Monday, February 29, 2016

Came Back from Chicago

       Last night, my husband came back from Chicago. He was on business trip for four days there. He told me that he had this huge Chicago pizza with four people!

     He has visited Chicago several times so far, and this time, he found this Illinois mug at Starbucks for the first time! Because we have been collecting Starbucks You Are Here Collection mugs, I was really glad that we were finally able to add this mug to our collections. :) I'm going to share more photos of this mug in my tomorrow's entry. 
Starbucks Illinois Mug


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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Finshed Reading Spark Joy - Konmari Book

      Today, I've finally finished reading Spark Joy, which is one of Marie Kondo's books. :)
Spark Joy
     As I read the book, I tried to tidy up my home by category according to her method, and I've almost finished tidying up my belongings. My husband needs to do his belongings though. He would like to try Konmari method as soon as possible but has been so busy because of his business trip. In addition, we need to tidy up our detached garage. I know that Marie Kondo suggests not tidying up by location, but it's too hard to take care of our garage at the same time. I hope we can finish our tidying marathon next month. :)

         





      These are my entries you might like.

■The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

■I Got the Konmari Book, Spark Joy! 

■My Tidying Marathon (Books) - Konmari Methods

■Japanese MD Player - My Tidying Marathon

■Marie Kondo Moved to the U.S.

■Marie Kondo's New Book : The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up


     My entries related to Konmari can be seen here.

     My entries related to Japan can be seen here.


Saturday, February 27, 2016

Top 3 Best Heroine Make Products - Japanese Makeups

       Have you ever heard about Heroine Make? When you walk into drugstores in Japan, packages of Heroine Make probably catch your eye. Its package has a very interesting picture of a beautiful heroine, whose name is Himeko Elisabeth. According to Heroine Make, she is a princess of the Beautiful Kingdom, and her mission is to make all girls beautiful. 
        Heroine Make has gradually become popular in Japan. They make excellent makeup products with affordable prices. Some of their products were actually selected the best cosmetic awards, and I heard that their products are also very popular for many Asian girls who travel in Japan. Today, I'm going to share top 3 best Heroine Make products with you.


No.1  Long & Curl & Super Water Proof Mascara by Kiss Me Heroine Make
      This mascara is very poplar in Japan. Indeed, it was selected the best mascara award by @cosme, a huge cosmetic review site in Japan, in 2014. This is waterproof mascara and keeps your lashes curled all day long.
Long & Curl & SUPER WATER PROOF Mascara


No.2 Mascara Remover by Kiss Me Heroine Make
       When you use a waterproof mascara, you probably find it difficult to get stubborn mascara off with eye makeup remover. Apply this mascara remover and leave on for 2 to 3 minutes. Then gently wipe mascara off with a facial cotton pad. It works like a charm. It was selected the second-best makeup remover award by @cosme in 2012.
Mascara Remover


No.3 Waterproof Smooth Liquid Eyeliner Super Keep by Kiss Me Heroine Make
       This is a waterproof liquid eyeliner. It stays on all day long, but you can get it off with lukewarm water. :) It is currently ranked as the best liquid eyeliner products on @cosme. :)
Waterproof Smooth Liquid Eyeliner Super Keep



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5 Best Japanese Deep Conditioning Hair Masks

The Best Japanese Hair Dryer, Panasonic Nano Care Hair Dryer

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Friday, February 26, 2016

The Most Popular Facial Sheet Masks in Japan

       When I lived in Japan, I often used facial sheet masks right after taking a bath. Because most Japanese people take a bath every night (not busy morning), they take an extra time for night time beauty routine. Facial sheet masks are very popular in Japan. When you walk into drugstores in Japan for your first time, you will be surprised that there are so many kinds of facial masks there. Today, I'm going to share with you the most popular sheet masks in Japan. All of them I listed below are very popular and highly rated by Japanese women even though some of them are still relatively unknown outside Japan. If you are looking for the best Japanese facial masks, you should try these excellent ones! :) By the way, when you use a facial sheet mask, I recommend you to use Daiso Japan Reusable Silicon Mask Cover, which prevents moisture evaporation from the mask. :)



No.1 Quality 1st All in One Sheet Mask
     Even though this facial sheet mask is still not famous outside Japan, this has been very popular in Japan. Indeed, it was selected the best facial sheet mask awards by @cosme, a huge cosmetic review site in Japan, in 2015. It contains 35 kinds of beauty serum such as baby collagen, hyaluronic acid and lecithin. This is an all-in-one facial sheet mask (kesyousui + serum + nyueki), so after using this sheet, you don't need to apply any moisturizer on your face. :)
Quality 1st All in One Sheet Mask
・Apply on dry skin, after cleansing.
・Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes.
・Use daily.



