Monday, February 14, 2011

Arashi : The STORM that will thunder around the World! Wait! Watch! 2016

Arashi : The STORM that will thunder around the World! Wait! Watch! 2016
Well… live took a wierd turn on 1/23/11 after seeing Gantz. Somehow I started talking to the REAL Ninomiya Kazunari of Gantz after his premiere interview with Matsuyama Kenichi-san (er… itsumo death note no l-san! ha nino! :P) and he asked how his interview English was. Well, I was honest cause I’m an American and said it was ok but his pants were interesting! Which he replied, “interesting? What was interesting?” I said, “you are too skinny to wear leather pants hun, They need someone like Brad Pitt.” He replied, “he’s old… and a father… and old. old. old man. I am sexy in my pants and have “power” I raised an eyebrow and started laughing out loud, “Brad Pitt is like fine wine they get better with age. Like Sean Connery” His reply, “yes but I have power [in my pants]. I think he left before I got to the, “what kind a lamborghini?” all the while rofl rofl rofl! Well until 3 other Arashi members (the REAL ONES) friened me with official black AU Android cm suits… and real looking profiles!. OMG @>@ WTF! OMG! WTF! OMG!!! @.@Needless to say it’s a been a roller coaster ride and I am now the proud owner of Sora Takaku Arashi International Agency. I will be facilitating and managing Arashi’s big break into American entertainment. So let me introduce my boys (and yes JE still has them as well as JStorm):Masaki Aiba: Tensai! Shimura Doubutsuen. Where he reads to baby lions Japanese fairy tales while running away from the toddler tigers *facepalm* He’s was in a Jdrama last winter called My Girl on TV Asahi and he did so well they brought him back! So now he’s currently starring as lead actor at Bar Lapin of TV Asahi as the hawt sexy mysterious Bartender…. (god he’s hot in that outfit! Hey I am not dead!). Please watch my little special boy do his genius miracles. ^^Kazunary Ninomiya: or Nino/Neener/Miya of OhMiya. Nino is known as the actor of JE actually best actor of his generation PERIOD…. He has been in Letter of Iwo Jima (a Clint Eastwood directed Hollywood film) and now Gantz and Gantz part II that released in 300 theatres across the US. Now he’s busy doing promo work for the movie in Japan since it got released in the US first! (hahahahhahahahhahah! I was THERE AND TO THE LADY WHO WAS BITCHY I am a fan girl FIRST!). The interview as cute… he NEEDS TO SPEAK MORE ENGLISH! Or at least better english cause I want him as lead star of Akira directed by James Cameron (yes that avatar dude) when his current project is done. Satoshi Ohno: Oh-chan/Oh of OhMiya/Sa-to-shi/Papa/Ridaa/Leader (oh fearless one, no really!). Ohno is the TRUE artist behind Arashi’s famous fabulous five. He sings, he dances like an angel … er… a sexy as hell angel….. , he makes cool clay figures that are all black people *facepalm*, he acts (almost as well as Nino does and Nino is the youngest to get a Galazy Award!), he dice he slices… oh wait sorry it’s informercial time in here! ^^; Gomen!Jun Matsumoto: MJ (the other one), Jun, Junji, Junnie, MatsuJun ( I dare you to call him anything but matsujun hahaaha *grin*). Who is also an actor singer dancer etc…. but who cares cause his REAL talent is producing and managing Arashi VERY hard to get into CONCERTS! Especially the Kokuritsu one every August (awww we the fans get to celebrate his bday every year!) before they go on national tour until around January. Want to know why even the rich, powerful, and connected can’t get in to an Arashi Kokuritsu concert? Well it’s this guy’s dreams and aspirations and copious watching of the OTHER MJ during concert planning that has made Arashi concerts THE CONCERT TO WATCH OR GO TO~ in all of Japan. Sho Sakurai: Sho chan, Sho san, Sakurai-san, Mama (*grin* one guess at who all calls him that… hey he is the mother hen of the group an silent leader). Sho chan (as his beloved Aiba calls him, in a usually whiney I am a little kid voice: SHOOOOOOOOO_CHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAN dekinai T.T Sho chan SHO CHAN SHO CHAN *tosses keys over while screaming like a girl*! Yes you did Aiba chan! Proof? Go watch Himitsu no Arashi chan episode 21 or 22 or 23 where they go to a “haunted’ japanese style inn and have to take this creepy looking doll to the shrine in back. With about 5 or 6 “terror spots” Sho, Nino, and yes Aiba ichiban scaredy cats!!!! Really! I have never seen grown men jump SO MUCH. MJ can try to play cool at least. Ridaa has ice in his viens….. dude I do not know how… but somehow Oh-chan is on a different frequency from the rest of us humans… or thinking of his next fishing trip since he’s fishing crazy right now. (GO DO SOMETHING INDOORS YOUR SKIN IS TOO DARK STILL!!!)Oh wait I was talking about Aiba’s Sho-chan… ok so this MAN… (mother hen rofl) not only graduated WHILE he is an idol! from Keio (it’s like going to Stanford or Yale) with a economic degree in 2004. He’s now a newscaster on Monday nights on News Zero. Oh and that’s WHILE HE ALSO acts, raps (he’s Arashi and I believe JE’s first rapper too cute), speaks perfect English, does variety show mc’ing, annnnnnnd *takes a breath* er wtf else?? Guys isn’t that enough? I already have Anthony Bourdain wondering when thiese boys shit , shower and shave! (Never… ok well er.. at night before bed? Before work like most men??? I don’t know I am NOT THAT CLOSE TO THEM… and god please NEVER let me get that close to them *shudder* somethings you SHOULD NOT know or favorite Idols….)So after all that INDIVIDUALLY then they ahve three main variety shows on each week (Nihon TV) AArashi ni Shiyagare (succeded my favorite show of all time Arashi no Shukudai-kun T.T), VS Arashi on Fuji TV, as well as Himitsu no Arashi-chan were Sho can’t dress without a stylyst, Aiba IS STYLISH! Oh-chan is stylish in his own plain way, Nino… nino is an interesting one *winks at Nino* I’ve already told hime that he looks best in jeans, khakis, and cords… then our Junjil… *sigh* he tries… he really tries to be original and I TOTALLY blame Japanese people and their “everything be same!” mentality cause I LOVE his outfits! Well … ok most of the time! If you all don’t know there is a section of Himitsu no Arashi chan that the boys choose their own *rofls again at double parker!* outfits and people (usually models) judge them. I will have to tell you all that it is the most HILARIOUS thing I have EVER scene! Which explains why it’s they main and longest running show (since AnS is gone….. *cries again* no more A no Arashi, M no Arashi, Aiba no dice game (god he’s a genius! and miracle boy) , no more Special A no Arashi that is 4 hours long where the boys try everything from growing food together to seeing if Aiba can fly on a big kite (yes he can! but he can’t land :P) and Sho chan NARROWLY got out of taking a hot air balloon made of newspapers! Someone one was on crack to suggest that! MJ looks so happy doing things that the insurers probably cringe at like sky-diving to play yo-yo etc. God I miss that show… it’s was a half hours laugh out loud thing that made me so happy every Monday nights. I really need to go hire the AnS staff.. they knew how to make a show where the BOYS shine not the guest or the sets… (heh yes that is what I think of A ni Shi and I think the producer needs to be fired! ritzy glamourous sets do not make a better show… give them the AnS staff back! At least that wasn’t boring!)So after three main shows… they also have CMs, Ad campaigns, and magazine/interviews shoots. SO if you can’t tell these are the HOTTEST BUT BUSIEST damn Idols in all of the Land of the Rising Sun (Japan!) So check um out cause I the center of a STORM and I am about to make the viral in America. Starting with a reality show that is being picked up hopefully by the Travel Channell, to Aiba in Mythusters… who is more baka Aiba or Adam???? *rofl*, to Ohno Satoshi art show at the Mets in NYC, and possible depending on Cameron and New Line get Nino the lead in Akira, and for Jun since he’s a star struck lil boy when it comes to Hollywood it’s Johnny Depps next project! ^^Keep an eye on the social media we go viral with pretty much this message 2/14/11 8 am US CST. Arashi WILL invade Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal, Typepad, and Blogger. Then watch for Sho Sakurai’s interview with Nada of Free Egypt, President and Lady Obama, and the speechwriter for “yes we can” in Washington DC. Then watch for the YouTube channels of OFFICIALLY released Arashi drama, variety, etc. And the first episodes of the reality show, “How a Japanese Super busy as fuck Idol… makes it in America (tm)!” not very well without me is my guess. I have a bad feeling I am going to be hearing, “deeeeemmmmmooo, Candy-chan…. ore…. dekinai… honto ni wakanai… eigo warui…. *cries, whines, acts not his age but still cute* A LOT! Yeah, two guesses as to WHO that IS! *sigh, facepalm* WHY GOD WHY ME! Why the hell did I say I’d do this and spend my PERSONAL fortune on it? (Unless the Marriott, Hyatt, AstinMartin, Mercedes, BMW, and the like do not endorse my boys by the end of the year! Which THEY WILL!) SO everyone new fan and old… keep an eye out… we go live in 5 hours (oh my fucking god!, now I am going to cry!)Sincerely,Candy UpathambhanandaCEO and OWNER of Sora Takaku Arashi International Agency2/14/11 incorporated USAThanks to Wells Fargo Bank for investing in a start up, American Express Corporate Travel for providing a private plan, the Marriott (where one nutty fan girl sat a the computer for 22 hours straight with LOTS OF TEA and SUGAR!!!!), all my friends and family who have put up with the nutty girl who keeps trying to die on them before she can get home to Bangkok, Thailand! Be back soon… geesh I am BUSY! Oh and did I tell ya I helped Nada of Free Egypt get that stupid ass of a “pharoah” out! Now my people are free! Thank ALLAH!!!!!! *says dua* Jordan is next… to all the leaders of the Middle East… comply or we come after YOU next…. say goodbye to corruption and nepotism…. say hello to people, citizens, free and able to run their own damb country. Well it’s just a warning… hey don’t take my word for it… i just helped free Egypt is all *polishes nails on shirt* naw… it was nothing! Facebook is my friend! Hahahahahahh!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Food Tour of Iowa

