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Japan Tent

Quick trip in the WABAC Machine to a couple of weeks ago. I had the pleasure of working as a staff member of Japan Tent, an annual event that brings 300 international students from around the country to Ishikawa. While here, they participate in symposia and cultural workshops, as well as short homestays in 19 … Continue reading


Plum Kakigori (Shaved Ice for Classy Adults)

Anticipating that average August temperatures would continue through the weekend, we prepared to break in the newest addition to the Hokuriku Kitchen – a kakigori (shaved ice) machine. Armed with this and a brand new book of syrup recipes, I was extremely excited to try my hand at making the most awesome shaved ice this … Continue reading

Play the Stuffing out of Summer

Childhood memories of summer, for me, are soft and lazy. On the northern California coast, summer means fewer rainy days, and the occasional 75-degree afternoon is a good excuse to break out the shorts and the sprinklers. Maybe books and television shows set in almost anywhere else in the country gave me unrealistic expectations of what … Continue reading

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