Airplane Food Diaries: Japan Airlines

When traveling abroad, one of the best experiences of going somewhere new is getting to try the food.  While airplane food may not be at the top of that list, it is a chance to try flavors you might not otherwise.  Usually, on a 5+ hour flight you have 4 options: 1) try to sleep; 2) bring your own non-perishable items; 3) take a chance on a random meal; or 4) starve.  While options #1 and 2 seem the most practical, they are usually pretty hard to accomplish, especially when the hot food carts roll by and the heavy aromas meet your nose.

Japan Airlines Meal

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Airplane food is, well, airplane food.  It can sometimes be overheated, weird, or just not what your taste buds prefer.  The meals during my Japan Airlines flights were… interesting.  For someone not used to Japanese flavors, the foods were unique.  The flavor palate was a combination of sweet, spicy, and sour.  I was truely excited to try the meals.  The packaging was so unique!

Japan Airlines Meal Compartments

I was a little surprised at how each item was compartmentalized.  My initial thought was on the level of detail that went into the presentation of the meal itself.  It was kind of fun to unpack each item!  Especially since I had no idea what I was uncovering.  😜

Japan Airlines Meal

Here is a peek at my meals on two Japan Airlines flights; lunch and dinner.  These are the meals they serve in regular class seating.  They include a rice chip snack, entree with various sides, baked good, drink, and ice cream.


Urth Caffe | Breakfast in Southern California

You can never go wrong with a Southern Californian breakfast.  A nice big cup of coffee, fresh eggs, fruit, and bread make for the perfect comfort meal.  Urth Caffe is a great place to indulge for breakfast.  The cafe offers a great variety of coffee, entrees, and baked goods.  Everything is fresh, made-to-order, and simple.

Urth Caffe Breakfast

The spinach and feta omelette is my favorite.  It is a three egg omelette with sautéed spinach, red onions, and imported feta cheese.  The dish is served with a spring salad and a side of bread.  A simple combination which compliments the omelettes very well.  When it comes to choosing a beverage, the coffee and tea options can be overwhelming.  There are hot, cold, and blended, caffeinated and non-caffeinated varieties.  Out of all of the delicious coffee options, my favorite has to be the honey vanilla latte.  The combination of vanilla and honey makes this choice just the right amount of sweet – no sugar needed.

Urth Caffe Coffee

Currently, the Urth Caffe has four locations throughout Southern California.  Each cafe’s architecture is unique.  I love the Pasadena locale for it’s laid-back ambiance and Spanish colonial design.  All locations offer outdoor seating, which is a must in Southern California, and great for people watching.

Orange pound cake

Here is a peek of some of the different items from the menu.  If you are ever in the area, make sure to check them out!


What to do with leftover taco meat? RECIPE: Breakfast Tacos Al Pastor

What’s a lazy Sunday if you don’t stay lounging around in your PJs all day.  So when trying to figure out what to make for breakfast why not use last nights leftovers? Here is a recipe idea for  what to do with your leftover taco meat.  For this recipe, I used al pastor taco meat, but you can substitute leftover beef, chicken, or veggies.


Breakfast taco recipe al pastor

Recipe: Breakfast Tacos

What you need

For the taco filling:

4 Eggs

2 Tablespoons Taco Meat

1 Teaspoon Sour Cream

Pinch of Salt

6 Tortillas

Taco Toppings – Salsa, Sour Cream, Cheese, or Guacamole

Scrambled eggs al pastor

How to prepare

For soft and creamy scrambled eggs:

  1. Whisk eggs until frothy
  2. Whisk in sour cream until broken into small pieces
  3. Mix in meat and salt
  4. Place a lightly buttered pan over low heat
  5. Add egg mixture and slightly simmer before stirring
  6. Occasionally stir eggs mixing the bottom cooked eggs with the uncooked eggs on top
  7. Continue to cook over low heat until done

For hot soft tortillas:

  1. Lightly butter a medium pan and place over high heat (careful not to burn the butter)
  2. Add two tortillas at a time flipping once they start to raise (about 7-10 seconds each side)
  3. Remove from heat and place to the side
  4. Repeat the process until all tortillas are done

Prepare Tacos and add TOPPINGS

Yields 6 Servings

Breakfast tacos



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4 Worthwhile Bars to Discover in Downtown Disney (Disney Springs) Orlando, Florida

When you think about Downtown Disney (aka Disney Springs), you probably don’t think about going there for the bars. If I was a local, that thought wouldn’t cross my mind either; but since I frequent Orlando for business, I love the convenience of it.  Yes, I would have to say it is mainly a tourist destination. Because of all of the restaurants, shops, and entertainment options, it is a great place for every traveler type: solo, groups, and families.

I mainly enjoy going for the people watching.  There is never a dull moment.  The following is a list of bars that are worth discovering if you are ever in the area.  Enjoy!


Attached to the rainforest cafe, the Lava Lounge is a perfect spot for winding down.  It is an outdoor lounge located on the lake offering a great location to view the sunset.  If you are lucky, you might even get to experience the volcano erupting or see the water Cadillacs go by.



While hosting live entertainment, the Raglan Road offers good drink and food options with both   indoor and outdoor seating available.  Make sure to check the entertainment schedule before you go, you may be able to catch the river dancers perform.

Paradiso 37


Paradiso 37 is great for people watching.  It is a Latin fusion restaurant with a lively atmosphere.  The restaurant hosts live music after 6pm and is a great spot for groups or even solo travelers.

Hangar Bar


Set in the 1940s, the Hangar Bar is an Indiana Jone’s themed bar which offers knick knacks and nostalgic decorations everywhere you look. The bar offers both outdoor and indoor seating options. If you opt for outside, depending on the hour, you may be able to enjoy the live entertainment that plays right next door.


Recipe: Strawberry Ghosts *BOO!*

Happy Sunday! Hope everyone had a good weekend. Halloween is just around the corner, and I don’t know about you, but it’s one of my favorite holidays.  If you are looking for Halloween themed recipe ideas, these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Ghosts are very cute and simple to do.  I got the idea from a recipe I found on Taste of Home.  To cut the prep time I used a ready-made white chocolate dipping cup and a cake gel tube to decorate. I will say that I didn’t realize the cake gel would not completely harden, so you have to be careful during prep.

Wishing you all a safe holiday. Let me know if you try this recipe out. 😊

Strawberry Ghosts


15 Large Strawberries (Medium Package)

1 Cup Baker’s Dipping, Premium White Chocolate (7 oz)

1 Wilton Gel Tube, Black (0.75 oz)


Step 1

Prep the strawberries. Wash and pat completely dry.  You want to remove as much moisture on the exterior as possible, as moisture will change the consistency of the melting chocolate when you are in the dipping process.

Prepare the dipping chocolate. Microwave the chocolate as per instructions.

Step 2

Dip the strawberries in chocolate.  I found the best way to do this was to hold the strawberries by the head and spoon the chocolate onto the strawberry to avoid adding excess moisture to the chocolate. You must work quickly during this step as the chocolate in the cup hardens fast.

Place on a non-stick plate. I found that by linning my plate with wax paper, the strawberries were easier to remove from the plate.

Refrigerate. Freeze for about 5 minutes to make the decorating step easier.

Step 3

Decorate! Place the strawberries on your serving plate and decorate.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Strawberry Ghosts

Happy Halloween!

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