Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Old recipe

I tried a recipe from 1898s cookbook, I bought it at a heritage bazaar few weeks ago.
I made 'brown stew of beef', it is quite simple recipe, describe well about ingredients and method, was taste classy.
I might add more color for the base but still tasted good!

I checked it out about the author's books on ebay and found some books are collectible.
The book is like all about in between cooking and house keeping,season of ingredients to how to serve the meals, even about the timings to serve. I didn't follow the timing etc, since it is for myself but would be nice to know for parties,I guess?

Since I was a child, I like to look at dictionaries or reference books.
I felt similar sensation when I look at the cookbook.
I can know how old time families lived through the book, even I don't have north american grandma!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

The summer is beautiful

I went long bike ride as usuall-actually today's shorter around two hours.
What I like is, I can enjoy forest and ocean at once.
Smell of berry bush and trees, sea breeze..such treats.

Anyways here is an update for Tomoko Tahara ; aka hat designer/artist.
My works will show up at a gallery in NY.
*It will be digital exhibition.

The exhibition will be hosted in New York City at:
See | Exhibition Space 
Opening : July 25, 2013 
7p through 11p
It will be on view through September 10, 2013

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Baby shower

I've attended baby shower only two times in my life.(the event isn't common in Japan)
Today was the second time, it was a big one, lots of balloon and gifts, cute treats, beautifully decorated the tables..

Kids were playing around, I think every kids are artists - their characters are so bold.
There's full of love at the party and wish the mom safely give birth her baby.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Bike cruising

I took bike ride for three hours today.
Biking through ocean and forest was so nice and I couldn't stop to ride.
..after an hour +half, I realized that I was tired and decided to go back home.
In a way to home, I saw an outside event at heritage square in the West end.
There's some vintage stuff seller and I bought two items.
One is an ants embroidered cloth and other is a cook book in 1898!
I want to compare the difference of cooking in 18century and nowadays.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Grand hotel show

Grand hotel show :
By Ace hotel + Vancouver art gallery
It is all about interesting hotels, architecture to philosophy, subculture..

I didn't know the imperial hotel in Tokyo was such a great design before the earthquake in 1923, also was inspired by Scandinavian architect Jacobsen's artisan spirit.He designed everything- keyhole to how does the building look with the sky.
Anyways the show was really stylish, highly recommend.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Preparing for summer

My vice is buying shoes.
Once I saw this pair at a thrift store, I couldn't help to try them, and they perfectly fit..why don't I buy them!
Pineapple and watermelon, super eccentric motif on the shoes.
Yes, I decided to buy them instantly when they fit on my feet.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Soba making

I bought a bag of buckwheat..

..and tried to make soba.
It was my first time to try and I didn't know what is the key point to make it as good.

The point was Uchiko(flour).When you roll out the dough, you must need a lot of flour on it.
It will help not to stick the flatten dough when you cut it.
This photo looks succeed but the thickness of soba wasn't good enough to me - 
next time will be better.

Monday, May 27, 2013


My work (Snow cap) was featured in an art website in NY called See Me.
The site is about all kind of arts, fashion,photography.
Not only submitting my works, I like to look at other people's works.

Thank you for the feature.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Rainy day, baking day

I felt a bit sick for these few days,
also today's rain.. I wanted to stay home and decided to make it today as a baking day.
So I tried a recipe from a magazine I bought recently, substitute few ingredients as my version.
Frosty berry bread with vanilla sauce.Inside of bread is whole black berries.I wrapped berries with the dough and baked them.
They are soo good.

Sunday, May 19, 2013


I went for shopping today.
After looked at some stores, even so I found some nice shoes or clothing, I didn't buy them.
I bought books instead.
I feel guilty when I buy clothing sometimes , but I never feel guilty when I buy books and magazines.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

April foundings

by Noei.

I went there at 3 and the cakes were almost all gone..
was lucky enough to try apple square tart.

The cute red door is Leo boutique.
I was just walking by the store and their display looked cool,
and I didn't even look at the store name and went inside. 
And.. the store was where my friend's friends were working!
Thanks Charlie and Aili.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter baking

The other morning, I walked by an Asian supermarket and I saw they were selling bunch of tulips.
I went inside to get the tulips and take some groceries, and I noticed there was strong smell of bananas.I was thinking about I didn't eat bananas for a while..at the time I didn't take bananas to the cashier. 

When I finished to pay everything, the cashier lady asked me to have a bunch of bananas because it's too ripe to sell, and she said "for banana cakes!"
Lucky me - so that I decided what should I make for an Easter baking - this olive oil banana bread!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Save the garden

I was checking it out websites about the garden that the last time I wrote on my blog, and found a shocking article.
It is considered to be a road by the city..according to this article.
I like that it is like a cute oasis in the edge of industrial area, so sad to hear about it.
Check this out also, you can support to keep the garden by facebook.

Friday, March 22, 2013


Found a community garden - Enjoyed to look at people's creations. 
Each garden was unique.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Lost and found

I found a new cafe this morning.
"Lost and found", there were maps and photos everywhere - looked like travel inspired cafe.
I was drifting for feeling of a journey while in the cafe.

Latte and choc chip cookie.They both tasted great.