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Chickpea Salad Lettuce Tacos: A quick and simple recipe which can be served as a salad or an appetizer & looks very trendy!

– 6 leaves of Romaine Lettuce
– 1 15oz. can of Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
– 1/2 cup Vegenaise or Mayonnaise
– 1/4 cup grated Carrot
– 1/4 cup diced Celery
– 2 stems of Green Onions, sliced
– 1/8 cup chopped Parsley
– 1 teaspoon Paprika
– 1 teaspoon dried Seaweed flakes (optional)
– Salt and Pepper

1.With a fork, in a medium bowl, mash the chickpeas and vegenaise/mayonnaise together.
2.Mix in all the other ingredients and add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Scoop a spoonful on to each lettuce and serve it chilled.

Adapted from a recipe by Leslie Durso! #ruchyum #ruchyumrecipes #frommykitchen #salad #chickpeas #vegan #foodporn #foodstagram #foodpics #appetizers #foodgasm #beautifulcusines #lettuce #saladporn #healthy #healthyliving


Travelgram from The Historic Savannah!

Savannah is a gracious Georgia city basking in beauty, riches, and history.


Walking down the beautiful, romantic and quaint Savannah Historic District, was a blissful experience. There is so much art, architecture, history and fun in this small European-like town! The 22 Historic Squares all around the city provide little greenery amidst the business and historic houses. Of course, the trip would have been incomplete without visiting the famous Forsyth Park of the Forest Gump fame!



Radiant in her architectural splendor, the city flaunts her stately mansions and beautiful homes, many of which boast impressive, ornate lace ironwork. Some of the mansions that we checked out were: Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthplace – took us through the remarkable journey of the Girl Scout movement and the Owens-Thomas House – a National Historic Landmark.


Evenings, we went for a stroll along the glittering, multi-faceted gem, paved with 200-year-old cobblestones along the broad Savannah River known as Historic River Street. The century old buildings, once cotton warehouses, have been converted to antique shops, distinctive boutiques, spectacular galleries, quaint brew pubs, fabulous restaurants, unique nightspots, elegant inns and hotels.

The downtown had some unique experience stores like the Savannah Bee Company– where we did honey tasting, yes that’s a thing and Nourish Bath Products – which had some amazing organic soaps, bath bombs and shower steamers (I came across these for the very first time) – specially loved the “Don’t bug me” fragrance.


We headed to Olde Pink House, to try some Southern food and then to Leopold’s – apparently, the original creators of the Tutti Futti flavor, for some ice-cream! The long wait at both these places was totally worth it!


We had read about the parking hassles in Savannah downtown, but didn’t really feel it till we spent around an hour each time to find parking 😐

During the week at Savannah, we took a couple of day trips. One of the best day trips experience that we had was at Hilton Head Island, more on that here.

The drive to Tybee Island along the south eastern Georgia coast with salt marshes teeming with birds and wildlife was unique. We climbed 178 stairs to the top of the Tybee Lighthouse, for some spectacular views!



The beauty of the live oaks with hanging Spanish moss in Savannah is undeniable. For the best experience, we drove under the oaks on the way to Wormsloe, an avenue sheltered in the impressive trees.


The Skidaway Island State Parkwas very scenic and had a ton of scenic trails to choose from. We decided on doing the Big Ferry Trail, since it was a short and easy one. The trail winds through maritime forest and past salt marsh, leading to a boardwalk and observation tower.


Fort Pulaski had some interesting history and walking trails to offer. But the best part, was the chance to view cannon firing! Loved it 🙂


Overall, it was the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary week 🙂

Have you been to Savannah? What do you love about this city the most?

P.S: And yes, as always we did come back to our hotel room at 9pm on Sunday to catch the episode of Game of Thrones 😉 Talking about our room, we had our very own Jacuzzi in the bathroom!!! – we were pretty psyched about it 🙂



Cracker Barrel Old Country Store: The perfect place to stop by for traditional, homestyle Southern cooking! Cracker Barrel’s menu is based on traditional Southern cuisine, with appearance and decor designed to resemble an old-fashioned general store. Each restaurant features a front porch lined with wooden rocking chairs, a stone fireplace, and decorative artifacts from the local area. The store has a ton of gift items including simple toys representative of the 1950s and 1960s, toy vehicles, puzzles and woodcrafts – the most popular item is the Checkers board. They keep a count of the checker boards that they have sold so far on their website!
Must try : all the southern specialities including biscuits, fried chicken, and catfish & pancakes & casseroles!
P.S : The part that I enjoyed the most while we were there, was playing with the peg solitaire 😬😉#ruchyum #ruchyumtravel #crackerbarrel #oldcountrystore #savannah #georgia #southerncooking #homestyle #traditional #foodporn #foodgasm #foodstagram #foodpics #foodblogger #restaurant #recommended #wanderlust #traveldiaries

Grilled Tofu with Chipotle-Miso Sauce

A spicy, tangy grilled tofu for your bbq this summer!

