Crumbs Cupcakes

Crumbs Cupcakes

I visited Crumbs Bake Shop in Burlington, MA to satisfy my sweet tooth. I’ve heard wonderful things about their flavors and wanted to give it a try (also, it was my birthday) πŸ˜›

The amount of flavors they have is almost overwhelming (in a good way). The ability to purchase a sample pack (filled with tiny cupcakes, as shown above) is a bonus. They also have LARGE versions of their popular flavors.

The flavors shown above are (in no particular order):
Red velvet, lemon, apple cobbler, dulce de leche, milkshake, birthday cake, vanilla on vanilla sprinkle, carrot cake, chocolate/vanilla/strawberry, banana bread, and I can’t remember the pink one at the top! Oops πŸ˜›

Their website is set up nicely and you can even hover over the cupcake pictures to see what it would look like on the inside (most of them have fillings in the middle).

The ONLY downside I would say about this (other than calories) is the price. These are made with quality ingredients and you certainly get what you pay for. For a special occasion, or for treating yourself every now and then, this is a must have.

Nabeyaki Udon

Nabeyaki Udon

Once again at my favorite local Japanese restaurant, Takumi on a cold day. It was REALLY cold outside and the Nabeyaki just called out to me from the menu. I had to stray from the normal Unadon (eel on rice) to get this hearty soup.

My apologies for the cell phone picture. I need a better quality camera to take to restaurants that isn’t my giant Canon.

The broth is a dashi stock, which is a light fish broth made from bonito flakes, konbu (seeweed), soy sauce, and mirin. It is topped with prawn tempura, kamaboko (fish cake), carrots, green onion, soft egg, chicken, shiitake mushrooms, cabbage, and bamboo shoots. This all sits on top of thick and almost chewy udon noodles. And on the side is my personal favorite, shichimi!!! (seven flavor chili pepper). I put this on pretty much everything and go through these bottles faster than any other herb/spice (including salt and pepper).

I wish there was something else in the picture other than the small shichimi bottle for size reference because this kettle of soup is HUGE! I could not finish it (and I was pretty darn hungry). Similar to eating Pho, this warms you up from the inside and made the cold weather almost non-existent.

And for $11.50 with a salad during lunch, you can’t go wrong πŸ™‚

Another H-Mart Haul

Another H-Mart Haul

This is only my second trip to H-Mart and I honestly don’t know why I don’t go there every single week.
Oh wait, probably because I’d gain a ton of weight and have no more money.

This trip was special though. I had one item in mind: a Zojirushi rice cooker! I’ve been wanting one of these (and water boiler, but that’ll have to wait) for literally over 10 years. Why did I wait so long? I received a rice cooker from my mom as a moving gift that did the job. But it was honestly way too big for just the two of us and over its 8 year life span, the rice was starting to burn on the bottom. BONUS, the one in H-Mart was on sale! Cheaper than Amazon!

So while I was there, why not stock up on a ton of goodies. πŸ™‚
(not everything is included in the picture)
Fresh fruit and vegetables, candy, snacks, LOTS of bakery items, super delicious lychee juice boxes, Rilakkuma note book and Hello Kitty pen (was going away for training and wanted something fun for note taking), Korean sheet masks, curry, and an adorable stuffed animal.

Not much else to say except if you have an H-Mart anywhere around you then it’s well worth checking out. You could purchase most of these items online but it will cost more (many H-Mart grocery items are cheaper than the regular grocery store) and you’ll most likely have to pay shipping. Also the fresh items are very fresh and you can to choose the exact one you want. Bring some friends and make it a field trip! As I mentioned in a previous entry about this store, there is a decent size food court, which alone is well worth the trip.

Skoshbox: October

Skoshbox: October

The first of every month is a super happy one because it’s Skoshbox time! WEEEEE!!!

I am signed up for the monthly subscription and have no desire to cancel any time soon. A present arrives on your doorstep every month filled with Japanese treats.

Disclaimer: I am in no way, shape, or form affiliated with Skoshbox. Just a rabid, food-loving fangirl.

You can view what was in each box here. Here is my review on each item:

Green tea gum – tasted just like a Starbucks green tea frappuccino. Not too sweet, not too bitter.

Salad flavored rice cakes – next to the chocolate stick these were my favorite. Savory, salty, and crunchy!

Choco puff – imagine a giant cheese puff but instead it’s all chocolate. And it’s big! Hands down, my favorite thing in this box.

