I went to my first Michelin starred restaurant on Tuesday!

It was Kajitsu, a vegetarian restaurant that serves shojin cuisine.

Hana

I ordered the Hana courses, and it began with a green tea rice porridge in this elaborately wrapped box.

rice porrige

Since the menu changes monthly, the green tea rice porridge represented May, a time for harvesting tea and planting rice.

Several courses followed, each with unfamiliar and exciting flavors.

jelly
One course had sassafras jelly with pepper on top.

soup

Another had a tiny slice of some unknown vegetable (that exploded with flavor) neatly placed on top of the daikon in the soup.

Everything was very delicious.

For dessert, there was a mochi with just the right amount of sweetness in the filling.

mochi

I’ve had a lot of bean fillings, and none of them were this good.

candy

At the very end, the chef prepared a cup of matcha tea for us along with some candy.

The chef meticulously brushed the cups and rotated the cups three times in his hand before handing it to us, just like a tea ceremony. I felt tingly all over when I drank the matcha.

Since the matcha was a little bitter, I was advised to nibble on the candy while sipping the tea. While all made of sugar, each piece of the candy had surprisingly different texture. I loved them!

The overall dinner was an extraordinary experience. I liked the food, the atmosphere, and the ceremonious presentation of the food. It definitely met my expectation of a Michelin starred restaurant!

Italian Ice

I had the best Italian ice today!

Before, I’d thought Italian ice was this icy syrupy mess that was either too sweet or bland. Ben’s Pizza totally changed my mind! I went there with some coworkers today, and had this really great watermelon Italian ice. I think it even had real watermelon chunks!

It was very flavorful, and the flavor was very well mixed!

So good!

Mom, Harry, and I went manatee watching in Florida last weekend.

on a boat

We took a small boat out to brakish waters.

manatee footprints

Initially we saw manatee footprints, rings of still water created by manatee movement.

Then, we spotted the manatees, with their nose sticking out of the water.

nose goes

dolphin

We also saw a dolphin that came up to play beside the boat.

It was so close that we could almost pet it!

This was a pretty fun trip.

I read about an up-and-coming 3D printer named M-One today.

M-One

It’s a DLP printer, (using a DLP projector to cure resin).

I’ve never heard of DLP for 3D printing before. It’s a process very similar to SLA, except it cures a layer at a time, instead of a single point. It would offer considerable speed advantage without much resolution loss. So neat!

In my quest to learn a little bit more about this 3D printing process, I stumbled upon a great site, THRE3D.

THRE3D

 

They have a very comprehensive list of all sorts of different 3D printing processes.

Check it out!