Banana bread made with brown rice flour

I’ve now been experimenting with a banana bread recipe for half a year now. I was working on a simple recipe made in a rice cooker, but with a full oven installed kitchen and couple terribly blackened ripe bananas, I decided to make a more standard yet simple one. This recipe is a good one,…

Figs, mustard, and toast

Today is the first day of fall! That said, though, the temperature in NYC is warm (big news, I’ve moved to New York…!). With my move from Tokyo to New York, my eyes are catching everything because there’s a whole lot of new food and ingredients that are new to me, and even the size…

The fad: avocado toast

Avocado toast -avocado in general- is everywhere on health, fitness, and food related blogs and Instagram. It’s amazing how much attention it’s receiving these days! And yes, with so much influence in my eyes, it was only natural for my brain and tastebuds to crave it, and now I’m riding with this fad of having…

Humongous Sandwich from King George

Ever encounter lunches when you aren’t satisfied with your sandwich? That will never happen to you at King George, which I visited with my sister the other day. You will undoubtedly get a more than satisfying big bite sandwich here. I love all the color there is on the vegetarian sandwich with pastrami. Yes… sorry,…

Ogura Toast

Japan is known for its top-notch quality food, and I also applaud for the variety Japanese food offers. Japanese cooking uses multitude of cooking methods, always uses seasonal ingredients, it has its distinct dishes and flavors in each region… yes, it could be the same in any country, but remember its SUPERB quality! This past weekend,…

Simple avocado buttered bread

Avocado is nature’s butter – is what I often read. I think if you get the right kind of butter, it is not as detrimental to your health as media states, but if you are vegetarian or do not eat animal products, avocado can be your solution to getting some creaminess to your bread or…

Smoked Salmon and NY Bagel from Allium, Chicago

There’s just something about smoked salmon and bagels – it’s such a great combination, I cannot get over it. My mother claims that my siblings and I started having a liking for smoked salmon during summer 1998, when we had a family Euro trip. To think back, I was only 8 years of old – what…

16 Grain No Yeast Buckwheat Bread

Bread – something I had started eliminating (and switching to rice). I do though, find these delicious looking bread on Instagram and wanted to try making bread myself. The only other time I baked bread was for the Easter buns. Maybe it is this time of year when winter is slowly ending and reaching blooming spring…

Homemade shrimp (caviar) crostini

This is a piece of luxurious art made at home and is great for parties. The taste is luxurious and it is not that expensive; it is rich in flavor and this appetizer will run out very fast! Bottom layer is similar to guacamole. We used shallots, tomatoes, chunky avocado. Layered sour cream on top,…

Amalia’s breakfast: fresh fruit juice and superfood omelet

This is the last of Amalia’s fiesta series, at least for now… Hopefully more to come in the future…! As I’ve mentioned in many posts, Amalia cooked with the freshest ingredients picked up from the farmers market and local supermarkets. Her cooking involved lots of superfood, which I think contributed greatly to my overall health…