No.2  LuLuLun Facial Mask
      LuLuLun facial sheet mask series have been popular in Japan. Indeed, 200 million sheets of LuLuLun mask have been already sold! I like its adorable package. :)
LuLuLun Facial Mask
      They have donated partial proceeds from the sale of LuLuLun products to JOICFP, Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning. In 2014, they made the huge water tank in Africa to improve quality of women's lives.
・Apply on dry skin, after cleansing.
・Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes.
・Use daily.




No.3 My Beauty Diary Mask
     This facial sheet mask is Taiwanese cosmetic brand, but it has been very popular in Japan. My Beauty Diary Mask is selling 19 kinds of face mask sheet now, and the black pearl one is the most popular!
My Beauty Diary Mask
        Indeed, it was also selected the best facial sheet mask awards by @cosme in 2015!
・Apply on dry skin, after cleansing.
・Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes.
・Use daily.



No.4 KOSE Clear Turn White Vitamin C Facial Sheet Mask
      This sheet mask is perfect for oily skin. It contains vitamin C and 8 kinds of amino acid. Some people review that it actually brightens your skin and fades acne scars. 
KOSE Clear Turn White Vitamin C Facial Sheet Mask
・Apply on dry skin, after cleansing.
・Leave on for 10 minutes.
・Use daily.


No.5 Minon Amino Moist Purupuru Moist Skin Mask
     Minon is a well known brand which makes skin care products for people who have very sensitive skin. Many Japanese beauty products are usually gentle to the skin as compared to US products. Yet, I believe that Minon is the most gentle skin care product in Japan. If you have very sensitive skin and look for allergy safe skin care products, I recommend you to try Minon. This sheet mask was selected the best facial sheet mask awards by @cosme in 2014.
Minon Amino Moist Purupuru Moist Skin Mask
・Apply on dry skin, after cleansing.
・Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes.
・Use 1 to 2 times a week.




No.6 Utena PREMIUM PUReSA Hyaluronic Acid Excellent Facial Sheet Mask
    This is the best selling product on Amazon Japan. It contains hyaluronic acid, ceramide and 8 kinds of amino acid. The golden gel serum moisturizes your skin well.
PREMIUM PUReSA Hyaluronic Acid Excellent Facial Sheet Mask
・Apply on dry skin, after cleansing.
・Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes.
・Use 1 to 2 times a week.




No.7 Hadabisei Facial Mask Super Moist
       This mask has so many positive reviews in Japan. It's very affordable but moisturizes your skin very well. It contains hyaluronic acid and royal jelly. This is perfect for dry skin.
Hadabisei Facial Mask Super Moist
・Apply on dry skin, after cleansing.
・Leave on for 5 to 20 minutes.
・Use 1 to 2 times a week.




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10 Best Affordable Japanese Facial Sheet Masks You Want to Use Every Day

7 Best Japanese Beauty Products 2016 Hall of Fame 

Top 5 Japanese Sunscreen Products

Top 5 Life-Changing Japanese Beauty Products  
 
Top 5 Most Popular Japanese Pore Minimizer   

The Best Japanese Shampoo & Conditioner

5 Best Japanese Deep Conditioning Hair Masks

The Best Japanese Hair Dryer, Panasonic Nano Care Hair Dryer

Top 5 Most Popular Japanese Charcoal Soap

4 Reasons Why I Love Kose Softymo Cleansing Oil

Popular Japanese Facial Cleansing Products - What I Want to Buy in Japan

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Top 10 Products You Should Buy at Daiso


