December 31, 2008

thank you for 2008 and a very truly...

... to you all!

If 2008 was a good year for you, may 2009 be an even better one. If 2008 was more like something you'd rather forget, well then forget it!! ... and resolve to have a truly wonderful one now that a brand new year is with us.

Now it's already 2009 where I am. The year of 2008 for me was a mixed one, with some great moments here and some hard times there. But overall, I was truly blessed with good friends and caring family, for which I can't be more grateful.

For this year I would like to be a little more ambitious and try some new things - wish me a luck if you would, I'll need it!

And I wish you all the very best of luck for whatever you do... may all of us have a year filled with love and happiness, and yes, some good food, too :)

You all have a very happy 2009! - c xo

December 24, 2008

wishing you all...

with much love, c xo

December 3, 2008

christmas came early-ish

Starbucks Bearista Bear Gingerbread Boy and Girl with a "Candle Cake", a light and crumbly gingerbread-like cake filled with cream cheese and apple pie fillings, frosted to resemble a candle with a flame. Got holiday spirit?

Last weekend I got back home in Tokyo after what seemed like years, to a stack of packages from friends all over the place. None was intended to be a Christmas present, I guess, but they nonetheless contained Christmas-themed goodies, most of which, if not all, were food or food-related. God, they know me!

The treasures I acquired include: a Panettone (or should I say Panettoni as I actually got two!) from Loison of Italy; Peppermint Bark White Chocolate Bars from funky Trader Joe's grocery store; a set of Advent calender chocolate (minus, um, calender) in wrappers with old-fashioned Christmas-themed pictures on from England; Texas Trash, or a "custom blend of cereals and pretzels mixed with fancy pecans drenched in a creamy white chocolate flavored coating" from Susie's South Forty Confections in none other than Texas; almonds coated in dark chocolate infused with chili from upscale Waitrose supermarket; and a Ghirardelli boxed chocolate assortment. And trust me, I got a lot, LOT more stuff than those, Christmas-y or otherwise.

What I thought was interesting was that I received a holiday issue of Food & Wine and Bon Appetit magazines from two different (and unrelated) friends. Now we can find these American foodmag bignames relatively easily in Tokyo, and while I often sample them at a bookstore, I find myself almost always picking Gourmet; I'd get more than one if they didn't cost ten+ bucks per copy, but oh well. So these two good people in the States, one on the sunny left coast and the other on the down south, somehow each picked a food magazine that I'd love to read, without overlapping the one I normaly get myself. Now they really know me!

So I almost feel like I've gotten all Christmas presents for the year - and they all came early! Now the question is, would I manage to save at least some until Christmas? Well, you know me.

love y'all x