❤ Bread

"Fresh Bread" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/45 sec, ISO3200
“Fresh Bread” Cedar Park, 2019

❤ 🥖 Fresh-baked and the house smells so good! Mariko is perfecting her baking technique.

Omakase at Uroko (Soft Opening)

"Omakase" Austin, 2019
Photo info: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 50mm, f/6.3, 1/40 sec, ISO1000
“Omakase” Austin, 2019

Tonight we went to the soft opening of our friends’ new restaurant, Uroko. The restaurant has three distinct things: omakase dinner on the weekends, temaki hand roll sushi for lunch, and sushi classes on weekday evenings. The soft opening was omakase, and the sushi was wonderful! There were a total of 12 dishes served, and I enjoyed them all, but my favorite was the otoro – so buttery!

"Otoro" Austin, 2019
Photo info: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 50mm, f/3.5, 1/50 sec, ISO640
“Otoro” Austin, 2019

I actually help with their websites, and sometimes photography too, and tonight I took a lot of photos for the new website. It was actually somewhat difficult because I don’t have lighting equipment (nor the skill to actually use them) so the photos weren’t the greatest. Still, I think most of them came out ok. You can see a few more photos at the main website, or the reservation site.

If you are in Austin and want a great sushi experience, check out Uroko!

またね~

Scared Dog, Texas Weather, and Oyakodon

"Hiding Dog" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/40 sec, ISO3200
“Hiding Dog” Cedar Park, 2019

A huge storm rolled through today, producing a lot of lightning and thunder. Our dog, Lani, was so scared, she hid under the desk next to me. Sad, but cute too!

By early evening, the clouds broke and the air was crystal clear. It was beautiful.

"Clearing Skies" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/850 sec, ISO200
“Clearing Skies” Cedar Park, 2019

And then we had my favorite meal, oyakodon. So it ended up being a good day. 😄

"Oyakodon" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/100 sec, ISO1600
“Oyakodon” Cedar Park, 2019

I hope yours was nice as well!

またね~

Tasting and Garden Tour

"Tasting" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO3200
“Tasting” Austin, 2019

こんにちは。How’s it going?

We visited a friends’ house for a pulque and mead drink tasting, garden tour, and of course good food. The man of the house is a sushi chef, so we were treated to some yummy salmon carpaccio. It was fun to watch him effortlessly slice up the fish. Wow!

Our friends grow so many different kinds of vegetables, herbs, and fruit in their yard. It’s really amazing! And they have chickens too, so they can enjoy fresh eggs all the time. As a bonus, we got to see the new chicks they are raising. So cute!

Please enjoy the photos:

"Yummies" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/75 sec, ISO3200
“Yummies” Austin, 2019
"Salmon" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO1250
“Salmon” Austin, 2019
"Pizza Pie" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/125 sec, ISO2500
“Pizza Pie” Austin, 2019
"Chick" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/45 sec, ISO3200
“Chick” Austin, 2019
"Garden" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO3200
“Garden” Austin, 2019
"Garden Godzilla" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4.5, 1/70 sec, ISO3200
“Garden Godzilla” Austin, 2019

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Indian and Sri Lankan Curries

"Curry, Rice, and Curry" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO2000
“Curry, Rice, and Curry” Cedar Park, 2019

Today we made two excellent curries: Aloo Matar (potato and pea curry), and Sri Lankan chicken curry. We had planned the Sri Lankan curry before the awful bombings happened, so that gave me several moments of pause while we were preparing the meal. Very sad news…

Before making the curries, I cooked a huge batch of Indian onion masala in our Instant Pot, some of which was used in the potato and pea curry. We froze the rest of the onion masala which will be great for our future curries!

Most of the ingredients can be found in supermarkets or smaller Indian markets nearby so we had most of them in the house. The curry leaves were the hardest to find, Mariko said, and had to be ordered online. I had never seen them before, so those were interesting to use.

I love curry so much, and these two will only satisfy me for a short time. In fact, I’m already thinking about Thai curry! 😄

Instant Pot Aloo Matar (Potato & Pea Curry)

The Best Sri Lankan Chicken Curry

Indian Onion Masala (Instant Pot)