Short & Sweet: Lisa’s Cake Market #MyKinjo

Chocolate cake, cheesecake, shortcake? She’s got it. Though owner, Lisa Kuriyama, specializes in wedding cakes, birthday cakes, and corporate events (for such companies as Lexus, YouTube and Google), her shop runs the gamut from cakes to tarts to cookies and other pastries. I see the shop all the time, biking past its chalkboard sign advertising…

The First Day of Christmas… in Japan

    The rush in and out of crowded stores to grab last minute gifts and missing ingredients for tonight’s party at Auntie’s house. More congested than the stores are the kitchen counter; used dishes eagerly await their turn to be washed, open containers are scattered about- hinting at the menu- and that last dish…

Christmas Kisses

Sweet. Creamy. Ooh, with the pleasant surprise of crunchy peppermint crystals- all compressed into a kiss- a Hershey Kiss- and bundled in the shiny silver, red-marked foil with a ribbon labeled, “CANDY CANE” peaking out its top. My friend, Ashley, introduced me to these bright bursts of Christmas flavor last year. As Christmas is only…

#YokoChopped: Cutting It Close

I guess the loss may have troubled me more than it initially did. A couple of hours later and I was feeling a bit uneasy. I was hungry, tired, and I think a bit frustrated. I don’t think I was as upset with myself as I was confused, trying to figure out why this trait…

#YokoChopped: Making the Cut

    I’ve sat in front the TV many evenings. The cleaver comes flying down in the midst of the letters C-H-O-P-P-E-D to the suspenseful, gameshow-like music. The competitors are introduced and welcomed, and the somewhere-between-cavalier-and-prestigious voice of Ted Allen makes clear the rules: “Welcome, chefs! Here are the rules: There are three rounds- mandatory ingredients for each course….