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CUTIE FOOD IN MING PAO CHINESE NEWSPAPER! SCOTTISH FOLD CAT & LA CARMINA, JAPANESE BENTO BOX DECORATION NEWSPAPER ARTICLE, CUTE YUMMY TIME COOKBOOK.


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Ai-yah! The Ming Pao, a leading Chinese-language newspaper, did a super cute feature on Cutie Food. The article includes two of my recipes from my cookbook Cute Yummy Time (brown rice penguin onigiri and panda tofu soba). My round-faced cat Basil Farrow makes an appearance too!

Below is a scan (click to enlarge) and translation. Funny: they translated my name, La Carmina, as 田中裕美 (Yumi Tanaka) — I wonder why! And Basil is called a 摺 耳 貓 (jip yee mao) — fold-eared cat! Cute Yummy Time is now available for pre-order here and will be found in all major bookstores after October 6.

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Local primary students are limited to eating sandwiches and pizza in the cafeteria, so they might as well take a box lunch to school. Don’t think this is an old school thing to do. In Japan, bento culture is not just about the food, but the picture. Hello Kitty, Snoopy, and other Japanese anime characters can all be made into a cute bento box lunch. This trend has spread to Vancouver, and local people are making their own bentos. There’s even a recipe book — Cute Yummy Time can encourage your mom to express her creativity. It’s written by author La Carmina.

Our lovely bento teacher who doesn’t want to be a lawyer
Local lady La Carmina graduated from Yale Law School but didn’t want to be a lawyer because she loves to design and write. Lately, she is focusing on making cute bento boxes, in addition to freelance writing and blogging. She loved cute culture since she was young, and has been designing cute bentos for the past two years. Carmina designs them in different character styles, but they all look cute and use healthy ingredients. Her new book, Cute Yummy Time, introduces 70 cute food recipes that she made herself. You can buy it in all major bookstores on October 6th, or online through her blog, http://www.lacarmina.com/blog

Photo caption: Blogger La Carmina loves cute culture. Her cat is a rare breed (Scottish Fold). Do you think he’s cute?

The recipes for the panda tofu soba noodles and penguin rice balls are found in my book Cute Yummy Time.

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59 Comments

  1. Dark Angel Rafael
    Posted September 16, 2009 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    That's awesome! I love what you do. You're so talented. ^_^

  2. Sarah
    Posted September 16, 2009 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Great job!

  3. lacarmina
    Posted September 16, 2009 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Thanks hon! <3

  4. Count3D
    Posted September 16, 2009 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    That article's layout is awesome! Congrats on the review, Carmen.

  5. Mary Ellen
    Posted September 16, 2009 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Congrats – and I love that you were in The New Yorker! Fame! Honor! The upper crust calling you adorable! I'm so proud! :-D

  6. Dark Angel Rafael
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    That’s awesome! I love what you do. You’re so talented. ^_^

  7. Sarah
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    Great job!

  8. Moon Maiden 90
    Posted September 16, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Yumi Tanaka?!?…
    haha I luv how they never forget about Basil Farrow!

  9. Xxinside_out_banana-cream
    Posted September 16, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    luvs it
    lolz u can use it da name for a ransom!
    I, Yumi Tanaka, threaten u. no one will get hurt as long as u buy mii Cute Yummy Time book!XD

  10. Stephanie
    Posted September 16, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    This is sooooooooo cool! How did you get your book published and everything. I have been thinking bout the same thang.

  11. lacarmina
    Posted September 16, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Thanks!

  12. lacarmina
    Posted September 16, 2009 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    How can anyone forget about Basil Farrow?! :P

  13. lacarmina
    Posted September 16, 2009 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    I'll add it to my list of fake names!

  14. lacarmina
    Posted September 16, 2009 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    I've been at it for a lonnggg time… this is my 3rd book, and I have the help of my agent, who approaches publishers…

    I encourage you to look up book proposals and query letters. Send them to small, indie publishers to start. Good luck!

  15. Count3D
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    That article’s layout is awesome! Congrats on the review, Carmen.

  16. Mary Ellen
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    Congrats – and I love that you were in The New Yorker! Fame! Honor! The upper crust calling you adorable! I’m so proud! :-D

  17. Moon Maiden 90
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    Yumi Tanaka?!?…
    haha I luv how they never forget about Basil Farrow!

  18. Xxinside_out_banana-cream
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    luvs it
    lolz u can use it da name for a ransom!
    I, Yumi Tanaka, threaten u. no one will get hurt as long as u buy mii Cute Yummy Time book!XD

  19. Stephanie
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    This is sooooooooo cool! How did you get your book published and everything. I have been thinking bout the same thang.

    • lacarmina
      Posted September 17, 2009 at 3:35 am | Permalink

      I’ve been at it for a lonnggg time… this is my 3rd book, and I have the help of my agent, who approaches publishers…

      I encourage you to look up book proposals and query letters. Send them to small, indie publishers to start. Good luck!

