Adventures in (Post) Gradland

Thoughts on life after the PhD

Mexican Food in Tokyo

So the semester’s in full swing, which means I’m back to not knowing which way is up or down and forgetting my own name occasionally, though at least I’m a … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tuxes and Tea: An Afternoon at Swallowtail Butler Cafe

  The butler cafe was supposed to be a “research” trip, or just one of those at-least-I-can-say-I-did-it experiences. But I ended up kind of loving it. Butler cafes are one … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · 4 Comments

“Have you lost weight?”

Back in February, I got sick. Not horribly, deathly ill. Not even so sick that I had to miss work (though there were a few days that I wanted to.) … Continue reading

June 3, 2014 · 3 Comments

Best of 2013

Yeah, I’m way late with my “best of” list, but I’m usually reading these well into February. Incidentally, I think my favorite “best and worst of” list so far is … Continue reading

January 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

(Culinary) Travels in Jerusalem

The wonderful Simone Cassidy (who writes a very entertaining and very informative blog about volunteering in PNG) recently gave me this book. It took over the kitchen in a matter … Continue reading

February 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Rice Cooker Mac & Cheese

Yikes, another long gap between posts. So…let’s all make macaroni and cheese! In the rice cooker! When I first came to Japan in 2000 I occasionally sought out boxes of … Continue reading

January 20, 2013 · 3 Comments

Stuff that happened in 2012

I’m a sucker for end-of-year lists. Probably because I have trouble remembering books, music, movies, etc. that happened before August. And while I certainly haven’t read / seen / listened … Continue reading

December 24, 2012 · 3 Comments

Rice Cooker Bread Recipes

All right, after a couple weeks’ worth of baking I’ve got a few recipes under my belt that I think are pretty awesome. Most of them are very similar to … Continue reading

December 3, 2012 · 6 Comments

Small Miracles: Rice Cooker Baking

I think I’m beginning to understand why so many cultures view bread as a holy thing. Let me back up a bit. I’ve always been more of a cook than … Continue reading

November 24, 2012 · 4 Comments

Restaurant Review: Shamaim

Restaurant: Shamaim Closest station: Ekoda, Seibu Ikebukuro line (also Shin-Egota, Oedo line) Hours: M-F 5-11 pm, Sat and Sun 12-11 pm Reservations: Recommended for weekend dinners Phone: 03-3948-5333 Falafel and … Continue reading

September 4, 2011 · 4 Comments