Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fresh Watermelon Juice

Summer has arrived in full force and if you've ever visited Tokyo during this time, you know how unbearably hot it can get. This year is no different and everyday I face the dangers of getting heat stroke! I'm not even exaggerating folks. People die every week from the heat so we take as many precautions as we can. 

One of the best ways to combat heat stroke is to stay hydrated and cool and there is nothing that cools me down faster than a glass of fresh juice. Watermelon is especially cooling and since they are abundant during the summer, it's the perfect time to make this favorite. 

This recipe is super simple. You need some fresh watermelon-the sweeter the better. Cut them up into bite-sized pieces and pick out the seeds. Put them in the blender along with some sugar or honey and a small pinch of salt. Add some ice cubes and blend until smooth and slushy. 

And that's it! It just doesn't get any easier than this. Enjoy!

Check out our video tutorial here and see just how easy it is to make. Thanks for reading and hope you're all having an awesome summer!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Passion Orange Ice Cream Float

The typhoon just missed us in Tokyo and that's a good thing. However it is so damn hot now that all I can think of today are cold drinks. My appetite seems to diminish during the summer so in times like these, I reach for a nice cold drink. 

Satoshi said that he felt like a milkshake. I wanted something fizzy. I thought about it for a second and this was the perfect solution. This Passion Orange Ice Cream Float has it all. The flavors of orange and passion fruit combined with creamy vanilla and the bitterness of marmalade. Add soda to it and you've got yourself an Ice Cream Float that would quench anyone's thirst. 

I can't even remember the last time I had an ice cream float but I don't think it was this good!


Orange soda
Vanilla Ice Cream
Orange Sherbet


Pour a generous amount of passion orange syrup in a tall glass. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Pour your orange soda. I like Orangina for a less sweet taste. Add a scoop of orange sherbet with one more scoop of vanilla. Top off with marmalade and enjoy the awesomeness of it all!


Hope you enjoyed this post on my favorite convenience food. Don't forget to check out the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and subscribe while you're there. It's free and you'll be notified of the latest videos. Thanks and hope you're all having an amazing day!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Food of Yamagata

I know I don't mention him that often, but Satoshi, who I run my YouTube channel with, is from Yamagata. The city is located in the Northern part of Japan and is surrounded by mountains on all sides, hence the name. (Yama means mountains)

When I was first introduced to Yamagata cuisine, I was amazed and pleasantly surprised at the uniqueness and variety. For starters they use a lot of ingredients that can be found in the mountains and for protein, they rely on meat rather than fish. They are also famous for cherries and other fruits such as pears and grapes and believe me, they are some of the best in the country!

So one day we thought, why not do a video on Yamagata food? I was sure that most people outside Japan were unfamiliar with it and although we weren't sure how popular they were going to be, we went ahead with it anyway.

It turned out to be more popular than we had thought and we were glad that many people found it to be interesting. So if haven't watched it yet, please do and let me know what you thought.

Miso bread, devil's tongue and natto soup anyone?