Let’s talk about friendship, shall we?
Back in Ukraine, when I lived in the same city I went to college in, it seemed to me that relationships were something that just happened in life. Moving overseas at the age of 30 made me realized this was actually something that required work and time.
Of course, when I look at a snapshot of my life right before the move, I see many friends I had. Though it didn’t happen overnight, quite opposite — my circle of friends grew little by little. During 5 years of college when I lived in the dormitory, and 7 years at work, and through our running club, and everywhere in between. Whoa, that is a lot of time and places of interests!
Funny enough, in States my number one (and almost only) way to meet new people is… instagram!
You might be wondering, how any of this is related to Japanese cheesecake? Well, here’s a story 🙂
Last Christmas my friend Katey from Violet Fog (who I met through instagram) invited our now-mutual friend Nao (who is from Japan and who Katey met through — surprise! — instagram), my husband and I to spend the holiday at Katey’s parents. Since Nao currently lives in Portland, she at first flew in to San Francisco to spend a couple of days here.
A side note: you know it’s your person when you can sit without talking, doing your own things, and feel comfortable and connected. Or you have the same urge to go to a grocery store at night to treat yourself to an ice-cream. Or you both love watching random YouTube videos.
So one night Nao was staying at our place. I don’t remember why or how (wine involved!), we started watching videos about Japanese street food. Oh my, have you seen how they make Takoyaki or layered butter cake? It is absolutely mind blowing!
I had so much fun learning about new cuisine that night that it was only a matter of time for it to appear on the blog. Enter Japanese cheesecake 🙂