Friday Night Cheeseburgers

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“A Burger” Cedar Park, 2020

Tonight it’s just Koa and I so I made cheeseburgers for us (his request). Excuse the crude photo, but whatever. The burgers were excellent! I added a bit of Japanese Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard to the beef before making the patties. Juicy, tangy, and yummy. Hard to beat a good burger!


Late Soba

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“Soba” Cedar Park, 2019

We had our new year’s soba a bit late this year. Normally we eat it on New Year’s Eve, but since we feasted on temaki instead, we postponed the noodles a bit. But they were still yummy. 😄

BTW, the shrimp were pre-packaged from Costco. Very good! 🍤

Starting 2020

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“Osechi” Cedar Park, 2019

Hello! I started off the new year with a nice 4-mile run around the neighborhood, then got ready to feast on the osechi-ryori, or traditional Japanese new year’s food. I love sitting at the kotatsu, drinking saké, eating osechi, and watching Japanese new years programs. It’s exactly what I want to do, and definitely the right way to kick off 2020.

In the afternoon, I hung up our bird feeder so hopefully we’ll get some feathery visitors coming by soon. I’m ready to add to my life-list of bird sightings! I was so happy to add a few birds while in California. 😊

I hope you had a nice day!


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“Osechi” Cedar Park, 2019

Last Meal of 2019 – Temaki Sushi

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“Temaki Dinner” Cedar Park, 2019

As the year comes to a close, a foodie’s last dinner should have some significance. Well, for us there isn’t any special meaning behind it, but we do want it to be something yummy! So, in her infinite wisdom, Mariko ordered a Temaki set from Uroko and it was awesome! We totally destroyed it. All the fish was delicious, and the sushi rice was perfect. Making sushi at home is a great experience and one I wish we could have more often. What a wonderful way to close out the year!

ごちそうさまでした 2019!

Yearly Jamaican Dinner

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“Jamaican Dinner” Torrance, 2019

One of our holiday traditions that we all look forward to is my mom’s huge Jamaican food feast. We usually have it as a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner, but this year we delayed it a bit since my brother’s family joined us after. But of course the food was awesome! Here’s a list of some of the items on the menu:

  • Jerk Pork
  • Jerk Chicken
  • Oxtail
  • Crab run-down
  • Plantain
  • Rice and Peas
  • Stew Peas
  • Fricassee Chicken
  • Callaloo
  • Patties
  • Scotch Bonnet Peppers

Yes, we were stuffed! I’m certainly “bulking up” on the calories this vacation. 😆

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“Jamaican Food” Torrance, 2019

I hope you had a nice day!