Books Inc Bookstore Visit

Books Inc is a local independent bookstore (a family run) and I started visiting it a lot after they opened a branch in Santa Clara. They have the best sci-fi and fantasy section I have ever seen and knowledgeable staff who can recommend some great books. I have visited some of their other branches but I loved the collection in the Santa Clara branch the most.

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Kinokuniya Bookstore Visit

This is the second post in my series of posts on bookstores. Link to my previous bookstore visit post.

I first came to know about Kinokuniya bookstore when I enquired about Death Note funko pops at a Japanese store in a local mall. The shopkeeper asked me to check in the Kinokuniya bookstore. I visited a small local branch of this bookstore in South Bay which is inside a Japanese super market but I wasn’t that impressed with the manga collection there. Recently, during a visit to San Francisco, I checked their San Francisco branch and it was amazing.

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First zoo visit

This weekend we went out for probably the first time after the little one made an entry into the world. We did go to hospitals/doctors and dined out few times but never made a day trip with the little one so far. He loves animals just like all the other kids so we thought why not take him to the local zoo. So we made a trip to San Francisco Zoo this weekend.

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New cuisines to try list

After my previous post about trying Moroccan food, I realized that it had been very long since I had tried any new cuisine. At some point of time, I was very eager to try out new cuisines, but of late I have not experimented much with food. Being away from India makes me crave only for Indian dishes. I do want to try some new cuisines and hence this post.

I just browsed through yelp to see what cuisines I have never tried before and found such a huge list. I am not sure I can try all these cuisines as most of them have very limited vegetarian options. I definitely would have tried all of them had I been eating non-vegetarian food. But still I hope to eat something in these restaurants some day.

I found out from yelp that my city has restaurants from all these countries. I was shocked to see the list. Idea behind this post is to make a note of all the possible cuisines available.

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Morocco’s restaurant

There was a time when I was very picky about food, but not anymore. I had written a post here earlier about how I am finally able to experiment with food and try out new cuisines. Recently I got to try Morocco’s cuisine which I had never tried before. In fact, I did not even know that restaurants from this country even existed in US. My team was taken to this restaurant for lunch and I went with the idea that I will not like the food. I glanced through the menu and I had no idea about most of the dishes. Then our team came with the idea of having a family style lunch, where you order multiple dishes and share them. That sounded good as I no longer had to scratch my head to select a dish. My boss did that on our behalf.

Morocco’s restaurant is located in Mountain View, California on the Castro Street, closer to El Camino Real. I love walking on Castro Street as it is lined with restaurants on either side of the road. The downtown feeling that you get there is unmatched. But we end up having difficulty in finding a parking spot on that street as the restaurants are usually crowded. Thankfully, we found a spot right in front of the restaurant. There are multiple parking spaces in front of this restaurant, so parking should not be a problem.

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My travel wishlist

I have check-marked almost all the places on my must-see places list in US. I have visited some of them 3-4 times. So these days I have been eyeing other countries or places which are fascinating enough to visit. Most of these places are new additions to my wishlist. To add to that, I have an inspiring travel buff for a boss who shows me travel pics often. I follow some travel blogs and after reading great posts on these places, I have decided to pay them a visit, whenever I can.

First two in the list are the places that I have been wanting to visit for a very long time. The others got added this year after seeing some amazing pics of these places. There are many more places on my wishlist but these are the ones which seem plausible. 😛

  1. Wizarding world of Harry Potter in Orlando

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Racetrack road at Death Valley

Every single website that I browsed while we planned for our Death Valley trip, mentioned Artist’s drive. So we at least knew that we must not miss this point. We wanted to catch sunset at this point, if possible. We started driving on this road which you can only enter on the way back from Badwater Basin.

We came to a point where we saw plenty of people looking at the canyons and assumed that was the Artist’s Palette. After climbing a rock and taking a look around, we realized it was a different point. We again rode ahead and reached the real point which had colorful rocks. We could see the sunset, but the sun was covered with clouds so the rays could not reach the rocks and we could not see the colorful display that they talk about. We did see the colors but they were not bright enough and my camera did not do a very good job of capturing them. So I will just leave you with the sunset photo that I took there.

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