Fourth of July watermelon granita

Happy Independence Day with watermelon granita! My goal was to make a granita but my patience did not tolerate and this turned into more like a watermelon mocktail, a drink that’s pregnant-friendly with superfoods and with no added sugar.  Ingredients: For the slush Watermelon, 1/2 of large watermelon Lime, one for slush; another for wedges…

Acai bowl at home

Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’m in search of non-heated foods and fruit bowls, and acai bowl came to my mind. My first time having acai bowl was when Amalia bought home non-commercialized frozen acai from the street vendors in Rio de Janeiro (my post here). This was some legitimate local acai, which…

Yuzu Citrus Dressed Cabbage, Avocado, and Wild Rice Salad

I promise I don’t make anything too intricate. What I make at home are all so simple, maybe too simple. I concocted and uncovered this ultimate dressing I made from my friend’s gift of yuzu kosho (aka peppered yuzu, or chili with yuzu flavor from Kyushu) that is as easy as putting together the chili…

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…

Homemade shungiku and tuna rotini

I am not a huge pasta eater, but I won’t miss out a chance to eat rotini, especially these big curled rotini. There was one weekday I had the day off and was at my parent’s house, and I came across rotini in my mom’s fridge and put together this simple pasta for lunch. Shungiku is…

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…

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…

Wrapped Pumpkin Jackolantern Homemade

Happy Halloween! Recipe published a bit late since I made this on Halloween. I had a Halloween gathering at my friend’s house, and I my dish to the table was this pumpkin jackolantern that’s super easy to make! I based my recipe off this recipe on Cookpad. Ingredients: Pumpkin, one whole medium pumpkin Plain yogurt,…

Homemade mixed season salad

I know eating seasonal vegetables is the best, and I know staying away from canned food is important. Take in my excuse for not having fresh beets in Japan, so when I saw canned beets, I took it right away. And I had been saving to open this can… It’s the middle of summer now….