Sunday Lately

Sunday Lately
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Hi Friends!


How was your week? I had a rare Sunday morning to myself so I thought I’d share some of my favorite finds from the week. Thanks to the “thunderstorm” — that’s an official weather term for a snow storm with lightening and thunder— I spent the first three days of the week not leaving my apartment. This was honestly was the BEST thing after eight straight weeks of traveling. It meant I had a lot of time for work (hi boss dude) and getting distracted by the Internet. Also, I had to pack for my trip to San Antonio & Las Vegas, which meant I had to be very productive doing anything but packing. It still alludes me that I can travel this much and still not be good at packing quickly. Any one else with me?  But I digress, I found a lot of fun stuff and wanted to share. Hope you have a great weekend.


Besos- A
Remembering Nakesha Williams: 
This story really hit me. Nakesha Williams had everything going for her- former honor student, full scholarship to Williams College, avid reader- yet somewhere along the line things went horribly wrong as she drifted into homelessness. Her story exemplifies how hard it is to confront homelessness. Even though Nakesha had an extensive support network- friends, former college advisors, social workers, stangers— trying to help her, her mental health issues prevented her from seeking help. This sobering read personalizes this situation, begging the question” what can we do for individuals in these seemingly helpless situations?”
Have you heard about Brandless  There mission is all about complete transparency to cut out the BrandTax and markups of popular national brands you find in your standard big name store without cutting down the quality?  I haven’t bought anything…yet… but I’ve always been


Anchovies on Toast:
Last week, we took a quick subway ride over to Crown Heights to test out Camillo— the newest “Roman Obsession” according to Eater. Named about Count Camillo Negroni- the inventor of — you guessed it— the NEGRONI, this restaurant specializes in pinsas. What is a pinsa you ask? It’s similar to a pizza, but not. Oddly enough, my favorite part of the whole meal was the Anchovies on Buttered Toast.


Absolutely Delicious:
Thanks to the Thundersnow, I ended up started a new documentary on Netflix called “Ugly Delicious.” Each episode is, as the Guardian describes it, “ a crash course in narrative juxtaposition and micro-sections a history lesson on Viet-Cajun fusion food here, an exposition on barbecuing courtesy of Noma’s René Redzepi there. But the message is reassuringly simple: the inelegant, ungainly and downright dangerously calorific is just as important as a three-Michele starred chef’s latest dizzying complex concoction.” Don’t eat on an empty stomach.


The Perfect 5 Minute Meal:
 I ended up cooking a lot this week. Partly because I was home and partly because I wanted to get rid of all the food in my refrigerator before I left for a week of work travel. The best part- I figured out a new 5 minute meal. I’ll do a full blog post later, but grab some spiraled zucchini (or noodles), and vegan Kale, Cashew & Basil pesto from Trader Joe’s. Stir fry on a pan, and add chopped cherry tomatoes. Best of all, you can substitute pretty much everything- don’t have zoodles, grab noodles. Don’t have cherry tomatoes, add those frozen peas you’ve been saving for months. Just try to stock up on the pesto. Simple, easy and filling.

Life Lately- February

Life Lately- February
Photo by Reinhard Rosar

Welcome to my monthly “Life Lately” reflections, where I chronicle things I did/ate/drink and liked.  I’ve never been much for diaries (short attention span!), but I do really love looking back on these monthly lists. This month has been a series of ups and downs. Work-wise, it’s been a tough month. We got our first negative feedback, and let’s just say, I did not handle it well. It’s really hard– especially when it’s your own family business- not to take it personally. Luckily, I have a solid boss and excellent friends that forced me (in a nice way) to look at all the positive things we’ve accomplished. On the other hand, my social life was lit. We had an epic Super Bowl party, did some Olympic worthy ice skating and ski sessions (not), and celebrated V-Day and Birthdays surprise-style.  It’s all about the work/life balance, amiright? How’s your month been?

  • A

Life Lately: February 

Currently Eating: Creamy Bacon Garlic Spaghetti Squash Casserole 

Currently Craving: Peking Duck (hint hint G)

Currently Drinking: Fortnum & Mason Earl Grey Tea

Currently Reading: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Currently Recommending:  Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Finally!)

Currently Watching: Black Panther and Director Ryan Coogler’s breakdown of this epic scene

Currently Podcastin’ to: Arm Chair Expert with Dax Shepard. Specifically his episode with Kristen Bell. It’s a refreshingly honest look into how this couple relationship. Hint: Involves a lot of humor and work.

Currently Sweating to: The Sweat App by Kayla Itsines. Still chugging along.

Currently Playing: Alto’s Adventures….even though I just download Alto’s Odyssey 

Currently Traveling to: San Antonio, Texas

Currently Dreaming about: South Africcccccaaaa, May 2018.


