Learnings from making lunches

This past winter, I made an effort to make and bring lunches to work because I was tracking my macros and wanted to eat healthier and eat less restaurant food, which I was often opting for lunch and dinner (and occasionally store-bought breakfast). Living in Tokyo with almost unavoidable convenience to dine out in high quality at…

Homemade Roast Beef

A slight delay in posting new material on my blog, and I apologize for that. I would like to bring more to Plates of Art – I promise, and I will do so! Reflecting back on the last two to three weeks, I have been enjoying great food both in and out of the house….

A healthy Japanese set meal at Yamakusuri, Hakone, Japan

I had this meal in the middle of the day between business meetings, and it really made me pause, breathe, and enjoy my meal and day. I was at Hakone, which is a suburb area near Tokyo. Hakone has mountains, and beautiful air and water. There are not too many lunch options once you get…

Uni, xiaolongbao, and beef sushi rotary

Fresh post! Furusato/Hometown Festival has been held from January 10th up to today at Tokyo Dome (where it is the home ground for the Tokyo Giants), and it made my Sunday activity. The indoor dome placed performances and food stands all over; the entire baseball field was filled with people that looked like ants (or…

Japanese and Korean new year food

In my family, we celebrate the New Year’s Day with lots and lots of Japanese and Korean food. My family background is Japanese and Korean, and we celebrate it both ways and in both cuisines. We had three new year celebrations this year: two on January 1st and another on the day before work started…

Burger extravaganza

Having spent my four years of college in Boston, just around a week ago, my excitement for Marathon Monday got me energized until I woke up the next morning in Tokyo with my friend’s text that said:”what is going on in boston…” Half asleep, I had no idea what had happened but quickly searched “Boston”…

Hayashi rice homemade

Japanese ramen is the prevailing food item at least in the U.S. right now, but I think Japanese curry could also deserve some attention. Japanese curry is different from other Asian curry. While Indian curry has lots of vegetables and is either soupy or more in vegetable solid forms, thai curry is soup curry with…

El Farolito, Mission, San Francisco

Why is it that I cannot easily find a good Meixcan eatery in Tokyo? To think back, though, I could not find the best (although I had my best amongst the “alrights”) my college years spent in Boston. California on the other end, without a doubt, has great Mexican finds everywhere. In San Francisco, the…

Steakbites

Just wanted to share these steak cubes I got from a teppanyaki restaurant in Hakone, Japan. The most interesting part of this steak was the sides that came with it. You can see in one of the photos, the “sauces” that complemented the beef. From the left (if I recall it correctly): miso pork thick…

Volcano curry

This past Friday, as the company’s Global Day of Caring, I volunteered at Mt. Fuji and helped clean the trash left behind on the trails. Surprisingly, the trail was very clean, however the parts that hikers are not allowed to enter, for its steep hilliness, that is barred by ropes definitely had lots of snack…

Post steak night, steak salad!

It’s not summer yet, but my mind says it is. Every summer, I go to San Diego to spend some time there with my family. One of our nights there, regardless of how long our stay is, is always steak BBQ out in our yard outside after a good swim out under the San Diego…

Sunday brunch at Joe’s American Bar & Grill

Located on Newbury street, right across from Stephanie’s on Newbury, is another great sunday brunch venue in Boston, Joe’s. Whenever I pass by this restaurant, I always see decent amount of people regardless of the time. On a windy yet sunny winter day in Boston, I got a window table with two Sunday brunch menus….