My Dream

and I quote:

I’ve got a dream, too, but it’s about singing and dancing and making people happy. That’s the kind of dream that gets better the more people you share it with.

Memorize this, please.

Huge thanks to Kermit the Frog.

One Man Band

Mike, this one is for you. Sorry I missed your gig this evening!

The sushi on the belt goes ’round and ’round

Most people go to a sushi bar and watch all the different kinds of sushi go by.

andyscearce brilliantly placed a camera on the sushi conveyor belt (回転寿し) and watched the people go by.

I am completely fascinated.

Thanks to clicked, who suggests it’s a music video waiting for the right music. Musicians, give it a try!

The Dream Jam Band

Los Angeles Kidzapalooza 2009 is not until June – ohhhh the agony of waiting! – which means all I can do for now is watch a video of highlights from Chicago Kidzapalooza 2008.

I had to watch the video three times, because halfway through the first time, I started humming along with the happy catchy music. Band name?

Ah, The Dream Jam Band! You know them, yes?

The soundtrack to the Kidzapalooza video is called Nicky Nicky Knock Knock, and it makes complete sense to me to wake up the whole family with this song every morning from now on.


Kidzapalooza Chicago will be at the beginning of August. Are you going?

Mini Mocha Cheesecakes

Of course you’ll skip the espresso when you make this with kids. Average happy kids naturally bounce all over the place already; there is no need to have caffeine-influenced bouncing.

Average adults, however, might need some help bouncing all over the place. For them, triple the espresso.


From sometimes-vegetarian always-entertaining Cheap Thrills.


Mini Mocha Cheesecakes

1) Cream together for 5 minutes with electric mixer: 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese at room temperature, 2/3 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 large eggs, 3-4 tablespoons espresso or very strong coffee.

2) Fold in 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate shavings. Set aside.

3) Line 12 muffin tins with paper baking cups.

4) Place a thin chocolate wafer or shortbread cookie in bottom of each cup.

5) Spoon cream cheese mixture evenly into the 12 cups.

6) Bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes.

7) Rest for 10 minutes, then chill.

8) Before serving, garnish each with a raspberry and 1 teaspoon semisweet chocolate shavings.

Obama Sushi

I used to horrify my co-workers by using brown rice whenever I made sushi. Eventually I was thoroughly embarrassed and I stopped making sushi. No, I can’t make fancy character o-bentos (kyaraben – new to you? google it!).

Clap clap clap to Chef  Kawazumi, who created Obama sushi.


Melanie just sent me that photo of Obama sushi (thank you!), I roared with giggles, and then I found tons of people who have already played around with politician-inspired food (did you get to eat one of the Obama cupcakes?). How did I miss this? I don’t remember previous politicians exciting chefs everywhere, do you?

The Obama sushi isn’t vegetarian, mind you, and I’m not aware yet of a vegetarian sushi chef who has attempted the same. I do suspect this will happen soon, though. I have hope.

If eggs are a part of your diet, try making the smiley faces.


The final platter looks like this.


Practice your Japanese by reading the sushi-making explanation in Japanese, or practice your English by reading the sushi-making explanation in English. (Koichi, who maintains Tofugu, has gallons of other entertaining stuff on that site, such as his language lesson vids. Snuffle around!)


I think I’ll just have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch tomorrow.

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