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1. How to Make a Simple Cake Using a Rice Cooker
How to Make a Simple Cake Using a Rice Cooker
Spring has officially arrived and there's a sense of anticipation in the air. To many Japanese, cherry blossom trees in full bloom signify new beginnings and the perfect time of the year to start something new. For me, it's about reflecting on the first quarter of the year, taking stock of what I...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:43:57
2. How My Collection of Paleo Cookbooks Help Me Stay Healthy
How My Collection of Paleo Cookbooks Help Me Stay Healthy
Yesterday, I decided on a simple breakfast which consisted of sliced avocados,sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil. A handful of raw almonds and a tall glass of freshly-squeezed lemon water completed my meal. Like life itself, sometimes the simplest things can be oh so satisfying. Naturally there...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:04:40
3. No-Sugar Gluten Free Low Carb Strawberry Cupcakes
No-Sugar Gluten Free Low Carb Strawberry Cupcakes
Anybody who knows me long enough, know how much I adore sweets of all kind. Not only do I love eating them, I also enjoy making them - from delicate cookies to cakes, I love them all. So it's only natural that I try to eat healthy most of the time, or else I risk gaining back all the weight I los...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:44:14
4. Easy-to-Make Lemon & Lime Ice Cream-No Ice Cream Maker Needed!
Easy-to-Make Lemon & Lime Ice Cream-No Ice Cream Maker Needed!
Ice cream is one of those things that everyone loves and is especially good when the weather starts to heat up. I mean is there really anything better than ice cream on a hot summer day? I don't know about you, but I can't think of any!As everyone in the universe knows, I am obsessed with food an...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:46:35
5. Japanese Fruit Sandwich
Japanese Fruit Sandwich
What are fruit sandwiches? Not only are they delicious, they are extremely easy to make. They taste a bit like those super light Japanese cakes that aren't overly sweet. Never heard of a fruit sandwich before? Well that's most likely because you don't live here in Japan where the fruit sandwich ...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:03:50
6. How to Make Yakitori-Japanese Grilled Chicken Skewers
How to Make Yakitori-Japanese Grilled Chicken Skewers
Japanese-Style Grilled ChickenSometimes the simplest things can be some of the best things in life. Take the humble Yakitori for instance. Yakitori, or grilled skewered chicken, is one of the simplest things in the repertoire of Japanese cuisine. Yet it's incredibly delicious when done well.The m...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:54:39
7. Manoa Falls-Hiking Through a Hawaiian Rainforest
Manoa Falls-Hiking Through a Hawaiian Rainforest
Deep in the valley of Manoa lies Manoa Falls, which is an easy 30- minute hike through a lush rainforest filled with native flora and fauna. One of my favorite hikes on the island of Oahu, this is definitely one of the easiest, yet most beautiful hikes in Hawaii. Located just a short 20-minute d...
Travel & Places - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:33:20
8. Using a Rice Cooker to Make Easy Leftover Vegetable Soup
Using a Rice Cooker to Make Easy Leftover Vegetable Soup
As I was walking around my neighborhood today, I noticed a single plum tree starting to blossom. In fact it was already at half bloom which can only mean one thing - spring is just around the corner! It was as if an old friend had finally come back after a long absence and I was excited. Celebra...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:16:04
9. Easy No-Bake Sugar-Free Cheesecake
Easy No-Bake Sugar-Free Cheesecake
Since I started to experiment with cupcakes and other sweet goodies last year, I have to admit that I've put on a few unwanted pounds. And how time flies when you're having fun because I didn't realize just how long I've been forgetting to keep my weight in check. It's not that I've gained a gino...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:43:48
10. Low-Carb Gluten-Free Brownies with Peanut Butter & Cream Cheese
Low-Carb Gluten-Free Brownies with Peanut Butter & Cream Cheese
I have a friend who has a sweet tooth. The problem though, is that he suffers from something called candida, which is a form of fungus. When it flares up, it causes him to itch like crazy and sometimes to the point of excruciating pain. Its not an easy thing to watch especially when I know he's g...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:24:37
11. Eating My Way Through Honolulu
Eating My Way Through Honolulu
Hawaii is truly a melting pot and when it comes to food, this can be a very good thing. Whether you're looking for some old-fashioned local food or feel more like biting into a juicy gourmet burger, Honolulu's got it all. On my last trip to Hawaii, I naturally gravitated towards my favorite eati...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:45:06
12. Versatile Low-Carb Muffins
Versatile Low-Carb Muffins
Once upon a time, I celebrated Thanksgiving like everyone else. Back when I lived in Hawaii, I usually prepared the meal myself and although it would take me two days to prepare and make everything, I enjoyed every minute of the process. Of course we would have the traditional turkey with stuffin...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:56:30
13. The Best Paleo Brownies I've Ever Baked!
The Best Paleo Brownies I've Ever Baked!
A few months ago, I had an obsession with scones. After one too many scones in my system, I got over that phase but now I'm obsessed with something else. Brownies have always been on my list of impossible-to-resist treats and I've been working on a Paleo version of my brownies for some time. Cho...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:36:28
14. How to Make Onigiri - Japanese Rice Balls
How to Make Onigiri - Japanese Rice Balls
The summers in Tokyo are short and lasts just a couple of months and comes right after the long and dreary rainy season has departed. So it's no surprise that everyone starts to get a little excited, anxious to once again, go outdoors to enjoy the clear blue skies. A picnic at the park is one of...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:46:35
15. How to Make The Best Paleo Pancakes
How to Make The Best Paleo Pancakes
I've been battling my weight for most of my life and I blame it on sweets. I used to curse the trays of baked goods on bakery shelves that practically begged me to take them home. Once the pancake craze took over Japan by storm, I was in utter despair as I struggled to walk past pancake restauran...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:57:02
16. Things to Do in Bangkok During a Coup
Things to Do in Bangkok During a Coup
A couple of months ago my friend and I was talking about going on a trip and a few places came up during our conversation over dinner. Since I just got back from Hawaii only 6 months ago, I knew I wanted to go somewhere else. My friend didn't really care as long as it was someplace foreign and ex...
Travel & Places - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:12:22
17. How To Make Almond Flour Pancakes
How To Make Almond Flour Pancakes
Nothing makes me feel as good as eating a good plate of pancakes with maple syrup. Saying that I love pancakes is an understatement. I will eat them not just for breakfast, but also for dinner! However eating that many pancakes during the week makes me feel lethargic and is never kind to my waist...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:45:19
18. Why I'm Sold on the iPad Mini with Retina Display
Why I'm Sold on the iPad Mini with Retina Display
I've always been one of those people that prefer paper books to digital ones. Despite my partner's persuasion to switch to ebooks, I was never convinced. So against my wishes, he bought me my first iPad a few years ago. It was one of the first generation ones and after downloading a couple of mag...
