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And once again, it looked like I dropped everything and dashed off on a whirlwind of activities.

To be honest though, I have no excuse to offer for the past 2 weeks of inactivity, but I do have an excuse for the inactivity before that. And the excuse is that -drumroll- I graduated! I am officially a University of Michigan alumni after 3 years of snow and occasionally some sunshine.

The ceremony was wild because President Obama, yes, that’s right, THE President of the US of A was the Commencement speaker. Regardless of mine, his, and your political views, it was a pretty darn exciting. I was only five rows of chairs away from him and my friend joked about how he could probably spit and sweat on us with a good wind.

And, speaking of wind, the weather that morning was terrible. My parents and friends had fought their way into the Michigan Football Stadium at around 6 in the morning and I had also been at the field at around 6 in the morning–all to get close-up seats. I think everyone thought it was worth it though. After all, how often do you get to see a sitting president up close?

After the graduation ceremony, my parents and I flew to NYC to visit my grandmother. And I think we can all agree that NYC=good food. I hadn’t had such good Chinese food for so long…so this post will be me going on and on about xiao long bao, or the Shanghai-nese soup bun at Joe’s Shanghai, a restaurant in Flushing, and some other random good food that my aunt took us to.

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Hi everyone!

Again, it seems like I was swept away by school. It’s been an incredibly crazy past month or so, and I really feel irresponsible when I can’t update as much as I can. I’ve gotten a job recently with the University, so I’m a full time student plus a staff member for the school!

But, because I’m a student, that also means we get…that’s right! Spring Break!

This break couldn’t have come at a better time since I’d been scrambling with papers due the entire week before. For Spring Break, my roommates and some friends of ours took a road trip to Toronto. It’s about a five hour drive from Ann Arbor and pretty much the opposite direction of Chicago. I think in terms of culture…well, in my opinion, there wasn’t much of a difference. Toronto, though, is probably about the food.

So our first stop was at Hachitarou (photo from Yelp by Jennifer K.)

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Belated indeed! I’ve been taking care of so many things ranging from school to kendo that I barely had any time to sleep, let alone post.

I meant to post this weeks ago because, if anybody remembered…食べ物 eXploZion was born at this time of year in 2009! I’m kind of surprised because I’ve been fairly consistent -cough- with updating this blog, and considering how much extra work this takes me…frankly, I’m very amazed.

For its birthday, 食べ物 eXploZion got a green tea chiffon cake. This is my first real cake. Ever. I was considering begging a friend to come and do a guest blog since pastries and desserts are his specialty, but he was busy being a good student that I didn’t want to corrupt him… Read the rest of this entry »

I spent my Xmas day in Chicago, and wow, it was a little creepy since the downtown area so almost entirely empty.

Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get a taste of Chicago’s famous deep-dish pizza, but my friend and I went to a fairly famous restaurant called Joy Yee’s in Chinatown.

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I’m currently in Chicago!! And, true to my foodie heart, I got excited with the food places that are available in the Windy City (which isn’t actually that windy…). I will be here until the morning of the 26th, and today was day 1!

Today, we visited Mitsuwa’s, a fairly large Japanese supermarket. It’s big enough to have its own food court and it actually reminded me of when I was in the Kyoto needle (across from Kyoto station) when we went downstairs and there were various types of vendors. At Mitsuwa’s there was a pottery place, a book place (perfect for getting my hands on those magazines that are otherwise sooo expensive!), and a sake place (but I’m underage…)

Santouka, apparently, is a very popular ramen shop within Mitsuwa. A friend from my club recommended it, and, wow, was I happy to be there!

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A lot of you might have realized that my food isn’t really fancy, and with my kitchen, a Thanksgiving dinner might really just consist of a pitiful roasted chicken drumstick or something of the sort.

So I thought I’d do y’all a favor by asking for a guest cook to come and spice up 食べ物 eXploZion for the Thanksgiving weekend!

And so…-drumroll- I present to you Sara Kosuth, who will be today’s (first!) guest blogger/super chef, as well as her mouthwatering Coconut Almond Tart, which is sure to amaze your guests and their taste buds.

Sara is the College Cooking section editor at Wolverine CuiZine, University of Michigan’s cooking blog. A current undergraduate student, she plans to attend culinary school after officially becoming a UM brainiac and to strike “fear into the hearts of Iron Chefs across the world.”

Although I’m not an Iron Chef, I think she struck something in my heart (or my stomach) as I tried to resist that tart that was sitting right in front of me in her kitchen…

But without further delay, I officially present Sara Kosuth and her method of making a fabulous Coconut Almond Tart.

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