A Year of Travel

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

11851458524_53f91d05bf_cThis was a good year for travel ^-^

12571998703_0febff5ff2_c2014 started in Honolulu (I think each year should always start with family)…

13135652753_92a07e2a22_c…and then back to NYC…

12298179094_78c96646ca_c…and off to Chicago for a freezing first half of February.

12576830873_879f26ef44_cHonolulu for the second half of February…

12821697933_fee13aa978_c…with a little trip to Kauai.

13095755665_3928669859_cThere was a long weekend in Miami

14078679806_7d05dc9a04_c…and then it was April. Which means…Paris!

14097581903_56fbc9dfab_cAnd Champagne!

14085728282_1ec1aa2a6d_cAnd Monaco!

14306452077_23f76900b8_cMay in NYC and Boston for my sister’s college graduation.

14340887548_acc4f6b1c2_cIn June, a three-part trip to San Diego, Los Angeles

14340951820_8f65c489f8_c…and Yountville. Back to NYC for two hot weeks in July…

14638308268_d2aedd7035_c…and then off to even hotter weather in Bangkok!

14863590105_38e2a7c60d_cAnd Chiang Mai!

14861931234_b9f3749d4b_cAnd then Phuket.

15242741375_b1d08ede3e_cIn September, a crazy three months that started in Charleston and Kiawah Island…

15353682911_de2114e71a_c…followed by Thailand (again!) This time to Krabi in the south.

15170059909_7f22561502_cAnd then Hong Kong.

15407334436_3c03c91b18_cTwo days in NYC, and off to Bordeaux

15407328856_9d968b0b3c_c…and Cognac.

14936338314_de39d24bfd_cTwo more days in NYC. Next stop, Tokyo!

15375130670_0c22449030_cAnd Kyoto!

15550231319_1647e89ff9_cAnd Hokkaido!

15715723436_3e3a2e51c3_cFrom Japan to Taipei for a week.

15554083018_e2d1588a16_cAnd then it was off to Beijing…

15557245918_1780c861a9_c…Shanghai…

15122637554_505f3808d7_c…Wuxi…

15557113818_88a6816c7c_c…Chengdu…

15557971378_d306baa4db_c…and down to Pu’er/Simao in Yunnan…

15720102706_2452182dac_c…and up to Baisha…

15719818356_ea415255b5_c…and Lijiang.

15743794515_fcbceaec2a_cHong Kong for just a few days…

15605687019_c02e45da83_c…and back to NYC. November, already!

15724071358_57aa4e4971_cTwo weeks later, Napa Valley…

15724020070_a70697c570_c…and San Francisco.

15747986869_f080747619_cNYC once more and back to Honolulu by mid-December. May 2015 bring even more adventures ^-^

Matcha for Halekulani Living

Monday, December 22, 2014 1 No tags Permalink 0

16084865225_ab6912a24c_cIf you visit Halekulani this season, make sure to check out the in-hotel magazine…I wrote a little story on Matcha ^-^

15465211813_8f1377781f_cThey did a beautiful job with photography and layout…

16084140942_bb3fae44b0_c…and I’m especially happy to see a macro shot of the chasen on the cover.

Other notes on the Halekulani:

 

Snapshots from Hokkaido

Saturday, December 20, 2014 1 No tags Permalink 0

15116151694_a751f362bc_cWords flow most easily when writing about something right after it happens (“it” being a trip, an unforgettable tea or moment). But there’s also something magical in reliving a memory by writing a post. So today, let’s head back to Hokkaido.

In October we flew to Tokyo and took the train south to Kyoto. Fom there we flew north to Hokkaido. Sapporo was our base, and we arrived with an appetite for uni.

15551296140_51b6799fa1_cStraight from the airport, we devoured Hokkaido uni by the tray…

15550674098_26ac5ee43c_c…followed by milk cream soft-serve and a late night snack of gyoza with plenty of beer.

15550926617_d6f5593819_cWe took a day trip to Otaru in search of more uni…

15550243889_cf81a2cb4b_c…including this uni and squid dish at Masazushi. The squid is sliced into super thin noodles…

15550932627_17f42fa592_c…mix with uni and dip into the shoyu/raw egg/sesame sauce. Bliss.

15737660432_07debd54a4_cThere was lots more uni…

15116160694_a4733901c3_c…lots and lots ^-^

15550235709_da4eb76672_c…followed by a break at LeTAO for brûléed custard tarts…

15550235269_45a183cbfc_c…and fluffy steamed cheesecakes.

15734185971_9dabf26c5e_cThen we found soft-serve at Patisserie Kitakaro. How could you say no?

15550920997_2c62b546eb_cFive minutes later we walked past another branch of LeTAO that offered camembert soft-serve. Yes, please.

15116151694_a751f362bc_cAnd ten minutes later we came across a SEVEN layer soft-serve cone. From the top down: grape, matcha, strawberry, melon, milk, lavender, and chocolate. After all those sweets, we craved something savory…

15736109835_8e7e48a9f0_c…like this bowl of uni and ikura over rice. It took just an hour to get back to Sapporo…

15551270260_8b0121b7f9_c…just in time for a nap and dinner. Hokkaido wagyu!

15712387426_7cc118536a_cAnd Hokkaido crab…

15551271020_d4549fe97f_c…and Hokkaido potato! Could it be that everything from Hokkaido is just that much more delicious?

15712386226_be3cbfebea_c (1)We had more Hokkaido crab for breakfast the next day…

15734175221_7f41a12e1d_c…alongside an uni, ikura, crab, and salmon bowl.

15551266930_0254deba10_cAnd then it was off to Plantation Cafe. Here’s what it looks on the outside…

15550908667_7757b49668_c (1)…and the inside.

15551262340_04cb47a8fb_cOrange and chocolate, a full menu of seasonal drinks and…

15736096035_da360f51f6_c…this boozy tiramisu.

15712375716_46916d9951_cAnd an affogato!

15737614502_f55063ec5d_cWe had half a dinner at one restaurant known for Hokkaido corn tempura with matcha salt…

15712358466_75bee6ced5_c…and there’s always room for saba.

15551233430_c694d4ebcf_cPicchu was just a block away…

15550878887_3986e138e5_c…so we stepped in for a dish garlic and anchovy laced-dressing over raw vegetables…

15550878487_4ff211bf9a_c…and then stayed for the uni pasta and champagne. Couldn’t ask for a sweeter evening.

15550186729_4a09be07b2_c (1)For lunch the following day…a Hokkaido specialty of spicy soup curry.

15550443089_6df9ec7a4d_cAnd Nana’s for matcha soft-serve with giant cubes of warabi mochi…

15734138801_a3a1368e45_c…iced hojicha with a scoop of hojicha ice cream…

15737606252_cef641c0df_c…and matcha. Next stop, Taipei!

 

Three Ways | Matcha at Atera

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

14951352111_764e8e4f29_cMaking matcha. Three ways at Atera.

14767859828_a3e6c90f22_cFirst. Hot. Powder…

14767797469_65609d25dc_c…water…

14767794519_828cf66900_c…whisk…

14767792649_6500b8ba21_c…and serve.

14767912627_3415b926e4_cSecond. Iced. Powder…

14767911987_584bcf2018_c…water…

14767792840_2a378a088b_c…and ice. Shaken…

14954121412_8bcb011682_c…and serve. (Super thank you, Jeff!)

14951333741_bea053c275_cThird. My favorite. The pre-shift iced matcha…

14954098662_88b20886a3_c…and more to devour over the course of service. Most brillant ^-^