Serving Our Willing Warriors- a Taste of Japan

Happy Veteran’s Day! I thought today was an appropriate one to catch up with you and share an opportunity I’ve had to show a veteran some appreciation. There’s an organization called SOWW, Serving Our Willing Warriors, in Bull Run of Haymarket, Virginia. They offer retreat getaways to veterans in some form of recovery and invite…

Fiesta Panameña #PanamaMio

What’s to eat? As straightforward a question as it may be, it seems to be one of the most open-ended, and for me hard to answer. Can’t quite say why. Leads to further questions like “What are you in the mood for?”, “What do you like to eat?” “What do the locals eat?” and an…

Enough Japan Already!

I started to draft this post while standing on line to check in for my flight but am now sitting beside the road in a country where English comes second, right after Spanish. It feels like every time I get to check in with you lately, the talk is about Japan. I don’t know if…

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….

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…

#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…

Best Fried Chicken in Poipet #PostCards #SE43

The starting point for the planning of most trips is the food. What’s special about their foodways? I don’t know if I made it clear to you but during my trip to Cambodia, I was staying with two Americans and simply adopted their routine- which didn’t seem to include much cuisine representative of Khmer cuisine….

Can You Eat Noodles? #PostCards #SE43

It was an unusually busy Sunday. Metallic tables and plastic chairs, just like the one’s I had seen in Thailand, with the dining room extending from inside out to the street and the make-shift kitchen out front. Even with all this seating, finding a seat was no easy task. The few that could be spotted…

The Dollar Menu #PostCards #SE43

They say that pictures are worth a thousand words, and I’ve said it before too. But in Thailand, it seems a dollar is worth a couple dishes. Personally, it was a little hard controlling myself by the time I had finally found a place I thought was worth giving a try. I won’t say too…

WisdomTeeth #SweetToothTokyo

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 to change (7-Eleven’s dorayaki with whipped cream?)….

Catching Up #ThankInJapan

As life get’s louder the Tip of the Tongue seems a bit quieter. I wanted to at least say hello before my Saturday was completely over. Spent the day catching a breath, taking an overdue stroll in the evening after staying in the house all day, the rain flapping its tongue at me. I thought…

America in a Bite: A letter to Kokona

To Robert “What kind of foods are there in America?” her note said, the Roman letters surrounded by hand drawn flowers, delivered beneath the flapping wings of a geometrically folded bird- the gift of origami. How could I possibly respond to such a letter! Beyond its presentation, I have long wrestled with the definition of American…