Archive for the ‘food’ Category

This holiday, I went back to Toronto to hang out with family and friends. It was a great vacation! But I also had to work for a couple of days. I took this occasion to check out the different Google locations in Toronto and Waterloo and work from each for one day. The Waterloo office is very […]


A couple of years ago I got a subscription to Cook’s Illustrated, a fabulous food magazine. It has a few distinctive features: no ads! this hugely increases my happiness in reading the magazine cover-to-cover the recipes are written like science experiments the interiors are all black-and-white, with some photos replaced by schematics or pencil-sketch-style drawings (see right) I’ve added quite […]


Happy Nooroz!

21Mar15

For the first time since living in the US, we put together a haft seen ( هفت‌ سین : seven S’s) table! It has: center: garlic (sir / سیر) left: lentil sprouts (sabzeh / سبزه) counterclockwise: apple (sib / سیب), wild olive / oleaster (senjed / سنجد), vinegar (serkeh / سرکه), wheat germ pudding (samanoo / سمنو), and […]


About 2 weeks ago, I went to SIGCSE, which is the major computer science education conference. I talked about Computer Science Circles, its translations to other languages and translations of Python error messages to English; see the poster here. Like my last trip to SIGCSE, it was pretty great. I got to re-encounter previous colleagues, meet new […]


Yesterday I found myself face-to-face with salmon to cook for dinner. I have been lucky enough to have a certain special someone cook coriander-spiced pan-fried salmon with jalapeño-mango-pineapple pan salsa on previous occasions, but this time I was on my own. So, what to do? The internet came to my rescue and like my previous […]


Classes are almost done! This means more free time for me and hence, more cooking! I brushed off a recipe that I received as part of Great Road Farm‘s excellent CSA last year. The CSA was quite an excellent culinary experience: we cooked and ate really good beets for the first time, as well as watermelon radishes (pictured at right), […]


Some information that I can share from my itinerant wifi-migrant existence over the past couple of days: Matter of Taste: Wins for being local and making good espresso. Weak in the baked goods department. Balzac’s: Wins for design aesthetic, nice typesetting. Good pastries. Is colocated with Google and other tech companies. Looks like a hipster paradise. […]