Friday, July 03, 2015


castella for breakfast FTW♡ #breakfast #banana #coffee #castella #quolofune #黒船 #カステラ Quolofune (pronounced ku-ro-fu-ne) is a sweets maker specializing in Western type of sweets.

Kurofune literally "black ship" is what the Japanese refer to when talking about the foreigners that came to Japan during the days of the samurai.

Recently Satoshi received this castella made by Quolofune. (thank you!)

This was lighter than most other castella we've tried, leaning more towards a chiffon cake.

I'm glad we got to try this, it was perfect for breakfast.

Have a nice weekend.

Thursday, July 02, 2015


goya getting taller and a little mushroom "friend" spotted #goya #plants #japan In a week, the goya got taller, I also notice a mushroom growing too.

I had to bring EVERYTHING indoors because they are not only painting, but re-doing the packing around the door jams and stuff like that.

Hopefully the building facelift for our floor will be finished soon so all my plants can go back out onto the lanai (our living/dining area is really cramped now)...

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

thank you!

tasting @malagoschocolate single origin bean to bar & b.t. mcelrath super red chocolate bar♡ #chocolate #philippines #usa I think it was a couple of weeks ago that my friend Rona, sent me a message saying that she was sending me some chocolate.

The bar on the left is by Malagos Chocolate. A chocolate maker in the Philippines. Their 65% cacao single origin bean to bar was creamy with hints of fruits and is made from Trinitario Cacao beans.

The bar on the right is by B.T. McElrath. I've tried their salty dog bites before (love!). This particular bar is 70% cacao and filled with dried fruits like strawberry, raspberry and cherry. There was a LOT of dried fruit in there!

I really liked both bars and am glad I got to try both.

Thanks Rona! I appreciate your kindness.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

foodie saturday

hayashi rice #lunch #harijyucurryshop #osaka #japan #ハヤシライス #はり重カレーショップ #大阪 Saturday, after Satoshi's German class, we went to check out Hariyu Curry Shop.

Satoshi had the beef katsu curry...the katsu just as tender as when I had it the week before. Though he said the curry could've been spicier...950 yen

I had their hayashi rice (hashed beef) is a rich demi-glace based "beef stew". It was so good, though their peas were on the hard side...850 yen

Since they get their beef from their meat shop, we definitely recommend the beef dishes!

matcha latte #mondialkaffee328 #osaka #matchalatte #japan #抹茶ラテ Since we had time before meeting up with Satoshi's friend for dinner, we went to check out Mondial Kaffee 328.

I was surprised it was right across the street from El.Zocalo Burrito.

In fact, the building that the cafe is in was new too.

Not a very large shop, they did have many chairs to lounge in.

Satoshi had their European blend while I had their matcha latte.

I liked that this latte wasn't overly sweet like some matcha lattes can be.

australian buffet (there was crocodile, kangaroo & lamb) #dinner #buffet #latergram #osaka  #japan Dinner was with Satoshi's friend and his wife at a hotel buffet.

The buffet's theme was Australian. There was crocodile, kangaroo, lamb and lamingtons. I loved their chocolate fountain, you could coat just about anything with it at their dessert station.

thanks for today! #sunset #osaka #japan #latergram #nofilter A great foodie day, filled with lots of walking and lots of talking.

Harijyu Curry Shop
1-9-17 Dotombori
Chuo, Osaka
Phone: 06.6213.4736
Closed Tuesdays
Hours: 11:00-21:00

Mondial Kaffee 328
1-6-16 Kita-horie
Nishi-ku, Osaka
Phone: 06.6585.9955
Hours: 8:30-21:00, call to see if they are open--days off not determined

ANA Crown Plaza Hotel
1-3-1 Dojimahama
Kita-ku, Osaka
Phone: 06.6347.1112

Monday, June 29, 2015

ethnic bean salad

ethnic bean salad Dunno where I scribbled down this recipe from, so if it is yours, please leave me a comment and I will adjust my post to link back and credit you.

1/2 cup EVOO
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon pepper
1 clove garlic
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
sriracha sauce

1 can of garbanzo beans, rinsed
a nice handful of edamame, cooked and shelled
half a red bell pepper, diced
handful of cilantro

NOTES: I hadn't scribbled down any amounts for the beans or cilantro, so I am noting what I used. Also, I cut the dressing in half. I didn't have red wine vinegar and used white wine vinegar instead. I grated the garlic and put in 1/2 teaspoon of sriracha.

The recipe didn't call for the edamame or red bell pepper, I just threw it in for color.

I like the flavors of this salad, a little tart, sweet and a little spicy. The taste was similar to the Fragrant Tuna and Chickpea Salad that I often make.

Next time, I would add more bean varieties, a little diced onion and maybe even a can of corn.

I'm making this again.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

cafe rakuta˚‧º·(˚ ˃̣̣̥᷄⌓˂̣̣̥᷅ )‧º·˚super spicy keema #caferakuta #ikeda #osaka #curry #superspicykeema #池田#大阪#喫茶ラクタ#辛口キーマ I went to try the super spicy keema curry at Cafe Rakuta...750 yen (tax included).

They are not joking that it is super spicy.

In fact while I sat waiting for my lunch, the man at the next table was sniffling away as he ate his super spicy keema.

I thought I wouldn't be able to finish it, it was THAT spicy!

At first my throat got numb, then I coughed, and then my nose ran but I took my time and kept eating because even if it was super spicy I was determined to finish it.

Talk about afterwards.

The other man that was also eating a super spicy keema was also coughing and had a runny nose too...

I won't order this again, but, I will be back for their other curries.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

oh em gee

Untitled So...our building is getting a facelift.

They put up scaffolding around us, which sounded more like drilling?! (turns out that they actually were drilling so that they can secure their scaffolding to the building!)

Untitled My "babies" (well, most of them) came indoors...

scaffolding up..boy were they noisy, like they were drilling it onto the building...estimated to end on August 8...hope the weather cooperates so these guys can paint and get outta here:) #minoo #osaka It'll take 4 or 5 weeks, longer if the weather gets funky...

At least it gives me a "good excuse" to turn on the a/c during the daytime.

Pray they finish earlier...

yeah it's sprouting (((o(♡´▽`♡)o))) #goya #bittermelon #plants #japan On a happy note, I cut off the pointy tip of a goya (bittermelon) seed and soaked it in water. It germinated, so I planted it. A day or two later, I noticed that it started to sprout...crossing fingers we actually see some bittermelon this time.

How's your summer going?