December 06, 2006

✿Make Love, Not Refugee

It's a poster Jasko made...


December 04, 2006

✿Thanks... dinner.

My friend Mayu came back to the bay for the holiday and I spent Thanksgiving dinner at her house with her family. 
She is Mayu's grandmother who is 95 years old.  Her skin is so smooth and soft and she is always stylish. She like to match the colors.

Mayu is a personaly chef in NYC and her food looks great as well as the taste.  Mayu's Mothr made Japanese strawberry cakes which I love !





December 01, 2006

✿Cafe Gratitude...

My first experience of raw food restaurant at Cafe Gratitude. I didn't know what to expect...   I just knew that was a new popular spot in Berkeley.

Almost all the customer were woman and it was packed with full of people and also the place had nice light and the brick walls...


so I tried this sample dish which comes with various kinds of raw food.




I AM ABUNDANT (that's the name of the dish...) sampler plateLive nachos, kale-sea veggie salad, stuffed mushroom, olive tapenade, live hummus, and a mini Thai coconut soup. Served with assorted live crackers and almond toast. $12


I AM ADORING live tiramisu - Raw cacao and almond tiramisu cake with sweet cashew cream and raw chocolate espresso filling. $6.50




I AM LOVELY fresh fruit cobbler - Cobbler of the day topped with nuts and crème fraiche. $6.50 Apple and Kaki were the fruits of the day.

My most favorite dish was the fruit cobbler. It was full of fruits and tasty. It was nice exprience to go there and find out what's raw food is all about.


November 27, 2006

✿Macrobiotic Class 2

I went to the Macrobiotic class again!   When I found out that Garret (buckwheat French crepe) recipe was the menu of the class, I could not think of amy other food was on the list.




Mixing brown rice and Daikon (radish) saute seasoning with rice cooked with pressure cooking pot.



Making burdock with sesami sauce dish.


Making crepe filling with almond powder, flower, maple syrup, soy milk and etc...




The menu: brown rice with Daikon(radish) saute seasoning
burdock with sesami sauce
tofu salad (I made it the next day and it's so easy and so so good!)
daikon(radish) and fu(dried wheat gluten) boiled with dashi stock and soy sauce
crepe ( I try to make something like it the next day as well... )


November 21, 2006

✿Eating with Fingers

This little village called "The Village Courtyard" is just 1 block south of Dwight way on Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley. The Village courtyard has several restaurants in and FinFine is new to this location.

Injera is a pancake-like sourdough flatbread and use fingers to eat those food.  Can you see my friend Kayo's fingers?
We had Vegetarian Combination which includes Split Pea Stew, Lentil Salad, Spicy Split Red Lentil Stew, Collard Greens saute, Potatoes and carrots cooked in a special blend of house spices, onions, and Chick Peas. The meal had lot's of vegetables and beans and it was so fun eating with fingers little by little...


I wanted to wash my hands before the meal arrived on the table but other customers wanted to go to the restrooms as well, and every time I stood up to go to the restroom, I missed.  After that, I was looking out for restroom and I stood up when I saw the door open, and at the same time, I saw an old man stood up for restroom so I walk so quickly to get there first and I realize that I was walking so fast towards the restroom and I found it very funny and I was just laughing at myself... kya..hahahah....



November 16, 2006

✿Ren Found The LOVE

Can you read that Ren? Oh, I love you, too...

November 09, 2006

✿Bon Appetit

My friend, Mayuko made the colorful pasta salad...

Bon Appetit!!! いただきまーす。

Her doggy Candy and my dog Ren (she is not on the photo) were just staring at us...

  Yummy... Yummy...  my art piece was created by dill !!


November 06, 2006

✿Ici


Ici Ice Cream just opened a little while ago on College Ave. It's very French atmosphere and I love that they pay attentions to details. The ice cream looked so amazing! I mean, just look at them!!!


I wasn't planning to eat an ice cream in that afternoon, but I had to try one... so I had this little bon bons ice cream covered with chocolate, it's called "green tea bon bons" That was pretty good! Next time, I want to eat the big colorful one. 


