Thursday, May 16, 2013
I GET TO BLOG AGAIN!
time to share some new adventures and creative encounters with everyone :)
I can't wait!
Oh, and while I'm at it, take a lookie at my oatmeal tumblr. It's basically just pictures of oatmeal- because oatmeal is probably the best food in the world.
p.s. I'm going to be sending LOTS of letters out to my lovely and dear penpals this weekend- I can't wait! :)
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013
If so, do take a look at my newfound blogcrush: workspaces.
A blog completely devoted to gorgeous photographs of various creative people's workspaces.
seriously. You're not dreaming. This is reality.
all pictures via workspaces.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
|how beautiful is this dish?!?! three pieces of sashimi that were not only beautifully presented, but melted in my mouth... Still thinking of it now :)|
|mmmmmm! Sakura grilled salmon and steamed potato! yum!|
|that's a miniature tree. I'm not sure if they gave us a direct translation, but that's what it is.|
|japanese pickles... delicious!|
|the best! bamboo shoot steamed rice|
|mango pudding with crème fraîche, melon, and mint- now, I need to replicate this!|
I can't begin to speak of the wonderful food I ate in Japan. It's was just too good to be true. Honest.
I think I would go back to Japan just for their fish. It's incredible.
So, in Hakone, our Ryokan served us a kaiseki dinner every night in our room- which was absolutely fantastic. Dinner started every night at 6:00 PM sharp and would end at around 8:30. Course after course, the colorful, simply beautiful dishes would come out, and I would stare in awe. One, everything was much to perfect to consume, it all looked as if everything came straight from a photo shoot. Two, I must embarrassingly admit... Sometimes I wasn't quite sure what I was consuming- which is always an interesting experience. I tried so many new things that I would have never usually ordered had it been by choice. I mean, who knew bamboo steamed rice would become my new favorite?
All in all, it was thrilling to try some delicious new dishes that I might hopefully be able to replicate in my own kitchen... Hopefully?
But I must say that the sakura grilled salmon was my favorite. If only sakura could grow all year 'round... and in the USA too!
Friday, April 5, 2013
|A small break at our Ryokan in Hakone... The ice cream is so fresh and creamy :)|
|coffee ice cream at hutte café in PARCO|
Japan has reached to an unprecedented level when it comes to ice cream making. During this trip, I think I had ice cream almost every day. Wait. I did have ice cream every day.
Anyways, I learned that when you pair iced coffee with vanilla ice cream, the perfect symphony of harsh bitterness and delicate, creamy milky flavor combines to absolutely enchant your tastebuds. Who knew? When I ordered this coffee, I was expecting literal ice cream coffee- coffee flavored ice cream, like one would normally expect, right? Well, now, I can't have my ice cream- or coffee- the same anymore, as they must be combined. It truly is a horrible curse, and I must thank the wonderful hutte café for that. Do stop on by the fourth floor in the PARCO department store (I think I went 4 times this past trip...) as it not only carries possibly the best ice cream coffee you have ever tasted in your life, but also has some ridiculously adorable shops to catch your attention. You will not regret it.
And if you're not in Japan at the moment, just make your ice coffee as you usually would, and top it with a generous scoop (or two!) of your favorite vanilla ice cream. It's as easy as that.
|I would very much like to meet the sculptures ;)|
|a very strange exhibition|
|why can't all guide maps be this cute?|
|UJINO POP exhibition...|
|when we walked into this room, the appliances suddenly started to bop up and down, and then out of nowhere, beats filled the room, and lights began to flash. We all stood there in a bit of wonder- it was definitely very VERY strange.|
|I liked this very much.|
|duck lamp? not random at all.|
|kawaii~! my little sister desperately wanted to play here with the other children, however, she was much to shy and decided against it... :(|
|I'll take three. For my garden, that is.|
|she also wanted to play here.|
|Can you guess what this is? Perhaps little bottles collecting maple syrup? Honestly, I have no idea.|
I am finally back from my lovely trip around the world, and oh my do I have a lot to tell you :)
First, I shall start with the lovely little town of Hakone-machi, just 90 minutes from Tokyo (by the 'Romance Car', that is).
Known for their incredible onsen and ryokan, Hakone is truly a relaxing, spa retreat. Usually, people from all around the world come along to see Fuji-san, but unfortunately for us, Japan wasn't experiencing the best weather...
So, after panicking to find the right station and train (hey, I'm from Los Angeles- there aren't any trains here, so it's quite stressful when I actually have to use them for public transportation!), we were on our way to the exquisite little town. Personally, I'm more of a big-city kind of person (although I don't live in one...), so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. To say the least, Hakone was absolutely breathtaking! The lovely people, the food, the gorgeous scenery... It was almost like a dream. No. It was most certainly a dream, because now that I'm back home, I keep thinking of the beautiful memories I shared there with my family, and how completely flawless everything was. So, if you're in Tokyo, I do suggest visiting Hakone, not for just a day, but perhaps a few days!
The Open Air Museum was wonderful, however, it was freezing cold outside, and of course I failed to bring a proper jacket :( BUT! We still managed to look at the whole museum (we spent two hours looking at the marvelous artworks!), and I also brought back some cute little gifts at their museum shops, where they sold the cutest Fuji-san cookies that I was very much tempted to buy.
On another note, I am so so so sorry for my lack of posts lately! And also, If you have sent me an e-mail, and I haven't responded yet, I am sorry for that too... I have been such a bad blogger :( There are many many things going on, and sometimes I just need to sit back and breathe a little.
I hope you'll forgive me?
More posts coming up this week!!
p.s. Thank you to those of you who have nominated me for the blog award some time ago! I really do appreciate it :)
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
|Hong Kong on a fairly clear day|
Finally, my long-awaited break has begun (last friday, actually), and I can explore the world once again.
This time, I'll be exploring Japan.
Tomorrow, I'm hopping on a plane from Hong Kong to Tokyo, and the next day, i'm going to Hakone, which is a lovely town known for its Hot Springs. It's going to be so beautiful, as the sky will be filled with Sakura, and the air so crisp and clean. I know i'll go on incredible hikes, have picnics, and of course, I'll have to stroll through the Open Air museum. This will be my first time visiting Hakone, so i'm not familiar with it at all (I would love some suggestions if you've been!)
After a couple of days in Hakone, i'm off to Tokyo once again, and after two days, i'm back home to the States. I really wish I could stay longer!
Well, I should be packing now :)
See you in Japan!
Sunday, March 10, 2013
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Speaking of travels, spring break is in two weeks, and I'm returning to Japan! I will be in Tokyo for a couple of days, and the majority of the trip will be in Hakone! I cannot wait :)
I have been thinking about college lately, and I think I want to go into design... any advice? I know it's difficult to work in the design industry, and to be honest, I'm a little scared :/
question: were you unsure of what you wanted to do as a career when you were in high school?
I feel as though so many people set their minds on one thing, and work towards that goals, whereas I'm a little stuck... I can't give anyone a straight answer as to what I want to do with my life.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
My new little food blog is up, with a fresh, new recipe and more to come. La Cuisine en Porcelaine will post simple, delicious meals, snacks, and desserts that keep your health in mind.
Being healthy can be delicious too!