Awa Dama candy – it’s fizzy candy! It actually fizzed a bit while sucking on it. Very interesting and fun. There were two different types in here with different flavors.

Nori rice crackers – this is my go-to favorite whenever I’m in an Asian market. I always get any variation of a seaweed (nori) wrapped rice cracker. The cracker usually has a kind of soy sauce coating on it and is very delicious.

Black sesame mochi – pretty much as it sounds…chewy candy that’s black sesame flavored. It was great trying something new like this and I could easily eat 50 more. Very interesting and yummy.

Yakionigiri rice cracker – this came in close second for my favorite item in this box. It really did taste like yakionigiri (which is rice balls coated in soy sauce and pan fried). Very delicious. I ended up making some actual yakionigiri not long after eating this. It put me in the mood!

Green pea snack – crunchy peas out of the pod. Yep, that’s basically it. A healthy snack that wasn’t too salty.

Pretty post cards – they put one inedible item in each box. This month is postcards which are beautiful and can’t wait to send them out. Other months included a Japanese eraser (which are amazing) and chopsticks. Β NOTE: starting January 2014 their boxes will be food only.

My First Skoshbox!

My First Skoshbox!

I subscribe to Sharla in Japan on YouTube and she had this video talking about Skoshbox and showed its products for that month. I immediately signed up and voila! Got my first package at the beginning of August. Here is their page describing each item that was in this month’s box.

The subscription is $15 US dollars per month and you can cancel whenever you want. Ew, sounded like a commercial there for a second. But really, it’s super simple. I even emailed them with a question and they responded quickly and were super friendly!

My favorite item from this box was the Mini Salad. I don’t know why but it was just so different and delicious! It was salty and sweet and wish I had 50 more to eat! The Cheese Kibun were delicious as well. Heck, there wasn’t a single item in here I wouldn’t eat again.

Inside is a card with the name and description of each product. I really liked this because if there was something I must have full size I could easily order it online or hunt it down at the local Asian market.

It was packaged nicely with tissue paper and everything was laid out neatly (not just thrown in there). There were more snacks than I was initially expecting, making for a fun Japanese candy and snack adventure!

Personally, I think this is an awesome idea and really wish I had thought it up myself. Sometimes the snacks at the Asian market can be a bit expensive and only come in large bags. I love trying new things but honestly do not want to invest in something that I am completely unsure of. This is a great way to sample several different things and most of these items were not even available at the local market.

September can’t get here fast enough πŸ™‚

Dinner At Morimoto New York

Dinner At Morimoto New York

I felt majorly awkward carrying a big camera around a nice restaurant, so sadly these are all taken with my cell phone.

This is the omakase at Iron Chef Morimoto’s restaurant. Omakase means “chef’s choice”. They explained each dish to me before making my final decision, but I was pretty set on getting the omakase no matter what. It’s a great way to sample the best of what the restaurant has to offer. I also opted to add the sake pairing. Because why the hell not? Basically you get a couple ounces of sake with each course (including dessert). It’s a fantastic way to try different types of sake. Morimoto even makes their own!

First course: raw tuna belly with an assortment of condiments and soy sauce served on ice. Let’s see if I can remember each condiment: grated wasabi, mayo, bean paste, wasabi, crunchy tempura pieces.

2nd course: raw fluke with searing oil poured over the top to barely cook it. Micro green salad and mushrooms on top.

3rd course: fresh veggies with an artichoke/anchovy sauce heated with a candle underneath. Yes, I used my fingers to wipe the inside of that cup clean. Damn tasty!

4th course (and my favorite!): raw oyster with raw uni (sea urchin) and foie gras and teriyaki sauce on top. It was the best thing I have ever eaten…ever! All 7 courses could have honestly been this on 7 separate plates and I would have been happy.

5th course: 5 sushi pieces (from left to right): a pair of baby squid, some fish I can’t remember, skipjack tuna, a type of buttery fish, and high quality fatty tuna belly.

Palate cleanser: House made ginger ale. I could have consumed a gallon of this stuff. Absolutely delicious.

6th course: lobster claw and 1/2 lobster tail with lemon foam, and a thin piece of barely seared wagyu beef on top of poached potato sticks. Wagyu can be compared with the famous Kobe beef, but it’s not as marbled (or expensive).

Dessert: rice stick with sesame on top and red bean paste inside (left), and a house made cookie and mango sorbet in a glass with coffee and maple tofu cheesecake underneath. Cloudy unfiltered sake was paired with it. YUM!

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