Latest Blog Posts

Latest Blog Posts

Native Foods, A Vegan Celebration, Cookbook #Giveaway

2016 may be your lucky year. Especially if you win my giveaway of Native Foods Celebration Cookbook: Delicious Vegan Recipes to Celebrate Every Month of the Year.  (Scroll down for details.) Of course, you are already lucky if you live in LA and live close to a Native Foods restaurant.  Even if you don't care about healthy eating, one bite into a Native Foods dinner or dessert may change your mind forever. Cheers to... Read Full Article

Gluten-Free Merry Christmas Cupcakes, #Glutino

Glutino generously sent me a package of their products. All opinions are my own. Peppermint Yogurt Covered Pretzels make pretty Rudy Reindeer antlers. Thanks to Glutino, everyone can enjoy a Merry Christmas. Gluten sensitive friends and family can now appreciate your sweet gifts from the kitchen. (Worse than lumps of coal in a Christmas stocking is dessert deprivation during this season of merriment. Right?) Glutino's Salted... Read Full Article

Santa Cookies, #SundaySupper

Santa Claus beckoned. Game face on, I approached the jolly man in the red suit. Securely seated on his velvet lap, I whispered my wishes. Cinnamon spices and pine cones scented the air with Christmas. The photographer’s camera flashed and the elf firmly escorted me off Santa’s lap. In a daze from the magical encounter, I’d grasp my Japanese nanny’s hand. Would Santa bring the desired dolly? My nanny, Kawaji-san, assured... Read Full Article

Gluten-Free Protein Bars, #MichaelSymon, #5in5

Holiday flurries bring happiness, hope....And recipes guaranteed to bring on a sugar rush and blues! The sparkly stuff sure is tempting. But, Michael Symon’s 5 in 5 has come to the rescue!!! Thanks to Blogging for Books, I received the 5 in 5 cookbook by the co-host of The Chew. (Michael Symon - as you may know - is also an Iron Chef.) Heart Happy Holiday Treats: Gluten-Free Protein Bars The stellar food photography and... Read Full Article

Pick up Happy, #Pretz

“Pick up happy. Pick up Pretz!” So goes the commercial for the popular Japanese savory snack stick.  Since 1962, Japanese have picked up Pretz at snack time. Pretz is a newcomer on most American market snack aisles. The “lightly salted”  (asari shio) original version is found in US markets.  Hawaii is the exception. The 50th state has a pineapple flavor Pretz in their supermarkets. In Japan,... Read Full Article

Gluten-Free Grateful Thanksgiving, #Glutino

Thanksgiving – a mostly gluten-free one – came early this year. Close family gathered around the table. We said Grace. Each person then shared memories of my mother. Mom crossed over a few weeks ago. She was born in Northern California. It’s fitting that 90 years later, the last stop on her Wimbledon tennis star adventures was Novato, California.  My six-year-old great-nephew, Ethan, summed it up best. When told of my... Read Full Article

Cafe 212 Pier: Superfoods and Supernovas

Café 212 Pier: Superfoods and Supernovas カフエ212ピアー:スーパーフード、超新星 *Note: Superfoods are naturally vitamin laden and rich with minerals. *ご参考までに、スーパーフードはミネラルとかビタミンがたくさんある食です。 Superfood vegan chocolates charged with vitamins, minerals and super-deliciousness! スーパーフードチョコレート Imagine Christmas, Thanksgiving and the 4th of July all rolled up into one holiday. India’s days-long Diwali, the Festival of Lights is that kind of... Read Full Article

Pocky Halloween Cupcakes #Pocky #Giveaway

Glico USA kindly provided Pocky for this post. All opinions are my own. Scroll down for details on the giveaway. Cookies & Cream Pocky Cat Cupcakes Spooks and black cats may soon alight upon your doorstep demanding a Halloween treat. Given the Star Wars revival, Stormtroopers and Princess Leias will also inevitably appear. (Probably a Trump or two, too!) Want to make the Halloween mini monsters happy? Present Japanese Pocky.... Read Full Article

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