Saturday, January 30, 2010

Chai's B'day Party お誕生日会

Well, well, well...! Look at Chai's happy face! He is so thrilled to see his best friend, Wally who came to visit us for Chai's birthday party! Yes, it was a surprise for Chai.

Wally brought Chai some fancy blueberry treats and a big bone for a birthday gift. Chai ate so many treats that made him fart so much in front of the guests..., but he could not care less! They played so much with each other. Chai has not had this much fun for a long time! I cooked for the human guests. I made some pasta with portobello mushrooms and basil, tofu & lentil burgers, grilled chicken, smoked salmon and green salad with pumpkin seeds. Oh, and an amazing apricot tart! (I bought the tart...) The party began with Champagne and lots of laughter. It was such a lovely afternoon. Great company and great dogs. Thank you, Chai, Wally, Wally's family for being in our lives!


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Chai's 1st B'Day! チャイのお誕生日

Our pug, Chai has turned one year old today! Happy Birthday, Chai Tandoori!!! Yet, look at this face... he does not seem so happy about "getting old." He just wants to take a loooong nap in the morning. His favorite napping spot is on the couch where he piles up the pillows to make a "nest." So I got him some treats for his birthday, but I'm saving the cookies and a pulling toy for Saturday because Wally is coming to party with Chai! By the way, those dog treats are not cheap.., but I cannot help spoiling my little monster!


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Pressure Cooker 圧力鍋

Pressure cooker... it's been in my mind for a few years now. The first time I saw a pressure cooker was at my Tibetan friends' house. They used it every night to make tasty Tibetan meals.
Then I realized that all my Tibetan and Indian friends had pressure cookers at their homes. I assume that they were used to using it high up in the Himalayas where they could not get enough air pressure. Anyway, I know that all my Tibetan friends cook so well and "fast." Pressure cookers are wonderful to conserve time and fuel energy. Yes, it is a "green" item. So after spending enough time researching I learned that there is a Swiss brand called, Kuhn Rikon that is considered as Mercedes Benz of pressure cookers. Then, there is Presto that is the best selling brand in this country. There are hundreds of pressure cooker recipes online, too! I've ordered one online today and I am so excited to make my first signature dish, Dal Makhani, of course!

早速リサーチ好きな私は何時間も調べた結果、Kuhn Rikonというスイス製のものがベストのこと。圧力鍋のベンツと呼ばれているらしい、、、。そしてアメリカで人気ナンバーワンが、プレストという会社のもの。一番売れているそうです。圧力鍋レシピもすごい!オンラインで沢山見れます。お鍋が届いたら早速、私のシグネチャーディッシュのひとつ「ダルマクハニ」(インド料理で黒いレンテル豆のトマトバターソース)を作ろうっと。ああ、楽しみ〜!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Staten Island スタッテンアイランド

How many times have I gone to the Staten Island so far...? Not too many, but not a few either. In my early twenties I used to take the ferry there with my hammock and a fat pastrami sandwich to go to this Jewish cemetery to have a quiet picnic by myself. It was always so quiet there with nobody to bother me. The Jewish cemetery seemed so foreign to me that it never looked like a cemetery - it felt more like a beautiful park. Then, often I took my friends from out of town for just the ferry ride. It was just delightful. My favorite part is, of course, the Statue of Liberty. There is nothing more "New York" than our Lady!


Thursday, January 14, 2010

My Workshop on Himalayan Animal Stories ヒマラヤ動物ワークショップ

(photo from Time of Fun web site)

Please join me at my workshop this Sunday, Jan.17! We will talk about the snow leopards, too!

Family Program: Himalayan Animal Stories -- Compassion for Endangered Species

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

Sunday January 17, 2010 2:30-4:30

Participants will discover the endangered animals of the Himalayas and write and illustrate their own animal story. Artist and Books for Children Founder, Rima Fujita, will read her children's books including a true story of the Dalai Lama's dog, and will lead participants in creating their own hand-made books. Recommended ages: 8 - 12. Admission, $10 for adults, $8 for members and children.

The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art was founded in 1945 to foster awareness and preservation of Tibetan art and culture. Public programs at the Museum are funded, in part, by funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Located at 338 Lighthouse Avenue, the Museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. For further information, please call 718-987-3500 or visit the museum’s website at

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Little India リトルインディア

I love India. Its culture, food, chaos, colors, Bollywood, music... I just love them all. However, India is not a cup of tea for me. It is difficult to be there. I always get sick, no matter how well I take care or myself. On each trip, at some point, I end up yelling, "I hate India! I will never come again!" and I always go back again and again... India is like a magnet to my soul!

When I miss India so badly I go to Jackson Heights in Queens. Then I visit each single shop on the strip of 74th Street. Gold Jewelry stores, book stores, incense stores, fabric stores... and the Bollywood music stores. Since I have been going there for years now they all know my tastes in music so as soon as I walk into the store they prepare the "right" CDs for me. After shopping I have a good and large meal - Indian food. Then, of course, a good chai. Sometimes I just go to a supermarket to look at the product packages from India. They are so colorful and beautiful...!

The photo above shows some talc and cream products called, Tibet. Their image of "Tibet" is "snow" and "white," it seems like...I hear that many Indians prefer light skin and the whitening products are huge in India. The photo below shows all kinds of chillies... they all look the same to me, but according to my friends from India they are all different!




Sunday, January 3, 2010

Samurai's daughter サムライの娘

I went back to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the Samurai Exhibition that will end soon. Since I am not crazy about katana (swords) and yoroi (armors) I was not planning to see it, but my husband wanted to go with me. So I did. On the way to the Met I remembered the fact that my ancestors were samurais (my mother's side) and my late grandmother used to talk about my ancestor samurai stories. The photo above is the samurais from Satsuma Han (Satsuma clan.) My grandmother was from Satsuma (Kagoshima today) and she used to give me key holders with "satsuma" symbol on them when I was a child. They seemed rather silly to me, but I could tell how proud she was of the Satsuma Han. The exhibition was superb. I have never seen such collections even in Japan. They were beautiful. I do not believe in killing, yet, I did think about the "samurai spirit" that once the Japanese had honored. If the "spirit" is in my DNA how can I make it useful to today's troubled world...?

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