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Weekly Wanderings {2016 week 19}

We always, always come back from trips to Japan with tons and tons of goodies to give out to our family.

Those half-moon cookies are a favorite – we’ve bought them the last two times we’ve gone to Japan, and everyone loves them!

Japan loot

Also, those camambert cookies (“Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory”). They sound odd, but ohmygod they are so good.

They were giving out samples at the shop in the airport, and we totally went back for seconds. And then bought more to bring home. 😀

Japan loot

These rusk cookies were pretty tasty too.

I preferred the kinako…

Chocolate rusk cookie

… while Son liked the matcha ones better.

Green tea rusk cookie

We really, really enjoyed these black sesame pastries.

Black sesame pastry

And of course, all sorts of different flavors of Kit Kats are a must anytime you go to Japan!

Japanese kit kats

While we were in Japan, we were also working remotely. We’d go out during the day, then go back to our room after dinner and stay up until 6am working and attending conference calls with our client. Unexpectedly, these odd hours meant that when we came home to LA, we haven’t been nearly as jetlagged as we usually are after travelling – instead, we’ve been naturally waking up before sunrise, and have been perfectly awake all day!

Early mornings led to early morning runs – I like this schedule!


The beach is so quiet in the morning.


I found a weird bug at the beach. It was huge!

Beach bug

Watching the sunrise while doing some morning stretches on the floor.


When we bought our house, it unexpectedly came with some koi! They were teeny tiny when we moved in, and now, four months later, they’ve already almost doubled in size.

Koi pond

Hủ tiếu. Again.

Hu tieu

Mix in the tasty meat sauce (possibly the best part!).

Hu tieu

Son decided our house needed more trees. This meant that I got eaten alive by said tree on the drive home from the nursery…

Allison being attacked by a tree

Palm tree seeds. Such a vibrant color!

Palm seeds

A peace lily for my office.

Peace lily

Garlic pork. Tasty.

Garlic pork

Yakisoba. Not bad, but not as good as we’d hoped it would be.


My very first attempt at replicating the omelet we had over omurice on our Japan trip. Not bad… but not quite there yet.


Green curry salmon. Tasty!

Green curry salmon


Green curry salmon


Links I’ve loved lately:

This is hilarious.

We love pho (of course), so I loved reading about the history of pho.


Weekly Wanderings {2016 week 18}

One last bowl of tasty hủ tiếu… before we head off to Asia for three weeks!

Hu tieu

Weekly Wanderings will be on haitus while we’re gone, but not to worry – there will be lots of posts about everything we do (and eat!) in Asia, after we get back!