The One about Making Jerky

Growing up, I loved beef jerky. May it be the ground beef variety ala Slim Jim or the harder version that you would find at your local supermarket. I recently purchased a Gourmia GFD1650 Premium Countertop Food Dehydrator to dehydrate my vegetables and fruits.  My experience with this machine, I will discuss in another blog post, but for now, let’s focus on the jerky! For those who are not familiar […]

The One about Asakusa Nishiyama

Are you planning to head to Asakusa to check out the popular Sensoji Temple? If you are coming out from the #2 Exit of Asakusa Station at Ginza Line or right across the street from Kaminarimon in Asakusa, check out Asakusa Nishiyama. Asakusa Nishiyama is a Japanese sweets cafe which was established back in 1852.  Not many cafe’s have been around that long and for 160 years, the cafe is […]

The One about Nishiarai Daishi Komyoden in Adachi

I posted about the late and wonderful Nishiarai Daishi temple in Adachi Ward in Tokyo. But as you leave Nishiarai Daishi temple and pass the shops and head towards Daishimae Station, you will run into another temple looking structure. That structure next door to the station is known as the Nishiarai Daishi Komyoden and where ceremonies are held. This location is popular for the “Darumo Kuyo” ceremony in which people […]

The One about the Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Mini Farm

It all began with then UC Berkeley students Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez found that they could grow gourmet mushrooms off of coffee grounds. After studying videos on YouTube and reading many articles, the duo started doing tests in Alejandro’s frat kitchen. While Arora and Velez were preparing for their careers, the duo would receive a $5,000 grant from the university’s chancellor before graduating. Several years later, the duo would […]

The One about the English Ivy

As  I continue to incorporate indoor house plants, as it is nature’s best filter in the home. One of the plants I brought to the home is an English Ivy. In 1989, NASA conducted a Clean Air Study and created a list of the top indoor houseplants that remove toxic agents such as benzene, formaldehyde and tricholoroethylene from the air, and also helping neutralize the effects of sick building syndrome. […]

The One about Kasai Rinkai Park in Edogawa

If you are heading to Edogawa, especially to visit the popular Tokyo Sea Life aquarium, you will be going through Kasai Rinkai Park.  The second largest park in Tokyo (Mizumoto Park in Katsushika is the largest). But if you can, spend some time around this park because it’s actually one of the most serene locations to visit in Tokyo. Once you arrive at Kasairinkaikoen Station, you are greeted with the […]

The One about Billy Wilder’s “The Apartment”

The 1960 comedy/drama written and directed by Billy Wilder (“Sunset Blvd.”, “Sabrina”, “Some Like It Hot”, “Kiss Me Stupid”) and co-written with I.A.L. Diamond (“Some Like It Hot”, “Kiss Me, Stupid”, “The Fortune Cookie”) was an incredible success in the box office grossing $25 million and nominated for ten Academy Awards and winning five including “Best Picture”.  In fact, “The Apartment” was the last black and white to win an […]

The One about Boulangerie Asanoya

Sure, one can easily find a Vie de France bakery throughout Japan, but there is another bakery that has been around before Vie de France and it’s Boulangerie Asanoya, which was founded in 1933. Boulangerie Asanoya is a bakery owned by Asanoya Co., Ltd. which manages wholesale manufacturing and sales business to bakery stores and business customers. The company takes its pride in promoting safety and health of food products […]