Best of Japan in Boulder, CO

Nestled in the mountain town of Boulder, Colorado nature generously gifts you with awe-inspiring beauty. Surprisingly, this born and bred Tokyoite also found an abundance of the nurturing comforts of Japan.

Mountains are majestic but sometimes they can be treacherous beauties. Before launching into the details and delights of Japan in Boulder, I’d like to ask you...

Misty, the Garden Pixie's Gluten-Free Strawberry Cookies Bento Adventure, #WishFarms

Misty, The Garden Pixie wishes sweet health for kids of all ages. Always looking for yummy ways to properly nourish Wish Farms fans and their families; Misty flew from Florida to the home of her friend, the Ninja Baker. After catching up on a bit of chitchat, Misty asked the Ninja Baker if she had any ideas for a great way to deliver healthy and delicious lunches...The Ninja Baker’s reply? 

Peanut Butter Ginger Apple Cookies, #SundaySupper

Autumn is a time when green leaves transform into magnificent hues. (Hopefully, we human beings also mature with the changing seasons!) In my pursuit of the true meaning of home during my summer and autumn in Boulder, the classic film, E.T. slipped into my mind. (Quotes from the film such as “E.T. phone home” and “I’ll be right here,” have choked me up a bit.) In honor of Elliot luring E.T. out of the forest with Reese’s Pieces...

 

Banana Nut Pocky Cupcakes, #TheCakeSliceBakers

Banana bread is one of the first distinctly American baked goods I remember as a child. I was eager to emulate my glamorous stepmother, Barbara, so I was eager to adopt the same likes and tastes. An especially easy task when something as scrumptious as banana bread is served...My stepmother, Barbara, swept into my life on my sixth birthday party.  The birthday balloons, the cake, and probably my dress were pink. 

Acorn Squash Ramen, #SundaySupper

Fall temps are fully evident in Boulder. 'Tis the season for the richly hued green and orange acorn-shaped squash. Destiny or serendipity introduced me to the acorn squash. (Did you know National Acorn Squash Day is September 7th?) These beauties would’ve been brilliant simply baked with splashes of oil and soy sauce.  However, I do love ramen noodles. So... 

Asian Pear Bread, #TwelveLoaves

A golden skin covers the pale white Asian nashi pear. Dripping succulence and deliciousness, this Japanese apple-pear signals the start of autumn in Japan. In the olden days, the road from the American School in Japan to Tamabochimae train station was lined with mom-and-pop shops. One sold fruit and vegetables. Another sold candy and Japanese rice crackers. Soba shops also lined the path to the train station. At the fruit stand...

Chocolate Oreo Pocky Cupcakes, Cake, and Morello Cherry Buttercream, #SundaySupper

Summertime is slipping through our hands like fine sand. Just as there is no stopping the waves that roll up on the shore, charging into our lives are the changing seasons. So, why resist? Whether it’s the weather or anything else in our lives, change is inevitable. Why not honor the metamorphosis? The Japanese have done just that for centuries.

Cherry Chipotle Ice Cream and Brownies, #NotKetchup

Shall I “dare to disturb the universe?”(T.S. Elliot’s classic poem, The Wasteland.) The answer from the World Wide Web and popular literature (aka social media) screams yes. Dreams are to be followed. Wishes of the heart are to be fulfilled...Even the wise poet/philosopher of the 1800s, Henry David Thoreau penned, “Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.”

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