Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Happy White Day! <3

Happy White Day everyone!

This was a piece I made for Valentnes Day, but since I didn't have this blog then, I couldn't share it. White Day lets me make up for that. ;)

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Food Wars: Battle #1 Decore Pocky (Winter 06)

The Contenders:

Decore White Chocolate vs. Decore Strawberry Peach vs. Decore Mont Blanc.

My first Decore Pocky (Strawberry Shortcake Flavor) was the first Pocky that I really thought tasted any good. Since then I have tried many varieties, and I was excited about the Winter 06 collection: White Chocolate, Strawberry Peach, and (something called) Mont Blanc. You can see the Decore Commercials HERE. Each box contains four packets of 3 Pocky sticks each. I ate all three, and here are my thoughts.

#1. White Chocolate.

I'm a BIG fan of white chocolate. I love the stuff. I was not impressed by this Pocky. I didn't get any "white chocolate" taste out of it, instead I found myself paying attention to the odd sort of oily texture of this Pocky. Not good. 2 out of 5.

#2. Strawberry Peach.

This was yummy. I definately could taste both flavors, and this one lacked the strange texture of the White Chocolate Decore. The colors of this Pocky was really pretty too, layers of pink! 4 out of 5.

#3. Mont Blanc.

After some research as to what "Mont Blanc" was (it's a chocolate and chestnut flavored French Pastry dessert) I realized what this *incredibly* delicious flavor combination was. It's like having a milkier version of Nutella on a Pocky stick. Can I say "Oishii"? 4 1/2 out of 5.

The Winner:

Mont Blanc. Hands down. I do love strawberry flavors, but the chocolate/chestnut flavor combination just couldn't be beat.

Keep and eye out for it at your Asian Marts folks. :)

(I hope my first attempt at a food review wasn't too painful! :P )

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Thank you to Fuzika and Ai-chan

First art post! Whoo!

This is a piece of gift art for Fuzika san and her cat Ai-chan. Fuzika is a retired geisha who recently published a beautiful biography of her Kyoto geisha years. I was able to aquire a copy through a generous friend, who wrote her and ordered copies for all who were interested. Fuzika-san was so flattered that a bunch of foreigners were interested in her book (even though we couldn't read a word of it, it's all Taiwanese) that she sold us each a copy at 1/2 price! Wow!

So in thanks, we all decided we'd dress in our kimono and have our photos taken with her book. I was nervous right off, because my kitsuke (kimono dressing) is not so good and the thought of a geisha witnessing my bad kitsuke is just so embarassing! So I decided to draw her gift art instead. I am going to try the photo too, but it's good to cover all my bases. ;)

I hope she likes it! ^____^

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Kohaku Mushi Manju

Ok, this is my first attempt at a food review, so bear with me. ;)

I bought these beauties at the Sunrise Mart on Broome Street in Soho (that's New York City! hahahaha):

BEHOLD! The Kohaku Musih Manju!!!

I'm a big fan of Wagashi and have been trying to taste as many different kinds as possible. I've mainly had experience with Daifuku and Dorayaki until found these small Manju buns. These specific manju are small, soft, and just have the right amount of soft give when you gently nibble (or chomp, your choice) into them. The cake-ish exterior is light and fluffy, and the anko (red bean) center is rich and sooooo satisfying. Heaven in a bun, I kid you not!!! They were so good I went back and bought another packet of them, because who knows when I'll be able to find them again!

I was set back $3.99 a pack, but the taste and resulting bliss is MORE than worth it.

So if you happen to run across these guys in your next Asian mart, BUY THEM! You won't be disappointed. :)