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Matcha Affogato Recipe

It’s a hot summer day. You’re staring at your ice cream. It sits naked in its bowl, looking like it’s missing… a little something. What that sultry sucker needs is to be drowned, in a bit of classic matcha tea. Hello, 21st century, meet my dessert needs—the matcha affogato.

Not only will it look great on your Instagram feed, but using matcha is a delicious way to dress up your ice cream without using sugary syrups or other crap. Alternatively, it’s a way to make your morning matcha a little bit extra.

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The Sunday Letter

Sunday Sundries | Volume 16

Puppies love ice cream. This is Dell. She gets a drive to the local coffee and tea shop in Sayward (coming up in the road trip chronicles!) for ice cream. Dell belongs to our friends Danielle and Gordo. They are just returning from a couple years abroad in South Korea. Gordo’s mother was babysitting the pups for Danielle and Gordo and says Dell’s favourite flavour of ice cream is black cherry.

I have a shop that is up and running! So far there are only two tote bags for purchase, but I’ve ordered some t-shirts with my designs, photos and tea puns on them. They should be available shortly. If you see something you like, please share it with your friends! I think I’ve set everything up correctly in the checkout, but let me know if you run into any problems!

There are a few more journalism-related links this week because so much of what I’m reading lately has to do with writing.

J-school is going well. I always find a smile sneaking up my face when I pick up my returned assignments and see all the red pen marks. Red pen means, “here are the ways you can be better”, and that’s thrilling. It usually makes the trek up from the basement to my third floor mailbox worth the effort.

This week’s reading:

– Where are you really from? Taiye Selasi asks you to look past your country, to examine your identity through locality.

– This Al Jazeera piece on Female Fixers. Every journalist who uses fixers abroad should read this, and be sure they always ask themselves the question: What happens after I leave?

– You might know the term ‘Shibboleth’ from that episode of the West Wing, but here’s a list of shibboleths that have historically been used to determine friend from foe.

– I know I’m guilty of at least a few of these journalism clichés in my own writing. Hopefully the first step to improvement is acknowledgement.

– Pointer is an online journalism resource. This week I enjoyed The Name of the Dog (always get the name of the dog); Getting it Right: A Passion for Accuracy; and this piece on writing endings.

– Sometimes I read about sexbots in Vanity Fair.

– You may know that Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birutė Galdikas are known for their work with chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans, respectively, BUT did you know that all three were encouraged by Kenyan anthropologist Louis Leakey who nicknamed them “The Trimates”? Galdikas writes about it in her own words in this New York Times article from 2007.

– Did you know Kevin Smith (creator of Clerks and Chasing Amy) is a devout catholic? I re-watched his 1999 movie, “Dogma” this weekend in a new light. I also re-lived my ’90s childhood. The hoodies!

– On a related Matt Damon note. I also saw The Martian in theatres on Friday night (Damon stars in both Dogma and The Martian). I recommend the book which has a lot more science notes, and even more tension (if that’s possible). I listened to The Martian audiobook with my boyfriend when we were driving back across the country this summer. It helped keep us awake for the wide swath of Canada between Alberta and Ontario.

Lucky Peach has great contemporary food writing. Disney Princesses Reimagined as Hot Dogs fills a delicious void I didn’t even know I had.

Destinations Japan

Kintaikyo Bridge in Iwakuni

Whoah! Two weeks since my last post. Time flies when you’re busy. July is my last month here in Japan, so things have been pretty crazy as I’ve been trying to fit everything in and commit it all to memory before leaving on the 30th. Right now I’m really looking forward to some exciting events, including: a beach trip to Tsunoshima, seeing the huge underground cave system of Akiyoshidai, and just spending a lot of time eating and talking with the friends I’ve made here before we all have to part ways at the end of the month. It’s been a truly awesome experience, and there’s still so much left! On the 25th I head to Tokyo, where I’ll spend my last six days. Even in that short timespan, there’s so many incredible things to do, see, and photograph. I’m probably the most excited to see the Studio Ghibli Museum. I’ve loved Ghibli movies since I was a kid and saw my first Ghibli movie (Kiki’s Delivery Service) at my grandparents’ house. They always had so many good movies for me. I remember watching Good Morning Vietnam there when I was 8 or 9; which became another lifelong favorite. 

Anyway, I’m sure it’ll be fantastic.

Back to now: this photo is of the many possible ice creams one can buy at one of the many possible ice cream stands near Kintaikyo bridge in Iwakuni. Really, you go over the bridge, and it’s like the people on the other side have never heard of any other food appealing to travellers, except for ice cream. There are at least four different ice cream shops within 20 feet of each other, each offering about twenty or more different, weird, flavours of ice cream. They all have walls like this of fake ice creams with the flavour names under them. I was feeling conservatively tasty and went with watermelon. My friend Henna was a bit more adventurous, and went with the nattou ice cream. Some other flavours included: wasabi, sweet potato, octopus, miso, coffee, garlic, plus all the traditional yummy stuff. Oddly though: very, very hard to find chocolate ice cream, especially on its own (not in a twist/mix). For my second round I went with Natsumikan (summer orange), which was also awesome and conservatively delicious.