Pumpkin Spice Season

Photo info: motorola moto g(6), 3.95mm, f/1.8, 1/30 sec, ISO285
“Wall of Pumpkin Spice” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Good news if you like all things Pumpkin spice – the season is in full-swing! I was at my local supermarket and noticed they have a wall of Autumn-flavored “foods”. It’s interesting to see how food-designers and marketers up their game year-over-year to take advantage of the pumpkin-spice craze to sell their goods. Alas, I myself only like pumpkin pie and salted pumpkin seeds (and will drink a pumpkin beer if offered) so I am not tempted by the Pumpkin Spice Wall. 🎃 I suppose that’s good for my wallet.


🎶 The B-52’s – Give Me Back My Man

Head’s in a whirlpool
Spinnin’ round and round
If she don’t get her man back
She’s gonna drown

Curry Time

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO1600
“Pork Curry” Cedar Park, 2019

Tonight we had Japanese curry カレーライス, made with pork. But what made it special was that this recipe is a favorite of Mariko’s friend, and includes plenty of fresh puréed apples. The sweetness tasted great, but I had to add a Serrano pepper (not pictured) from the garden to my curry to bring up the heat level to my liking. 🌶️ 🔥 😄

Now that the weather is changing, it’s time for our favorite Japanese cool-weather foods: curry, oden, and nabé. Those are good anytime, but especially welcome in the colder months.


Sketching from Reference Photos

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/125 sec, ISO250
“Reference Photo” Cedar Park, 2019

So, Inktober is happening and I have been keeping up with my digital version or the project. I did double-up on Saturday because I was too busy on Friday to draw, but other than that it’s been a successful first week.

One thing I started doing is working with reference photos, in which I basically look at the photo either in a split window on the iPad or on another monitor while I draw it. These sketches are really fun and I am learning a lot about proportion and seeing things as lines and shapes rather than people. I was actually a little worried that I’d have a lot of trouble drawing from reference photos because I got a bit frustrated when I tried that before with faces, and ended up resorting to tracing directly over the images (which looked awful anyways). So these drawings, while super-simple, are really encouraging me to do more.

Please take a look at my reference photo drawings and the time-lapse videos below, or check out my sketching Instagram account if you are interested. And there are more videos at my YouTube channel too!

“October 7, 2019 Sketch”

“October 6, 2019 Sketch”

Saké and Sushi Pairing

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/45 sec, ISO6400
“Sushi Selection” Austin, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Mariko and I went to Komé Sushi Kitchen for a saké pairing dinner. I don’t know much about saké except that I enjoy it (Mariko makes fun of me because I usually just say, “This is good. I like it.”) but I though this would be a good opportunity to get some education. I admit that I might not have learned much (my fault, not Komé’s that’s for sure), but I sure enjoyed the food that was paired with the saké. The sushi was fantastic. ❤️ 🍣

For the record, I enjoyed the Kuroushi saké the most. 🍶 😊

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO3200
“Kuroushi” Austin, 2019

I hope you had a nice day!