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Etsy Item of the Day: Cozy Polar Bear Ornament

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As if this polar bear ornament wasn’t adorable enough in the first place, he’s also wearing a sweater to up the cuteness factor. Each handmade polar bear is personalized with an initial embroidered on his sweater, and there are several lovely sweater colour options to choose from. This ursine decoration would be a sweet addition to anyone’s Christmas tree.
Cozy Polar Bear Ornament

Etsy Seller: Ordinary Mommy

Raymond Around the World: Japan

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Raymond has been quite the little traveller during his downtime this year. We’ve already told you about his adventures in Ventura, Portland, Orlando, and San Francisco, but he also travelled to places outside of the United States. Any guesses on where he went?

Japan!

When I told Raymond that I was going to Tokyo, Japan to visit a friend from university, he begged me to let him tag along. And how could I say no to his sweet reindeer face? Japan is one of my favourite countries, so I was excited for Raymond to experience it, too.

Raymond taking in Tokyo from our balcony in SetagayaRaymond taking in Tokyo from our balcony in Setagaya

If you’ve been reading about Raymond’s escapades and if you know me at all, you know that we both love to experience new and different foods, especially when travelling. For me, trying out local cuisine is one of the best parts of travelling! Finding vegetarian dishes in Japan can be a little tricky, but we definitely found plenty to make our bellies happy :)

One Japanese dish I love is miso soup, and I was delighted with this giant, hot bowl that I had at Misogen. Full of okra, mushrooms, greens, and tofu skin, this soup really hit the spot for lunch. The steamed rice served with umeboshi [pickled plum] was an excellent accompaniment.

About to chow down at MisogenAbout to chow down at Misogen

When we decided that we wanted to try a new food, monjayaki, we headed over to Monja Street in Tsukishima where there are literally dozens of monjayaki restaurants to choose from. Monjayaki is pan-fried batter filled with chopped veggies and/or meat. It’s sort of a runnier version of one of my absolute favourite Japanese dishes, okonomiyaki [savoury pancake]. For both of these, you usually cook the food on a grill right at your table. However, with monjayaki, you eat it directly off the grill using a wee spatula.

nrt3Raymond and our natto monjayaki

Where else in the world do you think Raymond went this year? Stayed tuned to find out! :)

Etsy Item of the Day: Candy Cane & Gingerbread Man Earrings

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When I was searching for a pair of candy cane earrings and came across these earrings, I was tickled pink! The candy cane by itself is a fun classic, but I just love the addition of the gingerbread man who looks like he decided to hitch a ride on the earring. Not only are these earrings cute, but they are also handmade with polymer clay.
Candy Cane & Gingerbread Man Earrings

Etsy Seller: Dainty Geekery

Raymond Around the World: San Francisco

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In the early summer, I went to San Francisco, California for a conference, and Raymond was thrilled when I asked him to tag along on my trip. While there I was pretty busy with the conference, but we did manage to fit in some sightseeing.

The weather was quite lovely during our visit, so during a free afternoon, Raymond and I went on a long walk to soak in the sunshine and the breeze. We enjoyed wandering about, but we did have a destination in mind: Ghirardelli Square. Raymond and I both LOVE chocolate, so we knew we had to go there :)

Raymond outside Ghirardelli SquareSunshine & chocolate—this was an excellent day

As soon as we walked in the door at the Ghirardelli shop, an employee handed us a piece of chocolate. Now that’s customer service ;) Since that wasn’t enough chocolate for us, Raymond and I shared a homemade chocolate-dipped waffle cone filled with Ghirardelli chocolate ice cream. In a word: YUM! It was absolutely decadent and delicious. Raymond gave it four hooves up.

Raymond and a Ghirardelli ice cream coneA perfectly decadent and delicious treat

After enjoying our ice cream, Raymond and I ambled down a pier where we gazed out at the sea and had our hair and fur tousled by the occasionally wild breeze from the Bay.

Raymond enjoying the Bay breezeEnjoying the breeze from the Bay

While we were relaxing on the pier, I pointed to an island out in the Bay and informed Raymond that it was Alcatraz Island, which is where folks who were permanently on the Naughty List used to go.

Raymond looking out at AlcatrazRaymond looking out at Alcatraz

As the sun started to set, Raymond and I decided to make our way over to Fisherman’s Wharf. Raymond and I are both vegetarians, so we weren’t interested in buying or eating any seafood, but we still wanted to look around. This was an excellent decision because while walking around, our noses came across the fantastic smell of sourdough from Boudin Bakery. As we strolled back to the hotel, we shared an amazingly fresh sourdough roll. It was a tasty finish to our nice afternoon.

Raymond at Fisherman's WharfNo fish, please, but we’ll take some sourdough!
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