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One of my favorite comfort foods is a delicious rice bowl, with a great topping or plain. Rice is my downfall carb, and I can’t seem to shake it! This recipe is for a favorite of mine, and it’s so easy to make!

PLEASE NOTE:  This recipe is *not* vegan, please be aware that not all of my recipes will be.

Recipe: Savory Turkey & Spinach Bowl
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Asian-Inspired
Author: Faith
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Serves: 4
Slightly sweet, very savory turkey and spinach top a steaming bowl of sticky rice. Perfect with miso and tea on a chilly day!
Ingredients
  • Turkey and Spinach Bowl
  • 2 C Cooked Sticky Rice (short or medium grain), prepared according to package directions.
  • 1/2 lb Ground Turkey
  • 3 T Olive or Coconut OIl
  • 1 Clove Fresh Garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Dark Agave Nectar (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 3 C Baby Spinach Leaves, washed and spun dry
  • 1/2 C White Onion, chopped or minced
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger Root, crushed (optional)
  • 1 T Soy Sauce (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook the rice according to package directions and set aside, covered with a damp cloth or paper towel.
  2. Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat along with garlic, onions and ginger. Cook until the onions are translucent. Add the cinnamon, salt and soy sauce, stirring well.
  3. Add the spinach to the pan and toss to coat with the oil mixture. Turn the heat up to medium and cook until just slightly wilted, turning often with tongs. Add the agave and give it another stir to coat.
  4. Top the rice with spinach mixture and serve!

 

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Okay, so this isn’t a ‘review’, exactly, but I wasn’t sure what to call it. I’m watching a documentary called, “Pray For Japan”, in which Stu Levy does a beautiful job at documenting the clean up and relief efforts in Ishinomaki, Miyagi after March 2011’s tsunami tragedy.

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Then there are the heroes – like the principal and teachers at a middle school who worked tirelessly until they were able to track down all of their students in the aftermath of the destruction.

This film is a tear jerker, really it is, and it’s beautifully shot. This isn’t so much a review as a rave – it’s on Netflix right now, go watch it. And make sure to pray for Japan.

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I need help! I’m looking for a bento like the one below for a slightly better price (on JList it’s $28 bucks, which is totally a great price but I’m broke and stressing this as a need even though it’s not a need, lol),  or something similar?

Carved Wooden Lacquered  2 Tier Bento Box & Elastic Band ~ Ume / Japanese Plum

What I really want is something with that gorgeous waffle, almost snakeskin-like pattern that has the distinctive red of lacquered wood. I so need a wishlist, lol!

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Every now and then Lenoardo DiCaprio does something unnecessary that makes me giggle my butt off, and this Japanese commercial for Jim Beam whiskey is a great example of that! First of all, let’s just take a moment to admire how sexy this dude still is. Now, let’s pick our jaws up off the floor and have a little chuckle at how much more serious he’s taking this role than he apparently took the last three films he made!

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If you’ve followed Shibuya 109 for any length of time, you’ll probably notice that something is missing from my posts. Since long before Shibuya became devoted to what I love about Japan and Japanese culture, what I like to call my, “Song about being happy”, I’ve been posting my bento here whenever I get a moment to take bento photos. If you also follow my bento blog, you’ll likely notice that I’ve made a few posts there without publishing them here like I usually do.

So what gives? Why am I no longer cross posting my bento?

I decided that I wanted to focus more on my thoughts on and my passion for Japanese culture, places, etc. and, while bento is one of Japans most famous cultural exports to the United States, it didn’t make any sense to have a blog dedicated to bento then cross post all of the photos to Shibuya.

So, instead of worrying about all that I’ve decided to allow my bento to stay on my bento site, and have added a widget to the sidebar so you can see the latest two bento photos at a glance.

Hope that clears it up! :)

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Just a flyby to welcome a new baby into the world! A panda named Shin Shin at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo just bore a cub, the first panda to be born in the zoo after natural conception in some 24 years – welcome, little one!

The event is so major that Oreo’s even made up a little cookie to look like a panda, isn’t this sweet?

It comes hot on the heels of their controversial but also much welcomed declaration of solidarity with the LGBT community by marking Pride Day with a rainbow stuffed cookie. Go Oreo!

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My very first use of my only Hello Kitty bento which includes the adorable Kitty-chan in strawberry-milk pink and sparkles. The bento came with a matching triangle onigiri press.

Green peas, baby carrots (raw), octodogs (little smokies), onigiri and a couple of Hershey’s dark chocolate kisses!

More bento photos at CMKA, my bento bloggie!



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Getting back into the daily bento habit has been a real scream! Simple bento for lack of time that consists of some rice with homemade furikake, mashed carrots with honey and pepper, sweet and sour pork, a few grape tomatoes and octo dogs!

More bento photos at CMKA, my bento bloggie!



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Originally posted at by CMKA over at my bento photo blog!

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First finished bento pics in awhile! Some grilled miso chicken, tomatoes, octo-dogs made out of lil smokies and rice with honey umeboshi!

More bento photos at CMKA, my bento bloggie!



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One of my favorite sets, a yellow Rilakkuma that has a matching 3rd Birthday for Rilakkuma bag + hashi that fits under the lid!

Originally posted at by CMKA over at my bento photo blog!

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Another set, my only from Putifresh with a pretty green and white color scheme.

