Welcome to MrinHearts!
I am Mrinalini, and this is my little corner online. A molecular anthropologist by day (I tinker around with old bones and ancient DNA), I moonlight as an opinionated foodie and genius bargain-hunter. A caffeine-dependent life form, I gladly accept the title of a "coffee snob" among my friends. I dabble with a bit of beauty products and love playing around with makeup now and then. MrinHearts is my way of sharing with all of you my two cents on everything I love doing and do lovingly.
My entire childhood was spent in Kolkata, India - popularly known as the "City of Joy" - where I was born and brought up. But I always knew I'd end up somewhere else, somewhere new. At the end of high school, scholarship in hand, I embarked on a journey halfway across the world and found myself at a liberal arts college in a rusty, small town, smack in the center of the Midwest Corn Belt, but with its fair share of charm and history - Galesburg, IL. Nowadays, I live with my husband in our own beautiful and lively little nook in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, IL. I am getting my PhD in Anthropology while my partner-in-crime turns people's creative visions into reality through beautiful websites.
Growing up, food and the cultural practices that surround food - cooking, eating, sharing, love - have been an essential part of my life. From a very young age, thanks to a dad who traveled far and wide, when it came to food - a sense of adventure was instilled deep in me. I'm game for anything that looks good and sounds exciting (I might draw my line at reptiles and amphibians, though - that's a whole other story). I love reading and writing about all aspects of food and food culture, which is why this blog is filled with recipes, book reviews, restaurant reviews, cool foods to try, and much more!
Other than food, all things beautiful - design, landscapes, architecture - they all have a special place in my heart, motivating me to travel and see as much of the world as I can and to recreate little vignettes of beauty in my own life. I hope to share my inspirations, little tips and tricks I've learned, and my recommendations with you all. The only constant in my list of hobbies and interests, it is that they are in a state of constant flux. Hence, you'll find MrinHearts to be an eclectic mix of everything I discover in my creative endeavors, culinary adventures, my travels and more!
I hope you'll stop by to say, "Hi!", enjoy reading, and fall in love with things on these pages that you must recreate for yourself!