Cold Brew Time 

The days are getting longer, and unfortunately, hotter. For me, one of the best things about summer is cold brew coffee. To that end, you can’t go wrong with this Hario Mizudashi Cold Brew Iced Coffee Pot. One liter of delicious, cold coffee overnight. Also, please visit the Hario website to learn more about the various methods for making cold brew coffee. 

While I’m here, I’d also recommend Ammonite Coffee Market and Onibus Coffee in Tokyo. In my home state of Oklahoma, please try DoubleShot Coffee in Tulsa, or Elemental Coffee in Oklahoma City. Each of these places have some freshly roasted beans that would be perfect for cold brew. Personally, I prefer a chocolatey Colombian coffee, but you do you. 


It’s rainy season, and here in Tokyo, that means hydrangeas. They are just now starting to peak out, but I found this stunning blue one while running errands today.



Great episode

The most recent episode of The Talk Show, with guests Manton Reece and Brent Simmons, made me excited for the future in a way I haven’t experienced since Google was making new products like Reader, Gmail, and Notebook. Although the discussion about JSON Feed was very interesting, I was most excited to hear about Mr. Reece’s project and Mr. Simmons’ Evergreen feed reader.

Since the beginning of the year, I have taken some time away from both Twitter and Facebook, and I’ve been looking for an alternative tool for publishing shorter blog posts. I have recently dipped my toe into the mastodon pool, but I’m really on the fence about its future, for a variety of reasons. Maybe a paid platform could be just the thing needed to move beyond Twitter.

I guess we’ll see. In the meantime, I will be waiting for my invitation email to register at


After waiting literally years, trying to find the perfect Japanese shaved ice, I finally tried one at Korogi on the University of Tokyo campus.

I’m not sure what else to say about it, other than it was huge . . . and delicious.


In addition to the shaved ice, there is kinako (i.e., roasted soy flour), red beans, and cream on top. On the inside is another pocket of cream and red bean paste. There is also a small container of kuromitsu (similar to molasses) that you can drizzle on there.

It is a recipe for something awesome.