Computers & Electronics - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:44:31
19. Traveling Through the World's Cuisine-The Food Book Review
Traveling Through the World's Cuisine-The Food Book Review
Will Travel for FoodTo say that I love food is an understatement. My love for food borders on the obsessive so it's no surprise that when I plan trips abroad, I meticulously research the what, why and where I'd be eating each and every one of my meals. Many would argue with me that travel is not ...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:03:15
20. How to Make HaupiaTreats-The Low Carb Way
How to Make HaupiaTreats-The Low Carb Way
When I was a child, I could not understand why people liked to eat coconuts. Coconut flakes were dry and had a chalky taste to me. I would endlessly chew the coconut flakes until my my mouth became numb with effort. In the end I would just give up and spit the flakes out. One day when I went to a...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:37:39
21. Korean Style Beef over Rice-Yakiniku Donburi
Korean Style Beef over Rice-Yakiniku Donburi
Donburi, literally means "bowl" and the name is used for almost any dish that consists of fish, meat, seafood or any other combinations of ingredients that are served over rice. There are many varieties of donburi ( shortened to just "don" when combined with ingredients ) dishes in Japan but the ...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:12:56
22. How to Make Dried Fruit Scones
How to Make Dried Fruit Scones
I recently discovered a fondness for scones, especially after I started to experiment with them a few months ago. I don't quite remember how it started, but all know it had something to do with my matcha scone experiment, taking me three tries to finally get it right. Since those scones turned o...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:09:50
23. Climbing Diamond Head
Climbing Diamond Head
Diamond Head is recognized by people all over the world and one of the most iconic landmarks in Hawaii. You can see it from various places in Honolulu. Strolling down Waikiki beach, Diamond Head is always in sight. You can even see it from the airport! Surprisingly many first time visitors don't ...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:45:08
24. Sugar Free & Gluten Free Low Carb Matcha Muffins
Sugar Free & Gluten Free Low Carb Matcha Muffins
Although most people hardly notice except for the closest of my friends, I basically watch my carbohydrate intake to keep my weight down. For me, it's simply the easiest way to maintain my weight and so much easier than counting calories. I've been there and I've done that too many times only to ...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:37:22
25. The Joy of Collecting Mugs
The Joy of Collecting Mugs
I've never been a collector of anything. I mean it's really not practical for someone like me, who lives in a cramped apartment in a city like Tokyo. Space is at a premium in this city and collecting anything that takes up space just doesn't make sense. When I first moved to my new apartment, I w...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:30:22
26. how to make a pumpkin pie with pancake mix
how to make a pumpkin pie with pancake mix
At the end of each summer, I start to look forward to the next season in terms of food...you know yummy things such as mushrooms, succulent grapes and pumpkin pies! I put an exclamation point there to emphasize the fact that I love pumpkins especially when they're made into sweet little things. I...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:33:09
27. How Squidoo Has Changed My Life
How Squidoo Has Changed My Life
When 2013 started, I had big dreams and a whole list of new year's resolutions that I intended on keeping. I had been designing clothing for a virtual world since 2007 and had enjoyed years of success. I wanted to take it one step further, perhaps into the real world and a few opportunities were ...
Squidoo Community - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:02:15
28. The Easiest No-Bake Fruit Pie
The Easiest No-Bake Fruit Pie
Desserts and sweets are my weakness. The incredible variety on offer is almost overwhelming and if I had one crazy wish that I could make come true, I'd probably choose to sleep on a bed full of cookies, cakes and pies. So it's only natural that I like to bake desserts such as cakes and cookies....
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:16:47
29. The Road to Making the Perfect Matcha Scones
The Road to Making the Perfect Matcha Scones
It's amazing how many times I've failed at making a simple scone, at least one that was edible. In fact, my last batch of matcha scones was an utter disaster that even my dog wouldn't touch it. I kid you not. So why am I so obsessed with making the perfect scones? Well for one thing, I'm a sore ...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:24:37
30. Misaki Port - A Quiet Fishing Village Famous for Tuna
Misaki Port - A Quiet Fishing Village Famous for Tuna
Saying that summertime in Tokyo is hot is an understatement. It's not just hot. It's intense and uncomfortably humid with many suffering heat strokes. I actually don't mind it much as I much prefer it over our long and cold winters. Still, after a couple of months and I find myself wishing for a ...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:02:15
31. Enjoying Kyoto in the Heat of Summer
Enjoying Kyoto in the Heat of Summer
If you'd asked me what my favorite season of the year was years ago, summer would've been my very last choice. Summers in Tokyo are incredibly hot and humid and the heat is so amazingly intense, it has the ability to zap all the energy out of the most energetic human being. After having lived he...
Travel & Places - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:05:31
32. Festive Strawberry Muffins for Any Occasion
Festive Strawberry Muffins for Any Occasion
When spring arrives in Japan, there's a sense of anticipation in the air. When the cherry blossom trees start to blossom, hanami ( flower viewing ) season officially begins and people all over the country start planning and preparing for their individual own get-togethers. Planning usually involv...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:34:17
33. How to Make Hosomaki-Rolled Sushi
How to Make Hosomaki-Rolled Sushi
I've been eating sushi ever since I was a kid. My mother used to make them at least twice a month as they were easy to make and required very little ingredients. She always preferred fish to other kinds of protein but her favorites were vegetarian ingredients such as fresh cucumbers, pickled Japa...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:25:12
34. A Quaint Little Town in the Heart of Tokyo
A Quaint Little Town in the Heart of Tokyo
Living in one of the largest cities in the world can sometimes feel overwhelming. Tokyo is the largest metropolitan area in the world at 5,310 sq miles, with a population of 13.23 million people. Divided into 23 wards, which are like small cities themselves, Tokyo is a bewilderingly complex city....
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:01:17
35. Spaghetti with Zucchini and Peas - A Light and Refreshing Alternative to Tomato Sauce and Meatballs
Spaghetti with Zucchini and Peas - A Light and Refreshing Alternative to Tomato Sauce and Meatballs
A few days ago, a friend of mine dropped by with a bag of zucchini, fresh-picked from his father's farm in the countryside. The variety of zucchini in the bag was amazing. In addition to the typical green variety you see in supermarkets around the world, there was one that stood out in particular...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:32:45
36. Lift Your Spirits with a Bouquet of Edible Flowers
Lift Your Spirits with a Bouquet of Edible Flowers
You see that beautiful plate of salad on this page? With the bright and festive colors, evoking images of sunny days and clear blue skies, you would think my day was filled with joy, happiness and lots of laughter. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case today.On the contrary to what the salad looks ...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:44:15
37. Spicy Korean Beef Soup- Yukgaejang
Spicy Korean Beef Soup- Yukgaejang
Growing up in Hawaii, I was exposed to a wide variety of cuisines from around the world. With Hawaii being a true melting pot, it's especially true when it comes to food. One of my best friends in school was this Korean kid who used to invite me over to his house to hang out. During these visits,...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:11:40
38. How My Mother Conquered Her Fears to See Her Son
How My Mother Conquered Her Fears to See Her Son
Those were the words she uttered to me every time I asked her to come and visit me in Tokyo. For several years now, I've been trying to get my mother to come as her last visit was more than three years ago. However she had decided that she was simply too old and frail to travel on her own. After...
