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A Dream Inspiration Trip

April 22nd, 2013

There are those times in your life when you find yourself in a creative lull. I was worried that having a baby would wash my brain of all creativity as I focused on cleaning up spit up and changing diapers. In fact, I’ve come to find that becoming a mother has sparked one of the most creative periods in my life…in our lives.

Today, we’re thrilled to unveil a very special project we’ve been working on with the lovely folks at UGG Australia (and their digital agency, 360i). We’ve been selected to be a part of a small group of individuals that make up this year’s Creative Council, a project-driven initiative from UGG Australia that encourages members to explore things that inspire them and share that inspiration with others. It didn’t take long for us to figure out the project we wanted to pitch…

An inspiration trip to Japan! We’re still working out the details, but the plan is to split most of our time between Tokyo and Kyoto. Of course we’ll be paying close attention to the food and music scene (we can’t wait to eat insane amounts of sushi and ramen). Upon our return, we’ll be working on a City Guide to share with you all, and will be using the trip as a jumping off point for developing some unique recipes for an upcoming Pairings Box.

We’re still pinching ourselves.

The folks at UGG Australia put together this fun little video about who and what inspires us, what we love about the Bay Area, and why we’re excited to work on this project.

If you’ve been to Japan and have recommendations for places we should visit (not to mention places we should eat at and musicians to check out), please leave them in the comments. We’ll also be pulling together a Pinterest board in preparation for our trip, and will be sharing photos on Instagram and Facebook.



This post is a collaboration with the Creative Council by UGG Australia.


  • http://twitter.com/gillbla Gill -Pigling- Bland

    Have you seen kaveyeats.com ? She went to Japan last year and talks about some great sounding places

  • http://londonbakes.blogspot.com Kathryn

    How exciting! Congratulations to both of you – I can’t wait to see how this project inspires you!

  • Kelsey

    How exciting for you both/all! I hope you just enjoy the heck out of that trip!

  • http://twitter.com/foodloves Shanna Mallon

    What! That is so cool! can’t wait to read all about it!

  • ellcoolj

    We were in Tokyo and Kyoto a couple of years ago and ate so well… The department stores in Tokyo have unbelievalbe food in the, that are nothing resembling our mall food courts. In Kyoto a lot of the really good places we ate had the name and menu only in Japanese, so we did not know where, nor what we were eating, except that it was really good. Have a blast!

  • Nicole

    Wow! Exciting news!

  • sarah kieffer

    so.cool. can’t wait to follow along! also, I have friends who lived there for awhile, so I’ll ask them for recs…

  • http://twitter.com/MyFoodThoughts Brian Samuels

    This is wonderful news! Congrats!

  • http://twitter.com/brooklynsupper Elizabeth Stark

    This is SO cool! Congratulations to you both!

  • http://kristinapp.tumblr.com Kristin Appenbrink

    How exciting! I’m sure you’re getting inspiration from Kate and Alden from their trip. I can’t wait to follow along with the photos!

  • http://brooklynatlas.com/ Diana @ Brooklyn Atlas

    Congratulations! This is so exciting, and I can’t wait your upcoming posts on Japan. BTW, if you make it out to Yokohama (an hour outside Tokyo), check out the ramen museum. The best little food museum on the planet.

  • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

    So exciting! Congrats – and I can’t wait to hear all about planning and of course the actual visit.

  • Sonja / A Couple Cooks

    Oh my goodness! How exciting is this – congratulations! I have been to Kyoto — I’ll put together some recommendations!

  • Renee

    Sounds incredible! Congrats!

  • Jeanine

    oh you’re going to love Japan! We spent 2 weeks between Tokyo & Kyoto, with day trips to both Nara and HIroshima… let me know if you need some recs.

  • http://twitter.com/emilyolson Emily Olson

    What an awesome opportunity. We just did that trip so we have a bunch of recs. I’ll send you a list!

  • http://www.yummysupper.blogspot.com/ erin @ yummysupper

    So exciting Kasey!

    I have always wanted to go to Japan. (We were actually planning to go at the end of our year of travel, but then the tsunami hit, and everything changed.) I cannot wait to see everything you guys discover.
    And I loved your video… fun to see your faces and hear more about TK:)
    E

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Hi Emily! Sweet! I shot you an email – really appreciate your recs! Your pics look beautiful!!

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thanks, Diana! I’ll add it to the list :)

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thank you! We’re really excited about it.

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thanks, Renee!

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Yes yes! Please send any recs. Thanks, Sonja! x

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thanks, Erin! Glad you liked the video! I kinda hate being on film hahah. I can’t wait for this adventure :)

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Oh yes, please do, Jeanine! I think I’ll love it, too :)

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Sounds incredible!! Thank you!

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thanks, Brian!

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Please do, thank you, Sarah! xo

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Yes! We still can’t believe it!

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    I just shot Kate an email – I’m sure she’ll have some fabulous recs.

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thanks, E! xo

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Nope! But will definitely check it out- thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thanks, Shanna!

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thanks, Kelsey! x

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thank you, friend!

  • http://www.brooklynfarmgirl.com/ Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    Have a great time, Japan is one of my dream destinations!

  • Brian

    So Jealous!