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Sasasnippets Pink: Things Making Me Happy of Late

March 11, 2011 · 27 comments

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I wrote this yesterday, planning to post today before I heard about the earthquake in Japan. Not feeling so happy anymore – in fact, feeling pretty worried as I haven’t yet heard from my obaachan (grandmother), aunts and uncles. Please think good thoughts for them.

Update: Have heard from most of them and they are ok, thanks so much for all your kind comments, tweets, emails and DMs.

Spring, are you teasing, or is it really you?

It’s been such a long time since I could go outside without wearing the down coat I talked about in my last snippets that I bit the bullet when I saw the sun shining for two consecutive hours and went out in a trenchcoat. I didn’t freeze to death you guys, next stop, strawberries!

F is for feminist

I’ve never questioned whether or not I’m a feminist; I think working toward a world where women feel safe from violence and are paid equally for equal work benefits (nearly) all of us. There were lots of interesting articles floating about the web for International Women’s Day and I particularly enjoyed this one from The Observer.

On another note, I think I may have nearly exhausted my local library’s supply of English books – I take them out in piles of fifteen. The kind librarian asked me if there’s anything I’d like her to order and naturally I drew a blank just at that moment – video shop syndrome, you know – any suggestions?

More eating my vegetables

Wasting food gives me the major guilts but my second bout of stomach flu meant the contents of my vegetable crisper didn’t see the light of day until yesterday. Deb’s take on Julia Child’s spinach gratin did an admirable job of using things up as well as an impromptu crepe dinner (make crepes, fry mushrooms and wilt spinach, lay atop the crepe and crumble leftover sausage over, sprinkle with cheese, roll and heat until cheese melts if you’re inclined to try it at home).

I also revisited this roast fennel recipe from the archives (archives! I feel so seasoned!) and remembered again why I rhapsodised about it last time.

Future Fun

Looking forward to a visit to Milan this weekend and a month later, a flying visit to Berlin. I feel very spoilt though it’s all on a rather miniscule budget – I’m afraid no reviews of Michelin starred restaurants will be forthcoming so I hope you like pictures of pizza and sausages, it’ll be my first trip with my very own camera.

Just because…

I love dancing, I loved these pictures of people dancing around the world and because I love cute illustrations Irena’s hand-illustrated food blog makes me happy.

Also, Twig and Thistle is a beautiful design blog with free downloads, the latest being St. Patrick’s Day Coasters (you know you want to) and where I got that cute “apple of my eye” sticker in the photo up there – I stuck them on all the fruit for Valentine’s day.


Tasteless to bring it up perhaps (but I will anyway, heh) but I was rather thrilled to be interviewed by Radio Active, the Wellington radio station about Sasasunakku (MP3 here) and living in Austria as well as on Kiwiology, a site all about Kiwi blogs.

Google Recipe View

This probably only concerns the food bloggers among you but Google recently rolled out some changes to the way you can search for recipes; you can click on recipe view in the sidebar the way you can for say, images. This is useful for searchers but to be featured in the results you need to recode all your recipes. I haven’t done this and don’t plan to until someone develops a plug-in that makes the process easier than pulling teeth but if you want to, you can read more about it on Google’s webmaster pages.

What’s good in your world dearhearts?

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Alessandra March 11, 2011 at 9:20 am

I am just watching the news now, so scary! Where does your obaachan live?


Sasa March 11, 2011 at 9:25 am

In Sugamo in Tokyo and I have family in Sendai, Hokkaido and Chiba.

Suzy March 11, 2011 at 9:49 am

There are some good cheap eats in Berlin, a lot of them photograph well too!

shaz March 11, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Thinking good thoughts for you.

Millie March 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Thanks for posting this even though we’re again in the midst of worry, sadness, etc. All that pink brightened my mood a teensy bit and I love that chair and bag in the first photo.

Thinking the best for your family in Japan. Have heard from most of my people there, still thinking about everyone else. Hang in there. xox

H March 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Congrats on the interviews and yay for spring!

In saying that my thoughts are with you Sasa – I hope all your family is safe, well and not in the direct path of the tsunami or facing serious devastation from the earthquake.

Emily March 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm

So glad your dear ones are safe in Japan. So how do you know there won’t be Michelin restaurants on the agenda for Berlin ;-)? I’ll try to prepare something presentable for the photos, although not sausages. Berlin is cheap so the miniscule budget won’t be a problem. Book tips; Just Kids by Patti Smith, I’m nearly at the end of Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler which is really funny and I’ve promised to start the Confederacy of Dunces because it’s a friend’s favourite book. Congrats on the interview and get well soon!

