1. Prepare 100c.c cooling water, and put it into the blender.
2. Add Magic Coffee Mocha into the blender.
3. Prepare 500c.c lump of ice.
4. Mixing and adding 1.2.3 into the blender. The Magic Coffee Mocha is complete.

These are the exact instructions from the package of Magic Mocha that I mixed up today. Once I figured out what c.c meant, I was mostly able to ignore the directions and mix it to taste.

Of course, “to taste” today means “with Irish Cream”. And it’s pretty good.

The moral of the story? Don’t be afraid to try something new. Even if the directions make it sound like you need a doctor’s order for it.

Not our usual day for the Asian market, but who’s gonna stop us?  Huh?  No one?  Didn’t think so.

Today,  we were trying to shop on the cheap (because, you know, we’re cheap), and picked a lot of what we got because it was on sale.  It all fit with our, “try something new” thing, and it was all pretty durn tasty.

It went a little like this.

And for “speed review” of all the items shown here:

Today’s adventures at the Sunrise Asian Market:

  • a spiral creme horn
  • mystery drink
  • red pumello
  • hi-soft candy
  • coco rico

The creme horn was everything we hoped for.  Sweet, bread, creamy and delicious.  Until my assistant felt the need to point out the similarities between the creme filling and Crisco*.

The Hi-SOFT candy we were excited about, as it included ingredients like cream cheese and molasses.

Well, it tastes a lot like caramel.  Like the little chewy caramel candies.  Good, but not all we had hoped for.

Coco Rico was a coconut flavored soda.  It was coconuty, and bubbly, but it tasted…white.  Kind of like knowing that the red Popsicles all taste the same: red.  This tasted white.


The red pumello was not red. but we got video.

And our final installation, also in video format, was our mystery drink, which was in a can that was written in a language I don’t know.

Thanks for tuning in, and we are going to try and update more often.

*Note from Assistant: I actually said “whipped Crisco and sugar”.


on June 22, 2011 in Experiences | 2 Comments »

This is a blog about food. Details in the video.

I found this Pocky ad on the back page of a Japanese magazine we got in at work last week.  I always wonder who donates them, you know?  Actually, I wonder that about a lot of stuff we get.


Tonight, I made a Dutch Baby, which I’ve made before.  But I had read a bit about adding apples and sugar to the butter, and hmmm…

I started with this recipe.  I’ve made it several times, it generally turns out pretty good.  But I got an email from Instructables today, and in the comments they mention adding apples…

So I did that.

As the pan was heating, I peeled and sliced the apples and mixed in some demerara sugar.  Then I mixed up the batter, using fresh eggs, of course.  When the pan was very hot, I added the butter and the apple/sugar mix.  When the butter was melted, I added the batter.  Cooked for 23 minutes or so, and viola!

The center was thicker and moister, due to the apples.  It was almost custardlike.  The sugar and butter made their way up the edges and made a fantastic crust.

For a topping, I mixed up some whipping cream with nutmeg and vanilla.  The usual lemon & powdered sugar would have been pretty good as well, I’m sure.

I think that the next time I try this, I’ll use different apples – I’d had my kid pick up some at the Kiva, and they didn’t have any that were good for baking. I think we ended up with Fuji, or maybe it was Gala, but either way, the flavor of the apples was sort of lost.

Verdict: Good stuff, I’ll be making it again.


on March 30, 2011 in Experiences | No Comments »

I made a turkey today.  My first one, for real.  I’ve done turkey roasts, but never full-blown turkey carcass.  I googled, I called mothers, I read packages.  I started it at 3:20 pm, and we had dinner at 10:10pm.

I had picked up an electric turkey roaster at work, hoping it worked ok.  Turns out, it didn’t.  But it did at first, so I didn’t realize that it wasn’t working until it had been off for about an hour.  Into the oven.

Having never made a turkey before, I had no idea how to carve, cut, chop…nope.  I hacked a piece off for myself and left the others to their fate.  Told the kid to have a drumstick, but she couldn’t get it off so the roommate tried to help.  He pulls on the end…and the bone slides right on out.  There he stands, naked turkey drumstick in hand, while we stand there unhelpfully giggling.

In any case, it all tastes great.  I’d put in thick onion slices and minced garlic under the turkey, and baby carrots and wedges of potatoes on the sides when it was partly cooked (yeah, that was when I realized that the roaster was no longer heating).  Gravy was made, even with soy milk it was pretty damn good.  Probably the Hunters Blend and sage in the drippings.  And the extra black pepper, white pepper…good stuff.

So the moral of the story is, don’t be afraid of trying to cook stuff, even if you don’t know what the hell you’re doing.  It might turn out like garbage…but it might not.  It might just be really really good.

I mean, doesn’t she look like she just loves it?

two turkeys

(crappy picture, I know.  Took it on the webcam)

Banana mini muffins – Swiped from another site, modified a bit to suit my whims.


1 cup demerara sugar
1/2 cup margarine, at room temp
3 very ripe bananas, mashed well
1 cup bread flour
1 cup unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup plain soy milk, mixed with 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray your mini-muffin pan with cooking spray.  Or a muffin-top pan, which I also used.  Or I suppose you can use a bread pan, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and spices.

Cream together the margarine and sugars. Add bananas, soy milk and vanilla.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Mix well. Pour batter into pan. Bake for…a while.  I wasn’t really paying attention.


on October 6, 2010 in Product Review | No Comments »

We made a trip to Sunrise today, in search of oyster sauce and fresh garlic.  And treats.

I like to get something we’ve never tried before when we go to Sunrise (or Uwajimaya, or any of the Mexican markets, or any other food place that I don’t got to often).  Today there were two things new:

Banana Puffs. Wow – so weird to eat. Even knowing that they are banana flavored, my mind couldn’t connect the puffs with anything other than salty “cheese”, so it was just…odd. But tasty – I have a sick love for fake-banana flavor. Oh wait! The ingredients actually show Banana Powder! Amazing. I need to get more of these.
Nong Shim Banana Puffs

These were the candy choice. I had no idea what they were when I got them, I just thought the shape was cute and the ingredients didn’t look too bad. Turns out they taste kind of like a cross between Milkita and Ricola. And they are surprisingly good.

So, the moral of the story is: Don’t be afraid to try something new, even if you can’t figure out what the heck it is. I mean, within reason and all.

carnivals. rides, screaming children, animals and of course food on sticks. food you can’t get anywhere else. and, i fell in love.




they put a snickers on a stick, batter it, deep fry it, and put a little chocolate sauce on it to hold the bacon bits in place. while the people i was eating with were not brave enough to get their own, and got a simple deep friend Twinkie, i had to have one of these. so, after a quick call to my financial advisor, i got one. it was warm, gooey, crunchy, sweet, greasy, salty… everything i ever wanted from a piece of food. after i took the first bite and declared it delectable, the others all wanted bites. i was tempted not to share. but, as a good friend, i had an obligation to let them join my reverence. they all agreed, it was good. but, my good friend attitude only extends that far and a second pass-around was out of the question. i ate the rest. promptly i wished i had a bit more spare cash for another. alas i did not. i had to live with only that much. but next year, i will need to go again, and get another. more than one most likely. 10 more months until i can yet again be subject to the awesome of the deep fried bacon snickers.