I like to eat

I had an amazing food at Ming Tsai’s new restaurant Blue Dragon last night. I had a wonderful time with my Valentine, Jennifer (I love you).

Here is what we had.

Course 1
Local Oysters 2 ways
oyster
Tempura with Avocado Purée &
On The Half Shell with Beet Mignonette, Yuzu and Caviar

Course 2
Peking-Glazed Squab Breast
Foie Gras “Dirty” Fried Rice and Juniper Sauce

squab

Course 3
Lamb Loin Roulade with Root Vegetable Gratin
Black Truffle-Mushroom Ragout

lamb

Course 4
Double Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
cookie

I do eat out a lot (I have spotted 1,046 food items on my foodspotting so far), but most the time, I look for cheap food, so it may have been one of the most expensive night out. I think it was worth it — kind of food that I would expect to have if I spend a lot of money — it was like explosions of flavors. Blue Dragon may have become my favorite place to go.

We were also having this sake: Kikusui Funaguchi Ichiban Shibori, Nama genshu, Honjozo.
funaguchi-kikusui

It was pretty delicious. Kikusui home page, and rakuten shopping page.

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Being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, and kind.

Now that I have “regular hour” job, I get to go with my kids to their activities.

My son is a Cub Scout and the leaders do a really good job. I especially liked their “Scout Law” when I heard it, so, I looked it up. and it is:

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent

It is based on 12 Core Values that kids learn:

  1. Citizenship: Contributing service and showing responsibility to local, state, and national communities.
  2. Compassion: Being kind and considerate, and showing concern for the well-being of others.
  3. Cooperation: Being helpful and working together with others toward a common goal
  4. Courage: Being brave and doing what is right regardless of our fears, the difficulties, or the consequences.
  5. Faith: Having inner strength and confidence based on our trust in God.
  6. Health and Fitness: Being personally committed to keeping our minds and bodies clean and fit
  7. Honesty: Telling the truth and being worthy of trust.
  8. Perseverance: Sticking with something and not giving up, even if it is difficult.
  9. Positive Attitude: Being cheerful and setting our minds to look for and find the best in all situations.
  10. Resourcefulness: Using human and other resources to their fullest.
  11. Respect: Showing regard for the worth of something or someone.
  12. Responsibility: Fulfilling our duty to God, country, other people, and ourselves.

Kids have fun and they do a good job teaching nice things. I hope they read their own core value and clear up that stupid anti-gay attitude. We decided to staying with the pack because our Scout Master posted that his pack would never discriminate against anyone after the news, but I understand that not every pack is so lucky.


Tumblr rocks. So does foodspotting.

Redesign of daigo.tumblr.com

I am a WordPress guy, but I have been using Tumblr to document what I eat over at http://daigo.tumblr.com since January 2010. When a friend told me about foodspotting (Around October 2010), and saw that it is basically exactly what I was looking for, I thought about stopping Tumblr update. But Tumblr is good for archive and search. Only I wasn’t excited about the look of my website. I said “I’ll redesign the site some day” and I never did. That was, until now. Here are my notes as I struggle through what I want to do with the website.

  • Done. It is just a customized version of Themanati theme by anthagio, which I saw it first at 8Asians tumblr site, and all the credit should go to Anthony and not me. I am just building on top of his hard work…
  • There is already jQuery and fancybox loaded with the theme, but the photo zoom wasn’t working right. This blog post addresses that very issue of how to use lightbox/fancybox effect on Tumblr sites. Code is here.
  • But I needed to add a class or id for my “a” tag, that is built using {LinkOpenTag} and {LinkCloseTag}. Tamblr Documentation explains it as: An HTML open anchor-tag including the click-through URL if set. (Example: <a href=”http://…”>) How do I do that?
  • Then I thought about it. As is, when you click on the image, it went to a page that just shows the hi-res image. But is that what I want? I want users to go to permalink page like this and not like this. On top of that, when you hover over the image, there is that nifty expand icon that shows up right corner of the image, which already has an id and a class. and that should open a fancybox.
  • Simple solution. what I did was changed the code from:

    {LinkOpenTag}<img src="{block:IndexPage}{PhotoURL-500}{/block:IndexPage}{block:PermalinkPage}{PhotoURL-HighRes}{/block:PermalinkPage}" alt="{PhotoALT}">{LinkCloseTag}

    to:

    <a href="{Permalink}"><img src="{block:IndexPage}{PhotoURL-500}{/block:IndexPage}{block:PermalinkPage}{PhotoURL-HighRes}{/block:PermalinkPage}" alt="{PhotoALT}"></a>

    This addressed the link issue. Now you click on a image, it goes to the permalink page, not a image itself.
  • and set the jQuery selector to use already existing photozoom id, like:

    $("a#photozoom").fancybox({
    'titleShow' : false
    });

    Now when you hover over the image, and click on the “expand” icon that appear on the top right corner of the image, the fancy box/lightbox effect in on. Exactly the way I wanted. Killing two birds with one stone.

  • For the design, I am doing nothing fancy. But using Skackey font from awesome google web fonts, and it looks very unique.