Sasa March 12, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I forgot you had a star ;P Thanks for the recommendations.

Kimberley March 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I can’t even watch the videos, they upset me too much. Hope your family is OK and that you’re hanging in there.

Kocinera March 12, 2011 at 1:29 am

First of all, I’m so glad to hear that your family is safe! Secondly, I love that pink piggy bag soooo much. Thirdly, I can’t wait to hear all about your European trips! You’re gonna have so much fun! :D

sally March 12, 2011 at 5:43 am

Congrats on the radio interview and it’s good to hear your family is safe! Sounds like your flog is about to take off!
Next stop=cooking/travel show on TV.

Sasa March 18, 2011 at 11:49 am

That would be fun ^_^

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 12, 2011 at 9:29 am

Congratulations on the interview and on your upcoming travel plans. I’m sorry to hear that your family has been affected by the tragedy, my thoughts are with you. It’s such a horrifying situation.

Sasa March 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Thanks you guys, so relieved now and it felt good to have lots of people tell me they were thinking pink and blue thoughts even though the real work is just beginning.

addison March 12, 2011 at 9:18 pm

High Saya. Great interview! Hope you doing good. x

catty March 13, 2011 at 12:53 am

What a fun little blog post! I LOVED IT :) I’m so relieved to hear that all your loved ones are accounted for. it’s crazy what’s happening in the world these days and such a tragedy when lives are lost…

Hope you enjoy Milan and Berlin… skype me soon, I’m going crazy from cabin fever in Brisbane! xx

junkoco March 13, 2011 at 7:07 am

Glad to hear that your family is ok. Yokatta ne.

Alli March 13, 2011 at 7:45 am

Glad to hear the family are safe in Japan, it’s horrific and I just can’t bear to watch the news.
I love the little bag with a pig on it!
I used the walnut dressing finally today on a fig, Proscuito and goat cheese salad, very yummy.
I have just read The 100 foot journey which I enjoyed very much.
Take care and enjoy your travels

Su-Lin March 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm

So glad to hear your family are safe.

BTW, loving that bag in the first photo!

Jun March 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I understand what you went through since I live so close to the Aceh tsunami. The horrible news don’t stop just on the first day. I am so happy to hear that your family is safe.

SMITH BITES March 15, 2011 at 1:29 am

we were in Savannah when the news came on about Japan and then to realize that you have family members there, my stomach lurched. Sasa, i am so very sorry your family has been affected by this tragedy – it’s just horrific and i feel helpless . . . but i am also relieved to hear that your family is at least safe. congrats on your interview AND for the weather you’ve been able to enjoy. hugs, hugs, hugs

hungryandfrozen March 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Nothing wrong with self-promotion, if you don’t do it, no one else will right?

This earthquake is horrible and terrifying, every news update seems to bring more sad news…I’m so, so glad to hear you’ve made touch with people. I went from thinking “well I only know one person there” to suddenly realising with all these blogs that there were in fact a lot more people to feel concerned about…

That handbag is gorgeous! :) And go feminism :D

delaney @ heartbreakpie March 16, 2011 at 1:08 am

Hey Sasa, glad to hear your family are ok. It’s so horrific watching the devastation unfold on the news.

However, I love this post, adorable! Thanks again for the shoutout on kiwiology too. I linked that observer article too, thought it put a good perspective on things. And as for those apples stickers – well! I simply need them in my life!

And I love photos of pizza and sausages…! Looking forward to hearing about your adventures

Anna Johnston March 16, 2011 at 4:47 am

Really hope all your family are safe Sasa, the pictures on TV are horrific, just so awful. I think that bag would make me happy too ;)
Milan & Berlin!!!??? Lucky you girlfriend…. and just for the record – I don’t think I’ve ever seen sausages &/or pizza from either country…, so bring it on & hope you have an awesome time there.

Glenn March 16, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Hey Sasa-Hope all is well with your family. It’s been a nasty year and it’s only 3 months along. Haiti, New Zealand, and now Japan. I can’t fathom how people recover from it.

I’m so looking fwd. to your pizza and sausage shots- bring ‘em on!

hanushi March 17, 2011 at 8:56 am

Thanks for vising my blog and I must say you have a lovely blog here!! :)

Mairi @ Toast March 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Hi Sasa, so glad to hear everyone is OK. What is happening to the world??
Happy travels….look forward to hearing about Milan & Berlin.

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