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So I've finally set up my new blog. Here is the address: I won't be posting much here anymore, and my payments on this site will run out at the end of October. Click on the new blog link... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2010 at Tokyo nights
All my bags are packed (not really), I'm ready to go (and how!)...♪ ♪ Goodbye, steaming armpit of the world! In two days I will leave the humid hell that is Tokyo summer and go back to Canada for an extended... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2010 at Tokyo nights
So Japan is famous for having limited time goods from different well-known brands. Let's explore two of Pepsi's (in)famous variations since the pictures are taking up space in my phone. Exhibit A: Shiso Pepsi Shiso, or Perilla, is a genus... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2010 at Tokyo nights
Not dead and gone. Having terrible internet issues which are far from resolved as I find my new wireless is SO slow that it's like not having internet anyways. Um, yes. Will update later when I'm not foaming at the... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2010 at Tokyo nights
For those who live in Japan, or are in the know when it comes to insulting remarks in Japan, let it be known that there is a brand of shoes called "Yellow Cab." I'll just leave you with a link... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2010 at Tokyo nights
My first (and only?) Hanami Bento (cherry blossom viewing picnic lunch box) post is now up on my food blog. Check it out here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2010 at Tokyo nights
Kay, seriously we are having the WORST weather for hanami season! Wither the warm days with slight b... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2010 at Mochi
I was sitting watching Mad Men season 1 again today and something about January Jones' smile was bothering me. It was so maddeningly familiar, but I kept thinking I hadn't seen her in any other shows. The more episodes I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2010 at Tokyo nights
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Mar 15, 2010
I finally got around to doing my stuffed chicken in herbed crust the other day. I wanted to show a better photo of how it looks when done. As I mentioned in the recipe, butterflying the chicken causes the cheese to leak out during cooking, especially if you choose a soft cheese like goat's cheese. This time I carefully made a cut in the middle of the chicken only, using a fillet knife. I stuffed the chicken and used some tough sprigs of rosemary to keep the opening closed during cooking. Worked like a charm! I changed it up this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2010 at Mochi
I already posted my scone recipe a while back, but I wanted to show you how the basic recipe can be used in other ways, if you want to spice it up a bit. All I did was split the recipe and do half cheese and onion and half with chocolate chips instead. This gave me a sweet version for those mornings when I need a bit more energy. I also thought up the following ideas which I might try out this weekend: 1) Roasted garlic, caramelized shallots and herbs. Oven roast your garlic until soft enough to squeeze out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2010 at Mochi
I'm lazy. It's no secret. Sometimes I'm so lazy, on my days off I don't want to get out of bed to even eat something. This means that when I'm coming home from work and I'm tired, cooking is often the furthest thing from my mind. BUT... Since I am trying to make an effort to eat healthier, despite the previous post's indications otherwise, I decided to make myself a healthy Sunday night dinner. Just like Mom used to make! I started with a roast chicken: Nothing too fancy here. Just some sage, rosemary, garlic and lemon that I stuffed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2010 at Mochi
Four new food posts coming up this week on my food blog, Mochi. Please go check it out here when you have a chance! Everything from the new line up of spring foods in Tokyo to a Sunday home cooked... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2010 at Tokyo nights
This time of year in Japan is one of my favorites, from a food perspective, because late Feb./early ... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2010 at Mochi
So now that I've renewed the lease on my apartment (that echoing sound you hear is my empty wallet), I've decided to invest a bit in making my apartment more livable. My first order of business is to get rid... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2010 at Tokyo nights
Thanks for the tip about Mitsui! I'm going to give them a shot! I've seen ads for, but they don't tend to have many apartments in the areas I'm looking at. The rents are very reasonable, though! I decided to just stay where I am for the moment and move next year when I've saved more money. I don't want to lose all my savings by paying deposits on a new apartment when I can just pay an extra month's rent to stay where I am now!
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2010 on Racism at Tokyo nights
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Thank you...after 5 years in Japan I would never have figured that out myself.
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2010 on Traditions at Tokyo nights
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Actually, Japan isn't at the top of the world. That post belongs to America, and even they are going to lose it to the Chinese within the next year or so...but thanks for commenting!
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2010 on Japanese Advertising at Tokyo nights
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Actually, I did call them yesterday afternoon. They were totally fine with me renewing my contract. It's really strange that they didn't send me something before now, and I'm a little curious about what they would have done if I hadn't contacted them! Throw me out? Anyways, my new contract should arrive today by courier. Thanks for the comment!
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2010 on Crisis? at Tokyo nights
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I read this morning that a stack of screenplays by the late John Hughes have recently been discovered. These scripts were never produced, and there are apparently several movies or movie ideas written in his notes. Movie execs purchased them... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2010 at Tokyo nights
I started to blog about the graduation ceremony I attended today, but it was boring (both the event and the post), so I erased it. I'm happy to say that while today is rather chilly, Spring is on the way!... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2010 at Tokyo nights
I saw this recipe for quiche lorraine scones online a while back at Brown Eyed Baker and was inspire... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2010 at Mochi
Dave, I've heard that, too. Either our food stinks, we damage things, or we don't speak the language, which makes the landlord unable to communicate with us. They have an excuse for everything, don't they?
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2010 on Racism at Tokyo nights
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Samantha, I agree with you. Japan has had open borders for many years now, but it still uses the excuse that it's a closed country when it comes to dealing with racism. Japan is a strange country because the technology is so advanced, but the social systems are so antiquated. I'm not sure why they can evolve in every way but the most important ones.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2010 on Racism at Tokyo nights
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New recipes up at my food blog, Mochi. Another two recipes will be added by the middle of this week! Check it out! Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2010 at Tokyo nights