Wednesday, January 17, 2018


“each day is a gift”❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #スタバ #抹茶クリームプリン #大阪 #グアテマラ #珈琲 #カジシエロ #starbucks #matchacreampudding #guatemala #casicielo #coffee #osaka #japan Over the weekend, you may have heard there was a false alarm in Hawaii, sending panic across the State.

BFF, Wen said she didn't even get the alert on her phone...yikes!

Thank goodness it wasn't real but I'm sure it was still quite chaotic and scary.

I am not too sure what we are supposed to do here in the event that we get the "notice", but hope the government here will give us more details on what to do.

Yesterday though, I received this "message" at Starbucks on the back of my matcha pudding..."each day is a gift".

It truly is.

Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

komin cafe

1st time trying pavlova❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #コミンカフェ #グランフロント大阪 #パブロバ #カプチーノ #大阪 #komincafe #grandfrontosaka #osaka #japan #pavlova #cappuccino Friday, I met up with Tamakikat and after lunch we stopped into Komin Cafe for some sweets and coffee.

This cafe is Oceania themed so a lot of their food items come from Australia and New Zealand.

It was my first time trying pavlova.

Apparently pavlova is a "marshmallow"-ish meringue topped with cream and fresh fruits.

This version was served in a cup with the meringue, yogurt mixed with fresh cream and fruit purées (passion fruit, blueberry and raspberry).

Not overly sweet and perfect with a cappuccino.

Tamakikat had a custard square (square shaped custard pie) and a flat white (creamier than a latte).

I'm glad we tried this place.

It is rather quiet and you can just hang out there.

Thanks for meeting up, Tamakikat!

Komin Cafe
Panasonic 2F, Grand Front Osaka
Umeda, Osaka
Phone: 06.6359.4750
Open: 10:00-20:00, open when Panasonic is

Monday, January 15, 2018

love the internet

Last year, I washed Satoshi's knit cap and put it onto a bowl (which was smaller than the one in this post, but smaller, and didn't realize it shrank.

Untitled It looked like this.

I put the pen there for reference.

I looked online and there was a method to unshrink it.

Put it into lukewarm water for 10 minutes.

Squeeze out the water and dry on a towel,pulling it gently into shape while it is drying.

Untitled Which made it bigger than before.

Untitled At least now he can wear the hat...whew!

Thursday, January 11, 2018


blustery and overcast, craving color❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #野菜 #ソーセージ #大阪 #薩摩芋 #人参 #紫玉ねぎ #パプリカ #ブロッコリー #舞茸 #林檎 #veggies #sausage #osaka #japan #sweetpotato #carrot #redbellpepper #redonion #broccoli #maitake #mushroom #apple #parmesan #粉チーズ #stirfry #炒め物 We've been having fahreezing temps.

Most days have been overcast too.

I've been craving foods with color.

I re-vamped that winter rainbow gratin and added some sausage and the apple that I omitted the first time around.

I also didn't bake it (because I was starving when I made dinner).

Anyway, after taking this picture and eating my bowlful, Satoshi emailed to say he had a last minute drinking thingy, so he wouldn't need!

weather thingy says it is 0C (32F) but feels like -4C(24F)...brr❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #野菜 #炒め物 #目玉焼き #ヨーグルト #グラノーラ #苺 #珈琲 #大阪 #veggies #stirfry #sunnysideup #yogurt #granola #strawberry #coffee #osaka #japan We had his portion this morning with a sunny side up on top and crusty baguette.

The rooftops were whitish though the frost soon melted.

I think the weather dude said our temps are gonna be 5C (41F) max today...brr.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

dashi okayu

On the 7th of January we eat nanakusagayu, a rice porridge with 7 herbs. We eat this to rest from all the holiday eating and to wish for a healthy year❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #七草粥 #釘煮 #市田柿 #茎茶 #大阪 #nanakusagayu #kugini #ichidagaki #kukicha #osaka #japan The other day we had our nanakusagayu for breakfast.

I've written about this before, here.

In the past, I would buy pouches of the ready made okayu, heat it up and then add the 7 grasses.

These days I make okayu in my rice cooker.

The other day, though, I added dashi (stock) to cook my okayu (rice porridge).

Okayu (rice porridge), makes about 2 servings (depending on the size of your bowls)

1/4 cup rice, washed
600 cc (about 3 cups) dashi or water

Cook in rice cooker on "okayu" mode.

NOTES: Satoshi and I agree okayu is much more flavorful cooked with dashi.

I think I may cook okayu this way from now on.

I like this consistency but if you don't like your okayu too watery, you can play around with the amount of water/dashi you use.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

hojicha okayu

hojicha okayu & oolong tea❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #お粥 #ほうじ茶 #もずく #梅 #スープストック東京 #大阪 #ルクア #okayu #hojicha #oolongtea #烏龍茶 #mozuku #ume #soupstocktokyo #lucua #osaka #japan Saturday, I had breakfast at Soup Stock Tokyo and tried their hojicha okayu (roasted green tea rice porridge).

The tea flavor wasn't very detectable, but I enjoyed this.

I have their cookbooks and was happy to find that they have the recipe for this particular okayu.

Will try it as soon as I can get some of the ingredients together.

Monday, January 08, 2018


Untitled If you've ever eaten o-sechi or foods during the New Year season in Japan, you may have noticed these fancy chopsticks called Iwaibashi (literally celebratory chopsticks).

The chopsticks are pointed on both ends and wrapped with decorative red and white paper.

Apparently the chopsticsks are bleached white.

The reason these chopsticks are pointed on both ends is that it is thought you are sharing your meal with the Gods.

I know some people like to flip their chopsticks to the opposite side to take food, but when using these, you aren't allowed to--It is thought to be rude because you are using the Gods' side of the chopsticks.

So try to remember to only use the side you ate with.

Also these chopsticks are already separated because the Japanese feel that it is bad luck to "break/split" the chopsticks during an auspicious time.

We use these chopsticks from January 1st (washing them between meals) until January 7th.

Have a nice week!