Top 5 Buys from my Tokyo 2017 Trip (and Packing Tips)

In the past few weeks, I’ve had the chance to really road test everything that I brought back from my trip. For this post, I chose five of my favorite products: 1) a hairdryer by Panasonic, 2) Hand mixer by Muji, 3) Kanebo’s Suisai Beauty Clear Powder, 4) Coffee mugs by the Traveler’s Factory and Blue Bottle Coffee, and lastly, 5) assorted clothing items by Journal Standard.  I Towards the end of the post, I’ll answer the question probably burning on everyone’s mind (ha!)… how did I get it all home?

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English Recipe Translations Basic Bread for the Panasonic SD-BMS 105T Bread Maker

A few months ago, I wrote a review about my experience using the Panasonic SD-BMS 105T Bread Maker, and I am so surprised that it is one of the most read posts on this blog!  As you know, my main issue with the machine is that I couldn’t find the instruction manual in English. One helpful reader, Adam, found the pdf version from a similar machine released in Hong Kong, and thankfully it’s in English! The wording in the manual is a little grammatically incorrect and there is definitely some confusing word choice, but it’s enough for me to gain an even better understanding of the machine and the ingredients. I love this machine for its ease of use, and I thought I would provide some translations so more people can use and enjoy this bread maker.

In this post, I would like to share with you the basic bread recipe for white bread.  I make this the most often in my kitchen, and I just vary it by adding in dried fruits, such as raisins or cranberries, or nuts such as walnuts or flaked almonds or pumpkin seeds.


I had one fairly adventurous run with chocolate bread, but I only tried it once because I realized that I liked chocolate cake better 😀

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