More @ CMKA, my bento photo bloggie!



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Another set, my only from Putifresh with a pretty green and white color scheme.

Originally posted at by CMKA over at my bento photo blog!

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This is a neat video! I haven’t been to Benihana since sometime in the early 1990s, because they just don’t exist in this part of the country, but recently I was reminded of their existence by the AMC 1960s period drama Mad Men, in which Benihana is apparently the restaurant experience of choice for entertaining Japanese business men.

A few days ago I was alerted to a great video that Benihana put out, a commercial, that takes a look at both the current, modern incarnation as well as looking back at their beginnings in 1964 as a glamorous, sexy and exotic place. Take a look!

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Now that CMKA is back, and I have a better phone with a better camera, I’m going to try posting a bunch of new pics. This is one of three photos of my favorite Kimono fabric patterned bento that Wil got me for my birthday a few years ago.



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Sorry about the awful quality of these pics, I took them in the dark with my phone last night before I went to sleep because I couldn’t wait to break into the package! For anyone not familiar, this is Meiji’s Strawberry Yan-Yan – delicious slightly sweet biscuits with also mildly sweet strawberry frosting to dip them into. It sounds heavy, I know, but it’s actually a pretty light snack and sooo tasty!

I’d never seen them for sale in the states before, probably because I live in the middle of Buttcrack, Missouri where they don’t sell anything (lol), but we were in St. Joe yesterday at Wal-Mart and low and behold, there they were between the botan rice candy and the Pocky in the ethnic aisle!

This is how long it’s been since I’ve had Yan-Yan – there weren’t messages on the biscuits, or at least that I remember, the last time I had it?

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I’ve been meaning to review this since 2006 but I’ve never had a camera that would take photos that actually look like photos, so I had to wait. This is my favorite soup cup in the whole wide world, marketed by the Instant Noodle King brand this is a huge cup of soup for not a lot of money.

Why review an instant soup cup? Well there are several reasons for this particular choice. One is that in the Midwestern United States you just don’t see lobster soup, more or less ever. The bible belt has a tendency to shy away from products they deem to be gross or odd (like kimchi, unagi, abalone, wakame, etc.) so before I’d made my first Asian Food Grocer order, I’d never had it before in my life.

The reason I take so many photos of packaging and not just the food is because when I visit food blogs that review products, especially Asian products, the packaging is my favorite part and I always wish they’d take more photos of it!

This noodle soup is in a big, hefty bowl (about the size of two ramen cups put together) and is made up of a delicious fatty lobster base that has a dreamy warm, savory taste that I could drink by the cup and not get tired of. Into that we put a really fine egg noodle that softens even in hot tap water (which is all I had, so that was dreamy as well) and some delicious veggies like cabbage, wakame, corn and chives.

The soup only has to stand about two minutes to be edible but I’d leave it in for a full 4 or 5 if you’ve used tap water. As you can see from the photos I didn’t fill it up to the inner line (I left about a half an inch), and the reason was that the last portion I had tasted a bit watered down, but this particular cup was perfect so I’ll be leaving that much room every time from now on.

For those of you who can’t buy these at the store, you can get lobster egg noodle soup at AFG along with a bunch of other deliciousness, and they’re about a buck 70 a cup with savings per unit the more you buy. They’re definitely worth the price and the week-long shipping wait!

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As you may know if you know me personally (since I can’t stop gushing), Laota and I purchased our first Asian Food Grocer package in almost two years this month, and it’s been agony waiting the 6 days for it to get here! We followed it closely on the FedEx tracking website, like children follow the Santa Tracker at Christmas time, and today it finally arrived, as always, packed methodically and undamaged – as is Asian Food Grocer‘s way.

We got some of our favorites that you can’t buy here, like prepared azuki, five spice powder, spring roll skins, bamboo chopsticks and white peach Yogu Time yogurt soft drinks. But we also got our favorite soup in the world, Noodle King’s Lobster Egg Noodle Soup, which is so addictive we tend to spend way more on it than we should!

Some new-to-us finds were a kind of low salt miso (with no MSG, which will be rectified when I prepare it lol), honey spiced umeboshi pickled plums for our onigiri and mix fruit mochi.

Today was actually the first time I’d ever had mochi and now I’m addicted! You can see some crappy photos below of all the fun things we bought – we’ve purchased through Asian Food Grocer since 2005 or 2006, and can’t say enough good things about them! We’ve never had a lost or misdirected shipment, never had missing goods, never had to pay too-steep shipping (the shipping for everything was about 7 bucks FedEx ground).

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This is actually from a few months ago, but I just read it. Did anyone else know about this? If everyone knew but me, I’m going to be angered, lol. Apparently (according to The Japan Times earlier this year) Shibuya 109 has actually seen a year-on-year sales decrease.

I guess it’s the first one in 14 year, but it took me off guard. I know what the market is like there now, but I guess this is one of those things I just didn’t see coming. Then again I’ve got an inflated view of some things, and I think the 109 building as well as the rest of Shibuya station seemed like one of those timeless untouchables, which is what I love about it. It’s not that I see their financial situation as indestructible, but just that it never dawned on me that they would be facing issues there like everyone else, it’s like telling someone that all the lights are out in Time Square – they have to see it for themselves, you know?

You can read more about it at Japan Times.



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