With the arrival of summer comes the Niigata City International Exchange Foundation’s annual Outdoor Sports Festival! Come enjoy a day of team sports and good times by the beach. There will be plenty of time to play, eat, or just stand around talking. Teachers from local clubs will be present to provide instruction for Beach Volleyball and Capoeira.
(Picture: Outdoor Festival 2016 写真：アウトドア・フェスティバル２０１６) (more…)
The sake cup in the picture may look pretty shallow, but for two very special days in March, it’s as deep as the sea. That’s right, Sake no Jin is back, and on March 11th and 12th (Sat & Sun) anyone with an official cup can drown themselves in unlimited samples from nearly all 90 of Niigata’s sake breweries. Sake no Jin is the ultimate sake lover’s event, and busloads of sake drinkers come from around the nation to drink their fill.
This restaurant is located in the ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bandai making it super easy to get to! (more…)
If you are looking for a reasonably priced, incredibly tasty Chinese restaurant, look no further! Allow me to introduce to you Toushou-hanten. (more…)
Niigata City has a super easy to use renta-cycle system that is definitely worth a try!
Regretfully, all of the information about this system can only be found in Japanese here (until this post! ) so I will try to explain the system in such a way that it makes sense but you will need at least basic Japanese- better yet bring a friend who can speak/read Japanese if you can’t (useful Japanese phrases can be found throughout this post)
Look for the above lettering!
This month, I decided to show you my take on a quick, delicious popular Japanese dish. This recipe requires minimal dishes, little time over a hot stove, and only about 10 min (if all of your ingredients are prepared).
My twist on oyakodon is (more…)
One of the city’s newest, coolest places to be is easily found in Furumachi, a literal 2 min walk from Hakusan Park. (more…)
Chillin’ Mama Cafe (Complete with Patio seating!)
A relaxed and warm atmosphere is waiting for you here at Chillin’ Mama. Meet the owner/chef/waitress and you will understand where the name Chillin’ Mama comes from. She is a bright, lovely woman who you simply have to meet. (more…)
Since it is summer I figured a cool dessert would be appropriate! I absolutely love cheesecake but it can be incredibly difficult to make in an oven but this recipe is a piece of cake! The hardest part was whipping the cream… (just make sure you have patience and a cold bowl!)
As the weather warms up, I have already started seeing restaurants post their summer menu items and, more often than not, at the top of the list is this noodle dish. Served chilled, kind of like a salad, this is a refreshing and easy to make summer dish!
The common themes with the recipes I found are it is served chilled, the toppings are in strips, the toppings are in a range of colors (red, green, yellow, etc). So not pay too much attention to the amounts and the specific ingredients (especially the toppings, just keep it colorful)! This is a highly customizable recipe so have fun with it! (more…)