Living in Tokyo, Japan – Part 3

Journal Entry – July 21st, 2010

Wow! A lot happened today but not really yesterday. It was dad’s first day of work yesterday so mom, Sophie, Taylor and I went out for lunch and dinner because we had not bought groceries yet.

Today we moved into our apartment. It feels good to finally be in our new home but it is crazy to think that we will be here for the next 2-3 years. Our fridge and cupboards are still empty.

Journal Entry – July 22nd, 2010

We had a really relaxing day at home and managed to go to 7-Eleven twice. I cannot wait to July 28th for Taylor’s birthday cause we are going to Tokyo Disneyland again! She gets to pick out a balloon and a present under 1,000 yen as a gift from me. Hopefully we leave early enough to get to Splash Mountain to get a fast pass before they run out. They are usually out by noon.

Photo Credit – RJ Hill

Journal Entry – July 25th, 2010

A lot has happened in 3 days! We went across the street to the Aloha Table and ate some pupus. We ordered nachos, fried chicken, onion rings and fries.

The next day we finally went grocery shopping. We grabbed a bit of food to get our pantry and fridge started. We bought bacon, sliced beef, chicken breasts, a few different types of noodle, marinara sauce, green onions, hash brown patties, bagged corn and peas and like 4-6 more things. We did not need much more at the time because the leasing company gave us a gift basket with some toilet paper, body wash, tissues and water, and the building gave us a welcome basket with crackers, cheese, pate, champagne, grapefruit juice, flowers and wipes.

Photo credit, RJ Hill, @rjhill_santokyo

The next day we all went to IKEA to get any remaining furniture needed for our apartment like bed frames, mattresses, bath towels, etc. After buying everything we needed, we took the JR train line home to go to the phone store to get Sophie and I a phone. There were so many people so we decided to try the next day. On the walk home we ate at a Japanese burger chain called Mos Burger.

The following day, we finally got our phones! I got a green phone and Sophie got a pink phone. They are called Jelly Beans!

Photo credit, RJ Hill, @rjhill_santokyo

After getting our new phones we decided to go to Harajuku and go to Shakey’s for the 3rd time since moving to Tokyo. We were sat at the same table as the first time, and ordered the same pepperoni and olive pizza.

There is a store next door that we have wanted to go to since we saw it the first time we went to Shakey’s but it was always closed. It is called Kiddy Land. They have 5 different floors! They had a Hello Kitty floor, a Disney floor, a LEGO floor, a Snoopy floor, and a Japanese cartoon floor. Dad bought a lot of things from the LEGO floor.

My favorite collectible that we found at Kiddy Land was Bearbricks! They have so many different characters, sizes, and best of all they have mystery boxes so you do not know what bear you are going to get. They have artists who have designed bears, Disney bears, bands, DC and Marvel bears, and so much more! Check some out on eBay here!

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Easy Cilantro Lime Coleslaw

This fresh and easy cilantro lime coleslaw is the perfect side dish or taco topping on a warm summer day! Have this coleslaw whipped up in 10 minutes or less!

Photo by Lauren Hill

Homemade Coleslaw Ingredients

Coleslaw Ingredients
  • Cabbage – There are two ways to make coleslaw with cabbage. I personally choose the shortcut method and used pre-cut, pre-bagged, coleslaw mix. If you so choose you can use green and purple cabbage heads and slice them thinly.
  • Carrots – Carrots add another flavor and crunch to the coleslaw.
  • Cilantro – Cilantro in this recipe is optional. If you are having this slaw with tacos, I would recommend cilantro to add a fresh flavor to the tacos. If you are having this slaw with BBQ, I would probably cut the cilantro out to make the flavor more mild.
  • Sour Cream and Mayonnaise – Most recipes that I have seen use only mayonnaise, but I like to add some sour cream for a little extra bite in the coleslaw.
  • Rice Vinegar and Lime Juice – Both the rice vinegar and lime juice add a bit of a bite to the coleslaw to make it pop!

Quick Instructions

  1. Prep all ingredients and toss them all together in a mixing bowl until well combined.

This is one of the easiest side dishes to make! Measure ingredients, add them to a mixing bowl, mix and enjoy!