I like it!

I love foodspotting, too. I love traveling through Asia using foodspotting. Tokyo, Taiwan, Soul, Hong Kong… So yummy.


Ain’t it a glorious day?

To calm my baby girl down, I am re-learning some songs and since her name is Mary, I had to look up the lyrics of “Jolly Holiday” sang by Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews in the 1964 Disney movie Mary Poppins. The song is (I think) written by Richard and Robert Sherman, but the lyrics is so positive and great. Movie is one of my favorite kids film of all-time but my appreciation of it got even greater.

Jolly Holiday

Ain’t it a glorious day?
Right as a mornin’ in May
I feel like I could fly
‘Ave you ever seen
The grass so green?
Or a bluer sky?

Oh, it’s a jolly holiday with Mary
Mary makes your ‘eart so light
When the day is gray and ordinary
Mary makes the sun shine bright!
Oh ‘appiness is bloomin’ all around ‘er
The daffoldils are smilin’ at the dove
When Mary ‘olds your ‘and
You feel so grand
Your ‘eart starts beatin’
Like a big brass band
Oh, it’s a jolly holiday with Mary
No wonder that it’s Mary that we love!

Now then what’d be nice
We’ll start with raspberry ice
And then some cakes and tea
Order what you will
There’ll be no bill
It’s complimentary

Oh, it’s a jolly holiday with you, Bert
Gentlemen like you are few
Though your just a diamond in the rough, Bert
Underneath your blood is blue!
You’d never think of pressing your advantage
For bearance is the hallmark of your creed
A lady needn’t fear
When you are near
Your sweet gentility is crystal clear!
Oh, it’s a jolly holiday with you, Bert
A jolly, jolly holiday with you!


Arrival of my daughter, Mary Kazuko

It’s a girl!

My daughter Mary Kazuko Fujiwara was born today, June 24, 2010 10:55am at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. Weighing 7 lbs 6.5 oz (3362g), and her length is 20 3/4 in (53 cm). I’ve uploaded some photos here.

On this day, Team Japan, The Samurai Blue, beats Denmark in the World Cup soccer and advances to the knockout stage. Also Boston’s Japanese ace, Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game against Colorado Rockies and he didn’t get decision, but the Sox beat the Rox. It was a good day.


Foursquare, Tumblr and my iPhone

I love eating good food. It brings me joy. It is funny that with iPhone, you can make restaurant log and reviews so easily. When I go out, I first check in with Foursquare and then take picture, post it on my Tumblr Food Log and then (if I have time) I review it on Yelp. SInce I like eating Asian food, I am hoping that this will automatically be a semi good guide to Asian food in Boston. Beautiful part is that if I wanted to do that before, it required a lot of work, but using those different tools, it is updated pretty easily. Above map is my check in locations displayed using website called checkoutcheckins.com. I wish there was a good mash up that uses all three of those data… I may try to cook up a simple API… Or I guess FriendFeed will have all of that fed in already…


I like to eat!

A friend of mine Gil Asakawa always randomly tweeted his yummy food description with hashtag #twEATs. I loved it. I take lots of photos of food I eat. It is on my flickr pages like here, here, here and here. Lately, I got an iPhone and started using foursquare, a going out log, which is cool, and I have been a Yelp “elite” squad for some time now (what ever that is). All those things are kind of related, and I just needed a place to get all those things together. Then, I remembered another nice iPhone/web integration is Tumblr. I used to try to do a Sketch-a-day website with it and failed miserably. It was summer of 2008, it just took way too much time and effort. It had been a dead blog for over year and half. So, here, I just decided to resurrect it. There, become my “Itadakimasu” Tumblr.

Japanese people say “Itadakimasu” before you eat. Which, roughly translated, means “Thank you god/source for this meal.” I decided that when I say Itadakimasu, I will also take a snap shot with my iPhone. And Tublr it here. Just because.


Health stuff

New years resolution never works, and I am not going to make one. Except that I will try to get most out of everyday. I just found my doctor’s note from last year. Exactly a year ago, 1/7/08. Interestingly enough, I weigh exactly the same last year about this time (I gained tons in’08 w/Sciatica and then lost little, and then gained again with my shoulder surgery… I know excuses…). So, all the “instructions” from my doctor from then still stands, except only I am a year older. My BMI is 29.89, which is 0.11 away from being “Obesity-Grade I” (I am barely standing on the side of “Overweight”). Yikes, I know. Here are my doctor, Dr. Kim’s instruction from a year ago.

  1. East a large serving of vegetable twice each day. Eat two fruit each day. When possible, choose whole grain bread, pasta and brown rice (YUCK!) over white bread, pasta and rice. Avoid fast food.
  2. Take 1000 mg of calcium. Such as Milk, OJ, yogurt, collard greens or kale, soy beans. Take 800-1000 units of vitamin D.
  3. Get regular exercise. Moderate intensity exercise at least 30 min. per day for 5 or more days per week. My target heart rate is (220 – 35(age)) x70% = 129.5.

Already then.