Relationships & Family - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:44:34
39. An Oasis in the Heart of Tokyo
An Oasis in the Heart of Tokyo
Growing up in Honolulu, I was always surrounded by natural beauty. I also lived right across the street from the beach and I never really appreciated it when I lived there. When I moved back to Tokyo to live, it took a bit of getting used to. Surrounded by buildings every which way you turn, neon...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:21:27
40. Matcha Pancakes with White Chocolate Sauce
Matcha Pancakes with White Chocolate Sauce
Matcha Pancakes drizzed with white chocolate? You bet! My earliest memories of pancakes was when I was around nine. After insistent nagging on my part, my mother let me tag along with her to a local greasy diner where she ordered us a plate of hot and fluffy pancakes. For me, it was love at firs...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:45:19
41. Betty Crocker Cake Mix to the Rescue
Betty Crocker Cake Mix to the Rescue
The Cake Mix for Busy People Everybody in Tokyo seems to constanly be on the move all the time. With most of my friends being in a creative field that includes never-ending projects and deadlines, it's a rare treat that we all are able to get together at the same time. Last Saturday night, two o...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:16:44
42. Chasing the Blues Away with a Visit to Asakusa
Chasing the Blues Away with a Visit to Asakusa
I truly love life and wake up every morning full of gratitude. I mean if you think about it, we have so much to be grateful for, no matter what our situations may be. But life's not always perfect and things can get us down, even the most positive ones, including me. Like this morning for instan...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:43:36
43. The East-Meets-West Fusion Hot Dog
The East-Meets-West Fusion Hot Dog
Did you know that hot dogs are quite popular here in Japan? Of course it's not always easy trying to find one unless you happen to be at a McDonald's for breakfast. Yes, they serve the hot dog ( called a McHotDog ) as a breakfast item and ONLY for breakfast. You can also find them at the concessi...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:06:27
44. Tofu Teriyaki
Tofu Teriyaki
Tofu is a versatile ingredient that can be used to create quick and delicious meals. Although I'm not a vegetarian, I don't eat much meat and I usually find myself turning to a bean source for my protein. I have tofu 3-4 times a week mostly due to convenience. However it is also one of the most n...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:03:37
45. Hawaii Regional Cuisine-Ahi Katsu
Hawaii Regional Cuisine-Ahi Katsu
Memories of HawaiiAhhhh. As I look back on my last visit to Hawaii, I can't help but smile and breathe a sigh of joy. Memories of clear, blue skies and the feel of the gentle trade winds that caress my skin with the spirit of aloha. Chilling out on the pristine white sands of Kailua Beach heals e...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:11:27
46. Japanese Potatoes in Soy-Based Sauce - My Mother's Favorite Side Dish
Japanese Potatoes in Soy-Based Sauce - My Mother's Favorite Side Dish
When my mother recently came to visit me in Tokyo, her mission was to clean, dust and organize my entire apartment. She made it clear to me that she would not be doing any cooking whatsoever, but as she's always never been a fan of cooking, I wasn't surprised. As a matter of fact, I've gotten use...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:12:38
47. A Taste of the Islands
A Taste of the Islands
Memories of Hawaii I live on the 8th floor of a small apartment building in one of the residential districts of Tokyo. It's a nice place that I find quite comfortable with a nice balcony in the back that overlooks a small park. Having said that, the balcony is only used for a couple of months ou...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:44:31
48. Dance Your Way to Fitness
Dance Your Way to Fitness
Why I chose Dance Central 3 as a Fitness Tool Three years ago, I came down with a case of Bell's Palsy, which is partial paralysis of your face. Not only was I embarassed to go to the gym, my doctor ordered me to abstain from any form of strenuous exercise until I get better. After a little less...
Video Games - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:16:55
49. Celebrate with an Art Cake
Celebrate with an Art Cake
The challenge of making something different Last weekend I was faced with the challenge of organizing a birthday party for a very good friend of mine. I've known him for about 13 years and we've become very close so his birthday had to be very special. Every year we usually take him out to a nic...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:12:26
50. The Spectacular Tulips of Showa Kinen Park
The Spectacular Tulips of Showa Kinen Park
One of the things I love about my city is that there are more than enough things to keep one occupied for an entire lifetime and beyond. Tokyo is known for everything high-tech and trendy, and while most visitors come for all the action and excitement that this incredible city offers, I find the ...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:21:54
51. The Spectacular Weeping Sakura Tree at Rikugien
The Spectacular Weeping Sakura Tree at Rikugien
Every spring, people gather from all around the city to witness a once-a-year event. A giant weeping sakura tree shows off its petals for just one short week and it's a spectacle unlike anything else in Tokyo. One singular tree stands tall in Rikugien, a historical garden located in metropolitan ...
Travel & Places - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:16:43
52. Adventures in Paradise - My Visit to Honolulu in 2013
Adventures in Paradise - My Visit to Honolulu in 2013
Every year I pack up my suitcase to fly to my second home - the place where childhood memories were made and where most of what I call comfort food can be found. That place is called Honolulu. Honolulu is the state capital of Hawaii and is the most populated city in the state. Honolulu is a wonde...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:51:24
53. How I Lost My Weight and Kept It Off
How I Lost My Weight and Kept It Off
Despite all the new weight loss books that fill the shelves of our local bookstores, everyone still seems to be looking for ways to lose weight and keep it off. I can surely relate because I have been obese for half of my entire life. I remember trying all the new diets. Low fat, low carb, rice d...