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Thursday, February 25, 2016

How to Cook Stir-Fired Chicken and Asparagus

     As I mentioned in my yesterday's entry, I cooked stir-fried chicken and asparagus this week. It was so delicious and had savory soy sauce and butter tastes. :) Anyway, I'm going to share how to make it with you.
How to Cook Stir-Fired Chicken and Asparagus
Ingredients (4 servings)

1 lb of chicken (cut into a bite size)
2 tablespoons of potato starch
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
2 tablespoons of butter
1 lb of asparagus (cut into a inch)
4 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of mirin


1. Coat the chicken with potato starch.

2. Heat the oil in a pan over high heat. Saute the chicken until golden brown. Then, take the chicken out from the pan..

3. Put butter in the pan. Stir-fry asparagus until it has cooked.

4. Add chicken, soy sauce and mirin. Stir-fry them for 2 minutes.

5. Enjoy!



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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Asparagus Is in Season Now

      Asparagus is in season through February through June. When it's in season, not only does it taste better but also cheaper. These days, I've often seen that asparagus has been on sale at many supermarkets. :)  It is a good source of vitamin, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, zinc and etc. If you find asparagus at this time of the year, you should get and enjoy delicious asparagus dishes!  :)
Sprouts

Albertson's

Ralphs

       This week, I cooked this stir-fried chicken and asparagus, and it tasted very good. I'm going to share how I cooked it with you in my tomorrow's entry.


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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Trader Joe's Pour-Over Coffee Brewer Review

      Last weekend, I found this Trader Joe's Pour-Over Coffee Brewer. On this package, it read, "the coffee is filtered, but with the rich taste of a French press." Since I am a coffee lover, I couldn't resist purchasing it! 
        It contained 20g (4 tablespoons) of Brazil medium dark roast coffee grounds. You can make 10 to 12 fl oz (300 to 360 ml) of coffee with it. According to the package, you can make 2 cups of coffee, depending on the preferred strength, but I thought that 12 fl oz of coffee is too small for two people (6 fl oz per person) as compared to that Starbucks Short size is 8 fl oz.   

      From the bottom of the package, you can see the coffee filter bag.  

      I removed the black cap, and opened the top of the pouch.

      The mouth of the pouch was very small, so I needed to be very careful to pour the hot water through the top of it. The package was pretty firm but very light, so I was afraid if it falls over by pouring hot water into it. 

      Close the zipper on top and wait for four minutes. Then, pour the coffee into the mug. The taste of coffee was pretty good! :) It's not as bold as coffee brewed with a French press, but it had rich coffee taste. This Trader Joe's Pour-Over Coffee Brewer was only $1.49. It's pretty affordable but not an ideal price if you brew coffee with it at home everyday. Just like Japanese drip coffee bags I mentioned in my previous entry, it's perfect for someone brews fresh coffee once in a while, or it might useful during camping or traveling.

      I uploaded this video, How to Brew Coffee with a Trader Joe's Pour-Over Coffee Brewer, on my YouTube Channel.


       These are my entries you might like.

■Japanese Drip Coffee Bags - UCC & KEY COFFEE

■How to Make Caramel Macchiato

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Marutai Ramen - Instant Ramen

      As I mentioned in my previous entry, my husband and I received a package which my mother-in-law sent from Japan. This was one of Japanese foods she sent for us. This Marutai Ramen, which is also called Bou Ramen in Japan, has been our favorite since we were children. Marutai is a Japanese company that makes instant ramen. The company established in Fukuoka in 1947 and started selling Bou Ramen in 1959. I heard that Bou Ramen has been very popular in Kyusyu, and they started selling them in Tokyo too. If you are going to Tokyo, you can probably find ones at supermarkets there. This pack of Bou Ramen which contains two servings of instant noodle and soup is around 100 yen in Japan. You can also find Bou Ramen on Amazon US, but those are pretty expensive. Since our hometown is Fukuoka, this ramen reminds me of our local ramen there.:)
Marutai Bou Ramen

      He cooked this Bou Ramen last week. He put eggs, green onions, nori and takana pickles on noodles. He is always good at cooking instant ramen and knows the right firmness of noodles. It was perfect! :)
Marutai Ramen

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

My Tidying Marathon - Konmari Methods

      After finishing reading the Marie Kondo's first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I started reading her second book, Spark Joy last week. As I read on the book, I decided to tidy up my home according the book. Most people usually tidy room by room, but she suggests tidying up by category.
Spark Joy
       Choosing clothes which brings me joy was pretty easy for me, and I actually enjoyed it. I was able to discard 6 bags of clothes which I wouldn't wear anymore.