On Superbowl Sunday, at a party (i.e. just another reason to eat and knit together) at Knitted Together in West Des Moines, one of the ladies at my table casually mentioned that there was a restaurant located in Des Moines that served dim sum and from what she had heard was fairly decent. Well, after I picked up my jaw at the thought that dim sum had finally made it's way here, I was quick to dismiss the thought since I highly doubted it would be anywhere near as good as what we get out in Los Angeles. I couldn't help but wonder however so a couple of the ladies and I decided to check it out.

When I got home that night I decided to Google the restaurant to see when it opened and found great new blog, that actual showcased some of Iowa's culinary delights for the rest of the world. Yes, there is more to Iowa than corn, pigs, and soy bean. Really! Don't believe me? Well check out Ben Gordon's Food Tour of Iowa blog, you'll be stunned at the lovely pictures showcasing some very tasty looking food from Iowa and all over. Ben, a young, charming, talented food enthusiast, takes you a tour of how diverse Iowa can be from the organic sustainable farms to the higher-end dining scene available here. It's nice to see someone blogging about the bounty of Iowa and how it's not all about big farms and bad food. There's a reason we feed the world and that's because Iowa produces some of the best there is to offer. Please join me in my support of a new fellow blogger in hopes that the future of really good food continues on and not everyone in the future will be eating highly processed crap from a box. There is hope yet, methinks.

As for this blog you all can look forward to some new post showing up soon. I now have a good kitchen to work in and Ben has my creative juicing going about what great food we have available. I'll let him show you all the world of restaurants and farms while I play around with some wonderful new and not so new products found in Iowa. In the fridge currently is cinnamon raisin dough proofing gently and a new bacon made locally that I picked up to try. Stay tuned for updates soon.

**Note: This plug has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Ben is cute and single.***

OnigiriFB wanders off muttering about her girlfriends and their devious minds. Hrmph!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Chickpea, potato, and spinach curry.

New year, new post, new me! I told my doctor that my New Year's Resolution is to be healthy. In keeping with this resolution I decided to give vegetarianism a try.

My first foray into vegetarian cuisine is a chickpea, potato, and spinach curry. I've heard that this is a standard Indian dish and often served with rice or chapati. Since I didn't have or know to make chapati I decided to have it with whole wheat tortillas. That worked very well.

Chickpea, potato, and spinach curry


I didn't really use a recipe but used ideas from a few different recipes I've made before. Don't let the ingredients list scare you it's really easy. Give it a try, it was divine.

