Strawberry Chocolate Bento, #Chocolate Party

Bento lunch boxes – from Hello Kitty and polka dots to somber and simple – are seen in school lunchrooms, corporate cafeterias in Japan. Most every Japanese home has one. 
The demand for the stylish lunch boxes in the U.S. seems to be on the rise; more and more supermarkets and internet sites in the U.S. are selling the stylish lunch boxes.Americans are picking up on this Japanese custom of fixing bento boxes for lunch.

 

Roxana’s Home Baking Chocolate Party gave this Ninja Baker the perfect excuse to create a dessert bento box... 

Japanese Mexican Tacos, #SundaySupper, #CincodeMayo

May 5 brings festivity, feasts and honors the strength of soldiers and samurai on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. In the U.S, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican victory over the French in the 1800s.

On the other side of the Pacific Ocean, the Japanese celebrate Boy’s Day. Currently, the politically correctly term is Children’s Day. The national holiday is devoted to the happiness of little ones.
 

Matcha Nutella Tango Cupcakes for Vintage Kitchen

My friend Paula produces some of the world's best desserts from her Buenos Aires Vintage Kitchen. Chocolate Velvet Ice Cream with Cherry Sauce, French Strawberry Cake and Ricotta Tangerine Cheesecake...The titles alone are enticing. But Paula's photos and recipes at Vintage Kitchen are equally mesmerizing.

When Paula asked yours truly to guest post, I was honored.  And created a Matcha Nutella Tango Cupcake.

Japanse Castella Pound Cake & Chocolate Buttermilk Buttercream, #ChocolateParty

Castella honey cake has been a treasured gift in Japan since the 1600s. Portuguese sailors and merchants brought Paõ de Castela, Bread of Castile to Japan in the 1600s. Even when all foreigners were kicked out of the country by the Tokugawa shogunate for 200 years, the cake stayed. For several centuries the treat was reserved for rich folk – like the Emperor! Today the royal dessert is readily available to all.

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