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The Most Important Bite of the Year

The Most Important Bite of the Year

A little bit obsessive. A little bit ritualistic. A little time honored family tradition is what my New Year’s boils down to, literally. Waiting 364 days to gulp down a soup very few people on this earth know how to make. The traditions of my […]

Comfort Just Around the Corner

Comfort Just Around the Corner

When you grow up in Hawaii and move away, we’re given what I like to call a sixth sense that let’s us identify any other Hawaii local no matter where we are in the world. And if you end up talking story with that person, […]

Homey Hideout: Hana Cafe Nappa69

Homey Hideout: Hana Cafe Nappa69

Hana Cafe nappa69 | Shinmaruko, Kawasaki, Japan | Photo by Jun Kawamura Earlier,  I may have said that the grungy alley of Omoide Yokocho is my favorite place in all of Japan…but then again, there’s  different kind of coziness that exists on the outskirts of […]

A Yogi Diary: Comfort food with Emily Charlotte

A Yogi Diary: Comfort food with Emily Charlotte

We all know that friends come and friends go. But what about the friends that stay? What about the friends you meet for the first time but feel like you’ve known forever? In the past, I’ve featured people who I’ve known either my entire life […]

Swirl, Swish, Dip, & Dunk: Your Type-A Guide to Shabu Shabu

Swirl, Swish, Dip, & Dunk: Your Type-A Guide to Shabu Shabu

So, I think having scrape the frost off my car every morning for the past week calls for a seriously rewarding, piping hot dinner like shabu shabu… Don’t know it? The word shabu shabu is a Japanese onomatopoeia meaning “swish swish” describing the light swishing sound of the meat […]

Oden, The Unassuming Soul Food of Japan

Oden, The Unassuming Soul Food of Japan

If you recall from my last piece about surviving in Tokyo, I gravitate towards foods and experiences rather unusual for a young woman. Rather than bottomless mimosas and puffy pancakes at a brunch spot exploding with lace doilies, I prefer a late night, ice cold […]

Tokyo Living: Surviving in the Metropolis

Tokyo Living: Surviving in the Metropolis

Long time no see Cozy followers! Apologies for my recent and abrupt absence this month. While I’ve been busy juggling a real life with Cozy life, I never like to disappoint. Which is why, during an international business trip to my favorite city, I went […]

French Comfort Food Steeped in Tradition (and Wine)

French Comfort Food Steeped in Tradition (and Wine)

Before departing for Paris I knew little to nothing about France or French culture other than my only totally one hundred percent accurate and reliable reference called Hollywood…But I was lucky enough to have a chat with a few local Parisians, old friends and new, […]

Memoirs of a Skinny Filipino Kid

Memoirs of a Skinny Filipino Kid

Here we are again Cozy readers, another month and another comfort food diary. But this isn’t just any comfort food diary. This diary is near and dear to my heart (and tummy) because it comes from the man who taught me many things, including my […]

Eating My Way Through Montmartre

Eating My Way Through Montmartre

It’s quite amazing, before I began writing and exploring food and cozy experiences, my concept of “cozy” was perhaps one dimensional and strongly correlated with physical sensations and climate. But the more I travel, the more I learn that cozy can in fact be more […]