Monday, October 31, 2011

things I'm liking

It's the end of the month, I'm cleaning out some photos and posting some random stuff I'm liking.

The weather was beautiful the other day, so I went to check out Aramaki Rose Park, I packed myself a bento, and went to check out the roses.

There was a slight rose fragrance in the air, though the rose bushes looked a little shorter than when we visited in the Spring.

I won these assorted coffees from Starbucks Japan. They were giving them away to 5000 people if you signed up for their online newsletter and as part of their celebration of 15 years in Japan...woot!

For this contest, you had to choose what you wanted to win. They were giving away a latte machine or a case of pre-made lattes or these coffees.

I figured everyone would choose the machine, and I don't have space for a case of pre-made lattes, so I went with the assortment.

I think it was a good choice. (Thank you!)

Muji's Rooibos Ginger Chai tea. Good with a little sugar and splash of milk, perfect in the evenings as rooibos is non-caffeinated.

Mini Reese's PB cups...they have no wrappers on them so be careful not to eat the whole bag in one sitting!

Muji's Amatriciana, just heat the bag in a pot of boiling water and pour over your favorite pasta.

I added a sprinkling of parmesan cheese and some ground pepper...delicious on a rainy day.

True North's almond pecan cashew clusters...serving size is 5. One cluster is the size of a sugar cube, let me tell you, they are hard to stop at just 5!

It is kinoko (mushroom) season here, I sauteed these (shimeji, eringi & maitake) with some chicken consomme, garlic, a little butter & chili pepper and served it over rice like a donburi (bowl).

Satoshi gave me the thumbs up for this dish.

La Bien Nommee's salted caramel with dark chocolate sauce which we got in France...this sauce gets firm in the refridge, but is still very delicious on hot scones.

Coco Ichibanya's curry furikake...starts off sweet and then the spiciness kicks in...good on rice!

A piece of cooked kabocha, mashed together with a hard boiled egg, some mayo and ground pepper...delicious on crusty baguette!

What are you liking these days?

p.s. Happy Halloween! if you're celebrating, be safe!


jalna said...

Looove your shot of the roses! And ALL your food items look so good. I especially wanna eat your mushrooms!

Dennis K. said...

Wow I never heard of that pasta sauce... The CocoIchi Furikake sounds good!

genkitummy said...

Great thinking on the Starbucks drawing!
I'm glad that the True North clusters were on your "things I am liking list"! I actually helped produce that flavor! I worked on the True North brand before we sold it to DeMet.

K and S said...

Thanks Jalna :)

Hope you can find both of these items where you are Dennis!

OMgoodness, Genki, that is cool that you helped produce these clusters, they are ono!

Take care everyone.

Rowena said...

I'm going to pinch your idea of the mushrooms for my lunch today, plus add some flaked pieces of baked trout that I must use up before it goes bad. Happy Halloween!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Everything looks but I want to get pecan cashew clusters and the curry furikake! The clusters are dangerous. I think I gained weight this summer munching something similar... I seriously got big. >_< (can you tell from my photo?! Arhhh!) It's funny I still want them. Haha.

K and S said...

Rowena, your lunch is gonna be onolicious :)

I think I got the clusters at either Sam's Club or Costco, Nami :)

Take care you two.

Deb in Hawaii said...

Everything looks delicious. The VIAs are great to cook/bake with (in addition to drinking.) ;-)

Japan Australia said...

Happy Halloween! Some great things there. I need to get me some of the Coco Ichibanya's curry furikake. Halloween in Japan means great seasonal snacks and I'm enjoying the Koala's March Chocolate and Strawberry Milk Halloween versions :)

Japan Australia

K and S said...

thanks for telling me about the uses of VIA, Deb :)

Hope you get the furikake J-A :)

Take care you two.

K said...

Congrats on your Starbucks win!

The curry furikake sounds delicious!

K and S said...

Thanks K! I like the prizes you win too :)

Take care.