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