       However, the book category was pretty hard for me. Even though I don't usually read books and think didn't have too many books, they were very heavy and definitely needed to reduce the volume. Most of my books were purchased in order to study ESL and to improve knowledge for my career. That's why my textbooks didn't spark joy. However, they were still valuable, so I decided to sell these textbooks. I also decided to sell the traveling guide book, which my husband and I read through before traveling the Big Island, Hawaii, last year. We think we will travel Hawaii again, but we don't know when we can go there and which Hawaiian island we will travel next. Actually, the Hawaiian book was sold two days later! :) Also, one of my ESL textbooks was sold next day. :))

       These are books which bring me joy for now, and I sometimes read them before going to sleep.

       These are my books I don't read now, but I would like to read this year.

      These were books I wouldn't read anymore and had very low value, so I've discarded them already. I had expected that I would be able to discard more books just like clothing category, but discarding books was pretty hard for me, and I was very tired when I finished it. It's probably because gathering all my books on the floors made my room cluttered temporary. As you might know, cluttered room makes us feel bad. :( Even though I was tidying my room, it looked more cluttered than before. She says tidying by category is tidying marathon. I understood what it really means. Tidying marathon is exhausting just like running marathon, but it has a goal, and I will eventually finish tidying marathon in the not-too-distant future. :)  I've already finished paper category, and I am trying komono category now.


     




      These are my entries you might like.

■The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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■Japanese MD Player - My Tidying Marathon

■Marie Kondo Moved to the U.S.

■Marie Kondo's New Book : The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up


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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Trader Joe's New Products - Trader Joe's Pour-Over Coffee Brewer in the Bag



       Today, my husband and I went to Trader Joe's and found Trader Joe's Pour-Over Coffee Brewer at their new product section. Since we are coffee lovers, we decided to purchase without a second thought! We'll brew the coffee tomorrow morning. :)

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Two Ways to Make Coffee Granita


       This week, I made coffee granita, which is a semi-frozen Italian dessert. They were so beautiful and had gorgeous crystalline texture. :) I made two different coffee granita. The left one was made of strong coffee brewed with a French press, and the right one was made of espresso brewed with a stovetop espresso pot. Both tasted great but had different tastes actually. Obviously, coffee granita made of espresso had intense coffee taste. :) I'm going to share two ways to make coffee granita with you.
Coffee Granita

How to Make Coffee Granita ( Using French Press Coffee Maker)

 ■What You'll Need■
 40g (8 tablespoons) of dark roasted coffee grounds (coarse to medium coarse)
 400 ml of water
 3 tablespoons of sugar

1. Put coffee grounds into a French press. Add hot water and wait for 4 minutes.

2. Put the coffee and sugar into a stainless bowl. Stir the sugar into coffee.

3. Place the bowl of mixtures on ice water.

4. Pour it into a shallow baking dish. Freeze it for 1 hour.

5. Take it out from the freezer.  Break up any ice crystals with using a fork. Put it back to the freezer. Repeat this step every 30 minutes until all of the mixture is flaky crystalline texture.
How to Make Coffee Granita ( Using French Press Coffee Maker)

6. Put the granita into a glass. Top with whipped cream.

7. Enjoy!  
Coffee Granita ( Used French Press Coffee Maker)




How to Make Espresso Granita ( Using Stovetop Espresso Pot)
  
■What You'll Need■
200 ml of espresso
3 tablespoons of sugar


1. Brew espresso.

2. Put the espresso and sugar into a stainless bowl. Stir the sugar into espresso.

3. Place the bowl of mixtures on ice water.

4. Pour it into a shallow baking dish. Freeze it for 1 hour.

5. Take it out from the freezer.  Break up any ice crystals with using a fork. Put it back to the freezer. Repeat this step every 30 minutes until all of the mixture is flaky crystalline texture.
Espresso Granita ( Using Stovetop Espresso Pot)

6. Put the granita into a glass. Top with whipped cream.

7. Enjoy!
Espresso Granita ( Used Stovetop Espresso Pot)

     I uploaded this video, How to Make Coffee Granita & Espresso Granita, on my YouTube Channel.


