Picchu, departing from Ollantaytambo by train. We got off at the Km 104 mark (not really an official train stop) and began [...]

Balconies and People Of Cusco
Balconies and People Of Cusco

On our recent trip to South America, we stopped in Cusco (or Cuzco) for a night before heading off on the Inca trail. Although Cusco is a large city boasting of around 400,000 people, its primarily known as the city you stay in when embarking or coming back from hikes in Peru. There are numerous [...]

Father’s Day
Father's Day

Usually Father’s Day is not of much significance to me and involves just sending a note to my grandfather in Delhi to wish him. This year however, Father’s day is very special for me. On June 7th, ML gave birth to our son, Santiago Gupta; an adorable little guy with an incredible lung capacity. So [...]

Top things to eat in San Francisco
Top things to eat in San Francisco

A few weeks ago, as we were devouring the pistachioed meatballs at Zare at Fly Trap based on a recommendation from 7×7′s Big Eat 2012 list, ML and I decided to come up with our own list of what we’ve experienced as our favorite foods in San Francisco and where to find them. This list [...]

Ham & Gruyere Quiche With Pesto Salad
Ham & Gruyere Quiche With Pesto Salad

Quiche au gruyere is not something I have made in the past, however ML’s mom does make it pretty often. In the mood for something resembling her mom’s cooking, ML decided we make some quiche the other day. We came across this recipe that was not only fast, but also fantastically delicious. I highly recommend [...]

Pan Seared Trout With Asparagus
Pan Seared Trout With Asparagus

In the mood for seafood, ML and I head down to the local Real Foods and picked up two whole trout. This is a simple, delicious recipe that takes little time. Serves 2 Rinse two whole trout well under cold water. Pat dry and season one side liberally with salt and pepper. Heat about 2 [...]

The woods are lovely…
The woods are lovely...

I was reminded of this well known Robert Frost poem as ML and I went for a stroll through the Muir woods this Christmas eve, and the photograph above captured the moment perfectly. Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; [...]

Pumkpin Pie
Pumkpin Pie

This recipe was shared with me by my aunt on Thanksgiving this year. It’s a bit laborious given that it calls for making the pumpkin puree and not using canned pumpkins (or as ML often calls them, ‘pämp-kiNG‘). But, I feel its worth it as the pie tastes a lot more fresh and “light”. Pumpkin [...]

Pimientos de Padron
Pimientos de Padron

We’re in the midst of summer here in San Francisco. Days are sunny and hot, and evenings can be just as warm and very clear. Today ML and I took our dog, Sophia, down to the farmers market at the Ferry building for a walk. There we stumbled across the Happy Quail Farms pepper stand [...]

My Projects
Some projects I have or am currently working on:

BabyDigest: Keep a private timeline of your children. No sign up required for your family and friends to join!

MapThatPad For Brokers: Allowing brokers, landlords and property managers to gain incredible insights into all their real estate listings. Hit me up for a beta invitation!

MapThatPad: The easiest way to organize your apartment hunt on craigslist.

MyCal: A dead-simple way to add events to your google calendar.

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