Healthy Living - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:30:29
54. Seriously Good Popcorn-Review of the Chicago Mix
Seriously Good Popcorn-Review of the Chicago Mix
There are many unusual food items that become trendy here in Japan. Pancakes are one of those things and although it's been a few years since the pancake boom started, lines to indulge is still beyond absurd. Recently, another American import has arrived on the Japanese culinary scene. Since the...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:59:07
55. Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Chocolate Frosting
Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Chocolate Frosting
The cupcake craze doesn't seem to be going anywhere yet and that's good news for cupcake fans. Major U.S. cities are filled with "cupcakeries" and more seem to be popping up every year. And who doesn't love a good cupcake? I've always loved cupcakes and living in Tokyo doesn't give me many choice...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:44:14
56. Matcha Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting
Matcha Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting
Did you know that it took me at least half a dozen times to perfect these matcha cupcakes? Yep, that's right and I'm not even kidding. I have an incredible sweet tooth and it's a finicky one. If I'm going to indulge in something sugary with more calories than I care to think about, it has to be w...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:04:44
57. My First Lesson in Abstract Art
My First Lesson in Abstract Art
I've always been fascinated by art-whether it be sculptural, abstract or a simple painting. It comes down to a simple fact. Art simply fascinates me. I see art everywhere-in every book and cranny-and all around me. The beauty of a single perfect rose. The melodic notes of a Mozart sonata. The maj...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:14:23
58. Discover Hidden Treasures in Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown
Discover Hidden Treasures in Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown
Hawaii is a place of incredible natural beauty. Beaches with long stretches of white sand, tropical flowers in bloom everywhere and amazing sunsets await the visitor. But Hawaii is more than just natural beauty. Honolulu has so much more to offer than just beaches. In fact, it'd be hard just tryi...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:46:38
59. Keep your Coffee ( or tea ) Hot with the Thermos Carafe
Keep your Coffee ( or tea ) Hot with the Thermos Carafe
There has to be a better way! My Thermos Carafe is undeniably, the most used appliance in my apartment. Prior to that, I did it the hard way, that is I used to boil water as I needed it. I never thought much about it except that I knew there had to be a better way. Our winters are long in Japan...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:30:35
60. Awesome Gluten and Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
Awesome Gluten and Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
It's been awhile since I've made a batch of low carb cookies. Now don't get me wrong. I love cookies, especially with choclate chips in them and it is extremely rare that I'll turn one down. It's just that I was never successful in making the low-carb versions that satisfied my cookie cravings. ...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:44:20
61. Artisan Tea Blending Kit for Health and Enjoyment
Artisan Tea Blending Kit for Health and Enjoyment
As a work-at-home guy, I am usually cooped up in my home office for hours on end and to keep me hydrated, I try to drink as much liquid as possible throughout the day. Until a few years ago, I started the day with coffee and then had a couple more cups throughout the day. For most people, 3 cups ...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:20:30
62. Vegetarian Tofu Loaf
Vegetarian Tofu Loaf
A Tasty Japanese-Inspired Dish for Thanksgiving I've always been a fan of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner and although I no longer live in America, I still like to make myself something that resembles a Thanksgiving feast. I don't make turkey and stuffing simply because they aren't readily a...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:05:28
63. No Day But Today
No Day But Today
My Love For Musicals. On one fine day in the city of Manhattan, my family and I went to see Chorus Line, the Broadway musical that captivated audiences over its course. This was back in the 80's and it was the first time I was exposed to live musical theater. I guess you could say that was the d...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:17:52
64. Quick and Easy Creamy Chicken Vegetable Soup
Quick and Easy Creamy Chicken Vegetable Soup
The other day, I experienced a sort of mental block, the one where you have absolutely no idea what to have for dinner. I had no special plans to go out with friends, and I completely forgot to do my grocery shopping to make anything meaningful. I was also exhausted from the day's work and the la...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:32:26
65. Three Amazing Days in Hiroshima
Three Amazing Days in Hiroshima
Hiroshima. The first thing that usually comes to mind when people hear that, is the atomic bomb. With the Peace Memorial Park being one of the most prominent features of the city, it's impossible to ignore Hiroshima's wartime past. But Hiroshima is more than that. It's a modern city with just ove...
Travel & Places - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:44:15
66. Serving Loco Moco at a Dinner Party
Serving Loco Moco at a Dinner Party
Most people who've visited Hawaii has heard and even tried the Loco Moco, which is probably one of the best-known dishes on the islands. It's truly Hawaiian comfort food and appeals to locals and visitors alike. So what is a Loco Moco anyway? Well, it's a simple concoction that's basically a bo...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:04:39
67. Green Tea Cupcakes
Green Tea Cupcakes
Last weekend my friends decided to come over for dinner which usually means that I'd be doing the cooking. I actually don't mind at all as I love to cook. Many people find it stressful to plan dinners but I love the entire process. Trying to come up with the right menu is one of my most favorite ...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:22:15
68. Halloween Cupcakes Anyone Can Make
Halloween Cupcakes Anyone Can Make
Halloween is a great time to get together with friends to celebrate the fall season. Decorating your home in fall colors, making pumpkin pie and trick-or-treating. The way I like to celebrate this special occasion is by throwing a party for my closest friends. I used to serve your typical pumpkin...
Holidays & Celebrations - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:33:55
69. Decorating your Home for Halloween in Style
Decorating your Home for Halloween in Style
When I was a kid, Halloween was a holiday that meant I could eat all the candy that I wanted and my mother didn't have to pay for them. I was a fat kid that loved candy and Halloween gave me permission to endulge my sweet tooth. In my late teens and early 20's it was all about dressing up in the ...
Holidays & Celebrations - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:10:40
70. Is It Possible to Make the Perfect Pancakes at Home?
Is It Possible to Make the Perfect Pancakes at Home?
Pancakes have always been one of my all-time favorite things to eat. Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, a nice stack of pancakes never fails to put a smile on my face. My mother used to think that I was crazy when I'd order pancakes for dinner out at restaurants and diners. Everyone would be...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:17:07
71. High School - The Worst and Best Years of my Life
High School - The Worst and Best Years of my Life
If you were to ask me what my high school years were like back then, I'd probably tell you that it was hell. It was full of regrets, heartaches and disappointments. Of course that is if you'd asked me that question when I was 16. For the longest time, I dodged any conversation that had anything ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:32:21
72. Easy and Delicious French Toast
Easy and Delicious French Toast
This morning I woke up to a beautiful without a single cloud in the sky. On days like this, there is nothing better than to have a leisurely breakfast at home. I went to my kitchen to see what I had and realized I had some bread that was about to go bad in a day or two. I also had exactly two egg...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:30:29
73. Amazing Cauliflower-Crust Pizza with Green Vegetables
Amazing Cauliflower-Crust Pizza with Green Vegetables
When I first embarked on my low-carb way of eating, I had to accept the fact that anything bread-like ( i.e. muffins, pizza crust, white bread ) would be off limits and indulging in favorites such as pizzas were to be a thing of the past. However a quick search on the internet provided me with al...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:16:46
74. Lomi Salmon Salad - A Taste of the Islands
Lomi Salmon Salad - A Taste of the Islands
If you've ever been to Hawaii, you probably know about a dish called Lomi Lomi Salmon. It can be found in most deli sections of any supermarket in Hawaii, as well as restaurants serving traditional Hawaiian food. And if you've been to an authentic luau before, you've probably had a sample. As for...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:22:46
75. Blazing Through Bangkok's Spicy Side
Blazing Through Bangkok's Spicy Side
My two passions in life are traveling and eating so when I recently went on holiday to Thailand, I couldn't get there fast enough! Not only do I love food, Thai food happens to be one of my favorite world cuisines. I find the complex tastes of salty, sour, sweet and spicy appealing and excites m...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:22:46
76. How to make pickles - Japanese Style
How to make pickles - Japanese Style
In America, it's called a pickle and in the UK, it's called the gherkin. Whatever it's called, pickles are a favorite among many people. I remember many years ago during a trip to Walt Disney World, I saw a food vendor selling whole pickles to munch on. I was surprised to see this as I never thou...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:23:28
77. The Perfect Gift for the Food Loving Traveler
The Perfect Gift for the Food Loving Traveler
Looking for the perfect gift for the world-traveling foodie? There is no other book that even comes close. If you're like me, there's almost nothing in the world that compares to the pleasures of good food combined with the excitement of traveling. If you were to ask me to choose one or the othe...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:46:36
78. Chocolate Chip and Cream Cheese Cookies
Chocolate Chip and Cream Cheese Cookies
One of the advantages of living in a big city like Tokyo is the easy access to the best foods from around the world, especially when it comes to decadent sweets. Looking for the best french pastries and English scones? They can be found practically everywhere. How about the flakiest of buttery cr...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:37:39
79. Yummy Orange Shortbread Coookies
Yummy Orange Shortbread Coookies
The first time I had a taste of shortbread cookies was on a Northwest Airlines flight a very long time ago. I can still remember the buttery taste and light texture of the cookie and I've been a fan of shortbread cookies ever since. Northwest Airlines no longer exists, but the desire for more of ...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:42:30
80. The Tohoku Earthquake on 3.11 - My Experience
The Tohoku Earthquake on 3.11 - My Experience
It was a typical Friday in March - March 11, 2011 to be exact. I was working at home on my laptop in the living room. I had the TV on as background noise while my dog, Justin, was happily licking away at his chew toy. I was intensely concentrating on my work as I was doing freelance translation a...