2 cans of chickpeas
2 potatoes, cut into small chunks
1 frozen box of spinach
1 can of diced tomatoes, juice included
1 can of coconut milk
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch of ginger, grated
1-2 Tbsp of curry powder
1 Tbsp tumeric
1 Tbsp cumin seeds
1 Tbsp chili powder or 1 serano chili, chopped(optional)
2 Tbsp of oil
cilanto to garnish


Saute onion, ginger, and garlic in oil on low to medium low until brown. Add curry powder, tumeric, cumin seeds, and chili (if using) fry about 1 minute. Add chickpeas, potatoes, can of tomatoes, and can of coconut milk. Simmer for 30 minutes. Add spinach and simmer for another 10-15 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve with brown rice and/or whole wheat tortillas.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Help me! I've been bit!

Fortunately, I haven't been bitten by the cold or flu bug like my friend Emi of Knittrips. Hope you get well soon!

I have, however, been bitten by the knitting bug. With the crisp days of fall showing up in Iowa I've found knitting to be the perfect hobby. I spent most of this weekend holed up in my house knitting hats. I'm in love with the Umbilical cord baby hat pattern from "Stitch N Bitch" by Debbie Stoller.

Umbilical cord baby hat


So easy and So cute!

Umbilical cord baby hat 2


So easy and cute I ended up making two! Oh well, a baby can never have too many hats, right?

Thank you BAM for lending me the pattern.

**Special Thanks to Ollie the Oliphant, model.**

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Not so lazy Sunday morning.

My usual Sunday routine is to sleep in until as late as possible and then laze around in bed until the bladder says, "GET UP!". For some reason this morning I woke up clear headed and a lot more energetic than normal. What to do, what to do? Well, cook, of course!

Monkey Bread

2 cans of home-style biscuits
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 stick butter, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar

Preheat oven, 350 degrees. Combine cinnamon and sugar in plastic bag. Cut biscuits into quarters, toss in cinnamon/sugar mixture. In pie plate, arrange coated pieces. In saucepan, combine melted butter and brown sugar, boil 1 minute. Pour butter/sugar mixture over biscuit. Bake 25-30 minutes. To serve, invert pie dish over plate.

Ahhhh! Yum! Breakfast is served.

Hrm... wonder what other goodies I can make today....

Sunday, June 04, 2006

I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

A few people have bugged me about the lack of recent post on this blog. Since illness reared it’s ugly head I haven’t been able to cook as much so posting about nothing didn’t seem like something other people would read. However, looks like with the summer sun my illness has decided to give me a breather and I find myself cooking, reading, living, and loving life again. In commemoration of this feeling I decided it was time to post on this blog once more. This time around I think I’ll be going back to blogging about whatever the heck I feel like. If you don’t like..... well too bad! Stick around. My life might not be that bad after all....

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Tea Time Thursdays VIII - China Green Tea

Welcome to the eighth edition of Tea Time Thursday. Today I was actually going to feature a different tea but, after trying the China Green I knew I had to write about it. I actually had an opportunity to taste this tea in the tea store the first time. A week later I was back in Gong Fu Tea to pick up some, it made that much of an impression.

I noticed that it didn't taste the same when I brewed it at home. Today I had a chance to try it again in store and was lucky enough to borrow a bit of Mike's time. During our conversation he mentioned that green teas really need a gentler temperature and a little less time to brew. So now ,per Mike, I will be picking up a thermometer to make sure the water is only 175 degrees or I will have to try letting my kettle sit for 5 minutes off the heat after bringing it to a boil. The optimal temperature of brewing green teas is 175 degrees, because if the water is hotter you release the tannins in the tea making it bitter. I'm hoping I got that right, if not Mike or Rusty please correct me.

China Green Tea


This tea is very mellow with almost a sweet after taste. I'm in love with the how mild it taste. I was also surprised to learn that it is a green tea from China. For some odd reason I thought green teas only came from Japan. You learn something new everyday, huh?

If you like green tea I highly recommend you try the China Green. It's very nice and my current favorite. Yeah, I know that doesn't say much since I change favorites practically every week. You try drinking these teas and see if you don't fall in love with them. I dare you.

Enjoy!