Japanese Onigiri {VIDEO}

Japanese Onigiri (Rice Balls) with Kabocha Squash and Japanese Yam

Have you ever used the onigiri emoji? You know, this one 🍙

Being that emojis “picture letters” are a Japanese creation, using them is slightly culturally immersive. You’ve got the onigiri 🍙, the ramen 🍜 , the mochi/dango 🍡 , sushi 🍣 , shrimp tempura 🍤, oden 🍢, matcha 🍵 (I think that’s what that is), sake 🍶, senbei/rice cracker 🍘, bento box 🍱, donuts 🍩 (which are popular in Japan these days), and Japanese sweet potato 🍠!

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Kimchi Kale Salad + Favorite Podcasts

Massaged Kale Salad with Kimchi, Chickpeas, and Sweet Potatoes

Do you listen to podcasts? I’m a gigantic fan. I first got hooked while solo traveling around Thailand 4 years ago. They kept me company on long bus rides and late night jaunts around whatever town I happened to be in.

Now I can hardly take a shower without having a podcast on. They satisfy my hunger for knowledge and understanding. I’m intensely curious about how other people live their lives, about science, about business, and about the world at large. I love learning, and podcasts are especially appealing since I can engage in them while going about my regular life­­––as long as I don’t have to do something that requires a lot mental focus, like writing this blog post. FYI, I put a podcast on pause to write this.

Below are my 5 favorite podcasts that I think everyone should listen to.

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Grilled Matcha Mochi {VIDEO}

Grilled Mochi Daifuku  with MatchaWhen I return from traveling, my favorite thing to do is recreate the tastiest dishes I discovered on my trip. I remember when I returned from my exchange program in Costa Rica when I was a teenager. I convinced my mom to buy me a rice cooker, and I stocked up on pounds of black beans. My suitcase was full of Salsa Lizano (the famous Costa Rican condiment), and I insisted on eating Gallo Pinto (rice and beans) nearly everyday. And this was after spending a whole summer in Costa Rica!! Typical me. I discover a food, that food has some emotional connection to my travels, and I become obsessed with it.

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Everyday Buddha Bowl

Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl

Is it really Thursday?

Oh lawd! I’m trying to figure out where the time goes. It seems like just yesterday it was Monday, and I was eagerly beginning a new week. I was talking about how to stay motivated, and feeling extra motivated myself. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and all of a sudden, Thursday? I’m not complaining, I LOVE Thursdays. I’m just vexed.

It’s been a great week, I must say. The weather in New York has been perfection! It’s finally warm, the sun is shining, and I can finally show off my pedicure in the new vegan platforms I just bought. The pollen count is high, but the beauty of the green trees and flowers makes it okay. The chirping of birds (probably baby pigeons) and the sight of bugs (even flies) has given my week life!

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How to Stay Motivated + Consistent

How to stay motivated

Today I’m sharing a video about staying motivated when you’re working towards your goals. This video comes at a great time, because I just came from a business conference that really kicked my butt, and gave me the inspiration and jolt of motivation I was thirsty for. Watch the video for my step by step advice, and keep reading below for some more insight into my efforts to stay motivated, and how I am able to hold on to that often fleeting gift.

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