In case you missed it:

  • Take a moment to laugh at some of the best Super Bowl commercials
  • Get inspired … or hungry, but my favorite foods from our Paris/Burgundy trip
  • Try this amazing PALEO/WHOLE30 casserole dish
  • Check out what I did last weekend– hint it involves skiing and hot chocolate


Ode to Super Bowl Monday

So did you catch the game last night?

Last night, G and I threw our annual* Super Bowl Potluck. I love the Super Bowl. Which is hilarious because I’m not a big football fan whatsoever.  I grew up in Connecticut, where we don’t have a single professional sports team (RIP Hartford Whalers). I’m not ashamed to say that I watch the Super Bowl exclusively for the commercials and the half time show. So color me surprised when the game was my favorite part of the night. I love a good “underdog” story, and getting to watch the Eagles win their first Super Bowl ever while the Patriots put up a really good fight, was incredible. So incredible, I found myself, jumping up and gleefully cheering when Brady dropped the ball.

While the game was good, I was pretty disappointed in the the half-time show. Compared to Lady Gaga’s incredible ode to “weird” America and celebration of LGBTIA rights, Queen Bee’s epic performance(s), and of course, Katy Perry’s Left Shark, JTs performance felt a bit tone-deaf bordering on cultural appropriation. I like JT, but I didn’t appreciate his controversial “nod” to Super Bowl 2004 #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay or the Prince hologram.  Also, yikes, what was up with his shirt?

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Half time aside,  the commercials really delivered this year. And they should deliver when companies pay over $5 million for a 30 second of airtime! I was actually impressed by the variety and diversity of many of the ads.   I thought I’d take a break from Monday afternoon work to share my favorite ads. Let me know what your favorites were in the comments below.

Happy Monday.

  • Aheli


3. Alexa Loses Her Voice

2. Doritos Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman

1. Tide Ad

As a product manager, who spends WAAAAYYY too much time thinking about marketing strategies. This ad was LIT. Turning every ad into a a tide-ad was genius. Major Props!


*By annual, last year I had planned on throwing my first Super Bowl potluck party but only ended up inviting my best friend T. Honestly, it was one of my favorite parties of the year.


Life Lately: January 2018

Life Lately: January 2018




I think Roz Chast’s New York Cartoon sums it up best. Unlike the end of the year which flew by faster than an African swallow (bonus point to anyone who got to Monty Python reference), January took FOUR-EVAH to finish. This isn’t to say that it was a bad month. In fact, minus the week I was out due to the Winter Plague (aka the flu), this month has been pretty awesome. I started off the New Year with my favorite cousins. There may or may not have been some dancing to 90s youtube videos. Back in Brooklyn, G and I made it to two epic concerts- The Killers and Above & Beyond. We tried Shiso (healthy Japanese syrup) for the first time at a shiso cocktail tasting ( less healthy but still very delicious.) And we took full advantage of our MoviePass card- by seeing Jumanji, I, Tonya and Molly’s Game. And yes, don’t worry, I still managed a full work load with two work trips. You see what I mean- it was a LONG month. I had all this fun and was still a productive human. Anyways, I hope everyone had a wonderful start to the New Year. Here’s hoping that February is just as fun…if not more.


Sending big hugs,


Currently Eating: Homemade Bolognese by my friend, Chen.


Currently Craving: The 10 piece omakase at Taro


Currently Drinking: Hot Water with Meyer-Lemon and Ginger (Be gone, cold germs!)


Currently Reading: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Finally!)


Currently Recommending: The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh


Currently Watching (TV): Narcos Season 3. I know, I know, I’m late.


Currently Watching (Movie): I, Tonya. I was shocked by how much I liked it. Also, this article on how to shot the triple Axel is really cool


Currently These cool wood block jewelry holders. I found Emily Henderson’s blog via Pinterest.


Currently Bloglovin’: Hitha on the Go


Currently Podcasting to: Terry Gross on Fresh Air


Currently Listening to: Above & Beyond’s Always ft. Zoë Johnston


Currently Sweating to: The Sweat App by Kayla Itsines. I’m on week 2 of her 15 week challenge.


Currently Dreaming: An upcoming trip to South Africa!


Currently Reminiscing About: Our trip to India. Good thing we have another trip plan at the end of the year!



