Mast Brothers Cupcake

Mast-Brothers

I’m dreaming about the Mast Brothers cupcake I had last month in Williamsburg.  The cake itself was alright, but the frosting? Wow.  Creamy, buttery, deep chocolate decadence!

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Mirumiru Gelato Shop : Ishigaki

MiruMiru Gelato Shop Ishigaki Okinawa いもり牧場の自家製ジェラート ミルミル by Oh My Omiyage

Many places on Ishigaki have a laid-back island feel that’s just so darn relaxing and cute.  It’s surprisingly under-developed, which makes you feel like you’re in the country – a countryside with an ocean view.  One of my favorite spots that epitomizes this atmosphere is a little gelato shop MiruMiru.  We went every day! Continue reading

Cronuts In Tokyo!

Well that didn’t take that long!  You can now find cronuts in cafes around Tokyo supplied by Banderole.  The craze hasn’t hit the radar of Japanese trend setters yet so don’t expect the long lines that you’d find for pancakes or brunch spots.  I’m not sure if this will become a fad in Japan as even cupcakes haven’t made a big splash.  But we’ll see!  Sometimes these food trends take awhile to catch on here (like pancakes). Continue reading

Oatmeal: A Comeback!

I love it when old things become popular again (that’s also why I’m a hoarder, but that’s for another day..).  In Tokyo, granola is hot hot hot!  I’ve taken to making granola at home to avoid the exorbitant prices and so I can make it juuust right.  Maybe it’s because of the Costco-sized Quaker Oats man staring at me from my dining table, but I’ve been searching high and low for rolled oats recipes.  That’s when I came across this cute Oatmeal Bar in NY – Oatmeals!  What an adorable, throwback idea!

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Sweet Potato Bun

Kawagoe Penny Candy Alley Japanese Sweet Potato Bun Dessert

Purple sweet potatoes must be one of the most beautiful vegetables. Their natural color is better than any imitation food coloring out there.  So when I came across a shop selling these sweet potato-filled buns steaming in a wooden box on a side street, I had to buy one! … And then I bought another. Continue reading

Kawagoe: Penny Candy Alley

Traditional Candy Shop at Kawagoe Penny Candy Alley (Kashiya Yokocho)

One of my favorite parts of Kawagoe was Penny Candy Alley (Kashiya Yokocho) that’s made of small alleyways, old merchant candy shops, and tons of traditional candy and snacks.  It has such a great nostalgic feel that makes everyone reminisce about a simpler time.  Even my husband ran around like a kid in a candy shop, and with big eyes, he asked me for 100 yen ($1)! Continue reading