A Tor in Ayutthaya, Thailand #PostCards #SE43

Oops. This one got lost in the mail… Perhaps CIA isn’t technically my alma mater, I’m not sure the rules. But it seems Tor is indeed my brother. I had taken very little time to actually plan what I’d do once I arrived to Thailand. So it was a great pleasure to meet up with…

#PostCards #SE43

Yikes! Another mission to get you caught up with all the catching up I’ve been doing. I’ve been living in Japan with the idea that I would explore all of Asia (or at least most of it) on board a ship. But since I’ve been in Japan, that ship hasn’t left Japan. So just to…

Strawberry Nandaro: #SweetToothTokyo Detour

I know what I told you, but you’ll have to forgive me. It seems that every time I mention a food tour, I end up on a detour. So, for now, I won’t tell you the details of the wonderful food tour ahead of us but Japan will only be a part of it. As…

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?)….

Without Further Ado…Lisa’s Cake Market

The doors are finally open! Taking “New year; new you” to another level, Lisa and her team at Lisa’s Cake Market opened the New Year with newly opened doors at the grand opening of her new shop. My! It’s beautiful! If you haven’t already been, now’s a great time to visit. As usual, we have…

Meatless Fridge

Some like the Meatless Monday’s, some have health problems, some have diet preferences, and some will soon be declaring New Years resolutions. Me? I just need to go shopping. In the meantime, did lil search for some meatless motivation and there were many suggestions but those peppers L👀K  pretty good. What you thinkin? “So how…

Fightin’ Words #ThankInJapan

The house fills with the warmest aroma of the fruit of the cacao pod, gushing forth from the opened oven door. The amalgamous cluster of cookie dough- the richest of butters, the finest of flours, the sweetest of sugars- oozing forth from the deep chocolate oases, speckled with the salt left behind by the vanishing…

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…

Hangin’ at Nanjya Monjya #YoCafe

  One social media pro that seems to be keeping on the pulse of what to do in Japan is Red Duck Post. I tried to get them to let me tag along but they left me hanging. I think though that I’ve only made it to one of their suggested destinations: Nanjya Monjya Cafe….

Cozy Coffee @ Cafe RRRoom #YoCafe

I hope you don’t mind cats. This cafe’s got one. She’s the star, or maybe the mascot of RRRoom cafe. Her name is Mu and she’s even got her own picture book that ornaments the shelf beside the table. But I promise you, she’s not the reason I visit the RRRoom. In fact she could…

Sipping Coffee in the Shadows: Cafe Antiques #YoCafe

  One of the things gained from all this rainy weather is an excuse to visit the kisaten (coffee shop). This particular coffee shop isn’t particularly on my way home though so I hadn’t been to eager to stop in. It’s hidden away in the cut, an eerie walk down the alley way (right before…