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Raksha Bandan

I made these ice cream sandwiches from molasses spice cookies and mint chocolate chip, butter pecan and chocolate ice creams. Click the Recipe Index tab for the recipe.

I made these ice cream sandwiches from molasses spice cookies and mint chocolate chip, butter pecan and chocolate ice creams. Click the Recipe Index tab for the recipe.

The family gathered to celebrate Raksha Bandan in Huntington Beach. For those of you that don’t know: Raksha Bandan in an Indian holiday that celebrates the bond between sisters and brothers. The sisters all make some sort of dish for their brothers and tie a rakhi around their brothers’ (and their wives) wrists. For that they are rewarded with a gift, but more often cash. It is a great time.

This year Suki hosted the festivities in the sunny garden with a menu that included quiche, berry salad, pasta salad, tater tots, buttermilk biscuits, mango, strawberries, tea, water, lemonade and juices. Surabhi brought Desi turkey sliders (the hit of the meal!) and potato salad. Sujata contributed samosas with accompanying chutneys.

For dessert there were ice cream sandwiches, brownies, cupcakes, tollhouse cookies, ras malai, assorted pastries.

Everyone enjoyed the festivities and visiting with those who attending including: Dad, Mom, Vijay Chachi, Surabhi, Subodh, Sujata, Sunil, Bansi Dada, Karen, Sunjay, Dinesh, Serena, Murli Dada, Sangeeta, Maya, Suki, myself and special surprise guest my cousin, Vishnupriya Saksena from India who happened to be in California on business.

The best burger, ever!

This massive burger at about 8 ounces of ground sirloin, cheese, onions and a specially made Bobby Flay sauce was gobbled up at the Mesa Grill in Vegas.

This massive burger at about 8 ounces of ground sirloin, cheese, onions and a specially made Bobby Flay sauce was gobbled up at the Mesa Grill in Vegas.

The last stop on the grand trek from Norfolk to Southern California was Vegas. We met up with one of Suki’s best friends, Dawn Dean. We did all the usual Vegas stuff but I think the highlight for me was having the Mesa Burger at Bobby Flay‘s Mesa Grill inside of Caesar’s Palace. It has double cheddar cheese, grilled Vidalia onions and horseradish mustard. And, of course, it comes with these delicious steak fries. Truly a wonder for your taste buds.

Suki brought home some Vosges truffles from the Vegas trip. Surabhi eventually decided they were too pretty to eat.

Suki brought home some Vosges truffles from the Vegas trip. Surabhi eventually decided they were too pretty to eat.