Friday, November 14, 2008

pikachu christmas?!

In Japan they eat Christmas cake. Personally I found this tradition about the easiest to adjust to. I thought it was slightly different for about a whole second and now every year I try to bake my own. It is easy to get inspired by the various cake catalogs found in department stores, bakeries, and convenience stores. Almost always there is a French log cake and of course a sponge cake with strawberries but this year I found a Pikachu cake.

Wow! This isn't some sheet cake with some decorations. It's his head! Nothing says Christmas like Pikachu's head on a platter. Did I mention the inside is Japanese style pudding surrounded by cream? For 3,500 yen it's yours to take home and assemble with your parents.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Since I can't stand eggs I find these instant noodles absolutely horrifying. However I must say I'm impressed with the amount of egg put into them. Look at the mini fried eggs.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

I'm it.

I've been tagged by Karencilla.

Seven random things about myself:

1. When I was small I carried around a stuffed Santa Claus. It wasn't jointed and looked more like a pillow. My parents visited a winery and Santa got a wine stain on his head. Supposedly he got smudged by a wine barrel.

2. There was a short time when people thought my younger brother and I were twins. Now strangers think he's my older brother. (Grrrrr ...)

3. Until recently I thought everyone used a ruler in the kitchen.

4. Don't ever leave me alone with your stuff unless you want it organized by color, number, letter, size, shape, etc.

5. Pink isn't my favorite color but I own a lot of pink things. Pink pashmina, pink phone, pink PSP, pink pajamas ...

6. Three Continents and Rebecca are two of my favorite books.

7. Even though I like cinnamon I am terribly allergic to it.

I'm tagging:
One Tree
The Gilded Bee
Sew Be Do

I'm still relatively new to Blogger so my list is on the short side. If you want to be added to my list let me know.

Here are the rules:-Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.-Share seven facts about yourself on your blog ? some random, some weird.-Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.-Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.

Friday, October 10, 2008

some fall flavor

It really is better to use fruit and vegetables when they are in season. Recently I made some apple sauce. I still haven't found the equivalent of a Granny Smith apple but it turned out OK.

Steamed Japanese pumpkin, with a green exterior, tastes pretty good. I know you can find some in the U.S. so you should give it a try.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Tom & Karl

If you are a fan of Tom Ford and/or Karl Lagerfeld you must see this video. I still can't get over the fact that they are being interviewed together. Wow!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

mobile blogging

Here goes my first attempt at blogging from a phone. I guess this could be useful when one is traveling. Also this makes it easier to use those pictures taken with your mobile device. But really it's as necessary as an octopus-shaped dog bed.

pakupaku lunch

Food picks to add some cuteness to your
obento. Have you ever seen such an irritated giraffe?

Monday, September 22, 2008

kitchen kid

A sponge with it's own bunny/bear suit. It's almost too cute to use.

Friday, September 19, 2008

paradise lost

I haven't blogged for a long time. No, I didn't go off to some paradise, fruity or otherwise. I was having a hard time dealing with yet another summer in Japan. It is just too humid and I had the worst attitude.

Now that's it's cooler I'm going to try blogging again. Instead of MySpace, however, I will use Blogger. Although I will keep the MySpace profile all future posts will be on Blogger. I am also in the process of moving the older posts to Blogger. It's not that I dislike MySpace, I just want to reach more of my readers. Enjoy!