Common Japanese Dessert Items

Several Japanese food dishes are familiar to most people, such as sushi and sashimi, ramen noodles or tempura-fried foods. However, Japanese desserts can be a bit more daunting. Knowing a few common Japanese dessert items before going to a  Japanese restaurant will help decide what to order.

  1. Ice Cream and Mochi Ice Cream: Japanese desserts often entail a small dish of ice cream in flavors such as vanilla, mango or green tea. Mochi ice cream wraps a scoop of ice cream in sweet rice dough, similar to a dumpling.
  2. Coffee Jelly: Found in a lot of Japanese coffee shops, coffee jelly is a gelatin dessert with a strong coffee flavor. Coffee jelly is significantly stronger than Japanese coffee.
  3. Wagashi: Encompassing a large array of desserts, wagashi is a traditional dessert form that utilizes artistic styling to create. There is namagashi, which is a seasonal cake; manju, which is a steamed sweet bun; and monaka, which is an azuki bean mixture sandwiched between sticky rice wafers.
  4. Anko: Anko is made from sweet bean paste. The paste is wrapped up in one of a number of wrappers, including rice cakes, rolls or mini pancakes.

With a few common Japanese dessert items in mind, deciphering the menu options at your local Japanese restaurant will be less challenging

How to Install Paving Stones Yourself

A patio or walkway made from pavers can be an attractive and practical addition to your home. Paving your own patio or walkway is not an easy job. It requires a lot of planning and preparation. However, if you follow these steps, you can create your own paved patio or walkway.

  1. Measure the area you plan to pave. You need to do this to know how many stones you should buy. After measuring, marking the area off with stakes will allow you to continue preparation. Be sure to use a carpenter’s square to make sure the area is squared off properly.
  2. Installing the paver stones requires the area to be excavated to around six inches deep. After digging the area up, you should rake it to make sure it is smooth and level.
  3. After digging, install edging around the perimeter. Edging is commonly made from wood, plastic or aluminum.
  4. Cover the area with about three inches of crushed stone or gravel. Spread the gravel evenly on the bottom. Tamp the gravel firmly with a plate compactor to make sure it has settled.
  5. Pour 3 inches of sand over the gravel. Wet it with a little water and tamp the sand.
  6. Install the pavers. Tap them into place using a rubber mallet. Check the levelness often to ensure that you have a smooth surface.
  7. Sweep sand across the surface to fill in any cracks left during the installation.