Chipotle and miso come from two different cooking traditions, but they make great bedfellows in this recipe for grilled tofu—first as a marinade, then as a sauce. Combine that with our techniques for turning out perfectly grilled tofu!
Make these for your next bbq party and make the guests go ga-ga over them😉

Grilled Tofu with Chipotle-Miso Sauce

  • Servings: 4-6
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  • 2 Chipotle Peppers in adobo (from a 7-ounce can), finely chopped, plus 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Miso, preferably red miso
  • 2 teaspoons Vegetable or Canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons light Brown sugar
  • 1 pound firm Tofu, drained, rinsed, and sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon toasted Sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Soy sauce
  • 1 Scallion, white and light green parts only, chopped


  1. In a measuring cup or small bowl, combine chipotle peppers and their sauce, miso, vegetable oil, and brown sugar, and mix well. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the marinade in another bowl and set aside.
  2. Line a work surface with paper towels. Arrange tofu slices in a single layer on paper towels and cover with another layer of paper towels. Press gently to blot dry.
  3. Place tofu in a large container, pour marinade over tofu, and gently turn to evenly coat. Refrigerate tofu at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
  4. Stir sesame oil and soy sauce into reserved marinade and set aside.
  5. When you’re ready to cook the tofu, prepare your grill. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange coals on one side of the charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill, and allow to preheat for 5 minutes.
  6. When your grill is hot, clean and oil the grilling grate.
  7. Place tofu slices over the cooler side of the grill, away from the coals. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes. Carefully flip tofu and grill until browned and crisp, about 10 minutes more. Transfer to a large plate.
  8. Using a spoon or brush, coat each piece of tofu on both sides with the reserved marinade mixture. Sprinkle scallions on top and serve right away.

TIP: In case you don’t have a charcoal grill, you can grill them in a pan over the stove, they taste pretty good 🙂

Hope you enjoy it!





Honey Tasting at Savannah Bee Company: We have done quite a few tastings, mostly wine, but there were other things too like chocolate, olives, etc. But, never honey. In fact, we didn’t even know there was such a thing as HONEY TASTING! We grabbed ourselves a genius little folding spoon and began sampling the various artisanal and everyday variety of honey that were laid out there. The incredibly experienced staff walked us through the different flavors and made knowledgeable suggestions. Our favorites from the tasting were :
Tupelo – Buttery undertones and a mellow, clean-finishing sweetness. Bought home a jar of it 😉
Orange Blossom – Very sweet and finishes with very subtle citrus notes.
In between tasting there was a platter featuring the most raw form of honey, the honeycomb. Pairing it with cheese and apples makes for the perfect wholesome (& a bit waxy) bite!
It was an extraordinary experience and would definitely recommend it to everyone visiting Savannah! #ruchyum #ruchyumtravel #girltravel #savannah #georgia #honeytasting #savannahbeecompany #honey #unique #honeybee #tupelo #travelporn #travel #traveldiaries #travelblogger #inspiration #wanderlust #travelawesome #beautifulmatters #instagrammers #instagood #experience #recommended

Travelgram from Hilton Head Island

For the Memorial Day week, we headed to Savannah(more on that soon!) and Hilton Head Island! The island is just 12 miles by 5 miles wide, but it is the ultimate Island retreat 🙂


It’s perfect place for just basking in the sun at some of the country’s best beaches or to enjoy one of the 24 world-class golf courses and 350 tennis courts! The entire island is abuzz with a ton of activities, you could just walk your way to a new outdoor adventure.



Coligny Beach,  was one of my favorite spots on the island. It has the nicest sand – the kind on which you just want to lie down and chill. The best part is a small puddle of water, right before the main ocean – kind of a kiddie pool. I loved it 🙂 The island has some amazing biking trails, hopefully I’ll learn to bike soon and visit the island again just for that!



We headed to Sea Pines Forest Reserve, to see some alligators, snowy egrets and beautiful wild flowers! It was nice to spend time amidst nature.


From Sea Pines, we headed to Harbor Town district to see the candy cane striped lighthouse that is splashed across all the island’s postcards. Aside from the famous lighthouse, we also spotted lavish yachts dotting the marina, as well as a smattering of gorgeous rental properties. We had a nice lunch at Quarterdeck(highly recommend it) and then headed towards the water for a stroll. It was the ideal choice to spend the remaining day.


During our time on the island, we drove through some high-walled, well maintained and highly-secured golf communities on either side of the road and were really curious to check them out. So on the last day, we went to see a model home in one of them and mind-blown! It was like one of those homes that you see in magazines aka, the-dream-home-of-everyone! I’m sold on retiring at Hilton Head Island 😉

Have you visited Hilton Head Island? What are some of the fun things that you did there?




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Seasoned and breaded avocados #recipe that gets ready in just 15 mins!

– 2 large ripe Avocados
– 2 tablespoon Olive or Avocado oil
– 2 tablespoon plain, unsweetened Almond milk
– 3/4 cup Panko Bread crumbs
– 1/4 teaspoon each Salt + Pepper
– 1/2 teaspoon Cumin
– 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees, line a baking sheet with foil, and prepare dipping stations by whisking together almond milk and oil in a shallow bowl, and mixing panko bread crumbs and spices in another shallow bowl.
2. Halve avocados and carefully use a large knife to cut into the pits, twist and remove. Then lay avocado halves skin side down and cut into 3 equal parts. Gently peel the skin.
3. Dip avocados first into almond-olive oil mixture, then transfer to the panko-spice mixture and use a spoon to gently coat. Carefully transfer to foil-lined baking sheet and repeat until all avocados are coated.
4. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned on the exterior.

– Try a gluten-free version by using an all-purpose gluten-free flour and crushed almonds in place of bread crumbs and baking for 12 to 15 minutes.
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