Travel & Places - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:10:40
81. The Autumn Colors of Okuni Shrine
The Autumn Colors of Okuni Shrine
Every year I look forward to seeing the colors of the trees change as fall creeps up on us. Trees and bushes that were previously green transform into hues of red, yellow and orange. And if you wait too long, you'll miss all the beauty and splendor of autumn because winter is just around the corn...
Travel & Places - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:17:07
82. Taking Great Photos is a Snap with My iPhone
Taking Great Photos is a Snap with My iPhone
It's amazing what you can do with your iPhone these days. One of my favorite things about my iPhone is that it's easy to take some pretty good pictures with it. I've never been good with the camera so it helps that it's so darn easy. There are no complicated buttons or special tricks you have to ...
Arts & Design - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:34:59
83. The Happiness Project - Not Your Typical Self-Help Book
The Happiness Project - Not Your Typical Self-Help Book
I'll be honest with you. I avoided this book for months before finally deciding to get it from my local bookstore. I've read countless self-help books in the past and The Happiness Project sounded like another one of those books with a few new thoughts thrown in to make it seem new. I ended up bu...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:04:42
84. Easy Pickled Vegetables Using Miso
Easy Pickled Vegetables Using Miso
Pickled vegetables are one of the most important part of the Japanese diet. The simplest way to eat them is with a steaming bowl of rice and miso soup. They are also served as a condiment, relish and even palate cleanser. In many typical restaurants in Japan, you'll sometimes find tsukemono offer...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:13:14
85. Putting the Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender to the Test
Putting the Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender to the Test
For the longest time, I've had my eye on a certain hand-held gadget. In the store, it would tempt me with its sleek, stainless steel body and numerous attachments, begging me to take a closer look. But after a few glances, I would walk away reminding myself that I already had a blender at home. W...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:12:38
86. Making Your Own Masquerade Mask for Halloween
Making Your Own Masquerade Mask for Halloween
Masks of some sort can be found all over the world. Some have a cultural significance while others are used for pure decoration. I've always been fascinated with masquerade masks since I visited Venice many years ago. I remember going into a store and seeing all these gorgeously decorated masks a...
Holidays & Celebrations - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:04:56
87. My Mother's Annual Visits to Japan
My Mother's Annual Visits to Japan
I left home at the age of 15 and although I've had a rough childhood that I wouldn't want to relive, my adult years were mostly filled with happy memories. Once the drama of personal issues out of the way, our family has learned to love each other for who we are. It's definitely not the easiest t...
Relationships & Family - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:25:03
88. Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
If you would to ask me what my favorite food is, it would usually be some kind of dessert. Whether it be chocolate cake, strawberry pie or a plate of chocolate chip cookies, it really doesn't matter because I love anything that belongs in the dessert category. For me, there's nothing worse than b...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:44:21
89. Japanese Chicken Rice
Japanese Chicken Rice
A Quick and Tasty Japanese Rice Dish One of the fondest memories of living in Japan when I was a kid, was going to the so called "family" restaurants that were all the rage back then. They served an array of dishes ranging from typical Japanese food like tempura to Japanese-style Western dishes ...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:17:13
90. 15-Minute Napolitan Spaghetti - A Japanese Invention
15-Minute Napolitan Spaghetti - A Japanese Invention
When I was a kid, my mother used to often make me spaghetti and it was one of those dishes that I kept requesting over and over again. I think most kids have a fondness for pasta, especially the simple kind. In America, macaroni and cheese, or spaghetti and meatballs seem to be a hit with the you...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:17:07
91. Sweetheart Pancakes with Strawberry Preserves
Sweetheart Pancakes with Strawberry Preserves
Pancakes with a lot of love. There's nothing better than waking up to a home-made breakfast. The aroma of freshly-brewed coffee and baked breads are heaven to the senses. Although breakfast can be anything from an omelette to a bowl of granola, nothing makes me happier than a plate of warm panca...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:43:48
92. Curry Rice-Halloween Style
Curry Rice-Halloween Style
Halloween is all about having fun and spending my time cooped up in the kitchen all day is not my idea of having a good time. As I was thinking about what I would be making for Halloween dinner, I decided that I wanted it to be pretty easy to make and something that didn't require hard-to-get ing...
