As autumn draws near do you find yourself slowing down or moving faster? Currently, Boulder, Colorado buzzes with the return of college kids. The youthful energy is palpable. Red shopping carts zigzag like bumper cars down the aisles of Target. The scene is reminiscent of Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish markets where quick action is required to snatch the best tuna.
I am honored that my friends at Beyond Meat included the Ninja Baker in spreading the word about Beyond Meat Beef-Free Crumbles. Visionaries, Bill Gates (Yes! The Bill Gates of Microsoft) and Twitter co-founders, Biz Stone and Evan Williams are among the investors...CEO & Founder of Beyond Meat, Ethan Brown, is the son of a farmer. Mr. Brown is also an expert in the clean energy sector. Concerned about...
Kyoto - the former hangout and residence of ancient Japan’s Imperial families is a prime residence of high-end green tea. The tea is harvested in June. (Kyoto was also the capital for many years.) As in different hotspots of green tea cultivation around Japan, the first harvest in Kyoto is considered the best.
Life is a mystery. The atrocities and the miracles leave me awe-struck. I marvel too how lore infused in foodstuffs have endured centuries. Why do some foods continue to carry symbolic meaning through time?...The Song of Solomon – a tribute to love and a text sacred to both Jews and Christians – features the fig.
Dorothy was right. “There’s no place like home.” But what do you do when lost in the wondrous land of Oz? Which path do you take when home is far away? Do you meditate to center yourself? Go hang gliding? Pretzel yourself into yoga poses? (Kudos to you if you choose yoga. My flexibility factor is zip!)
Silky low calorie shirataki noodles give way to crunchy, salty bacon. Cucumbers, tomatoes and Japanese omelet provide more fun for the palate. Fresh grated ginger in the soy-sesame dressing zaps the taste buds awake.
“Imagine all the people living life in peace.” So sang legendary ex-Beatle John Lennon. Turn on the TV for the world report and you see strong imagination skills are needed!
Ready for some good news? (Me, too!) Borders blend and different cultures exist harmoniously in the humblest home cook’s kitchen to the haute designer ateliers of celebrity chefs.
Building a bridge of understanding between the East (with an emphasis on Japan) and the West (mainly the US) via the avenue of food brings me great joy. There is wisdom in the adage, “Write about what you love.” I delight in baking and sharing goodies with non-GMO ingredients and imported Japanese products. Quality is key to yummy outcomes. Love is also essential.
Delicate raspberries and puckery yuzu citrus are a heavenly flavor combo so I’m contributing No-Bake Raspberry and Japanese Yuzu Citrus Bars for a Summer Chillin' themed Sunday Supper. Crushing Pocky (Japanese chocolate covered biscuit sticks) for the crust of my Summer Chillin’ dessert, I thought about all the “cool” festivals which occur in summertime Japan. Like the Tanabata Festival. The Japanese festival celebrates the one night where the Romeo and Juliet of the star system...