A Blog in Review

New Year, New Intentions

New Year, New Intentions
This is a bit late but: Happy New Year Everyone. I actually wrote this post back in Kolkata with every intention of publishing it on Jan 1. And then life, travel and honestly really good Bengali food got in the way. But there is no time like the present to talk about New Year goals and resolutions.
New Year, New Goals
 Looking back, I think we can all agree that the world in 2017 was stressful AF. Every day seemed to bring a new brand of “ugh” with news of natural disasters, terrible policies, sexual harassment scandals, racist incidents and an upward trend in hateful rhetoric. Never have the words “self-care” and “social media detox” meant so much to me. Personally, though, 2017 was an incredible year. I had a couple of major milestones, both professionally and personally. I’m not a huge fan of New Years resolutions- I mean we all know we should chose the gym over Netflix marathons— but I did want to take a moment to look back on some of things I accomplished and thing that I’d like to work on in 2018.
The Look Back: 3 Things I’m Proud Of from 2017
I think all too often we set “goals” and “to-dos” without taking a moment to celebrate what we have accomplished. I know that I personally don’t focus on the things I do well…and instead berate myself for things I ought to have done. Actually, I started writing this post about things I need to do better in 2018….
1. Maintained Aheli Wanders
I have to start here with my blog. It’s taken many forms since its inception in 2007- from travel blog to infrequent journal to recipe holder and part-time memoir. Last year, I set a goal: a post a week on whatever topic I could think of. The only rule was not to obsess or re-write a post too many times. I’m incredibly proud that I met my goal. Writing has become such a wonderful way to reflect and unwind.
2. Embraced Minimalism (and cut down on my unnecessary spending/hoarding)
Moving into a 700 square foot (admittedly gorgeous) apartment with two small closets that you must share with your wonderful roommate/partner definitely forces you to embrace a minimalist lifestyle. Over the past year, I’ve gotten rid of over fifty articles of clothing and bought exactly twenty new pieces (most of which replaced items that I wore often but were badly damaged. Previously, when I got rid of an item, I felt the need to immediately buy something new. The lack of closet space and the fact that I was enjoying spending more money on quality pieces rather than cheap pieces revolutionized my spending habits. I obviously still have room for improvement, but I’m pretty proud of “buy better, buy less” motto. Also, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that the majority of the items that I “get rid” off actually just go to my parent’s place. (THEY ARE THE BEST). Another goal for 2018 is to actually get rid of more.
3. Traveled More (for Fun)
I travel a lot. Like, a lot a lot. I spent 35 weeks of 2017 in a different city. Most of it was for work, but this year G+I (unintentionally) made it a priority to travel more. We started the year in Tampa and then made trips to: London, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Belgium, the Finger Lakes, Montreal, Paris, the Maldives, San Antonio and India. With each trip brought new adventures, new memories and most importantly, new restaurants to recommend.
Looking Forward: Things to Build On
1. Cut Down on Technology
Can I blame my fancy-smancy iPhone for this? Every morning without fail, I wake up to check my text messages, email, WhatsApp message, Instagram, New York Times, instagram again because it always updates, and end with facebook. Sometimes, I waste about an hour in bed just scrolling through useless information. This year, I will try to cut down on useless technology and social media binges.


2. Make More Interesting Plans
I live in one of the greatest cities in the world. Yet, without fail, I end up grabbing a “dinner & drink” with friends to catch up. This year, I’m making it a priority to take more advantage of what Brooklyn/NYC has too offer. We’ve signed up for a BAM membership, and I’m starting to bookmark different gallery events. Any suggestions for interesting NYC area events would be greatly appreciated :)


3. Say “No” More
I have a terrible problem saying “no.” Seriously, at the end of 2017, I was the  was the co-chair of my college alumnae group, a board member of a non-profit, a volunteer leader for my tax program, sat on four different committees…all while running a business, managing a relationship and managing to binge-watch multiple Netflix shows. By 2017, I started to ween off some of the groups. I’m hoping in 2018, I can continue to continue the “extra” and only do projects (and activities) that truly matter to me.
And that’s it for now. Happy Weekend everyone.

Life Lately – December Edition

Life Lately – December Edition

Happy Almost New Year Everyone. Is it me or does it feel like December… actually all of 2017 just flew by? These last four weeks have been filled with so much love, fun, and travel. In the last couple of weeks, I got to see my parents & a best friend in NYC (separately), threw an epic apartment holiday crawl in my building, had an amazing Mexican food-fueled trip to San Antonio with G’s family, and I’m now sitting at our Kolkata kitchen counter writing this blog post. Basically, it was a pretty awesome month. There are so many things going on lately here is the quick summary of my life!

Currently Eating: Dosa from Rama Krishna Lunch Home in Kolkata

Currently Craving: Bean and Cheese Tacos from San Antonio

Currently Drinking: Balvenie 12 Year Old Triple Cask Whiskey (Scotland). Courtesy of my mom and dad

Currently Reading: Exit West by Moshin Hamid

Currently Recommending: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Currently Watching: The Indian Detective with Russell Peters. It’s only four episodes!

Currently DIY-ing: Hand Lettering.  I’m practicing fake calligraphy so all my holiday cards looked extra special this year.