Holidays & Celebrations - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:15:24
93. Japanese mushroom recipes
Japanese mushroom recipes
In Japan we have it good. We have, at our disposal, lots of local fresh produce to choose from. Each season brings us new things to eat. Apples and persimmons in the fall and juicy peaches and watermelon in the warmer months. Although mushrooms are at their peak in fall, they are available year r...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:34:34
94. Getting into the Spirit of Christmas
Getting into the Spirit of Christmas
As the weather starts to become unbearably cold, I start to dread the long winter season as soon as fall waves goodbye. Despite my constant complaining about the weather, the holiday season has always been my favorite time of the entire year. The city gets all decked up with twinkling lights and ...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:10:45
95. Perfect Tempura Recipe
Perfect Tempura Recipe
When it comes to Japanese food, certain foods come to mind. Sushi, teriyaki and tempura certainly is at the top of the list for many. Tempura has always been on the very top of my list of favorite foods-in fact my entire family is crazy about these deep-fried morsels of seafood and vegetables. A...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:32:47
96. Not-So-Scary Spider Cupcakes
Not-So-Scary Spider Cupcakes
Halloween's always been a simple affair here in Japan and it's true even at my home. Still, I like to celebrate this fun holiday as it gives me an excuse to make something devilishly sweet. Most of the time, I stick to simple things like cookies or a seasonal pie. A few years back, I had baked an...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:15:57
97. A Hakone Trip in Autumn
A Hakone Trip in Autumn
When Tokyoites need a short break from their busy lives, many choose to go to Hakone. . Being that it's only a short 70-minute train ride from Shinjuku, it's the nearest major hot springs resort from Tokyo. Once you get there, you'll be rewarded with an abundance of natural beauty, therapeutic on...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:51:31
98. My Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
My Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
August is the last month of summer for us here in Tokyo. Our summers are rediculously hot and humid. There are all sorts of ways to help cool the body down. What could be better and tastier than ice cream? The month of August is filled with National food holidays and one of my favorite is Ice Cre...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:17:14
99. Rice with Chestnuts and Sweet Potatoes
Rice with Chestnuts and Sweet Potatoes
Food plays a vital role in Japanese culture and we love to celebrate the bounties of each season. I am particularly fond of fall not only for the beautiful weather, but also for the food available during this time. Chestnuts and sweet potatoes are at its peak in nutrition and taste. Steamed rice...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:04:01
100. Sweet and Sour Meatballs Make the Perfect Appetizer
Sweet and Sour Meatballs Make the Perfect Appetizer
I have a passion for anything that's sweet and sour so when I'm in the mood for Chinese, I can't resist ordering at least one dish that's sweet and sour. One of my favorite dishes is a Japanese version of a sweet and sour dish that's been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. Now my mother didn'...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:21:59
101. Spinach Sesame Toss-Goma Ae
Spinach Sesame Toss-Goma Ae
When I was a kid, spinach was my worst enemy. I also had a dislike for a lot of other things such as celery, strawberries and orange. On the other hand I had a fondness for things that some consider strange like natto( fermented soybeans ), raw clam sushi and grilled chicken cartilage. So my mot...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:21:58
102. Ome - The Perfect Side Trip from Tokyo
Ome - The Perfect Side Trip from Tokyo
Tokyo is a huge city with a limitless amount of things to see and do. I've lived here for over 20 years and I still haven't really done everything the city has to offer. However because of it's huge size, it's hard to truly relax and unwind. In fact I find that I have to get myself out of all the...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:10:30
103. Pancake Love
Pancake Love
Many people say it's just flour, baking powder and some oil mixed together but it's so much more than that for me. A great pancake can start my day off right. A gorgeously decorated plate of pancakes with toppings such as bananas and walnuts drizzled with maple butter will put a big smile on my f...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:20:37
104. Creative Costume Ideas for Halloween
Creative Costume Ideas for Halloween
For some people Halloween conjures up thoughts of jack-o-lanters, black cats and witches on broomsticks. For others it might be chocolates, candies and trick-or-treating. For many adults, it's all about finding the perfect costume and a chance to be someone or something else! I loved trick-or-tre...
Holidays & Celebrations - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:32:59
105. Madonna and her music
Madonna and her music
Some people love her and others hate her. However no one can deny the fact that she is the queen of pop. She has been in the industry for longer than most and still has the energy to keep doing what she does best. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, she is the most successful female ...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:37:39
106. Reliving the Past with Journey's Greatest Hits
Reliving the Past with Journey's Greatest Hits
Cruising with my pals along the country roads of Oahu, enjoying the lush greens of the island landscape that is Hawaii, the endless streams of songs keep us company throughout the journey. During the 80's we still relied on radio for our music and while we had tapes, CD's didn't exist. Back then ...
Music - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:05:31
107. Top Ten Low Carb Products
Top Ten Low Carb Products
Eating low carb is no longer just a fad but a way of life for many people. If it's done right, it can lead to lasting weight loss and better health. Many people also think that low carbing is about eating lots of meat. However I can tell you that's far from the truth. I personally don't like a lo...
Healthy Living - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:03:12
108. The Beautiful Sakura Trees of Shinjuku Gyoen
The Beautiful Sakura Trees of Shinjuku Gyoen
Shinjuku Gyoen is a massive garden in the heart of Tokyo located in the Shinjuku area. If you've seen the movie Lost in Translation, you'll know what Shinjuku looks like. Shinjuku is that part of Tokyo you see with endless neon signs, thousands of bars and restaurants that compete for your busine...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:22:46
109. Spirits of Tetsugakudo
Spirits of Tetsugakudo
It had been about four years since arriving in Tokyo. I was still adjusting to my new home and trying to familiarize myself with the city. Although a friend of mine kept inviting me to go,I had been hesitant to visit Tetsugakudo for the longest time because of the rumors I've heard about this pla...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:19:22
110. A Story About My Mother
A Story About My Mother
My mother was born in January, sometime shortly after the second world war in a small town called Okitsu-a quaint seaside town in the city of Shizuoka, known for it's abundant seafood, fresh wasabi and delicious green tea. She was part of a large family which consisted of two sisters and five bro...
Relationships & Family - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:05:28
111. Slow Down and Take a Breath
Slow Down and Take a Breath
My day started out like any other day. I got up at a decent time and after a quick shower, I made myself a light breakfast of beans and rice. The weather report called for a sunny day and I looked forward to making the best out of it. After thinking about where I should go today, I decided on a ...
Healthy Living - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:05:40
112. 5-Minute Peanut Butter, Jelly & Banana Parfait
5-Minute Peanut Butter, Jelly & Banana Parfait
Now and then, I'm faced with the challenge of whipping up something sweet at the last minute and most of the time I surprise myself with what I come up with. Today was no exception. A friend came over for a chat and for the first time in ages, I didn't have anything prepared. A Dessert in 5 Minu...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:37:39
113. Why I use Dr. Bronner's for Everything
Why I use Dr. Bronner's for Everything
I've never really been picky about my choice of soaps for bathing, at least not when I was younger. However things started to change a few years ago, when my skin started to get sensitive to certain brands of soaps and shampoo. At first, I ignored the symptoms but as my skin became drier and esp...
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:08:41
114. Making Japanese Croquettes
Making Japanese Croquettes
Croquettes are one of the most popular things to eat in Japan. You can pretty much find them almost anywhere you go-the supermarket deli, bento shops, mom and pop restaurants and meat shops. They are loved by everyone young and old and although they have their origins in France, they are conside...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:19:25
115. Frozen - Possibly the Best Disney Movie Ever!
Frozen - Possibly the Best Disney Movie Ever!
At least once a year, I make my way across the ocean to see my family and friends in Hawaii. Since it's only once a year, there are always so many things that are on my must-do list such as eating my favorite foods, going to the beach and watching a movie at the theater at least once during my tr...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:22:24
116. Learning to Love Myself
Learning to Love Myself
Ok, let me make it clear from the beginning that it's not really my birthday today. I was going through some old pictures today and found this picture of me from my 24th birthday. It was my first year back in Tokyo and I had just celebrated my birthday with a few new friends of mine. Back at home...
