Ma-Ma-Ma-Matcha

Hi hi everyone! 

Today I enjoyed a cup of Matcha and am excited to show off the pictures from this special occasion! 🙂 I recently purchased a can of green tea powder from Whole Foods and had a traditional Japanese bamboo tea whisk from Teavana that I’ve been waiting to use.

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My first attempt was rather messy, but have 29 more servings of matcha left to become a pro with… 😉

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Happy New Year!!! 2015

Happy 2015 everyone! I hope your holidays were filled with peace and joy. 🙂

It’s New Year’s Resolution time! :D:D:D

2015 is all about keeping up momentum, supporting my changed lifestyle and refining skills that I learned in 2014.

Some of the very basic goals I have for this year are:

  • Learn to cook
  • Try new things (Yoga starts next week!)
  • Go new places (Japan y’all)
  • Take time for me
  • Rekindle my passion for drawing
  • Declutter my inbox

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Japanese Sweets

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 After hearing about my failed mochi attempt my swim instructor bought me some Japanese goodies – green tea Pocky, green tea Kit Kat, Nestle Aero – green tea flavored, another green tea crisp and strawberry daifuku which is basically mochi with something other than red bean paste inside. ^///^ The consistency of the daifuku was so much smoother than mine! I wasn’t even close. *tear* I’m going to leave mochi making to the professionals from now on.

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Sushi Rice!

Hey everyone! I am so excited! I found sushi rice available at a local store that I frequent and it’s grown in the USA! 😀 😀 😀 I know that sushi rice is available at Trader Joes or online, however I am not willing to drive a half hour away to buy this one item or pay someone online to use their fuel to cart it to me. Therefore by buying locally available items I am reducing waste and pollution by supporting local stores. 🙂

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The visual difference between the widely available long grain rice and the sushi rice is quite apparent….
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The long grain rice on the left is long and skinny and whiter in color while the sushi rice on the right is a short fat grain with a creamy tint. I haven’t had a chance to cook with it yet so I cannot say anything about flavor or texture. I am hoping to have my sisters over soon to make some more Japanese dishes from my cookbook. We had done that early last year and it was a lot of fun!

My other find is Oolong tea! None of the stores in my area have carried this type of tea in any brand and I found this at the same place I bought my rice. 🙂 I also haven’t brewed a cup of this yet to compare to my regular green tea…

 

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Diet conscious people online have touted it to be the ultimate green tea and really helps with weight loss. I don’t believe those claims -however I am looking forward to trying a new tea.

That’s all for tonight!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

 

How do you get to Japan?

So the other night I dreamt that I finally bought my ticket to Japan!!! My sisters and I were waiting to board the plane when we realized the flight wouldn’t be leaving for six hours and went home to do something… When we came back, we found out that our departure gate changed and had the stress of locating it. Stress dreamssss…

Anywho, I found some helpful videos on getting ready for my trip to Japan! \^o^/

  • Passport ✓
  • Visa Exemption Program – Round-trip Ticket (Delta, Narita Airport)
  • Money or credit card (in progress)
  • Address and phone number of residence (???)

  • Call Credit Card Company
  • Get Up to date with Vaccinations

One thing that is nice is that I’m only looking at a 7 day trip = 2 days travelling and 5 days in Japan.

Internet boards suggest having ¥10,000 allotted for each day of the trip. I don’t know how accurate this is, but hey. It’s a starting point.

At this time I am unsure of when this trip is going to be made – most likely around August. The majority of the trip will be spent in Tokyo – even though I also wanted to visit all the popular anime referenced areas such as Kyoto, Osaka, Hokkaido… but I am not made of money. Boo.

Any thoughts on what I should bring with me or where I should go?

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San