12 Delicious Japanese Desserts You Should Try

Ask anyone who has been to Japan and you would probably hear a lot of good reasons to visit. Apart from the wealth of attractions that range from ancient temples and shrines to quirky themed café, the country’s food scene is a top reason in itself to make the trip. And if you are among those people who always have room for sweets, here are some delicious Japanese desserts and sweets you need to try.

Amanattō
peanut Amanattō
What is it: Amanattō is a traditional treat made using different types of beans. The beans are usually boiled then drizzled or sprinkled with sugar.

Crepes
Japanese crepes
What is it: Japanese crepes are among the popular treats in Japan. It is sold in many places with several famous crepe shops located in Takeshita Dori in Harajuku. Choices of fillings include almonds and other nuts, chocolates, fresh fruits, ice cream, and so much more.

Daifuku
daifuku
What is it: Also known as daifukumochi, daifuku is essentially an outer layer of mochi that comes in various fillings like red bean paste or anko.

Daigaku-imo
Daigaku-imo
What is it: Daigaku-imo is sweet potatoes that are fried and glazed with honey or sweet syrup. It is served with sprinkling of black sesame seeds. This delicious dessert is crunchy on the outside and soft in the inside.

Dango
hanami dango
What is it: Dango are sweet dumplings made from rice flour or mochiko. They are commonly served on sticks. Like many Japanese desserts, dango comes in different varieties that may be made and eaten for specific seasons.

Kasutera
Kasutera castella
What is it: Kasutera or castellan is basically a sponge cake made using ingredients like eggs, flour, and sugar among others.

Manjū
Manjū
What is it: Manju is a popular Japanese confectionary or wagashi made with wheat flour and comes with a sweet filling like anko.

Mochi
Mochi
What is it: Mochi can either be a stand-alone dessert or used as ingredient for other treats like daifuku.
It can be cooked in different ways or served as toppings for some food or desserts. It is made from glutinous or sticky rice which has been pounded into paste.

Mochi Ice Cream
Mochi Ice Cream
What is it: Mochi ice cream, as the name suggests, is a round-shaped mochi that has an ice cream filling.

Nerikiri
Nerikiri
What is it: Nerikiri is a confection made with glutinous rice flour, white bean, and sugar. It comes in different shapes like flowers or fruits depending on the season.

Sakuramochi
Sakuramochi
What is it: Sakuramochi are cherry blossoms-flavored mochi. They usually come with a sweet filling and served with a wrapping of preserved sakura leaf.

Taiyaki
Taiyaki
What is it: Taiyaki is a pancake-like dessert shaped like a fish with fillings like cheese, chocolate, custard, and red bean paste among others.

A Closer Look On What I Made Using Some Wine Barrels And A Miter Saw

wine barrel

As they say, things always work out in the end.

Because when it comes to going DIY, nothing beats things always working out in the end just by using some wine barrels and a miter saw.

A few days ago, the coffee table that has been with my family for six generations has finally reached the end of its life. It’s totally fine for me to replace it with a new one, only it now has a sentimental value to me following the death of my beloved grandmother who has nothing to offer but pure love and that table for her daughter and her family, my mother and us – her family that consists of her amazingness, a wonderful husband, and great parents to three kids with me as the middle child.

So like any other grandchild who also has nothing to offer but pure love and respect for my grandmother from the moment I saw her for the first time when I was a child, I decided to take a closer look at it and fix it myself if possible.

The only problem at that time, I have no plywood or any other kind of hardwood for me to make a new set of legs for the said coffee table. But then, I remembered that I have two wine barrels stashed in the garage that just serves as a stand for my power tools and other things needed whenever I’m there to fix my car.

And so began my wine barrel adventure at home. As soon as I put it in place as new legs for our family’s prized heirloom, I reached out for my trusty miter saw and went to work – for me to make this generation’s coolest hybrid of both traditional and modern materials known to man.

I also made sure to use one of those found in reviews of miter saw stands – not just for me to make sure that every part of the soon-to-be innovated coffee table is exactly done the way I need it to be, but also for me to make sure that every part of the soon-to-be revolutionized coffee table is smoothly done the way I want it to be.

Cool, right?

Because at the end of the day, I managed to innovate what seems to be impossible for most people: turning an old piece of furniture into a new kind of the same furniture.

Going On A Wine Tour In Porto

porto

Looking forward to spend one day in Porto? Awesome!

You see, Portugal’s second-largest city is not just an epitome of rich history and vibrant culture. It’s also home to some of the world’s best-looking bridges, with Dom Luis I being the most popular one. It’s also home to some of the world’s best-tasting wines, with port wine being the most exported one.

Thus, it’s only right for you to go on a wine tour in Porto – not just to sample the city’s pride and joy, but also to see for yourself the wonders of wine and to experience for yourself the miracles of wine.

That being said, here’s an important tip for you:

Do your research.

Going on a wine tour is just like going on a vacation trip. You need to do your research as you plan for it. This includes learning more about a place’s history to explore how wine is truly made, as well as knowing more about a place’s culture to discover what it’s truly made of. This also includes learning more about the guidelines in every vineyard available for wine tours to see how wine is truly made, as well as knowing more about the perks in every vineyard available for wine tasting tours to experience what it’s truly made of.

From here on, you will be able to effortlessly plan the next steps to take. You can now easily decide what kind of wine tour you’ll be going to, as well as what kind of wine you’re expecting to taste and what kind of wine you’re looking to buy.

After all…

These factors, along with the important tip mentioned above, will help make your wine tour experience something to remember for a very long time.

Stay tuned in here for more wine tips and advice!

5 Best Movies for Food Lovers

If you think that the only way to enjoy food is to eat it, think again! While nothing matches the glorious sensations of actually smelling, tasting, and savoring delicious food, watching TV shows and movies about it is not such a bad deal either. If you love food and movie nights, here are some of the best films for the foodie in you.

Babette’s Feast (1987)

This film is about a Parisian refugee named Babette Hersant who found refuge in a coastal town in Denmark. It follows her story as a servant to two rigidly austere siblings. For many years, her duties included cooking simple and bland meals that suit the taste of the two sisters. It was only after she won the lottery that she unleashed her true talents and potentials by cooking delicious meals.

Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

This movie provides a compelling glimpse into family traditions. It depicts a father with traditional views and his three daughters who share regular Sunday meals together. This film touches on different ways people express affections that may not be usually revealed or spoken out. Here, it is through food that the father expresses his true self and devotion to family and food.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a documentary about the life and path to mastery of world-famous sushi chef Jiro Ono. It shows the challenges, commitment, and devotion to one’s craft.

Ratatouille (2007)

This animated film is a beautiful tale about a rat named Remy who is passionate about cooking. It is a fun, inspiring, and heartwarming story about the love for food and pursuing a dream.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Two words – chocolate factory. A visit to chocolate overflowing with everything chocolate is the stuff many childhood (and adult!) dreams are made of. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a classic film for many chocolate lovers out there. The chocolate room is one of the things you cannot unsee.