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Cute & Sweet Japanese Snacks & Home Accessories

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Yamibuy is an online Asian market where you can buy all kinds of Japanese (and Korean, and Indian, and Chinese, and more) snacks and convenient home stuff!!  They also have makeup and beauty goods, but I am definitely saving that for a future post~

You can definitely use the site to buy the “usual” snacks you might look for when you’re hungry for Japanese snacks – you got your pockys, your mochis, your instant noodleses of all kinds (please read that list in Strong Bad’s voice).  I put this list together to show off a handful of more unknown sweets and try something new!

MARUHA Pururun Dessert Strawberry

This dessert mix makes a strawberry peach drink when you mix it with milk!
There are sweet little strawberry pieces throughout the mix~

NESTLADY Lotus Leaf Rose Tea 20g

Look at this SUPER PRETTY loose leaf tea!
It makes for such a nice display, I’d want to leave it out on the counter
as part of the kitchen decor rather than putting it away in a cabinet!

JOYOUNG Princess Series Electric Water Kettle Pink

Um can you believe that there is a PRINCESS SERIES of electric kettles??
Anyway, when it’s time to prepare your lovely rose tea,
it’s all the more fitting to use a lovely rose-colored kettle to do so~

BALI’SBEST Green Tea Latte 150g

OMG, these look like green tea versions of Werther’s!!
That sounds so awesome – I would be popping one of these in my mouth ALL day.
I like to have slow-melting sweets like this when I’m invested in work at the computer
or am spending a lot of time sewing.

HOUSE Purin Mix

This is the style of pudding that you always see in anime. o_o
Rather than going for a convenience store variety,
you can make some of your own with this mix!

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Top 10 BEST Local Cuisine in Tokyo, Japan! 🍜

Monday, July 31st, 2017

GOOD EATS await if you find yourself headed to Tokyo, Japan!

If you’re dreaming of going, it might surprise you how accessible it is to stay there!
Browse some available places to stay and you’re sure to fall in love~

While you’re enjoying your time in Tokyo, here are 10 amazing foods to try,
as featured by Rakuten (follow the links to each one for more details
and where to check them out!).

#10: Unagi no Kabayaki (Basted and Broiled Freshwater Eel)

“Number 10 is ‘unagi no kabayaki,’ in which freshwater eel is deboned and butterflied before being basted in a sweet soy sauce-based concoction and broiled over a grill. In Tokyo and eastern Japan, eel is put through a “steaming” process before it is cooked. For that reason, many give kabayaki high marks for its tasty succulence.”

#9: Dojo Nabe / Yanagawa Nabe (Loach Hotpot)

“In 9th place is ‘dojo nabe’, which uses loach, or ‘dojo’, an ingredient that rivals freshwater eel as a stamina-boosting food. Particularly popular is an even more local version called “Yanagawa nabe,” which features beaten egg and is hard to find outside of Tokyo.”

#8: Yakitori (Broiled Chicken Skewers)

“Coming in at #8 is yakitori, which is beloved by many Japanese salarymen on their business trips to Tokyo. This is chiefly because there are a lot of restaurants to be found in Tokyo with an a great atmosphere for enjoying yakitori with drinks after a long, hard day of work.”

#7: Soba (Buckwheat Noodles)

“Like tendon, Tokyo’s soba noodles, which came in 7th place, are also known for the strongly flavored broth that eastern Japan is famous for. The supposedly ‘hip’ way for Tokyo natives to enjoy soba is to dip just the tips of the noodles into the broth, and then to savor the texture and flavor by ‘drinking’ the noodles without chewing them too much.”

#6: Tendon (Tempura Rice Bowl)

“#6 is ‘tendon,’ which is tempura placed on top of rice–a common dish in Japan. However, in Tokyo, tendon is typically eaten with a strongly flavored black sauce which sets it apart from the others. The sweet and spicy flavoring is superb.”

#5: Unaju (Freshwater Eel over Rice)

“In 5th place is ‘unaju,’ in which basted and broiled freshwater eel is served over rice in a fancy lacquer box. Freshwater eel is considered as a food that boosts stamina in Japan and unaju is often eaten as a luxury item served at receptions.”

#4: Tempura (Battered and Deep-Fried Seafood and Vegetables)

“A local specialty of Tokyo, which, alongside sushi, is also an iconic Japanese food, tempura came in at #4. Tempura fans will note that the frying technique in Tokyo is at an expert level–crisp and delicious, but never greasy nor soggy.”

#3: Ramen

“#3 is another famous Japanese dish–ramen. For the many ramen shops jostling up against each other here, Tokyo is a ‘battleground.’ Ramen is seen by many as a famous specialty of Japan’s capital, where all the different types of ramen from across Japan are concentrated. As such, for many, Tokyo represents the cutting edge of ramen.”

#2: Monjayaki

“#2 on the ranking is ‘monjayaki,’ which is offered by a number of restaurants in downtown Tokyo, particularly in the Tsukishima area–so famous for the dish it’s also known as ‘Monja Street.’ Monjayaki seems a little like okonomiyaki’s weird cousin–both are made with a batter and cooked on a griddle, but monjayaki has a much more liquid consistency. Part of the fun of monjayaki is that diners can make it themselves on griddle-equipped tables–its both delicious and entertaining!”

#1: Edomae-zushi (Edo-style Sushi)

“Topping the ranking is Edomae-zushi, which has become synonymous with Japanese food. Although there are many kinds of sushi, it is Edomae-zushi which the rest of the world knows affectionately as ‘SUSHI.’ In addition to enjoying the fresh fish and seafood from Tokyo Bay, you can also have fun watching sushi chefs do what they do best at many famous restaurants with an old-school atmosphere.”

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Beautiful Art Cookies – 3D Cookie Topiary How-To Tutorial (Video)

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

How to Make 3-D Cookie Topiaries

Give Me Some Sugar!

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

SWEEEEEEEEEETS!! I found a bunch of cookbooks filled with recipes and inspirational photos that look totally scrumptious! ♥ I want a whole bookshelf of collections like these available right in my future kitchen. X3

The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook: Cookies, Cakes, Candies, and More

 

Betty Crocker Big Book of Cupcakes

 

Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book

 

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home

 

The Contemporary Cake Decorating Bible: Over 150 Techniques and 80 Stunning Projects

 

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Cute Little Selection of Books

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

BOOKS

GOD I LOVE BOOKS

DEAR PRINCESS CELESTIA

I AM SO ALONE

The Wonderful World of Fifi Lapin

 

DIY Couture

 

Marshmallow Madness

 

100 Years of Fashion

 

Sprinkle Bakes

 

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