Thursday, April 11, 2024

Fred's Breakfast

I bought mealworms from Petco for Fred.  I got the large-sized worms and they're kinda too big, but so far he's okay with that.  In fact, he seems to like them a lot.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

My Best Miso Butterfish

I've blogged about making miso butterfish before, but I just wanted to tell you that I made my best one yet the other day.  What made the difference was the brand of miso that I used.

You can find the original recipe here, but I've also included it below. 


This is the one that I used and what I'll be using from now on.  The local one! IMG_6787

Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup mirin and 1/4 cup sake and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.

Remove from heat and add 1 tablespoon shoyu and 1 cup miso.

Marinate the fish for 2 to 3 days.

Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, then broil for a few minutes.

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Japan Knife

For some reason I always like to come home from Japan with a Made in Japan knife.  It doesn't have to be one that's hundreds of dollars.  I just like the quality of knives from Japan, even inexpensive ones.  So far, all the ones that I've brought back are my go-to's. 

I kept my eyes open at the Doguyasuji kitchenware street.


This knife was displayed at the front of a pottery store called Kyoya.  Seemed like a good deal. 

But the challenge was maneuvering through this obstacle course to the register without knocking over a pile of dishes.  I side stepped my way through.

This kitchen scissors was also at the front of the store.  I bought a similar one from a Tsubame Sanjo store in Niigata around 10 years ago for $30.  Glad I bought it back then.  It's still "da best eva kitchen scissors" per Landon.  

Friday, April 5, 2024

U Arts in Osaka

U Arts is an art supply store located in the Doguyasuji Shopping Street area in Osaka.  The "street" is actually a covered arcade, and is where people usually go for kitchen and restaurant supplies.

I lucked out because it was really close to our hotel.  I also lucked out because it carries cute cat things, and one of my sisters has recently become a Cat Lady.  

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Cy's Breakfast

 Won Ton Min with Beef Brisket and Tendon.  $19.88 from Lam's.


Monday, April 1, 2024

Umbrella Wrapper Machine

Dunno if you ever saw an umbrella wrapper contraption before, but I wanted to share.  

You can find them in front of some stores in Japan.  It contains long skinny plastic bags for you to put your wet umbrellas into so you don't go dripping water all over the store floor.   So clever!

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Saturday, March 30, 2024

Lau Lau from Times

We had Hawaiian food the other night.  I got the lau lau from Times, and it was very meaty and ono ono. 


The brand is Ono Ono 😁.  It came in a 3 pack for $16.99. 

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Birdwatching Through My Window

 Pictures taken with my 15-year-old Canon 5Dii and a 70-200 f4 zoom lens.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Dd's Baked Parmesan Ceasar Chicken

Only five ingredients!!  Maybe even I can make it!

baked parmesan chicken




2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1# total), pounded flat, halved

1/3 c. favorite Ceasar dressing

½-3/4 c. panko

¼ c. Parmesan cheese, grated

1 TB Italian parsley, chopped


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Place baking rack onto aluminum foil lined baking sheet.  On work surface, spread dressing onto chicken pieces. Into shallow dish combine panko, cheese and parsley well.  Dredge chicken pieces into mix pressing well to adhere to chicken.

Bake until chicken is golden-brown and cooked through about 20 to 25 minutes.

Optional to place chicken under broiler until cheese is browned, 3-4 minutes. Serves 2-3.

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Fred at Home

I busted out my ❤️Canon❤️ and a zoom lens to shoot some pikchas of Fred the other morning.  He seems to spend the night at home and is out galavanting during the day.  So cute him.

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Friday, March 22, 2024

Edwina's Mission

I feel like eating chow fun now.  And it's because of my classmate Edwina.

She shared the following pictures, and here's what she said: 

"I have been on the hunt for my favorite chow fun from okazuyas.  Here's my pics.

My favorite is from Toshi's.   Their noodles are thinner than the others.

I have yet to find the chow fun noodles I like from a Chinese restaurant.   Lately most use too much bean sprouts & onion but not enough noodles.

