“Do you know about yakitori? It’s one of my favorite meals here in Japan. There are little restaurants that specialize specifically in grilling skewers of chicken (and vegetables and sometimes other meat). When you’re done, you put the skewers in a cup on the table (photo above). The highlights are succulent little meatballs dipped in a sweet glaze, but I also love the wings with ridiculously crispy and salty skin. Of course, if you like crisp chicken skin as much as I do, you can order an entire skewer of just the golden-brown grilled skin! Add a squeeze of lemon and some of the spicy red pepper that sits on the table, or maybe a smear of wasabi. You can try more daring cuts too, like the heart or gizzards.
Some friends are coming to town this week, and one if them is a bit of a picky eater. But she loves chicken, and I can’t wait to take here to my favorite yakitori restaurant!”
*Oh my goodness, it never even OCCURRED to me that you could roast brussels sprouts on the stalk. What a unique presentation for them. Now I just need to move to a place where they don’t exclusively come in packages of 8 sad, brown little sprouts for $4.
*For some reason, I’m a little intimidated by working with leather in my crafts. But these beautiful DIY leather boxes may motivate me to get over that. The colors! They look like great gift ideas…
*How will you serve Thanksgiving dinner? Buffet style? Family style? I serve most of my dinner parties family style, but this article from Food52 may have changed my mind.
I’ve never really been much of a coffee drinker, but my new workplace is Pro Coffee in all the ways. The office exclusively serves pour-over Philz and for some reason, tea is a less obvious choice. When I told Alyssa that I usually go through at least 2 20 oz jars a day, she EMAILED ME THE MAYO CLINIC GUIDELINES FOR CAFFEINE CONSUMPTION. Yes, folks, I have reached the point in my life where my best friend is emailing me health warnings. IT HAS COME TO THAT. Which is why I was delighted to visit David’s Tea in SF this week for some re-education and tasting. More to come, but let’s just say I’ve gone through A LOT of tea this week. YUM.
(Another Annie original. Providing me with photos week after week. Thank you!)”
*I love holiday gift guides and am starting with my friend Caitlin’s. Trust me, she’s got experience. Girl knows how to give a gift!
* We had chilaquiles at work this morning. I need them again, but guess I’ll probably have to make them myself. Maybe this recipe? Or do you have a favorite to share?
One year ago: Birch and Silver Cheeseboard with Cranberry Goat Cheese. A ridiculously easy (but fancy) recipe AND a beautiful DIY!
Brit+Co included our Sweet Potato & Miso Dumplings in their post with 20 Totally Unique Ways to Use Miso. They also did a fun DIY Place Cards for Your Thanksgiving Table and included our gilded animal place cards (man, I wish I had brought that cute little turkey to Tokyo with me! xo, Alyssa).
Our wire star ornaments continue to be a favorite! Check them out in HobbyCraft’s 14 Christmas Decorations You Won’t Believe are Homemade.