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Memorial Weekend Escape – Old Lyme and Mystic

A weekend day trip out of New York City can be hectic, but when you are less ambitious and just play by ear, it can be relaxing. The only planning is to rent a car and set a limit of how far you want to go. Getting together with like minded couple of people is key. So our group of four decided to take a day trip to the town of Old Lyme and Mystic in Connecticut on the Memorial weekend Saturday.


Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme is a lovely small museum that is the home of American Impressionism. In the 1890s, a women named Florence Griswold decided to operate a boarding house and it just happened that one of her visitors was Henry Ward Ranger, a New York artist in search of establishing an art colony like what he discovered in Europe. What followed was his friends and fellow artists like Childe Hassam, Willard Metcalf…etc. Many of the paintings were inspired by the house, its garden and the Lieutenance River that runs pass the property. Today, the museum has a new building with a rotating exhibition and a gift shop. We happen to catch the current exhibition of “…isms: Unlocking Art’s Mysteries” and enjoyed it quite a bit.

After the museum, we drove in to S & P Oyster Company for some lunch. We ordered  lobster tacos and lobster rolls to help celebrate the local annual Lobster Fest. The lobsters were nice but the highlight is to sit by the water and watch the Mystic river and the old drawbridge. After lunch, we walked around the main street a bit and dropped in some of the vintage shops and souvenir shops. For us, this quick escape outside of Manhattan was perfect!

My Attempt at Yakitori

Inspired by the delicious dinner at Aburiya Kinnosuke, I decided to try my own. Not having the proper yakitori grill, I substituted it with just a panini pan that can be used to grill things.

The plan was to make a few chicken tsukune (ground chicken meat ball), grilled mushrooms, asparagus and a cold udon which is a popular dish in the summer. All the recipes came from internet searches.

The result: grilled skewers on cold noodle plate, a dipping sauce for the noodles on the side. It was fairly easy and quite delicious. Recipes at the bottom of the post.

The dipping sauce: Tare

Tsukune (Chicken meatballs)

For 2 servings


  • Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1/3 lb. ground chicken and cook, stirring frequently, until chicken is opaque about 2 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and let cool.
  • Combine cooked chicken, remaining 1 1/3 lb. chicken, scallions, miso, and 2 Tbsp. oil in a large bowl. Knead with your hands until a homogenized, sticky mixture forms, about 5 minutes. Clean hands; lightly coat with oil to prevent meat mixture from sticking. Divide mixture into 16 equal portions. Roll each into a ball, then form each ball into a 4″-long cylinder. Press meat gently to flatten slightly.
  • Use medium heat (a grill is better, but in this case, I used a panini pan), lay out the skewers, turning every minute, for 4 minutes. Brush with tare sauce and continue cooking, turning once, for 2 minutes. Brush again with tare and grill, turning once, until cooked through, about 2 minutes longer. Serve immediately.

Tare (Soy Basting Sauce)

Makes 1/2 cup


  • 1/2 cup low-salt chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine)
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 3/4 teaspoon (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1 1-inch-piece peeled ginger (1/4 ounce), sliced

  • Place a fine-mesh sieve over a small bowl. Bring all ingredients to a boil in a small heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced to a generous 1/2 cup, about 20 minutes. Strain sauce, discarding solids in sieve. Let cool. The sauce can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.

You will see how easy it is to make this and this can be a simple party food.

Yakitori Dinner at Aburiya Kinnosuke

One of my favorite Yakitori restaurant is Aburiya Kinnosuke. They are the sister restaurant of Yakitori Totto. After the Deco Japan exhibition, we walked over to Aburiya to have dinner. We sat by the bar and were mesmerized by the chef’s precise sashimi cutting techniques. Here are some highlights of the food we had…

Avocado and sweet corn tempura. The tempura was light and crunchy with sea salt and fresh ground peppers adding to the flavor. I love this dish and will try to see how to make in the future!

Tsukune (Grilled ground chicken with teriyaki sauce) This one is on a asparagus stick. Dipping the chicken meatball with a semi-cooked egg adds richness to the grilled meat.

Miso cod grilled

Unagi (Eel) Kamameshi rice. So tasty.

Everything was so yummy and the service was impeccable. I think I will try to make some of the food myself. Stay tuned…



Studio Lunch . Prosciutto with Mozzarella Tartine

Happy Mother’s Day! It’s a bright and sunny sunday, the temperature slowly crept up 79F. So I thought a Prosciutto and Mozzarella tartine with some ice cold ice cold lemonade would be perfect for lunch.

Today is my lucky day and I got some ramps from the store. A simple saute with some salt and pepper and olive oil is just perfect for ramps. It’s sweet, fresh and fragrant.

A simple tartine with Prosciutto, Mozzarella, crunchy radish, sun dried tomatoes, pesto, fresh basil, sea salt and pepper. The key is good crusty country bread.

Here’s a Mother’s Day special lemonade: mix with blood orange juice to get the peachy, coral color.

Good food comes from great ingredients, simple combinations for me.

Life is just peachy!



New Rings

It’s always exciting to get the castings back! I recently worked some wax models and casted these rings in sterling silver and brass. After the sanding it many times with different grads of sand paper, they came to a warm, satiny finish. Looks pretty good and feels pretty comfortable when wearing!

These rings are inspired by bow ties. A simple design with many different angles and curves. I had lots of fun carving the was model. When you stack them up, they look more interesting.

The inside of this slice ring is round, the outside is the soft organic shape. It’s really smooth and I just can’t help playing with it. It’s nice stacking up with the different edges lined up or not. I am thinking of expanding this to other kind of jewelry.