Friday, March 1, 2024

Omiyage Winnah

C.C.A.!!  You won!!  Can you email me with your mailing address?



Wednesday, February 28, 2024


My BFF Leslie just came back from Japan.  Guess what happened to her.  SSSS!!  She said that I jinxed her.  🤪


Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Magical Jam Jar

 Click on the photo to see a self-closing jam jar in action.  And the jam is yummy too.

Jam Jar

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Favorite and Least Favorite

 Eating toro at Kuromon Market was the favorite part of the trip for Wendell.


Click on the picture below to see a video of Wendell's least favorite thing about the trip . . .  the crowd at Dotonbori.
Shinsaibashi-Suji Shopping Street  

Friday, February 23, 2024


Small-kine omiyage giveaway for you!   Just leave a comment here or email me at and I'll enter your name into the drawing.

I'll announce the winner in one week on 3/1/24.  Good luck!


Wednesday, February 21, 2024


Guess what, peoples . . . I went to Japan and am back already.  

It had occurred to me that it wouldn't be wise to announce to potential burglars when exactly we'd be gone so I had a few blogs scheduled to post while we were away.

We just got back yesterday, and I wanted to share what happened to me at the airport in Japan.  

In the photo below you can see that the boarding pass that was given to me after we checked in our baggage showed SSSS on the bottom, highlighted in pink for extra measure.  I looked at Wendell's pass and his didn't have it.  I suspected that something wasn't quite right so I took the photo.

It turns out that SSSS means Secondary Security Screening Selection.  

When it came time to board the plane I handed my pass to the gal at the gate, she took one look at it and announced "QUAD S!" Right away another gal appeared from behind a curtained area and said to me, "random screening; follow me."

I sat on a chair behind the curtain.  She asked me to take off my shoes.  She quickly swabbed both of my palms, the area around my pockets, under my socks, and around the zipper and handle of my carry on. She then stuffed the swab into an opening in some kind of machine.

She asked if she could check the contents of my carry on.  I said, "sure". 

The whole process took just 2 or 3 minutes max . . . really fast.  Not an inconvenience at all. 

But I still felt a bit annoyed.  Did the check-in gal flag me because I looked suspicious?  Did I look like I might be carrying drugs?   Did she mistake my sleep-deprived glassy eyes for my being stoned?  Or was she just mad at me because I couldn't understand a word she was saying and she kept having to repeat herself.  

I did notice that she was striking her keyboard pretty hard as she typed what I assume was "S!" "S!" "S!" "S!".


Monday, February 19, 2024

Mitch's Sushi

Awhile back we went to Mitch's to celebrate Wendell's birthday.  

I ordered the Cali roll, salmon skin roll and soup.  The guys ordered all the other stuff.  Was ono.













Saturday, February 17, 2024

Cy's Breakfast

 Oxtail soup from Asahi Grill.  $22.

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Dd's Pan-Seared Pork Chop

 Didi says that this is a keeper and is probably great for chicken or fish too.

pork chop



4 pork loin chops, fat trimmed

1/3 c. flour, as needed


1 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper

1 tsp. brown sugar

1 tsp. ginger powder

½ tsp. dry mustard


In a small mixing bowl combine rub ingredients. Sprinkle onto pork chops.  Add flour to remaining rub mixture. Dredge pork chops in mixture. 

In a skillet over medium heat brown pork chops in oil. Turn pork chops as needed to prevent over browning (you will need to do this several times, due to the addition of brown sugar in the rub….worth the trouble). 

Serves 2-4.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Barrio Cafe

After their sakura viewing excursion, Cleta and her family had lunch at Barrio Cafe in Wahiawa.  I've never been there before.  I think I would want to order all of what they got!