Kubota Garden, Seattle

When it comes to spring blossom viewing in the Seattle area, everybody knows about Washington Park Arboretum and the Quad.

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Shishito

Shishito pepper (獅子唐辛子) is a sweet finger-sized Japanese pepper. The name refers to the fact that the tip of the chili pepper (唐辛子 tōgarashi) resembles the head of a lion (獅子 shishi). In Japanese it is often abbreviated as shishitō (lion pepper).

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Shishito is usually served hot – skewered and grilled. It can also be sautéed at high heat till it blisters then season with sea salt, preferably Maldon. The heat brings out the peppery aroma and it is the perfect accompaniment to clean sake.

Japanese Green Tea Pudding

I had a sudden crave for Matcha (Green Tea) Pudding the other night. To my surprise, this creamy delicate dessert is incredibly easy to make.

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I went through several recipes online. Some calling for heavy cream which I found a little too dense to my taste. After several attempts, I settled on this one by Just One Cookbook. Continue reading “Japanese Green Tea Pudding”

Back to Honshu

For every trip, there’s always a travel day, and that is the day you spend getting from point A to point B. Usually travel days are the least intriguing with not much to do accompanied by mediocre food.

Not in Japan! I love travel days in Japan.

For one thing, we woke up to a beautiful sunrise.

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A Foodie’s day in Sapporo

After viewing the snow sculptures at Odori Park, I went to JR Tower ESTA to get my friend Akiko the ONE SWEET she really wanted.

There are thousands of sweet shops in Japan, most of them carrying regional specialties. If you see one that you like when visiting a particular area, get it. Don’t wait till you get to your last stop. You will regret. The Duty Free shop in Narita has only basic big brand stuff that are not really that interesting. Continue reading “A Foodie’s day in Sapporo”

Naka Kaiseki

***Even though Naka Kaiseki was closed on January 2017, chef Shota Nakajima converted the space into a more casual and cost conscious Adana (3 courses $37). You can also watch chef Nakajima compete on Food Network’s Iron Chef Gauntlet.

I have found the BEST Japanese restaurant in Seattle. And it has nothing to do with sushi. Continue reading “Naka Kaiseki”

Mont Blanc Day

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According to La Maison Angelina, November 4th 2015 is la Journée du Mont-Blanc(Mont Blanc Day). Today after a satisfying sushi lunch, my friend and I popped into our favorite Japanese bakery, and found these little goodies on their shelf: Continue reading “Mont Blanc Day”

Miku Restaurant

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Vancouver is voted one of the best places to live in North America.  We spent a Sunday afternoon strolling along the seawall in Stanley Park.  It was early fall.  The sky was pristine blue, a few trees have turned colors.  There was a light breeze blowing up small ripples on the surface of the water.  I snapped a photo of the downtown skyline at Coal Harbour.

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Miku is a Aburi style Japanese restaurant right across the street from Canada Place. Continue reading “Miku Restaurant”