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Ingredient Alternatives

  • For the base, you can use all mayonnaise if you do not want to mix in sour cream. Some recipes call for Greek yogurt to make the cilantro lime coleslaw healthier and have less fat.
  • Take out the cilantro if you want to eliminate the bite and make the coleslaw more diverse.
  • Add some sliced avocado for a creamier cilantro lime coleslaw.

What to Eat Cilantro Lime Coleslaw With

  • Tacos – The first recipe that I ate the coleslaw with was a blackened cod fish taco! It is perfect on a corn tortilla with fish, coleslaw, and and avocado crema.
  • BBQ – When I think BBQ, the first side dish I think of is coleslaw! Remove the cilantro or keep it in to serve with ribs or a pulled pork sandwich.
  • Fried Chicken – Fried chicken is a perfect main course to have with coleslaw on the side. Serve with some jalapeno cheddar cornbread and you are set!
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Storage of Coleslaw

I personally keep my coleslaw for 2-3 days in an air tight container in the refrigerator after making it.

Easy Cilantro Lime Coleslaw

The perfect coleslaw to pair with homemade tacos!
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups coleslaw (I used bagged slaw, but you can make your own with green and purple cabbage, and sliced carrots.)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro

Instructions
 

  • In a small to medium sized bowl, combine coleslaw, mayonnaise, sour cream, rice vinegar, lime juice and cilantro to a bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Refrigerate for roughly 1 hour before serving and enhance the flavors.
Keyword food, gluten free, recipes, side dish
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Living in Tokyo, Japan – Part 2

July 15th, 2010

Tokyo Disneyland here we come! We started our morning at Starbucks next to our hotel for some coffee, sandwiches and pastries.

Starbucks! Photo Credit, my dad, RJ Hill @rjhill_santokyo

We spent 2-3 hours trying to get to Tokyo Disneyland. After taking the subway too far, we had to go back to Shibuya to ask for directions on how to get there. We hopped on a train, got off of that one, got on another train, then got off and we were at Miahama station, aka, the Tokyo Disneyland station!

Miahama Station was the Tokyo Disneyland Station!

We walked through the gates of Tokyo Disneyland, and the fun commenced! The very first ride that we all went on was Gadget’s-Go-Coaster! I am not a huge fan of coasters so it was a bit scary to me. Next we decided to go on It’s a Small World. Nice and slow, just what I like! We also went on Peter Pan’s Flight, Dumbo, the Tea Cups, Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters Inc. Ride and Go Seek, Astro Blasters, Jungle Cruise and finally Splash Mountain.

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I was scared to ride Splash Mountain at first, but then I got excited when we were getting ready to board the log. There were two little drops that scared me but they were exciting at the same time. When it was time for the big drop, I screamed my head off. It was really fun!

Splash Mountain in Tokyo Disneyland

For lunch we ate at a cafe in Adventureland called China Voyager. My sister and I split a cold noodle bowl with pork and a sesame sauce. On the side there was an almond and orange gelatin. It tasted so good! After lunch we rode Pirates one more time, then went back to the hotel for some rest!

July 17th, 2010

Yesterday, we went to Tokyo Disneyland again. The first ride that we went on was Pirates of the Caribbean. Next we went on It’s a Small World. After that was the Haunted Mansion, the Tea Cups, Splash Mountain, Swiss Family Tree House, Snow White’s Scary Adventure and Chip and Dale’s Tree House.

Disneyland Tea Cups, photo credits RJ Hill, @rjhill_santokyo

For lunch we ate at the Tomorrowland Terrace. We ate burgers and fries for the first time since being in Japan and they really hit the spot!

On the way out of the park we stopped in some shops in the World Bazaar! There were so many items that I wanted to buy. I am a huge Disney fan so every piece of merchandise like on this eBay link I saw.

July 17th, 2010

Today I got to sleep in until 11:00 am! I was so happy that I was able to catch up on some sleep after long days at Disney. For breakfast I had two doughnuts. What a great day to start the day?! At about 2:00 pm we left to go to Harajuku! A new experience for us all!

When we got to Harajuku we stopped at so many shops. Some were fancy stores such as Bulvgari, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and Chanel, and some were small nick nack stores. For dinner we ate at Shakey’s pizza. We had a large pepperoni and olive pizza but we ate all of it! We ordered a second one and took the leftovers home.

