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This is your dinner tonight.

I was called to the kitchen to translate the back of these “Cook Do” boxes one too many times. It gave me an idea. You there sitting in Japan. Yeah, I’m talking to you. You’ve been here for a bit but you keep buying those convenience store bentos and eating ramen like a college kid, right? Stop that. Have some real food. You don’t have to even be creative with this one. I’m talking about “Cook Do” and if I can translate it to get my own dinner, I can translate it to bully you into making it for yourself for dinner.

“Cook Do” is basically an empire built on sauce packets with recipes colorfully printed on their boxes. Most of the dishes they guide you to make are Chinese food based. Also, most of them use in-season vegetables and readily available cuts of meat. This means you can make a massive meal without searching high and low for the ingredients, or paying out the nose like you do for most prepared foods.

Today’s dinner is… was… Sweet and Sour Pork! Yeah, I took that photo and served it over rice and dug in. Try it. You’ll like it. Cook Do’s Sweet and Sour Pork (or Subuta) is pretty close to a Chinese take out place back in the states in flavor, but contains way more vegetables so you don’t drop dead from malnutrition. Try it. TRY IT! And bring the leftovers to work tomorrow for lunch. That’s what I’m doing.

cook do - subuta - sweet and sour pork master

Snoopy x Line x Pocky Collab

Too cute not to share! Pocky and Pretz boxes are currently adorned with scenes of Snoopy and friends and a Line collaboration. My dad is definitely getting some in the mail for father’s day.

An Evening (of GIFs) at Hanabatake Bokujo Cheese Koubou, Mozzarella Bar

For my birthday, my sweet boyfriend went with me to 花畑牧場 十勝チーズ工房 MOZZARELLA BAR. It’s a beauty, that place. The whole of Japan seems to shun cheese on most days. Not here! This restaurant is all about cheese. The star of their menu, to me, is the cream pasta. And, as it was a nice cold day, a nice warm fondue seemed in order. It was just such a great meal, I had to photograph and gif it. To the photo evidence!







Untouched Fondue
Fondue in Action

Fried Cheese

The pasta with cream sauce is assembled at the table. First, the hot pasta is placed onto a massive wheel of Parmesan cheese. Then, it’s tossed and Parmesan is scraped into the pasta. Next, it’s transferred to the waiting cream sauce. Last, shaved Grana Padano is mixed into the cream and cheese atop the pasta. And, eat! It was beautiful. It tasted as good as it looks.








Bon Appetit!


Bread Charms 1/2

Bread Charms, Gachapon Find

Bread Charms 2/2
Bread Charms 2/2
Bread Charms 1/2
Bread Charms 1/2

I am a sucker for food related phone charms. Here we have “Taberaresou de taberarenai PAN no masukotto” (Looks Edible But Isn’t BREAD Mascot). I was hoping to get the baguette slice but ended up with the brioche and croissant. They’re fluffy and soft like pillows. Will probably not hang these from any bags. Too big! Still delicious looking. Way better than the fried sharks my boyfriend got. They don’t even look like sharks.

Bread Gachapon
Bread Gachapon
Last Minute Christmas Shopping 10/10

Japan Advent Calendar, December 25th, Last Minute Cake and Chicken

The chicken and cake frenzy was out in full force on Christmas Eve. Our local train station and grocer really showed their commercial holiday spirit.

Happy holidays.

Gingerbread Cookies 7/9

Japan Advent Calendar, December 21st, Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies 9/9
Gingerbread Cookies 9/9

It is possible to bake in Japan. Just get yourself a microwave oven with convection oven heating elements in it and follow a recipe normally, converting Fahrenheit to Celsius. You’ll need to be committed, though. Powdered sugar is as expensive as sin here.