i ♥ cupcakes

For the baker and cupcake lover...

"Sweeter When Specific Measuring Spoons" modcloth.com

"Sweeter When Specific Measuring Cups" modcloth.com

brain freeze

So I have to admit, I haven't been quite the same since the horrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  My brain has since taken a hiatus, and I have no idea when it will be back.  So my husband and I decided to drown my sorrows in ice cream.  But we couldn't decide on just one tub, so we decided to make a contest out of it.  Specifically to taste test Ben and Jerry's late night comics.  Fight night of the century!  Stephen Colbert vs. Jimmy Fallon.  Who reigns supreme in late night taste?  And why stop there when you can add Red Velvet Cake and Snickerdoodle Cookie to the menu?  And the results are in...

In terms of the case of Colbert v. Fallon, i call a tie.  And here's why.  Though I way prefer Colbert's fudge covered waffle cones over Fallon's chocolate covered potato chips, Fallon's vanilla bean ice cream with salty caramel swirl tasted yummier than Colbert's vanilla bean ice cream
with caramel swirl.  So here's my thought; if you combine Jimmy Fallon's ice cream and caramel combo with Stephen Colbert's fudge covered waffle cone, then you'd have one fabulously tastetastic tub o' ice cream.  But if I have to call a winner, I guess the prize goes to Colbert by a hair.  And as for the Red Velvet and Snickerdoodle, yummmmmmmmmmmm.  So a very special Thanks to Ben and Jerry's for taking my mind off of the bummer stuff.

verbal diarrhea

Not to toot my own familial horn, but my dad is a total genius.  My reasoning being that he's an Okie engineer - turned - photographer - turned - sailor - turned - Tahitian nomad - turned - art collector - turned - serious art collector - turned awesome dad - turned even awesomer octogenarian.   That's a total mouthful that doesn't make any sense, but you get my drift.  He has transformed a life that should have left him as a pipe welder in Oklahoma to a life fit for the most interesting man in the world.   My dad is way radder than that guy in the Dos Equis commercials.  But there's one thing about my dad that isn't quite so rad, and that is what my sister refers to as his "verbal diarrhea."  Before I became curator of his Japanese art collection, The Etsuko and Joe Price Collection, my dad would commission my sister to edit any speech or article he was to give to the world of Japanese art.  I never understood why my sister would throw such fits about the matter, until I had to edit my first article for The Price Collection.  Wow!  I had to write some pretty hefty essays as a history major in college, but nothing compares to the agony of trying to make sense of a hand-written rough draft from my father.  For example, I had to write a large article based on this solitary sentence my dad gave me:

It was a collection inspired by two architects, one, FLLW, who taught me the love of nature etc etc and so forth but not “art.”

This is a very tame example of the verbal diarrhea... I don't want to be mean.  My dad has so much going on in that lovely grey covered dome of his, that he just regurgitates all his ideas onto paper without thinking of actually putting words into any kind of logical thought process.  And as you can see by my writing, I take after him a bit. Someone help me.  But after all the blood, sweat, and tears that accompany writing things for my father, comes the satisfaction of knowing that people will be a little more informed about beautiful Japanese works of art, especially when they get published on YouTube.   This particular doozy of a film script left me plucking out a ton of my hair, but in the end, it looks great.  This is just a 3 minute outtake from the original film, but if you'd like to see the whole thing, we are going to sell them at the Bowers Museum and the proceeds will go to the earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan.  I'll keep you all posted when I have details of how to buy it.  In the meantime, enjoy this video about one the greatest artists to ever live, Ito Jakuchu.

i can eat salmon

So a few months back, my doc warned me that my mercury level was a bit higher than normal.  That of course was totally not surprising given that I eat fish pretty much daily.  I'm Japanese... it's in my blood, I guess literally.  The task of trying to reduce my mercury level has been kind of daunting.  I can say no to chicken and beef all day long, but fish is a completely different story.  Luckily, I came across this handy mercury guide when I googled how high the mercury content is in salmon.  Thank Buddha salmon is low on the charts!  And thankfully I tend to shy away from eating anything that can eat me, since I don't want to go down that karmic road, so most of the really big fishies aren't in my diet anyways, except tuna.  No more yellowtail hand rolls for me I guess.  Insert giant frowny face here!   


Playing around with my new Tilt Shift Generator iphone app. Love!

Kinkakuji - Kyoto, Japan

Mont Saint-Michel - Normandy, France

lila frances

I am such a sucker for anything personalized, so you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled across Lila Frances on Etsy.  She makes the most unbelievably cute hangers, and I of course promptly ordered my own.  And not surprisingly, I squealed and maybe even jumped up and down a bit when it finally arrived on my door step.  

bring on the sun

I've never been one to sport the retro bikini, but this one is ridiculously cute.

