My latest…

It’s late but stealing a few moments to fill you in, as I’ve promised to take you along for the journey as I figure it out. Life has been picking up lately, leaving me to play catch-up. Just so you know whats up ahead, or at least what’s in my head, here’s what I’ve been…

Just Peachy: Libre Parfait #SweetToothTokyo

Since we were on the topic of memories of Japan (and more accurately, because I need a reason to make sure this draft doesn’t go to waste- leaving the #SweetToothTokyo tour incomplete), heres to more Japan. It’s fitting that after my recent trip to the Peach State, we talk a bit about peaches. The Sweet…

Why’s Words and Ramen

Thanks for your incredible patience in sticking around and forgiving my failure to take you along for the ride as I figure things out. With the sakura season among us, I figured it a great time to to pick up sorta where we left off. My birthday came last month and so did my brother….

Airbnb Glazed Carrots #Kitchenlessness The #kitchenlessness is getting real…and old. I ended up in an Airbnb reservation on Thanksgiving but found a dinner to crash. And thought I’d bring a side. Mac’n’Cheese was missing from the menu but I had my qualms about shopping and producing on time in a kitchen that wasn’t my own….

In My “Kitchenlessness”: Reflections and Transition

I was catching up with some other friends and didn’t want you to be left out. Just a quick update of some random stuff. I’ve made it to the DC area, which I’ve referred to as my new inkwell. It’s in some ways refreshing to be back in America. And I am learning that there…

Check Please #HoneSweetHome

I love to quote my Belizean jam-roll-baking, coconut-tart-filling Auntie Donaldine when she says “Ting done! Pah-ty Ooova!” Advanced Culinary came to an end, with our graduation ceremony this past Friday. Chef Andre Ward, a Certified Pastry Chef and Certified Executive Chef and recently retired SFC (Army) with quite a resume was the guest speaker. Service…

Sweet Finish #HoneSweetHome

Whew, It’s over. We’re finished, at least with the stressful pieces. Today we completed the three course practical exam: five hours to prepare the the prescribed appetizer, entree, and dessert featuring an amalgamation of the of techniques exposed over the course of the past 3 1/2 weeks: knife cuts (yikes), wet and dry heat cooking,…

Advanced Culinary #HoneSweetHome

We’re at the halfway point! Since the last post, I’ve been practicing some culinary techniques and honing my skills, adding a few new ones to the arsenal. IF you’ve been following on Facebook @ChefTasteBud, you’ve seen the photos- what the U.S. military’s Joint Culinary Center of excellence has named its Advanced Culinary Skills Training Course. …

#FarewellJapan

Japan has been a great, trying, fulfilling time in my life. I give little credit to the places I’ve seen and the foods I’ve tasted though. I thank God for the people He’s introduced me to and the lessons I’ve learned and applied. Thank you my JapanFam for your love, help, support, inspiration and open…

#HokkaidoSummerSlice

Hey! It’s me! It’s you! Not at all a long post, but just dropping in to say “Hi, I’m back.” Or maybe to say that I’m still here. Keeping up with you has gotten a bit harder lately, every time I think I’ve figured it out. Lots on the plate.  One of my new favorite…

氷屋ぴーす Fire and (Shaved) Ice #SweetToothTokyo

The air thick with heat, laden with moisture, -a heat wave if you will- the cool rolling down my back until it’s finally wisped away- a vapor. Now’s a great time for Kakigori. Simply defined as Japan’s traditional take on shaved ice, crunchy and topped with a range of options, syrup, fruit, condensed milk, sweet…

WisdomTeeth #SweetToothTokyo

Originally posted on Tip of the Tongue:
Not the biggest sucker for sweets; if I’m gonna eat them, it’s gotta be worth it- rich, decadent, and doubtlessly dessert. So far in Japan, many desserts have left me longing for more- and likely to contain bean paste which is weird for us Westerners, granted that’s beginning…