Non Alcohol Cocktail

I made herbal syrup and enjoyed it as non alcohol cocktail. Of course, I can enjoy it adding local gin, tonic water but it’s good to have non alcohol drink choice for home gathering, party etc 😉 Syrup – Put water, lavender and blue flower in the pan and turn off the heat when it’s…

Roast Pumpkin

I am not a vegetarian but I like vegetables in season. Japanese people especially Japanese Kaiseki chefs appreciate ingredients of each season and organize the menu which tells the story of bounty from farms and sea. But it’s not easy to cook dishes which takes long hours after work. I often cook simple roast such…

Fig – Fruits in Season, Japan

Enjoyed my favorite fruits, FIG tonight. It’s from Onomichi, Japan. I really like fresh fig … that’s a natural bounty from the end of summer.

Wooden Bento Box from Akita

Bought my favorite Magewappa Bento Box from Akita, Japan. I heard their craftsmen are getting less … so they can’t produce the items a lot. It’s a little sad to hear these stories from local cities in Japan. But still believe it will not disappear as long as people appreciate the culture and keep buying…

Vegan with veggies in Japan

Looks like western style vegan plates but used stir fried lotus roots seasoned sugar and shoyu ‘kimpira’ style. Local konjac cooked with homemade red/normal miso and gulamelaka instead of meat. The texture is chewy and not so popular food for foreigners but Japanese enjoy this ingredients as Oden, Sukiayki etc. I don’t think people use…

Specialty Coffee, Japan

We stopped at small cafe behind Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima Island, Hatsukaichi. Recently, first Starbucks was opened on the island but I still prefer trying local coffee place while my trip. It’s beautiful island and good for walk in the early morning and sunset like my picture. Less people and you will enjoy different ambience of…