Warm swiss chard salad

It was in college when I discovered swiss chard, which was when I lived in the land of USA and wandered around Trader Joes and Whole Foods for fun. During that time, I was exposed to a lot of new foods that I hadn’t known before, and this was one of them. I don’t think I came…

Fermented food: natto

Kimchi, kombucha, yogurt, miso… these ingredients have been getting attention in the food industry for several years now. They are categorized as fermented foods, food that are good for your gut. From ancient food history, it has been a common practice to have fermented food in Japan. For example, miso (fermented soybean paste) and soy sauce are originally…

Easy warm kale salad at home

Happy New Year! This year, like every year, I hope to have good health for everyone along with love and happiness. In my household, New Year is a huge deal and we eat a lot starting at brunch time (i.e. 10am). It’s a cycle of eat, converse, eat dessert, wash the dishes, nap, eat, converse,…

Warm turnip soup at home

It’s not cold enough but it is definite that temperature is lowering in Tokyo. With this season change comes new greens and fruits in markets, and I picked up one of my winter favorites, turnip. Each turnip is different, so it’s sometimes unfortunate when I get those “spicy” ones (nutrition experts: please tell me these spicier…

Homemade Cilantro Hot Dog

This isn’t just a hot dog. It’s hot dog made by my friend who could potentially own his grill restaurant, he’s that good! We had an American food themed night in the Fourth if July and had a fridge full of sausage and beer. I know, it may sound German but the buns made it…

Quinoa salad from Juice Bar Italia

When I go to a foreign country, a must go for me is the grocery store, supermarket, and/or the best of it all, farmer’s market. My trip to Milan, Italy was with the purpose of visiting the World Expo 2015 with the them of food and sustainability (this needs another post), and I got two…

Grandma’s Vegetable Platter

My grandparents are pretty much health freaks (positively) and they are very influential to me. Grandma is amazing and serves at least twenty types of vegetables when I go visit her for dinner. Just today, I visited them after a month or so had past since I last saw them. She said “I made healthy…

Homemade morning beets smoothie

If you had asked me what beets were in early 2008, I would not have known what to answer. Beets came into my life when I started eating college dining hall food (this venue gave me all kinds of exposure to food!), and I must admit that it took me about 5 years to start…

Mashed avocado toast

I had been curious to try this at home because I had seen mashed avocado over toast everywhere on Instagram. If you have noticed, I rely a lot of my cooking inspirations on social media and online articles, and this was one I had to try when I had bread (side note – I don’t…

Bavarian Pretzels with Chives

I think it is time to talk about Germany. Iris and I went to Germany at the end of February, ultimately to go to a Bundesliga match of Dortmund vs. Schalke. Both of us being soccer fans and food lovers, there was no complaint when traveled together because we were in constant search for anything…

Energy Yogurt Bowl

Another one of my favorite simple breakfast. This is so easy to make as long as you have the ingredients with you. It is packed with nutrients from plant based foods and starts your day right with vitamin, healthy fats, natural sugar, and protein (am I missing anything?). Ingredients: Plain yogurt Frozen blueberries (I choose…

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

We had our Christmas dinner on the Eve this year. Cute bûche de Noël my little 10 year old cousin made, and this photo taken by her 12 year old brother! I hope everyone is having a good holiday season. Warm wishes!