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New Mom’s Photos of Hospital Food in Japan Will Shock You — Parenting News

If anybody deserves a good meal, it's a person who just had a baby. Giving birth is an exhausting, incredibly difficult experience that in a just world would be followed immediately by congratulatory cake and ice cream. Unfortunately, many new parents are lucky to get a vending machine sandwich and a cup of water.

That's why one new mother in Japan was so shocked by the beautiful food her hospital served that she started posting photos of it online. Now the entire world wants to go have babies in Japan.

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Ikigai Is the Japanese Way of Life That Promises Happiness — A New Way to Live

The Danish term describing the concept of coziness — hygge — embodies a feeling of warmth, and it was the "it" phrase for the end of 2016. At the start of this year, hygge faced fierce competition from lagom, yet another Scandinavian buzzword. Now there's a new lifestyle concept from Japan: ikigai.

At it's core, ikigai is the exact opposite of hygge. While hygge promotes a slower-paced life emphasizing self-care and taking time out for yourself, ikigai is more motivating — it focuses on finding your purpose in life.

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Honey Teriyaki Chicken — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Coming of age in the High Mall Era meant the food court was the first stop before buying a new halter top or catching Freddie Prinze Jr.'s latest flick. Despite being a mall regular, I always debated between choosing the oversized pizza slice or sticky-sweet chicken teriyaki. Chicken teriyaki always won. Today, I rarely make it into a mall, but on days when my energy is low and the need to feed my family is high, the urge for chicken teriyaki takeout is strong.

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Recipe: Spicy California Roll Dip — Recipes from The Kitchn

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California rolls may be a sushi restaurant staple, but they're not really a make-ahead dish since the seaweed gets soggy quickly. It also takes some time to make enough rolls to feed a crowd. Turning it into a dip served with seaweed instead of crackers takes much less time, and people will love making their own sushi bites!

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How To Make Japanese Soy Sauce Eggs (Shoyu-zuke Tamago) — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

With Easter just behind us, we have eggs on the brain — specifically soy sauce (shoyu) eggs. These delicious, salty, umami-rich soft-cooked eggs are traditionally used as a garnish for ramen, served cut in half so their beautiful, just barely set yolks are revealed. They make all manner of things — including grain bowls and porridge — more delicious. They're pretty divine on their own, too, as a satisfying high-protein snack.

These Japanese eggs are easy. Here's how to make them any time your heart desires the perfect salty, savory, creamy egg.

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5 Things We Learned About Ramen from Tampopo — Great Food Movies

Ramen is now a familiar part of American cuisine. You might think of instant noodles, your favorite ramen joint, and even trendy takes on the Japanese noodle soup like ramen burgers. But back in 1985, the year of the now-cult film Tampopo's release, ramen hadn't yet hit the mainstream. In his four-star review of the film, Rogert Ebert lauds the film's "satire of Clint Eastwood's spaghetti Westerns" and depiction of the "search for the perfect noodle," but never once uses the term "ramen."

Tampopo may have been one of the first depictions of ramen in American pop culture, and we can't imagine a better first introduction.

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