Currently Bloglovin’: Extra Petite– this is one of the first blogs I started reading back in the day.

Currently listening to: Vienna Boys Choir. (Fun Fact: They usually perform at Carnegie Hall every December.

Currently commuting to: NPR’s Fresh Air. This one with President Obama’s photographer Pete Souza made me tear up…on a greyhound bus. Thankfully no one was sitting next to me.

Currently working out with: Wundabar. Or Wunda-booty as I like to call it. It’s an amazing pilates- amazing fun and amazing like you will feel every muscle in your body the next day.

Currently Visiting: Jorasanko Thakur Bari 

Currently reminiscing about: the Maldives

Currently traveling to: India! Yay!

Currently looking forward to: the New Year

A Blog in Review

  • Divulge in some of my favorite guilty pleasures…of the literary variety
  • Or try your hand at some homemade holiday bark. All it takes is 5 ingredients.


Big Hugs,


Life Lately- November Edition

Life Lately- November Edition


Photo by paul itkin on Unsplash

Greetings from chilly Brooklyn where I’m currently sitting cocooned in a sea of blankets and sipping a cup of hot early grey tea. It’s currently 4:30AM and I’m suffering from a seemingly incurable bout of jet lag. Not that I’m complaining (completely). Jet lag has turned me into a functioning morning person. I’ve gone to early morning Pilates classes, knocked off worked projects before the sun rises, and have generally felt like a real adult. And even though this happens after every trip past the Atlantic, I can never seem to keep up the routine. The allure of that snooze button becomes too great after a week of being a morning person. I thought I would take advantage of the early hours to write this month’s Life Lately post. Can you believe that it’s December 1st tomorrow? Where did the month go? Actually, where did this year go?Hope that you are all ready and excited for this year’s Holiday season. I’m looking forward to hearing what you’ll are up to!

Cheers, A


Currently Eating: G’s super special chili. I’m still hoping that one day he’ll let me share the recipe so everyone can enjoy this super tasty (and reasonable healthy) chili. (Hint: It involves coconut milk)

Currently Craving: BCD Tofu House‘s Soon Tofu Soup. Because it’s winter and I like warm things.

Currently Drinking: Fortnum & Mason Earl Grey Tea.

Currently Bookmarking: Celestine– purely for the Brooklyn Bridge views.

Currently Re-Reading:  Murder on the Orient Express. This is one of those books that I re-read every couple of years. This time, I re-read it because of the new movie release. I didn’t care for the movie (no one who has ever seen the David Suchet version of Hercule Poirot could) but the story itself is still marvelously cheeky.

Currently on my Nightstand: A Gentleman in Moscow. I started this back in April and it’s been sitting on my night stand ever since. Don’t get me wrong. It’s interesting but it seems like the type of book that you need to consistently dedicate a couple hours to. And, I haven’t had that type of time. Maybe over the holidays?

Currently Recommending: Movie Pass. Back in August, we signed up for MoviePass, and to say it’s completely transformed our movie theatre going experience is an understatement. For a set fee, ($6 – $10) you can see a movie a day in the majority of theaters. Given that NYC movie tickets are $15, it’s a steal. I’m not sure how MoviePass is making money or how they will sustain this business model, but I’m not questioning it (too much).

Currently Watching: Stranger Things 2 . I know, I know. It was released over a month ago. But G+ I have been so busy (and can’t watch it without each other) so we just finished it yesterday.

Currently Making: Holiday Potpourri from Half Baked Harvest. Every holiday season, I bookmark about a hundred links to make our apartment smell like the inside of log cabin filled with apple pies. I never do it. But, this feels like the year.

Currently Listening to: Imogen Heap. #tbt

Currently Loving: Sunrises + Sunsets. The only good thing about the early darkness winter hours.

Currently Visiting: Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life exhibit at David Zwirner’s Gallery.

Currently Reminiscing About: The Maldives. Best vacation EVER. Post-coming soon!

Currently Traveling Through: Brooklyn –> San Antonio –> Brooklyn –> Kolkata

Currently Looking Forward To: the holidays.

Monthly Recap from the blog:

  • This year’s Thanksgiving was actually an early Friendsgiving with 25 of our closest friends and family. Check out our epic menu. But please don’t do it on an empty stomach.
  • Interested in going to Western Europe, but skipping the typical Tourist countries? Check our my guide to Belgium.
  • This bookworm slash food lover finally got her act together and made a list of “Five Books for Foodies“. It’s a mix of fiction and non-fiction (and the one rare cookbook) suggestions.
  • Craving something healthy but yummy? Try Chrissy Teigen’s Pork Stuffed Cucumber Soup. I did, and now I can’t stop thinking about it.