Category: Food

Pizza Time

"Homemade Pizza" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO3200
“Homemade Pizza” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。Tonight we used our new stove-top pizza oven for the first time and the pizza turned out pretty good! A few weeks ago we bought a Pizza Pronto, which is basically an enclosure with a double-layer pizza stone inside. You put it over the burner and after a while, it will come up to temperature and you’re ready to put in the pizza. After about 8 minutes, the pizza is done. 🍕

Mariko made some homemade pizza dough and we had some leftover tomato-based pasta sauce to use on two pizzas, some pesto to use for another pizza, and then a store-bought CPK pizza. All of them were cooked nicely, and the oven crisped up the dough deliciously. 😀

"Pizza Oven" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO3200
“Pizza Oven” Cedar Park, 2017

My only complaint is that it took longer than expected to come up to 500° F, and it never rose above that. Our burner is rated at 18,000 BTU so we should be able to achieve more than 500°. I guess it just takes more time? Or maybe the built-n thermometer is broken?

"Baking" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/80 sec, ISO6400
“Baking” Cedar Park, 2017

Anyways, more “testing” is needed. 😉 Bring on the pizza!

I hope you had a nice Saturday.


Curry Nite

"Curry Nite" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/100 sec, ISO800
“Curry Nite” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

The weather forecast for tomorrow is a chilly 55° F, which kind of crazy because it was 81° F today. And then Wednesday the high will only be in the 40s. The important thing about that drop in temperature is that it means it’s a great time for cold-weather meals!

Tonight we enjoyed a yummy Japanese curry, 🍛 with pork and potatoes, accompanied by a “Christmas” macaroni salad. It had red and green pasta in it, hence the name.

We all love curry year-round, but it’s especially great in the Winter. I can’t wait another cold-weather favorite: Oden. I know it’s coming soon!

I hope you had a nice day.



"With an Egg" Austin, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/100 sec, ISO400
“With an Egg” Austin, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

This morning I went to an event at Precision Camera here in Austin. They have a it a couple times a year and I usually head down there with some friends who are into photography to check out some of the free seminars, shop, and have lunch.

The store gives away gift certificates ranging from $10 – $100 to the first 51 people so we arrive early to get our space in line. Unfortunately, I only got a $10 certificate (the 3rd time) but my friend won $50 (his second time!) so that was pretty cool. I ended up buying a non-photography-related item: a combo bottle-opener/flashlight for $9. Not bad, and I appreciate the freebie!

As has become a tradition, we went for a burger at Hopdoddy, and that was super-tasty. 🍔 Add an egg for $1? 🍳 Of course!

I hope you had a nice Saturday.


Happy Thanksgiving!

"Pie Time" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO3200
“Pie Time” Cedar Park, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! We enjoyed a traditional get-together with friends coming over to our house this year. It was a large group of 20 hungry people, ranging in age from 13 to 49 (I think I was the oldest). There was so much good food, with plenty of delicious side dishes which really could be considered entrees at any other meal. However, at Thanksgiving, the turkey is always the entree. 😀

Instead of roasting one large turkey, I prepared two smaller (11 lbs each) birds, and I think they turned out okay. I tried dry brining this time and while everyone said the turkeys turned out great, I honestly would rate them at a 7 out of 10. That being said, almost all of the turkey was gone, with the turkey legs being left. I think because half of the guests were native Japanese, they aren’t used to eating the drumsticks. Speaking of cultural differences, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is a rare occasion for Japanese. Consequently, when I was carving the turkeys, many photos of me were taken. 😱

"Food and Selfie" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO1250
“Food and Selfie” Cedar Park, 2017

Anyways, besides the turkey, I also made our family tradition oyster stuffing. It’s my favorite, and I am glad that Koa really loves it too! There was also cranberry sauce, roast beef, sticky rice, shrimp cocktail, Maui-style poké, mashed potatoes, bacon-wrapped asparagus, deviled eggs, sweet potato casserole, sausage stuffing,, and fresh muffins. And for dessert, there was pumpkin pie (homemade by Mariko), matcha cheesecake, custard pie, and mango cheesecake. As you can imagine, we were all stuffed!

It was fun to have everyone over this year, and while hosting a lot of people can be stressful, I have to say that having foodie friends who bring over a ton of amazing side-dishes makes it a lot easier.

I hope you had a nice day!


Burger Time

"Burger Time" Cedar Park, 2017

“Burger Time” Cedar Park, 2017


Today we decided to barbeque some burgers for dinner, so I fired up the charcoal grill (for maximum flavor) and made some good-sized patties using both ground chuck and ground pork. They were tasty and still pretty juicy, which surprised me a bit since the pork tends to be on the dry side. Toppings were pickles, jalapeños, cheese, Romaine lettuce, onion, tomato, and the usual condiments (plus habañero sauce). Was a yummy and filling dinner!

The photo below shows the grocery haul in the back of the Subaru. You can see the roasting pan for the turkey. Thanksgiving is just around the corner here in the States!

"Grocery Haul" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: Motorola Moto G (4), 3.64mm, f/2, 1/230 sec, ISO50
“Grocery Haul” Cedar Park, 2017

I hope you had a nice day.


Performance 🥁 and Sushi 🍣

"Performance" Austin, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/125 sec, ISO4000
“Performance” Austin, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today Koa performed with the Region Orchestra, and they sounded great! It’s pretty cool that since Koa is part of the percussion group, you can hear his playing pretty distinctively. 🥁 In the three pieces, he played bass drum, snare, and timpani. I was so proud!

After that, we visited our friends’ restaurant opening. It’s always great to taste delicious sushi 🍣 and other Japanese delicacies, including saké! This time I tried something new: jellyfish sushi. It was ok. Maybe I was a little tipsy, but I thought it would be fun to broaden my horizons. 😆

"Ama-ebi and Kurage Sushi" Austin, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/35 sec, ISO3200
“Ama-ebi and Kurage Sushi” Austin, 2017

"Sushi Bar" Austin, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/80 sec, ISO3200
“Sushi Bar” Austin, 2017

I hope you had a wonderful Saturday!


Stew and Cargo Basket

"Beef Stew" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO4000
“Beef Stew” Cedar Park, 2017

It’s time for cold-weather food! So a hot beef stew really hit the spot today. Actually, Texas is fairly warm, but it’s so grey out that it feels like it’s colder than it really is.

But any excuse to have beef stew is good enough for me. 😄

And look what arrived in the mail today! It’s a rooftop cargo basket that I am planning on using for camping gear. It looks pretty simple to set up (simple is good!) and is probably a one-person job to put on top of the car.

"In the Box" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO6400
“In the Box” Cedar Park, 2017

The cats love it too. Especially the box it was packed in. 🐱

I hope you had a great day!

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