Photo Credit – RJ Hill – Shakey’s Pizza

The pizza was so good! I bit into it and and was cheesy and oily from the pepperoni. It was even better because I haven’t had pizza in maybe a month. We took the JR train line back to Shibuya station, then walked back to our hotel.

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July 19th, 2010

Yesterday we did not go anywhere until about 2:30 pm. Once we left the hotel we were off to Disneyland again! Because it was the weekend, it was packed. The line for Splash Mountain was 150 minutes. 2 and a half hours! No way we are waiting that long! We went to see what the wait for Big Thunder Mountain and that was 1 and a half hours. Small World for a 15 minute wait it is!

Photo Credit – RJ Hill

After Tokyo Disneyland we went to Harajuku and ate at T.G.I. Friday’s! I had a bacon cheeseburger that was as big as my head! I only ate about half of it before I was full. When Sophie and I were waiting for our food we had to go to the bathroom. So we walk into the bathroom and walk into the first stall and the toilet lid lifted up and scared us! When Sophie was done the toilet flushed automatically. When I was done it did not flush! I told Sophie to go out and get mom to save the day. She went back to the table and told mom “mom, we are having some technical difficulties in the bathroom.” Mom comes in, pushes one button and it flushed. We laughed so hard!

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Gluten Free Blueberry Oatmeal Bake

This gluten free blueberry oatmeal bake is a great way to start your morning with breakfast, or end your day with dessert!

This bake is full of nutrients, antioxidants, and it fills you up! Oats and blueberries are packed with nutrients to make for a healthy snack, breakfast or dessert!

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I recently started eating oats more because I feel so good after eating them! I got tired of eating oatmeal day after day and wanted to find something new. This bake is super quick and easy, and is a great way to add oats to your diet.

Ingredients

Blueberry oatmeal bake ingredients and Winston in the back! Photo by Lauren Hill

Oats – are rich in antioxidants, helps with weight loss, are full of nutrients, and loaded with fiber. Oats and cinnamon make a perfect combination!

Blueberries – are also rich in antioxidants, help clear up skin, are full of nutrients. I prefer to use fresh blueberries when I bake, but frozen would work as well. Make sure they are fully thawed before using to ensure there is no ice to add moisture to the bake.

Coconut Milk – I prefer to stay away from dairy when I am making a dessert or pastry. It is an easy swap to make without tasting the difference, but it is slightly easier for people to digest.

Quick Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients into a bowl except for the blueberries
Combined ingredients, photo by Lauren Hill
  • Add in blueberries and pour mixture into a 9×9 baking pan as seen on eBay.
Blueberry oat bake ready for the oven! Photo by Lauren Hill
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Oatmeal Bake Options

  • If you are not a fan of blueberries, swap them for strawberries, bananas, and so much more! Combine fruits if you’d like.
  • You can use regular milk if you are not one to have dairy free milk on hand at all times.

Gluten Free Blueberry Oatmeal Bake

The perfect oatmeal bake for a warm, healthy breakfast.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter (half a stick)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup blueberries

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray non-stick cooking spray in a 9×9 baking pan.
  • Combine all ingredients minus the blueberries into a medium sized bowl.
  • Once the ingredients are combined, gently mix the blueberries into the mixture to avoid popping the blueberries.
  • Add the mixture to the pan and bake for roughly 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, stick a knife or toothpick in. It should come out clean.
  • Let cool for 5-10 minutes, serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Serve with a side of vanilla ice cream for the perfect dessert!
Keyword blueberries, breakfast, food, lifestyle, oatmeal, recipes

What to Serve With the Blueberry Oatmeal Bake

If you are eating this for breakfast, eat as it! If you are wanting to eat it as a dessert like you would an apple crisp or an apple pie, serve it with vanilla ice cream!

Top with some chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts to add a bit of crunch!

Storage of Leftovers

I personally split the bake into portions for me to take to work for breakfast. They were good for 4-5 days while refrigerating.

I heated the leftovers up for 30 seconds to 1 minute before devouring!

Other Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! Sometimes you just want a hashbrown, ham and casserole, Swedish pancakes, or a gluten free ham and cheese quiche!