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wish mama

My mom and me, circa 1977

I was honored when Mindy asked me to write an essay on mother & creativity for the WishStudio wishmamas series. I hope other mamas can find a grain of truth in my words. We're in this together.


bowled over

She & Him

Last night, Rama and I saw The Bird and The Bee, She & Him, and The Swell Season perform at the Hollywood Bowl, one of my favorite places in LA. The Bird and The Bee were fun, She & Him positively charming, and the Swell Season surprisingly moving. It was a perfect way to spend a summer night.


a is for art 

For my goddaughter's 3rd birthday gift, I took my inspiration from Sally and made a personalized art kit. I embellished a child's canvas smock with an iron-on applique of an A, for Alexandria. And art. And apron. Then I placed it, along with some art supplies, into a small suitcase. It turned out simple and sweet, don't you think?

Source: Suitcase from Paper Source. Art supplies and smock from Michaels. Fabric for applique from my stash.



For years, I've been dying to try Tartine, a bakery and café in the Mission district of San Francisco. So when my family and I took a road trip to San Francisco last week, it was on my short list of musts. We sadly didn't have time for a leisurely brunch, but I was able to run in and grab a couple of treats, including a couple of their legendary morning buns.

The first thing I noticed was how good it smelled in there. The second thing I noticed was the French being spoken by the people behind me in line. For a moment, I swear, I felt like I was back in Paris.

In addition to the morning buns, I picked up a pain du chocolat, a couple of rochers and a macaroon for me and Rama to try. All were delicious, but those morning buns, with a dose of cinnamon and hint of orange, were my favorite. Since I can't get my fix whenever I'd like, I may have to try to make them myself. Of course, I'll let you know how it goes.

Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero Street San Francisco, CA 94110

tel: 415.487.2600
hours: Mon 8-7, Tues/Wed 7:30-7, Thurs/Fri 7:30-8, Sat 8-8, Sun 9-8


there's a place for us

During the school year, when my husband Rama doesn't work full-time, I spend two days a week with my son Henry. (Notice I am careful not to call them "days off" because if I am in the thick of a design project—which, thankfully, is often—I do my work after Henry goes to bed.) Henry likes being out and about just like his mama, and he likes people just as much, so I am always looking for fun places to go on play dates with our friends. A spot like Moomah.

When I first laid eyes on the New York creative arts café, my heart might have stopped. It is exactly the kind of place I wish I could go to. Moomah serves up healthy, wholesome food alongside a helping of craft projects and art classes. Oh, and it's gorgeous. I could live in there.

And did I mention their identity and website are delightful?

Needless to say, I'm kind of in love.

Photos from Moomah