Nara, Japan ♡

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As some of you may know, my grandma is from a city called Nara, Japan. During our visit to Japan we spent Christmas and New Years with my obaachan (grandma) in Nara.

I am posting this a year later (I don’t know why it took me a whole year to post this). I am not sure if anyone will see this post but I like looking back at my blog to see what I did and have done. It is a nice travel diary. I should start posting more 🙂

Fun Fact: Nara is the oldest city in Japan.

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Another Fun Fact: Nara is also known for their famous deer park.

The deer are really calm, they bow to you, they let them pet you and you can feed them little snacks that you can purchase there.

It’s always fun to go to the Deer Park also known as Nara koen (koen means park in Japanese). I have been going to this park all my life.

Please see old photos of me at Nara Koen below:

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Me and my ojiichan (grandpa in Japanese) when I was around 1 or 2 years old.

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My outfit was very interesting! haha I am not sure what was going on there

 

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Me freaking out about the deer with my aunt.

 

白骨温泉 (Shirahone Onsen)

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My obaachan (grandma) took us to an onsen town called  Shirahone Onsen which is in the mountains in Japan so there was lots of snow. (Onsen means hot springs in Japanese).

It was such a new experience for me, to be in an onsen outdoor in the middle of the mountains while it was snowing. To have shared this weekend with my family and my grandmother was so wonderful.

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The hotel we stayed at was so beautiful, I took a photo of these lights because I thought they were cool hahaIMG_5265

In hotels in Japan it is common for them to give you this yukata attire.

 

We later visited a town near Shirahone Onsen:

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わかやま (Wakayama)

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We went to a town called Wakayama, in Wakayama there is an umeboshi factory (pickled plum) which is my favorite thing in the world so my family brought us to Wakayama. Where we visited a Japanese temple and the umeboshi factory.

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This is my aunt (we also ate amazing ramen)

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Then we went to the umeboshi factory.IMG_5577IMG_5384

Later we went to eat kaiten zushi (which is sushi with the rotator belt)

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New Years (The Year of the Dog)

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In 2018, it was the year of the Dog ( funny enough the year that I was born was also the year of the dog and my grandfather who passed away was also born during the year of the dog).

In Japan during the first day of the year we go to the Jinja (temple) to pray for good things for the year to come.

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At the very bottom of the temple there was a huge fire place!

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Later that night we made sukiyaki which is an amazing Japanese hot pot dish.

Other Photos in Japan:

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My cousin used to work at an okonomiyaki shop so we went to visit him there.

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He made us these amazing Okonomiyakis.

 

My brother and I went to Universal Studios Osaka, we usually try to go every time we are in Japan. We always have the best time. I didn’t take too many photos but here a few:

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またね日本♡

(See you Japan)

With so much love,

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Japanese Cake Recipe ♡

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My blog Cultura Giusta turned One January 9th!! So I thought I would share a family cake recipe with everyone to celebrate… wooo yum yum

 

This is a traditional family recipe from my mom’s side so I guess you can say it is a little Japanese influenced. This cake is very light and not too sugary! It is delicious!!!

So keep reading if you would like the recipe!

Things you will need-

Eggs (4)

Flour (100g)

Sugar (120g) & (3 tbsp)

Vanilla Extract (1 tbsp)

Milk (1 tbsp)

Raspberry Jam (Around 3 tbsp)

Heavy Whipped Cream (8 oz)

First Step- Crack four eggs into a bowl, mix with 1/3  out of the 120g of sugar (do this three times until the sugar is finished). Mix until the eggs and sugar turns thick and into a  light yellow/almost white color.

Second Step- Pour 1tbsp of vanilla extract into the bowl.

Third Step- Pour flour into the same bowl using a sifter. Then mix with a silicone head spatula until all the flour is mixed in!

Fourth Step- pour into two pans round pans evenly. Set Oven 375 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 10-15 minutes until the middle of the cake is dry.

Fifth Step- While you are waiting for the sponge of the cake to bake you can start preparing the whipped cream. Pour 8 oz of whipped cream in a bowl and 3 tbsp of sugar. Mix until the heavy whipped cream become fluffy and turns into whipped cream.