Squidoo Community - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:42:32
117. Floral Photography with my Iphone
Floral Photography with my Iphone
I love taking photos with my iphone. Come to think of it, I haven't touched my digital camera in years. It's never been easier to take beautiful pictures when the mood strikes. Whether I'm taking a walk, riding my bike or traveling to foreign countries, I always have my iphone with me. One of my ...
Arts & Design - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:05:57
118. 5-Minute Soupless Noodles
5-Minute Soupless Noodles
When I was a kid, I wasn't too happy when my mother cooked me noodles for lunch. I was never really a fan of noodles in soup. The only way I'd eat noodles were if they were fried. As an adult, I've learned to enjoy them in all its variations, but I still have a fondness for fried or soupless nood...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:44:21
119. Italian Pineapple Cake with Walnuts
Italian Pineapple Cake with Walnuts
One day, as I was browsing through my collection of cookbooks, I realized that I was the owner of more than a dozen cookbooks that I have never used for actual cooking. I know that I originally purchased them thinking I would cook something from it one of these days but somehow I completely forgo...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:44:58
120. Fried Rice with Arugula and Ground Beef
Fried Rice with Arugula and Ground Beef
I find myself cooking at home more and more often these days. I like knowing what goes into my food and because I work at home, it saves me a lot of time compared to going out to get a bite to eat. So it's no surprise that my repertoire of quick-and-easy meals has been growing. Most days, I want ...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:35:31
121. Madonna's MDNA Tour DVD
Madonna's MDNA Tour DVD
I've been a fan of Madonna since her early days when she was still singing hits like "Holiday" and "Lucky Star". I have listened to her music evolve through the years. She has always been known to reinvent herself with every new album release and her concerts are no different. Each and every conc...
Music - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:56:37
122. Candles Make the Perfect Halloween Gift
Candles Make the Perfect Halloween Gift
Halloween is a time of celebration and fun with trick-or-treating to enjoy and parties to attend. Every year there is always someone I know that's having a Halloween party and if I have the energy and time, I like to throw a party myself. I love entertaining and for special occasions, I like to g...
Home & Garden - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:46:42
123. A Journey Through a Day of Smiles - My Happiness Project
A Journey Through a Day of Smiles -  My Happiness Project
Happiness can mean different things to many people and almost everyone wants to achieve some kind of happiness in their lives. For some it might be about finding your soul mate and for others, it could be about achieving financial security. It sometimes seem rather complicated especially when hap...
Squidoo Community - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:05:30
124. Rice with Chicken and Vegetables
Rice with Chicken and Vegetables
We are blessed with a variety of seasonal produce here in Japan and although mushrooms such as shiitake, enoki and shimeji are available throughout the year, they are at their most abundant during fall. I love all the mushrooms that are available and a lot of times, I like to mix them up. However...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:25:12
125. Japanese Rice with Mixed Vegetables
Japanese Rice with Mixed Vegetables
The Easiest Vegetarian Dish Ever since I started working out of my home, I made it a point to cook my own meals as much as possible. There are times when things get too hectic that I succumb to the occasional take-out food, but if I can manage, I'd always rather make my own meals. This way I kno...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:44:27
126. Celebration Coconut Macaroons
Celebration Coconut Macaroons
I am so excited to be going home for the holidays this year. For me, it means hopping on a plane from Tokyo to Hawaii, where my family lives so it's extra special for me. I just got a call from my sister a couple of days ago saying that she had arranged a family dinner and that I will most likely...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:12:38
127. A Taste of Italy at Home
A Taste of Italy at Home
Italy Today : The Beautiful Cookbook I can't remember exactly when I got this cookbook but it was many birthdays ago. At first sight,I thought the book was a photo book on Italy because the beautiful photograph on the front cover looked more like a travelogue than a cookbook. As I started flippi...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:33:12
128. Tonkatsu with Cranberry Sauce
Tonkatsu with Cranberry Sauce
Most families here in Japan will be eating some kind of chicken dish ( usually a roasted chicken leg or KFC ) and a Christmas cake of some sort ( usually strawberry shortcake ) and although I have nothing against those two, I prefer to make some extra effort. Christmas is a time of joy, love and ...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:01:21
129. Vegan Gingerbread Snowflake Cookies
Vegan Gingerbread Snowflake Cookies
The Christmas season in Japan is always just a little bittersweet for me. It's not that big of a deal for most people here and it can be hard for someone like me who used to celebrate the holidays in America. Even so I refuse to let that be a deterrent. This year as always, I'll put on my Christm...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:56:31
130. Mamma Mia-The Movie
Mamma Mia-The Movie
Mamma Mia Here I Go Again My my, how can I resist you! Since I purchased my own copy of Mamma Mia, I have watched it at least 30 times and I just finished watching it again making it the 31st viewing of this very entertaining movie. I have quite a lot of DVDs in my collection but with the rare e...