If you can duplicate the taste of Toshi's or any other chow fun, please share."

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Kaki no Tane

This is on sale at Longs.  2/$6.00 until this Saturday 3/23.  I bought 2 bags.


What I especially liked is the freshness . . . just like getting it in Japan.  So ono with a cup of green tea. There are 5 individual serving packs in each bag so that you don't eat the whole thing at one time (which I could).

The ume-flavored one is also on sale.
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And while you're there you might as well pick up a couple of bags of Maui Onion potato chips too.  Right? 
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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Cy's Breakfast

"Mandoo, eggs, sausage $13 from Korean Kitchen in Maunakea Market.  Coffee $6.50.  Mandoo shitty.  Frozen."

Note:  Condiments are his own that he brings with him.  😁


Monday, March 18, 2024

Brain Health

Honolulu Aunty's recent blog post talks about the four things that your brain needs to thrive.  I thought it was so interesting.  I watched it three times and took notes.  I know that my brain has slowed down and isn't as sharp as it used to be.

In short, your brain needs:

1.  Clear vessels
2.  Omega 3 fats (for neuron tentacles to wrap around)
3.  Exercise
4.  Challenge

According to brain surgeon Dr. Rahul Jandial, the fourth and most important thing our brain needs is to be challenged.  He says that thinking is the ultimate cultivator of the mind and prevents it from becoming dormant. 

So now I'm gonna try playing my kalimba again.  My eye/hand/brain coordination totally sucked at it even though I practiced and practiced.  I eventually lost interest.

But now my intention is not necessarily to get good at it but to challenge my brain trying.  Well, we'll see how it goes anyway . . . 


Saturday, March 16, 2024

Corned Beef Hash Patties

I got an email from Foodland with a link to this recipe.  Corned beef hash patties somehow slipped off my what-to-make-for-dinner list, and I was happy for the reminder.

I like this version.  It's simple and the addition of flour makes the patties easy to handle.  I'll probably use this recipe from now on.  

For "2 ounces" of green onion, I used 2 stalks, for "3 ounces" of flour I used 1/3 cup, and for "5 ounces" small potato I just used a small potato 😁.  Also, I microwaved the potato for around 5 minutes, cooled it for a little bit and then skinned and diced it.

Mine came out to 11 small-ish patties.



  • 1 can Libby's Corned Beef
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 ounces Green onion, sliced
  • 3 ounces All-purpose flour
  • 5 ounces Small potato, diced


  • Slice green onions and dice the potato.
  • Steam diced potatoes for 10 minutes and set aside to cool.
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine corned beef, egg, all-purpose flour, green onion, and potatoes. Mix well until everything is incorporated.
  • Portion your mix into seven balls, about 3 ounces each.
  • Heat a large pan.
  • Place hash balls into the heated pan and press down to form the patty shape.
  • Sear for 2 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
  • Serve with your preferred egg.

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Where's Fred?

There's a bully lizard in our yard that's taken over Fred's territory and has been chasing Fred away from the area where I feed him.  

So Fred doesn't come around as much as before, and he's skittish now.

Yesterday, Landon spotted Fred in a unique hiding place.  Click on the photo below to see a video of it.

Where's Fred?

Here's Bully hanging out in Fred's favorite corner.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Wendell Shopping in Japan

Here are a few photos of Wendell shopping in Japan. 

Luckily, when he went to get a massage a few times I was able to do my own thing and check out cosmetics and art supplies.

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Sunday, March 10, 2024

Cy's Ceviche

Cy made this for his wife.  Looks really yummy.

He said:   Tomato, jalapeños, red onions, cilantro, lemon and lime juice, shrimp and scallops, salt.  Sprinkle seasoned salt and chili pepper on top for bonus.  You can also add in some kind of white fish if you like.


Friday, March 8, 2024

Uni-like Tofu

Leslie brought this back from Japan.  It's Beyond Tofu's version of uni-like tofu.  I've never eaten uni so I can't compare, but it was super ono to me. 

Thanks Les!