June 2014 | Footnotes and Finds

Monday, 30 June 2014

the best tiramisu you will ever make

Ever since having the best tiramisu ever while in Rome last summer I was dying to try making some at home.  Every father's day we make a big brunch, but this year we opted to make a big dinner instead and on the dessert menu we decided to go ahead and try our hand at making tiramisu.  We found this recipe with the the appropriate title: "The best tiramisu you will ever make" and thought well this has got to be it! And although it wasn't as great as that we had on a warm summer night near the Trevi fountain, it was still really delicious and everyone loved it! We decided to place in separate bowls instead of making it on tray and having to cut out separate pieces. 

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Friday, 27 June 2014

outfit for a night out when its still chilly out

Its friday and since Vancouver has been enjoying great weather for the last few days, its the best time to to go out with friends and make the night as long as possible. But, since it is Vancouver that means that the evenings still get chilly and so you must always dress accordingly. This is a fun outfit and gave me the chance to brighten up my lip colour!
 Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: H&M
Floral Bomber Jacket: Forever 21 // similar here
leather studded Skirt: Forever 21
Necklace: retro
Socks: Calvin Klein
Lipstick: MAC Vegas Volt



Wednesday, 25 June 2014

best dressed at 2014 nhl awards

PK Subban with the Java walkies 

Things are changing and I think society is better because of it, not only because everyone [and I mean everyone] enjoys men in suits dressed with their own personal taste and style but because being a fashionista is becoming genderless. Kevin Weekes, a hockey commentator and ex-NHL goalie himself, used the word to refer to the likes of Henrik Lundqvist and PK Subban and it felt right that these men, usually in a testosterone high sport and environment are consciously or unconsciously breaking gender stereotypes. What this means is that everyone wins. They get to display their creativity, style and personality outside the hockey jersey and young boys [and girls who must play the tom-boy card to fit in] learn that being a hockey player does not mean what it once did. As for us, we get to see fashion in a new way, on a different stage, done by a different demographic and the possibility of what can be done with fashion opens up.

Here are my picks for the best dressed:


Monday, 23 June 2014

concert outfit

I recently got the chance to go to 2 concerts in 4 days through VIBC (Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration). I was thrilled with the artist selection this year as the focus was on bringing the Punjabi communities from both India and Pakistan together in the diaspora through music and dance. That also meant that I got to see both Saieen Zahoor and Qurat-ul-ain Balouch, two Pakistani musicians, one Sufi and one contemporary, live and in Vancouver--- a rarity and an absolute dream come true! So this is my outfit for the Qurat-ul-ain Balouch concert which took place at the Fox Caberet, making the concert an intimate affair. I kept the outfit edgy and fun by mixing leather with a floral and tribal print dress and it worked for both the concert atmosphere and the venue itself, while having me remain comfortable--as I am all about comfort!

Dress: Forever 21
Leather vest: American Rag
Combat Boots: Aldo
Backpack: Retro
Triangle necklace: Forever 21
Cube necklace: The Bay, Expressions

Here is "Mera Ishq" (My love) by QB:

What concert have you been to recently? Or what music have you just discovered?

Thursday, 19 June 2014

5 step easy coffee cake recipe

This is perhaps the easiest and go-to cake recipe in my family and it takes such less time to make that we have it made in time for visitors who call the morning of to say that they will be dropping by in half an hour! Great with tea, coffee or milk at any time of the day!

3 cups white flour
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup butter 
1 cup butter milk or yogurt 
1 tsp baking soda
1 egg [optional]
1/2 tsp salt

Step 1: Mix white flour, brown sugar, butter and salt together
Step 2: Keep one cup of this mixture for the topping 
Step 3: Mix baking soda, butter milk and egg into Step 1 mixture
Step 4: Pour Step 3 mixture into greased baking tray and top off with the 1 cup mixture from Step 2
Step 5: Bake for 15-20 minutes on 350F

I hope you enjoy this cake as much as we do!


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

travel outfit: when in Rome

Its always hard when you're travelling in hot countries and rushing from train stations to museums to archaeological sites to shops to excursions to look your best and even more to look your best and be comfortable. I devised a system that involved getting to dress up and be comfortable in what I was wearing for any situation that my travels could possibly have me in.

Simple: wake up early and wear your laid-back clothes for the days worth of site-seeing and what not, come back to the hotel during the hot hours of the day, shower, nap and doll up for a light stroll and well deserved dinner or night out (I find this schedule works with the Mediterranean really well as locals will tend to shutdown shop in the midday).

This is one of my evening looks in Rome. My sisters and my best friend, who lives in Italy for work, got together on the Quirinal Hill to watch the sunset (tested and verified best spot to view the sunset in Rome). Excuse the windy-esque pictures!

Top: Forever 21
Maxi: Topshop
Shoes: Merrell
Earrings: retro, my mother's
Necklace: Forever 21

Now, dont judge! I know Merrell's are not the fashion statement shoes that go with an evening outfit but this is the greatest advice I can give to anyone: when travelling always pack good shoes and by good, I mean Merrells--it will save you a lot of pain and increase your walking mileage and therefore, maximize site-seeing capacity and fun!


Wednesday, 11 June 2014

what we did last summer (Part 1: Greece)

We thought it would be best to update everyone on what we have been up to, lets begin!

 I went to Greece for an excavation and I loved it!
(now looking for a summer house on Paros and a job that will pay for it)
I travelled extensively through Greece and this is just a 1/3!

After two flight connections we (my friend and I) made it to the train that would take us to Athens

The view from our first night's hotel's balcony. The Acropolis lived up to its reputation through its towering presence over the city

 The Archaic site of Despotiko off the coast of Paros and Antiparos (where we lived)

Yes! It was hard work and dirty (7 am to 2 pm work hours)--but well worth it!

Our 6 weeks allowed for a lot of travel to places such as Mycenae, a dream for a Classical Archaeology major like myself

Mykonos, was an island we went back to twice, not for the obvious reasons (but also for those), it is definitely not overrated

Mykonos at night, the Mediterranean never sleeps (except in the afternoon, when you will not see a soul)

  Nafplio, where we attempted the 900 or so steps down (not up, not in that heat no!)

 Crete definitely had the best food and did I mention that Greece is actually much better to vegetarians than popularly believed to be so

A shot of the Temple of Olympia Zeus in Athens from the Acropolis 

  Epidavros (Epidaurus), where we were able to see my favourite play Medea in modern Greek performed as original in the sold out ancient theatre itself, definitely one of my favourite nights
Look out for my travel guide coming later! Hope you enjoyed a peek into my trip,



Monday, 9 June 2014

the dreaded hiatus

Now, we know that we have been quite MIA for some time and if you are one of those that decided to stay and check back--thank you-- and those of you that are new--welcome!

We have had quite the eventful and life-changing year, which unfortunately put a pause to our blogging but we are now back, with a new take on the blog!

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