  20. yukiro
    Posted September 16, 2009 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    great work!

    soon you'll be world wide famous ;D

  21. Anonymous
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    great work!

    soon you’ll be world wide famous ;D

  22. Emma
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 2:00 am | Permalink

    This might be a totally weird question, but where did you meet all your awesome alternative friends??? I wish I had somebody like that to share my interests with, instead of always being odd one out with all the indie rock kids of Sweden. Going to goth clubs ALONE seems intimidating too. Any advice? Sorry about the ODD question! xD

    – And congrats about all the publicity! Cute food is truly amazing, I certainly wouldn't mind eating panda tofu or penguin onigiri… ^3^ I love how the Chinese translate… I think Mike Tyson translates to something like “quiet forest” because the pronounciation sounds the same – but I just read that somewhere, I know nothing about Chinese!

  23. Emma
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    This might be a totally weird question, but where did you meet all your awesome alternative friends??? I wish I had somebody like that to share my interests with, instead of always being odd one out with all the indie rock kids of Sweden. Going to goth clubs ALONE seems intimidating too. Any advice? Sorry about the ODD question! xD

    – And congrats about all the publicity! Cute food is truly amazing, I certainly wouldn’t mind eating panda tofu or penguin onigiri… ^3^ I love how the Chinese translate… I think Mike Tyson translates to something like “quiet forest” because the pronounciation sounds the same – but I just read that somewhere, I know nothing about Chinese!

    • lacarmina
      Posted September 17, 2009 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

      Hmmm… I guess I WOULD go to clubs alone! XD

      I met a lot of fantastic people through my site. I think people get a sense of my interests and personality, and that makes it easier to make the initial connection (which is really all it takes).

      Before 2007 (pre-blog years), I met a lot of people through clubs, or mutual friends… social networks made it easier to suss out whether you had things in common.

      I know this is a cliche, but I found that one’s own state of mind and attitude made the biggest difference. I wasn’t as secure in my self a few years ago, so I didn’t attract the best people to me. Now I feel I’m in a good place and things are rolling! ;)

      • lacarmina
        Posted September 17, 2009 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

        In fact, this could make a nice reader question. What do you think? Want to flesh out the question and comment or email me, and I can answer it in depth?

  24. Alice
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    AAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWW!`

  25. Chauni
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Congrats on the book being published!!!! I was looking at the pictures and it looks really cool! I think I may have to get myself a copy of it

  26. Deborah
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Will this be available to buy in the UK?

  27. Stillprince
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    I've started to like cute/gorgeous things and have strange affinities and obsessions with doll-like things…. THANK YOU!

  28. Nakayoshia
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    omg yay!!!!!

    I'm going to have to rummage through my mum's mass piles of newspapers to find if she has that one :p

  29. lacarmina
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    hahah it was yesterday's paper, D1. Front page!

  30. lacarmina
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Oh dear, the obsession begins… :P

  31. lacarmina
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    You bet. They'll be sold worldwide.

  32. lacarmina
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Hmmm… I guess I WOULD go to clubs alone! XD

    I met a lot of fantastic people through my site. I think people get a sense of my interests and personality, and that makes it easier to make the initial connection (which is really all it takes).

    Before 2007 (pre-blog years), I met a lot of people through clubs, or mutual friends… social networks made it easier to suss out whether you had things in common.

    I know this is a cliche, but I found that one's own state of mind and attitude made the biggest difference. I wasn't as secure in my self a few years ago, so I didn't attract the best people to me. Now I feel I'm in a good place and things are rolling! ;)

  33. Alice
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    AAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWW!`

  34. Chauni
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on the book being published!!!! I was looking at the pictures and it looks really cool! I think I may have to get myself a copy of it

  35. Deborah
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Will this be available to buy in the UK?

  36. Stillprince
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    I’ve started to like cute/gorgeous things and have strange affinities and obsessions with doll-like things…. THANK YOU!

  37. Naka
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    omg yay!!!!!

    I’m going to have to rummage through my mum’s mass piles of newspapers to find if she has that one :p

    • lacarmina
      Posted September 17, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

      hahah it was yesterday’s paper, D1. Front page!

  38. lacarmina
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    In fact, this could make a nice reader question. What do you think? Want to flesh out the question and comment or email me, and I can answer it in depth?

  39. Alice
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    AAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWW!`

  40. Chauni
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on the book being published!!!! I was looking at the pictures and it looks really cool! I think I may have to get myself a copy of it

  41. Deborah
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Will this be available to buy in the UK?

  42. Stillprince
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    I've started to like cute/gorgeous things and have strange affinities and obsessions with doll-like things…. THANK YOU!

  43. Nakayoshia
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    omg yay!!!!!

    I'm going to have to rummage through my mum's mass piles of newspapers to find if she has that one :p

  44. lacarmina
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    hahah it was yesterday's paper, D1. Front page!

  45. lacarmina
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Oh dear, the obsession begins… :P

  46. lacarmina
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    You bet. They'll be sold worldwide.

  47. lacarmina
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm… I guess I WOULD go to clubs alone! XD

    I met a lot of fantastic people through my site. I think people get a sense of my interests and personality, and that makes it easier to make the initial connection (which is really all it takes).

    Before 2007 (pre-blog years), I met a lot of people through clubs, or mutual friends… social networks made it easier to suss out whether you had things in common.

    I know this is a cliche, but I found that one's own state of mind and attitude made the biggest difference. I wasn't as secure in my self a few years ago, so I didn't attract the best people to me. Now I feel I'm in a good place and things are rolling! ;)

  48. lacarmina
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    In fact, this could make a nice reader question. What do you think? Want to flesh out the question and comment or email me, and I can answer it in depth?

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