Judging the Riverview Farmer’s Market Perfect Peach Pie Contest 2017!

Monday 7th August 2017 - 3:49:08 PM


Peach and pineapple pie by Erica Cannady

After nine years of writing this blog, I finally got the opportunity to judge a pie contest!


Sampling Bagatelle’s New Menu!

Sunday 18th June 2017 - 10:34:43 AM


I was recently invited to check out the new menu at Bagatelle, a downtown bistro mostly known for its popular brunches. I had a lovely time, and enjoyed the decor, which featured fun superhero-inspired art. If you like truffles, this is a great place to enjoy them!


See You at Emerald City Comicon March 3-5!

Wednesday 22nd February 2017 - 8:51:21 PM

Seattle-area folks: I’ll be at Emerald City Comicon March 3rd-5th. Looking forward to it! I’ll be in Artist Alley with Matthew Loux at table # FF2, and signing at the Kinokuniya Booth Sunday at 1PM. Please come over to visit us!

Janam Afternoon Tea at Garfunkel’s

Sunday 15th January 2017 - 9:41:27 PM



There’s a new afternoon tea in town! Janam tea purveyor, Amy Dubin, is now hosting afternoon tea service at Garfunkel’s speakeasy (upstairs at 67 Clinton St. NYC – enter through The Burgary). Amy is an Indian tea expert and serves loose leaf teas exclusively from single-estates in India that can be selected by region or characteristic, as well as a selection of herbal teas. Afternoon tea includes unlimited tea servings, and you can try as many teas as you like. On my visit we tried white tea, black tea, and orange tea. Amy will also customize tea blends at your request. Wine, bubbles and spirits are available as well. The Garfunkel’s space is gorgeous, luxurious, and cozy, with comfortable velvet chairs. It’s a lovely place for tea with friends or private events, such as bridal showers.Inline image 1


Travel Channel gift guide

Saturday 17th December 2016 - 1:31:42 PM



Cool Japan Guide is on the Travel Channel’s gift guide for 2016! ^_^

Mango Sago in Chinatown!

Sunday 6th November 2016 - 9:39:29 PM


While superstar comic artist Stephanie Hans was in town, we made a visit to Mango Mango to try out their sago. Stephanie loves sago and I wanted to try it out for the first time. We ordered Mango Juice Sago. I got mine topped with Lychee Jelly, and Stephanie ordered Basil Seeds on hers.


New Comic in XY Magazine!

Wednesday 12th October 2016 - 9:40:50 PM


Big news! XY Magazine is back with issue # 50, and I have a comic inside (excerpt above). The magazine is available at Barnes and Noble right now as well as at XY’s website. If you’re interested in seeing more of my LGBT comic work, Tough Love is available via Northwest Press and Comixology. Check out Dolltopia too!

A Visit to Ice & Vice!

Saturday 27th August 2016 - 7:54:24 PM




This summer I’m trying out a few new ice cream places, and I recently checked out Ice & Vice. They’re an experimental ice cream shop at 221 East Broadway in Manhattan. Ice & Vice makes small custom batches and they are a Vendy award winner. On my visit, I tried the Tea Dance ice cream (Nigiri Tea leaf, Lemon Charcoal, Salted Caramel), it was refreshing and the flavors complimented each other well. I also had a slice of peanut butter, nutella, chocolate, potato chip pie with a pretzel crust. Good stuff!

Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America – 2016!

Saturday 25th June 2016 - 10:52:56 AM


Earlier this month, I attended the Dessert Professional Magazine Top Ten PastryChefs in America tasting event, held at Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). It was a gorgeous event, and all of the pastries were so beautiful to look at and taste. It truly is an artform! Check out the winners below, and some of my favorite shots from the event.


Chocola-Tea Party at Roni-Sue’s with Divalicious!

Saturday 18th June 2016 - 10:26:59 AM


I was thrilled to attend the recent Chocola-Tea Party at Roni-Sue’s Chocolates (featuring chocolate fountains by Divalicious Chocolate). Both are longtime City Sweet Tooth faves, and I had regretfully not made it down to Roni-Sue’s shop at 148 Forsyth St. yet, so I was excited to check it out.


They had a lovely spread for chocolate dipping, including dried hibiscus, which I adore! We also got to sample some of Ronie-Sue’s delightful truffles. The occasion was an opportunity to show off the spacious backyard at Roni-Sue’s, ideal for celebrations and events. You can also pick up chocolate fountains rented from Divalicious Chocolate at this location. Check out the website where you can arrange rentals and tastings. Of course, I had to grab a frozen hot chocolate on the way out, and it was amazing, a great summer pick-me-up!

Roni-Sue’s - 148 Forsyth Street (Between Delancey and Rivington), NYC

Afternoon Tea at The Lamb’s Club!

Tuesday 31st May 2016 - 10:28:35 AM


All photos in this post by Janna Zagari

It had been way too long since I had afternoon tea and I was thrilled to meet with my friend Janna at The Lamb’s Club to check out their afternoon tea service. The decor at The Lamb’s Club is sophisticated art deco style, I imagine it would also be a fun space to go for some cocktails after work. We are big scone fans, and their mixed fruit scones made us very happy! They were served warm with clotted cream and raspberry jam.


Signing with MariNaomi 5/17!

Wednesday 4th May 2016 - 8:44:07 PM


I’m looking forward to signing with MariNaomi 5/17 at Book Culture, and extremely excited for her new book, Turning Japanese! Come and check it out, New Yorkers!

Tuesday, 5/17 – 7:00pm – Book Culture 450 Columbus Ave, NYC 10024

Sakura Matsuri 4/30 and 5/1!

Sunday 17th April 2016 - 5:42:53 PM


My next appearance will be at Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual Sakura Matsuri! I’ll be signing books at 3PM on both days. Advance tickets are available. This is one of the best Japanese cultural events in the NY area, so check it out! Also, I’ll be participating in Independent Bookstore Day 4/30 at Greenlight Bookstore ( 686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217) from 12pm-1PM!

Signing at HMV & Books Tokyo Friday 4/8!

Tuesday 15th March 2016 - 10:02:04 PM


I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be doing a talk and signing at HMV & Books Tokyo Friday 4/8 at 6:30 PM. Facebook invite is here. Please RSVP!

DATE: 8th Apr 2016 (Friday)
5F Shibuya Modi 1-21-3 Jinnan Shibuya-ku Tokyo, 150-0041

The talk will be in English. For Japanese audiences, Tuttle staff will translate into Japanese if necessary.

Play Fair NY February 13th & 14th

Wednesday 10th February 2016 - 7:49:12 AM


My first 2016 appearance is coming up at Play Fair NY Feb. 13th &14th! Play Fair is the public companion event for the legendary Toy Fair! I’ll be at the Aw Yeah Artist Alley (booth # 461) for 12pm and 3PM signings on Saturday and Sunday. I will also co-host Comics Quickfire withDave Roman Sunday at 1PM!

Play Fair NY February 13th & 14th

Top Ten Chocolatiers in North America 2015

Wednesday 3rd February 2016 - 10:48:16 AM


Bonbons by Stick With Me Sweets

Last week I attended the Top Ten Chocolatiers in North America event, held by Dessert Professional Magazine. It was a fabulous event with plenty of opportunities to try several truffles from each of the talented chocolatiers.


Dipped Blood Orange by EHChocolatier

Here’s the list of talented chefs, and my extra congrats go out to the NYC-based honorees: Fine & Raw (288 Seigel Street, Brooklyn), Voila Chocolate (221 West 79th Street, NYC), and Stick with Me (202A Mott St. NYC). I’ll have to pay visits to those shops soon!