Signing with MariNaomi 5/17!

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

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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

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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

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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)
Venue: HMV & BOOKS TOKYO
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

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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

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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.

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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!

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City Bakery’s 2016 Hot Chocolate Festival!

Sunday 31st January 2016 - 1:20:34 PM

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City Bakery’s annual February Hot Chocolate Festival is always a highlight of winter in NYC! Here’s this year’s flavor calendar. Enjoy!

City Bakery 3 West 18th Street, NYC


Afternoon Tea at Mandarin Oriental!

Sunday 31st January 2016 - 10:43:32 AM

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This month, I visited the Mandarin Oriental for afternoon tea with Lisa of Chambre de Sucre. The view was spectacular!

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I chose the Lychee Green tea which had a beautifully floral aroma. My favorite of the tiered pastries was the Passionfruit Meringue Tart. It’s a luxurious escape for those times when you need a break from the hustle of NYC!

Mandarin Oriental, New York
80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street,
New York, New York 10023, USA


Dublin’s Delicious Highlights!

Sunday 24th January 2016 - 6:48:47 PM

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(berry crumble at Queen of Tarts)

After Edinburgh, Heather and I spent a few days in Dublin. I’d always wanted to visit Ireland, and it was a lot of fun! Dublin is lively and very easy to explore via walking (we stayed in the Temple Bar area), and we were blessed with mostly dry weather. As you’ll see, I continued on my tea and scones kick!

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Mochi Ice Cream from Mochidoki!

Monday 11th January 2016 - 11:17:03 AM

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Recently, I got samples of Mochidoki’s mochi ice cream. Mochi ice cream has always been a favorite of mine, usually I get it at Japanese restaurants or grocery stores in NY. It’s a small dumpling of ice cream wrapped in mochi (a dough made of pounded rice). What makes Mochidoki different is the flavor collections, and some even have chocolate chips inside! Normally, you see mochi ice cream flavors like green tea, red bean, strawberry, or mango. Mochidoki has a huge flavor selection, it’s very cool! I was able to try the Americana Collection, Exotic Collection, and Salted Caramel. All are very good. They have mail order and could make a great gift for the sweets fan in your life!


NYC Will Miss Robicelli’s!

Sunday 13th December 2015 - 1:16:26 PM

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News broke in October that on Christmas Eve, the beloved Bay Ridge Robicelli’s bakery storefront will close and they will go wholesale-only for NY. NYC will miss the shop! The good news is, the Robicelli’s won’t be gone altogether, they’re just moving to Baltimore. Robicelli’s products will still be available in NYC at locations including The Bean and Blue Apron Foods. They also supply babkas to Shelsky’s.

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I made it down to their shop last weekend and got one of these amazing Cinnamon Buns (and some brownies, blondies, and cupcakes of course)! I only wish I lived closer, so I could have gone there all the time!

Readers will know that I’m a huge Robicelli’s fan. I did illustrations for their cookbook (Buy a copy here!) and I had their incredible cake and cupcakes at my own wedding! Thanks for all of the delicious cake and memories, and I wish the Robicellis the best of luck on their move!


This Year’s KitKat Haul from Japan!

Monday 30th November 2015 - 10:25:17 AM

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As most of us know by now, KitKats of Japan come in an exciting variety of seasonal and regional flavors! On my recent visit to Japan, I picked up a bunch of exciting ones that were new to me. So, here’s the rundown:

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Junior’s Plain Cheesecake Slices for 65¢ on Nov. 3rd!

Sunday 25th October 2015 - 1:42:32 PM

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News flash from Junior’s! It will be their 65th anniversary soon, and to celebrate, on November 3rd they’ll be offering slices of their famous Original NY Plain Cheesecake slices at their Flatbush Ave. location for just 65 cents (normally priced at $6.95 per slice). *Take out only or dine-in with the purchase of an entrée. They also have a new Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake out this month, so check it out!

Junior’s Brooklyn, 386 Flatbush Avenue Extension, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Japan Appearances in November!

Thursday 22nd October 2015 - 7:57:51 PM

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I’m excited to announce my November events in Japan!

11/15 11AM-4PM I’ll be exhibiting at Tokyo International Manga Festival  -TOKYO BIG SIGHT 3-11-1 Ariake, Koutou-ku, Tokyo

11/18 at 7PM I’ll be doing a talk and signing at Kinokuniya Shinjuku South Store. Please RSVP on the facebook invite!

Yuuko Koyama and I also are holding an after-party 8PM at Café Lavandería -Koyosha Building 1F, 2-12-29, Shinjuku, Shinjuku -ku, Tokyo 160-0022

Hope to see you there!

I’ll be at NYCC on Thursday 10/8 with Prism Comics!

Thursday 1st October 2015 - 3:15:22 PM

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This just in! I’ll be signing books at New York Comic Con on Thursday 10/8 at the Prism Comics booth #1483. I‘m signing from 3PM-5PM. Come by and say hello! I’ll have Tough Love, Dolltopia, and Cool Japan Guide available for sale.

Things I forgot in my bag (but found and ate later)

Wednesday 30th September 2015 - 6:34:40 PM

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Here’s a fun little comic I doodled in my sketchbook. Totally true!

Edinburgh Highlights!

Monday 28th September 2015 - 12:22:10 PM

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I just had an extremely enjoyable August vacation to Edinburgh, Scotland and Dublin, Ireland! Of course, I managed to do plenty of dessert research while on the road as well. ^_^ I was very lucky to have Heather Parry (The Everyday Veggie blogger) as a hostess, so I had easy entry to all of the coolest places, not to mention her great vegan home cooking! Here are some of my Edinburgh highlights.

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