Toushou-hanten 騰翔飯店


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 rent-a-cycle system that is definitely worth a try!KIMG0794.JPG


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!


Hiyashi Chuka 冷やし中華

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…)

Charlie’s Deviled Eggs


This is another recipe I grew up making, usually for family get togethers. However, I never realized that how they get their name: deviled means to make spicy, like by adding mustard or hot sauce. My family’s recipe was always on the sweeter side but just like with miso soup every family has their own style! This is a basic version of the recipe but when you give it a try, make it TO TASTE! This is a simple and easily customizable recipe so I hope you try it out!


(Charlie’s Modified) Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have been making cookies since I was probably about 8 years old and this is always my go to recipe (it was the first thing I made in my oven here). I should probably have it perfected by now but as I do not this recipe should get you close to what I make. (My tips are in the method)


2 1/4 (350g) cups packed all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (220 g) softened butter or margarine
3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup (160g) packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (170 g) semisweet chocolate chips