Nice flowers display with milk bottles.


It look so "French", isn't it?  The name ici mean here in French !



October 31, 2006

✿My favorite in Berkeley

Bike tour with my Japanese friend kay with my new bike.  We went around Berkeley that day.


First destination was Chaya Japanese Vegan restaurant. I love this little restaurant so much. They have long wait at night,  so I try to go more lunch time. One of the dish we had called Hasami age (sandwich deep fry) tofu coverd by corns and see weed and deep fly it. It has been one of my favorite dish and they only have it daring the summer when corn is in season.


  Halloween display at the bakery near Chaya.



After the lunch, we stopped at Mixed Pickles Antique shop. Look at this cute book and the cow's black part was covered by smooth velvet fabric.


Then, we watch the Marie Antoinette movie. I saw it when I was in Paris but I saw it in French that I didn't understand it.  Everything in about this movie is cute, dress, shoes, make up, hair accessories and sweets !


After the movie, we went to the Farmer's Market and bought lots of fresh vegetables... I was so excited to pick which vegetables to take home...


What a cycedelic watermelon. It's like a galaxy...


I bought some little juicy tomatoes and so many other fresh vegetable and friuts...


Then, we went to Crixa, my favorite cake shop in Berkeley.  Kay and I bought cakes and eat them at my place.  I had such lovely date with Kay !!



October 28, 2006

✿Official Tourist

Official Tourist had a live show at Yerba Buena Center for Arts last weekend.  Jasko just told me "supprise!!!" of the night's performance so I had no idea what O.T. would offer.


I walk by the window on the way to the entrance, I saw Offical Touris members on the little corner of this huge space. I wasn't really sure what was going on at first because there were no poeple in the hall besides them but they looked like performing and having fun. I felt little sorry for them for a few seconds because I though nobody came to see thier performance although I found out the room next door had many people inside. I was just laughing how funny they look from outside.


Inside the museum, there were a few TV screens showing Officail Tourist live.  Nobody seem to know that there was a live show at the next door.  People would find out from outside what was going on through the window.


I thought that was a nice idea. These two rooms were by the window and people can see the contrast of these 2 different actions only from outside. 




They used this blue wall to have special effect on computer.



Shing02 join the live and he had Momoca hat on...!!!






October 25, 2006

✿Guerilla Cafe


In the restroom of Guerilla Cafe.
When I saw this one orange tile, it made my heart jump.  This was the only orange tile in the entire restroom.



Tiles all over in the cafe area as well. I love the same color stool covers.


My friend Githinji, he had his art on the wall (not the wall art behind him). He is very stylish and he had orange corduroy pants.

October 15, 2006

✿A Little Princess

My little friend Esabella is 3 and half years old. She has such a long white eyelases and her red hair is so beatiful.  She looks like a princess.

She got little hungry playing with other kids in the park.

She gave me a pose... There were so many other kids in the park and just looking at them made me happy.

Look at her pretty face! Her father Huston used to be a model and her mom Irene is also pretty... magnificent!


Her ballerina dress is just her everyday clothes.  She always dress up with petticoat skirts or dresses, also the princess dresses. She always looks so adorable.  Once I was is her closet and I was amazed to see how many clothes this little girl had.  I am sure some of them don't fit her anymore because kids grew so fast... but all the dress she has... oh, so pretty! 



October 09, 2006

✿Napa Sonoma

I went to Napa and Sonoma wine country with my friend Matt and his best friend who were visiting from NYC last weekend.

Lunch at the pretty French restaurant, Bistro Jeanty.  

Inside of the Bistro Jeanty, the boy on the bike delivering the baguettes...  Can you see the baguettes in the basket?
My freind Matt trying my hat on. 


Grape trees behind me.  Aroma of grapes were amazing.     


I got so scared when the bee stop on my colorful tulip dress. I knew I should have just stay still and not atack the bee but I was in panic and attack the bee with the wine country brochure I had on my hand...  I think bee was confused that tulip print on my dress were real flowers. 

I love the color of the building. How cute!