Latest Blog Posts

Latest Blog Posts

Pick up Happy, #Pretz

“Pick up happy. Pick up Pretz!” So goes the commercial for the popular Japanese savory snack stick.  Since 1962, Japanese have picked up Pretz at snack time. Pretz is a newcomer on most American market snack aisles. The “lightly salted”  (asari shio) original version is found in US markets.  Hawaii is the exception. The 50th state has a pineapple flavor Pretz in their supermarkets. In Japan,... Read Full Article

Gluten-Free Grateful Thanksgiving, #Glutino

Thanksgiving – a mostly gluten-free one – came early this year. Close family gathered around the table. We said Grace. Each person then shared memories of my mother. Mom crossed over a few weeks ago. She was born in Northern California. It’s fitting that 90 years later, the last stop on her Wimbledon tennis star adventures was Novato, California.  My six-year-old great-nephew, Ethan, summed it up best. When told of my... Read Full Article

Cafe 212 Pier: Superfoods and Supernovas

Café 212 Pier: Superfoods and Supernovas カフエ212ピアー:スーパーフード、超新星 *Note: Superfoods are naturally vitamin laden and rich with minerals. *ご参考までに、スーパーフードはミネラルとかビタミンがたくさんある食です。 Superfood vegan chocolates charged with vitamins, minerals and super-deliciousness! スーパーフードチョコレート Imagine Christmas, Thanksgiving and the 4th of July all rolled up into one holiday. India’s days-long Diwali, the Festival of Lights is that kind of... Read Full Article

Pocky Halloween Cupcakes #Pocky #Giveaway

Glico USA kindly provided Pocky for this post. All opinions are my own. Scroll down for details on the giveaway. Cookies & Cream Pocky Cat Cupcakes Spooks and black cats may soon alight upon your doorstep demanding a Halloween treat. Given the Star Wars revival, Stormtroopers and Princess Leias will also inevitably appear. (Probably a Trump or two, too!) Want to make the Halloween mini monsters happy? Present Japanese Pocky.... Read Full Article

Lemon Coconut Loaf Cake, #TheCakeSliceBakers

The Cake Slice Bakers are a group of bakers from around the world. Laura of Baking in Pyjamas and Anabel of Oven Delights lead the charge to conquer a new challenge every month...Currently, we are presented with the opportunity to bake one of four preselected recipes from The Southern Cake Book.    This Ninja Baker chose Lemon Coconut Loaf Cake for this month's Cake Slice Bakers' challenge. Happiness blooms:... Read Full Article

Gluten-Free Almond Joy Cupcakes, #SundaySupper

Joy! Chocolate Almond Joy! Ah, that coveted American candy bar with the luscious coating of chocolate over coconut and almonds. In Japan, Almond Joy slipped into my hands on 3 occasions. A military connection sneaked the Almond Joy off base and into my hands. A stop at Guam (an American territory) en route to our Christmas holiday on Saipan. (One of the Micronesian Islands.) Summer vacation in the States. Believe it... Read Full Article

3 Back-to-School Bentos, #Glutino

Glutino gifted me with free gluten-free products for this post. All opinions are my own.   Autumn is on the horizon. Let the best school lunch box games begin! Are you ready? Glutino kindly sent me kid-friendly gluten-free lunch box items. Inspired, I set out to create 3 Back-to-School Bentos packed with Glutino gluten-free goodness.   Here’s why the Glutino products in the Ninja Baker’s bentos are great... Read Full Article

Japanese Moon Gazing Potatoes, #FoodieExtravaganza

Pausing between clouds the moon rests in the eyes of its beholders ~17th Century Haiku Master, Matsuo Basho (Translated by Michael R. Burch) Moon gazing is a Japanese tradition, which predates rice cultivation. Traditionally, the full moon is admired on the 15th night of the 8th month. (Lunar calendar time. Translation: September 27, 2015.)  Noshing on snacks to accompany moon gazing is also a tradition. Popular Japanese Moon... Read Full Article

Japanese Cherry Blossom Brownies and 10 Tips on How-To Get Drunk with Happiness, #IsabelsBirthdayBash

What makes life happy? Cherry blossoms, chocolate, friends and family. Okay, not all family 100% of the time! Still, family systems can provide tremendous love and support. Isabel Laessig is the CEO of the expanding Sunday Supper empire. Isabel’s #SundaySupper Twitter chat is designed to entice families to gather around the dinner table. Everyone is encouraged to share family recipes and stories. Isabel’s blog, Family Foodie,... Read Full Article