"Floral Rush Bikini Top" anthropologie.com

"Floral Rush Bikini Bottoms" anthropologie.com

hot hot heat

Oh Anthropologie, it's been so long!  I miss you!

"Heat Index Pullover" anthropologie.com

If you want to help, text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan.


I'm not the most organized when it comes to my jewelry, but I have grand plans that one day I will clean up my selection with such cute jewelry holders as these.

"Ceramic Elephant Ring Holder" urbanoutfitters.com

"Spring Ring Dish" urbanoutfitters.com

American Red Cross

My thoughts and prayers go out to the people in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami.  Hoping that all of our friends and family are safe and sound.  If you want to help, go to Red Cross and make a donation to aid the people and areas affected by this horrible tragedy.  

Fish Ball Experiments

Since I was a little girl, I have had a fascination and love for ikura, or fishballs as my husband likes to call it.  Ikura (salmon roe) makes most people I know cringe, but I think it's beyond awesome.  I liken it to my love of Harry Potter.  Well.. almost.  When I was at the Japanese market the other day, I saw something that made my heart flutter.  Special onigiri seaweed paper.  So I decided to try my hand at onigiri, which is Japanese for rice balls.  It also gave me the chance to finally use my triangular rice mold I impulsively bought last year.  Overall, it was a very tasty experiment, though a little disastrous.  I had the brilliantly stupid idea of being healthy and using a brown and wild rice combo.  Though scrumptious, my healthy rice wasn't exactly sticky and eating my rice balls was a bit of a mess.  But a tasty mess nonetheless.  Needless to say, I will be trying this again soon!

I mixed in rice seasoning to add some extra flavor

I made a little hole with a spoon to make room for the ikura

For the vegetarian

The Price Collection

The countdown is on to our Price Collection show at Bowers Museum in Orange County. Our show, ITŌ JAKUCHŪ: A MAN WITH NO AGE,opens on Saturday, April 16th. Come see the Japanese Edo period art from our collection that over a million people have enjoyed over the last few years, and to specifically see one of the greatest artists that ever lived.  Ito Jakuchu, an artist almost forgotten by the Japanese people, has reemerged from history to become one of the most recognized and celebrated artists in Japan.  To learn more about The Etsuko and Joe Price Collection, check out the blog here.

Miso Ramen

I've been on the topic of Japan for a while now, and it's not going to stop.  I had one of the greatest culinary trips that I've had in a while, and I haven't been able to get rid of the cravings for Japanese food.  It's pretty normal for me to eat sushi 3 or 4 times a week, but the doc told me I have a high mercury level, go figure, so I've been trying to behave myself.  Emphasis on the trying.  I've never been very good at cooking Japanese food because I can never make it look as good as it does in the motherland, but I came home determined.  So here is my attempt at miso ramen.  I need to tweak the recipe a bit to make it perfect, but I've got to say, attempt #1 wasn't bad.  Not bad at all.

Miso Ramen Recipe
♥ 4 cups water
♥ 4 tbsp red miso paste
♥ 1/2 tsp hondashi
♥ fresh ramen noodles for 2 people
♥ dried wakame (seaweed)
♥ 1/2 cup scallions chopped 
♥ 1 cup bean sprouts
♥ 2 shitake mushrooms chopped
♥ 1 cup cabbage 
♥ soy sauce to taste (optional)

♥ Boil 4 cups of water, then add the miso and hondashi.  Reduce heat to medium and add shitake, cabbage, and dried wakame.  Let sit for a minute or two, then reduce heat to simmer.  Add bean sprouts and scallions last.  I added them right before I took the pot of the stove.  Taste the miso mix and if it needs more salt, add a little soy sauce until it suits you.   In a separate pot, boil some water and add ramen noodles.  Since the noodles are fresh, they should be done in about 3 minutes.  To serve, put the noodles in a bowl and pour the miso awesomeness over it.  I added a little sriracha to mine cause I like it spicy.  Enjoy! 

Going to the dogs

So I've tried to explain to my friends that the Japanese are a little funny when it comes to their best four-legged pals.  About 95% of the dogs you see out and about are dressed in their finest shirts and pant suits.  And to make matters a little crazier, the majority of the strollers I see on the streets are occupied not by babies of the human variety, but by dogs - dogs dressed in dresses of course.  Don't believe me?  Check out these photos.

Cute little wiener in a dress and a stroller

Dog strollers front and center

Aren't Corgis herding dogs?  Aren't they fully capable of walking?


Yup, that's a Great Dane in a t-shirt