Okinawa: Living In Paradise

I have just relocated to the U.S. after living in Okinawa for the past three years.  For those of you not up on your Japanese geography, Okinawa is a tropical paradise of an island situated south of Japan in the East China sea and approximately 340 miles from the Japanese mainland.  The sand is white, the water blue and the landscape dotted with palm fronds blowing in the breeze, pineapple trees and mango plants.  What’s not to love, right?  Wrong. Continue reading Okinawa: Living In Paradise

The Unbearable Lightness Of Japanese Pastry

A quick search on the Internet confirms my suspicions, that I am not the first nor will I be the last person to pine for a delicate, just-sweet-enough confection created by the hands of a Japanese baker.

My family and I have recently relocated to the U.S. after spending several years in Japan.  There are many things I miss about our time abroad but one of the most prominent are the aforementioned light and airy desserts to be found in Japanese patisseries.  I tell you, after you have indulged in cream puffs, mocha flavored custards and the tiniest sliver of raspberry cheesecake, the super-sweet and heavy delicacies found in American bakeries seem mildly offensive. Continue reading The Unbearable Lightness Of Japanese Pastry