        This is my YouTube channel.
Ringo's Coffee Channel

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Trader Joe's Pour-Over Coffee Brewer Review

Two Ways to Make Coffee Granita

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

How to Prepare Takanazuke, Japanese Mustard Leaf Pickles

      As I mentioned in my yesterday's entry, my mother-in-law sent many Japanese foods from Japan. This was a pack of takanazuke, Japanese mustard leaf pickles. Fukuoka, my hometown, is famous for takanazuke. Indeed, my late grandmother used to make takanazuke from scratch in Japan. She grew mustard leaves to make pickles. At the back entrance of our home, there were always some huge barrels to keep pickles. She also used to make narazuke, umeboshi, miso and so on. Since she passed away, my family has bought commercial Japanese pickles at supermarkets, but when I eat takanazuke, those always remind me of my late grandmother. :)
Takanazuke - Whole Leaves
      When you go to Japanese supermarkets, you can easily find takanazuke there. Most of them are already finely cut to ready to eat, but I always choose whole leaf ones because they are fresher and taste better to me. Yesterday, I opened this pack of whole takanazuke and prepared them to eat with fresh steamed rice. I'm going to share how I prepare takanazuke with you.

1. First, open the package and rinse the leaves under running water.

2. Cut them finely. (Now, you can eat them, but I prefer to eat cooked takanazuke because they are savory and taste better.)

3. Cut one dried red pepper finely. Heat two tablespoons of sesame oil in a pan over high heat. Add takanazuke and red pepper. Stir-fry them for 5 minutes or so.

4. Add two tablespoons of ground sesame seeds and stir them thoroughly.

5. Enjoy! It's perfect with freshly steamed rice. :) You can store them in a small container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Savory Cooked Takanazuke

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Package from My Mother-In-Law in Japan

     Yesterday, my husband and I received this package which was sent by my mother-in-law, who lives in Japan. :) She has sometimes sent some Japanese foods since we moved to the U.S. We really appreciate her kindness. :) I'm going to share what she sent this time with you. Some of them are only available in Kyushu, where is our hometown. 


        This is Yame Matcha Langue de Chart, matcha chocolate cookies. Only green tea leaves grown in Yame district can be described Yame green tea. I used to have Yame green tea every single day when I lived in Fukuoka.

       This is an cup of instant champon noodles. Champon is regional cuisine of Nagasaki prefecture. 

        This is a package of instant noodles for saraudon which is also regional cuisine of Nagasaki.

       This is Shiokonbu, salted dried kelp. This is perfect for seasoning of rice balls. I also make Japanese pickles with Shiokonbu and cucumber.

       This is dried laver for rice ball.  

       This is a pack of dried Japanese radish leaves. I've never tried it before!

    These are packs of instant soup. These are perfect for midnight snacks. :) 

      This is Takanazuke, pickles of Japanese mustard leaves. Takanazuke is famous pickles in Kyushu. I will rinse and chop these pickles and fry them with sesame oil. They are perfect with freshly steamed rice.

     This is a pack of dried vegetable and seaweeds. Just add them in any kinds of soup or instant noodle. They will be very useful when we don't have enough time to cook but want to eat nutritious foods.

       This is Marutai Bou Ramen, a pack of instant ramen noodles. We used to eat Marutai Bou Ramen when we were children. :)

       This is a box of strawberry tarts. Fukuoka is also famous for Amaou, which is a famous breed of strawberries in Japan. Indeed, when I was a child, my next-door neighbors who were growing Amaou strawberries often gave my family plenty of freshly picked strawberries in huge boxes, and I really loved their delicious fresh strawberries. Amaou strawberries are bigger and sweeter than U.S. ones. If you go to Japan, you really should try Japanese strawberries. :)

      We opened the package and decided to eat ones!


      It didn't have distinct strawberry taste but so good! :))

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