Entertainment & Media - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:32:48
131. New York City-Food Capital of America
New York City-Food Capital of America
New York City has always fascinated me. As a small kid living on a small island in the middle of the Pacific, New York city seemed bigger than life and I dreamt of the day I would visit the iconic city. My dream finally came true when I was 21 years old. I found myself being relocated for work t...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:16:58
132. How to Make a Christmas Sushi Cake
How to Make a Christmas Sushi Cake
Christmas in Japan Around the end of November, I set a day aside to decorate my home for the holidays. I make myself a big mug of hot chocolate and get to work on decorating my fake tree. I always look forward to the holiday season and although it's not celebrated in the same way as other Wester...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:16:54
133. Spicy Deep-Fried Tofu Salad
Spicy Deep-Fried Tofu Salad
Not being much of a meat eater, I need to find different ways to get my protein and one of my favorite protein sources come from beans. I love beans in all its various forms, however preparing them takes time. When I'm short on time and patience, I reach for tofu. I like to use tofu in my cooking...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:16:10
134. Celebrating Fall with Imoni
Celebrating Fall with Imoni
I was first introduced to Imoni around 10 years ago by a friend who was born and raised in Yamagata prefecture. Yamagata is located in the Tohoku region of Japan and known for its fruits, particularly cherries and pears. They are also well known for Yonezawa Beef which is considered one of the to...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:20:30
135. Daigaku Imo-A Delicious Japanese Sweet Potato Treat
Daigaku Imo-A Delicious Japanese Sweet Potato Treat
My favorite sweet potato dish My mother is simply crazy about sweet potatoes. In fact, she used to have a basket of baked steamed sweet potatoes lying on the kitchen counter at least twice a week for many years so it's not surprising that's it's become one of my family's favorite things to eat. ...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:13:42
136. Making Memories at Walt Disney World
Making Memories at Walt Disney World
Who doesn't love Disney World? I still remember the first time I went to Walt Disney World in Florida. I was overwhelmed at the size and scope of this mega-resort and with very little planning, we missed out on a lot that there was to see. Now I'm not saying that we didn't enjoy the trip because...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:46:38
137. The Movie that Defined A Generation
The Movie that Defined A Generation
Flashback to the 80's. It wouldn't be a far cry to say that my teenage years were some of the worst years of my life. I was pretty unhappy during those days and like everyone else, I was always trying to figure out who I was. I admit I was a pretty good student when it came to my studies and I r...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:51:31
138. Dance Central - The Ultimate Dance Game
Dance Central - The Ultimate Dance Game
There's no other way to put it but I simply love Dance Central. It's as if it was created just for me because it combines two of my favorites things to do- dancing and games. Dance Central (I'll be calling it DC from now on) is available on the Xbox Game Console and is one of the games that requ...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:12:16
139. Five Ways to Inject More Happiness Into Your Life
Five Ways to Inject More Happiness Into Your Life
Ever since I was 20 years old, I have been making new year's resolutions. I make them every year with the intention of accomplishing certain goals and expectations that I set out for myself because I believe that it will somehow add to my happiness. Of course like a lot of things in life, it's ea...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:37:39
140. Movie Night for One
Movie Night for One
There is nothing I like better than a night out at the movies. Give me a bucket of freshly popped popcorn and a box of candies and I'm a happy camper. What's even better than that you ask? How about a movie night in the comfort of your own home! Life can get quite hectic especially in the busy c...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:44:20
141. The Perfect Halloween Gift
The Perfect Halloween Gift
Today I was on a mission. I was in search of a nice gift to send to my family living in Hawaii. I've been really busy with work and other random obligations and I haven't had much time to do any kind of serious shopping. So once again, I found myself caught in a dilemma. Should I go out into tow...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:42:22
142. Halloween at Disney Sea
Halloween at Disney Sea
It's just a few more days until Halloween arrives and it'll most likely pass most people by here in Japan. Halloween is not celebrated in Japan like in other countries and although stores and restaurants get into the Halloween mood by offering pumpkin-themed foods and accessories, most people har...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:42:33
143. Why I Love My Le Creuset
Why I Love My Le Creuset
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you needed to get a fancy dinner ready in less than an hour? Well I find myself in this situation quite often but somehow I managed to do that just last weekend. My friends have a way of inviting themselves over at a moment's notice but I don't r...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:10:44
144. Making Miracles in 40 Days
Making Miracles in 40 Days
I can't remember exactly when it all happened but somehow along the way, I realized that I wasn't exactly happy. Sure there were days that I felt I couldn't be happier while other days, I just wanted to crawl under my bed sheets and stay there for the rest of my life. Throughout most of my life, ...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:44:24
145. The Joy of Baking My Own Bread
The Joy of Baking My Own Bread
There's really nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread. I purchased my Panasonic bread maker about a year ago as I got tired of running to the bakery every time I needed a loaf of fresh bread. I also started becoming more conscious of what goes into my body so I started to cook more ...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:44:14
146. Create a Cozy Home with Potpourri
Create a Cozy Home with Potpourri
Potpourri is the perfect way to add some coziness and warmth to your home. Home is my personal haven-a place where I can relax and unwind, to just be myself. Firstly, I have to try and keep it clean and tidy which is not always easy to do, but once the apartment is nice looking enough, I like to...
Home & Garden - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:20:22
147. Rustic Apple Tart with Honey, Dried Fruits and Nuts
Rustic Apple Tart with Honey, Dried Fruits and Nuts
Of all the season in the year, I would choose fall as my favorite. There is so much to love about this time of the year. As the temperature drops, the leaves on trees start to change into hues of reds, oranges and yellows. Sweaters get taken out from the back of the closet as shorts and t-shirts ...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:44:58
148. Cup Men to the Rescue!
Cup Men to the Rescue!
There must be a better way! I don't know about you, but here is what happens every time I make myself a cup of instant noodles. I tear the plastic wrapping off the cup and pour boiling water into the cup of noodles. I close the lid back like the instructions tell me to do but the problem I have ...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:17:17
149. The Perfect Movie for Halloween Night
The Perfect Movie for Halloween Night
Every Halloween at exactly 10:00 pm, a tradition begins. A crowd gathers in a random living room somewhere in the outskirts of Tokyo, They were all asked to bring snacks along with a bottle of wine and nothing more. For thirty minutes they made small talk as they anticipated what was to come. Li...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:43:57
150. Tofu: The Healthy Protein
Tofu: The Healthy Protein
Tofu is one of the most common food product here in Japan and it is served in various ways. I myself always have a block of tofu in the refrigerator and it usually gets used within days if I don't eat it that day. I love tofu for it's neutral flavor and versatility in cooking. Tofu has been eate...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:37:23
151. Death Becomes Her
Death Becomes Her
When you're down and feeling blue, there's no medicine quite like laughter. A couple of weeks ago, a good friend of mine was going through a rough time in her life. Her father died of cancer about a month ago and two weeks later, her beloved cat suddenly fell ill and passed away a couple of days...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:21:59
152. The Ring-My Honest Review
The Ring-My Honest Review
The Ring made me jump in my seat! It's absolutely true. I went to the movies with a friend one evening to catch this flick called The Ring. I already knew the story from the original Japanese version but I was curious to see how it was redone in the US. Many people criticized the American remake...
Entertainment & Media - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:12:27
153. Azuki and Green Tea Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
Azuki and Green Tea Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
For the past year, I've been on a green tea kick and ever since, I feel as though my health has improved dramatically. I don't know if it's because I've stopped drinking sodas all together, I feel so much better. I feel like I have a lot more energy than I used to and I my stomach doesn't get blo...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:32:30
154. Add a Touch of Autumn to Your Home
Add a Touch of Autumn to Your Home
The Beauty of the Autumn Season Every year I look forward to fall for so many reasons. The supermarket shelves are spilling over with brightly colored pumpkin and chestnuts along with huge juicy grapes and sweet persimmons. The trees outside show off their dazzling array of colors in yellow, ora...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:11:41
155. Easy Low-Carb Ice Cream Recipe
Easy Low-Carb Ice Cream Recipe
I am a self-proclaimed foodie so watching my weight is imperative and I do that by following my version of a low-carb diet. I also have a passion for sweets and that sometimes makes it difficult to keep my weight in check. Today, I'd like to share with you a simple recipe that's delicious and ver...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:20:32
156. Low Carb Tofu Pizzas
Low Carb Tofu Pizzas
Pizzas are one of my favorite foods in the world.Not only is it easy and convenient to eat, the combination of chewy dough, tomato sauce and cheese is something most can't resist. For those of us who live a low-carb lifestyle, pizzas are the last thing that should be on our minds. There are fake ...
Healthy Living - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:21:27

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