Sixth Step- Next when the Sponge of cake is ready take them out of them pan and spread whipped cream all over one of the sponges then in between spread the raspberry jam inside. We usually do not measure this part but we estimated it to be around 3tbsp… You can add however much you’d like!

Seventh Step- Stack the two sponge cakes together and whipped cream all over using a silicon head spatula! Sprinkle some fruits this time I decided to add blueberries only but you can also put strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, whatever you’d like!!

TA-DA and the cake is ready! Enjoy!

 

With so much love,

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My day in NYC ♡

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I arrived to NYC last night and have had a wonderful day in the big apple so far.

IMG_1285I finally got to go to the Butcher’s Daughter! A juice bar/ cafe that I have been wanting to go to for a while now…..mmm doesn’t the food look amazing?!

The Butcher’s Daughter is strictly vegetarian and non dairy.

Most of their items are vegan and gluten free!

IMG_1281My brother and I enjoying the delicious juices from the Butcher’s Daughter. I got the waterflower juice and my brother Andre got the yellow juice.

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We later went to Dominque Ansel Bakery where I indulged in a frozen smore!

(yes that is marshmallow on my mouth,

I actually did not realize that until now HAHA)

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The frozen marshmallow is a roasted marshmallow with ICE CREAM INSIDE!!!

AHHHHHHHH. This was the bomb.

I love you I love you I love you New York.

with so much love,

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Firenze, Italia ♡

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I have been to Florence a few times due to my brother living in Florence for a year but I never got to visit during the summer! This place was packed with tourists but I was happy to be able to enjoy this beautiful city again.

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This is called the duomo of Firenze! Isn’t the architecture so beautiful?!

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This is Ponte Vecchio which is a medieval stone it was said to be built in the roman times. This a very historical bridge in Italy.

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We had lunch at a new place called Centro Mercato, this place is like Italy is Eataly they had many little restaurants inside that sold traditional food. Everything was delicious!!

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Look how delicious these pastries look! yummmy yum yum

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This is what we had for lunch! Hands down the best mozzarella I have had in my life.

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We stayed at a family friends B&B in a city called Fiesole which is about 10 minutes away from Florence by bus. The little buildings in this picture is the city of Florence!

I had a great time, can’t wait to go back!

with so much love,

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Amorino ♡

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The cutest gelato shop opened on Newbury St. which is a street near where I live in Boston. I noticed that they served their gelato shaped like a rose… So  it obviously caught my attention!!

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 As a last farewell hangout my roommates & I decided to go before we all left to go home for summer break. We all got the picollo cone, which is the gelato with the rose. Amorino sells are their cone gelatos in a rose shape. We got to choose up to three flavors.

mmmmm it was soo good and satisfying to eat such delicious gelato shaped like a rose! For some reason I felt it tasted even better when it was shaped like a rose haha

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 They even sold macarons with gelato  which I didn’t get to try but I will definitely be going back in the fall to try it out.

Amorino states that they only use organic eggs, fresh milk,  and selected fruits with no artificial colors or flavors.

If you are in the Boston area or in New York, France, Italy you should definitely check Amorino out!! Here is their website for more information- http://www.amorino.com/en/

Let me know how you like it!

with so much love,

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Max Brenner ♡

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A group of friends and I made a reservation at Max Brenner last night to celebrate the end of the year. I have heard  many great things about Max Brenner so I was very excited to give it a try.

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My boyfriend and I ordered the fondue for two. Look how delicious it looks!!

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(Taking silly selfies with our fondue forks)

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My friend Sammy ordered the Banana Split waffle!

Everything that I tried here was absolutely delicious. I was literally in chocolate heaven.  Max Brenner is the modern day Charlie in the Chocolate Factory.

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We had such a great time, Thank you Max Brenner.

If you ever get the chance to go to Max Brenner definitely go!!

with so much love,

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Cotton Candy @ The Berklee Caf ♡

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Its opening game day for the Red Sox today!!! So the Berklee Caf decided to celebrate with cotton candy, hot dogs, pretzels, and  literally any type  of food that they would sell at a baseball game.

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It made studying seem 10x more fun than it actually was.

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Thanks Berklee Caf for brighting up my day today

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are you guys rooting for the Red Sox tonight?!?

I know I am !!

with so much love,

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