Black & White Sunday: Playtime

Miniatures in a neighborhood store...more

2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: Japan

We're huge fans of Japanese food, so we're always anticipating what we'll order from the Japan Kiosk during the Food & Wine Festival. This is another kiosk where we tend to stick to the new stuff....more

"Once a PY, Forever a PY!"

What’s a PY?  Ask anyone who has participated in the Ship for World Youth (SWY) Program, sponsored by the Government of Japan, and they will automatically respond, “participant youth”.  At this very moment, over 100 SWY alumni are gathered in Peru participating in the ...more

200 Year Old Traditional Japanese Cake Shop, A Sweet & Short Ninja Baker Video

En route to visit the Great Buddha in Kamakura, Japan, the Ninja Baker stumbled upon Ebisu-Ya, a 200-year-old sweet shop.  (The seller of traditional Japanese cakes is located on Kamachi Road.) Celebrating spring, many Ebisu-Ya treats incorporate sakura cherry blossoms.  As well as sake rice wine!...more

Omiyage California Citrus Cake, #SundaySupper

 Are you obligated to bring your children, colleagues or your BFF gifts or souvenirs upon return from a trip? Are you required to bring a present when paying a formal visit to a friend or company?    ...more

Springtime Lemon Roll Cake, #SundaySupper

From Spring ushers in showers, flowers and a slew of goddesses who bring renewal to the world...For those of us who are domestic goddesses, closets are cleaned out and windows are flung open to welcome in a new season. ...more

Shrimp Curry, Steamy Kitchen #SundaySupper


In Paris, a murder has been committed in an antique store...

“In Paris, a murder has been committed in an antique store named L' Indice.  The antique store's strange history of unsolved murders and robberies began long before the WWII rumors of stolen masterpieces.Jamie Litton's mystery writer imagination won't let dead men rest in peace, as he moves in above the antique store with hopes of discovering secrets for his next novel.  Best friend Ben Foulof is untangling personal mysteries of his own in Japan, where he has sought refuge from the news organization that condemned him as a rogue agent....more

Beware. People with the least amount of power exercise it most often.

            “In Asia, I learned, ‘Beware.  The people with the least amount of power exercise it most often.”               Even I can learn and eventually, I did – to keep my mouth shut.  When it became necessary to surface again, I was on the island of Corfu.  Jamie had bought me the time I needed.  While I was making my way to the coast of Greece, he was leading two different enemies on empty goose chases across Europe…” ...more

10 Secrets to Happiness Stumbled Upon Whilst Pursuing Dessert

10 Secrets to Happiness Stumbled Upon Whilst Pursuing Dessert:“Life is short so eat dessert first.” “Keep calm and eat a cupcake.”Great tips for delightful living. In my “x” number of years on planet earth, I have, however, stumbled upon 10 more smile-makers whilst pursuing dessert. Read on at and get happy!...more