Open Faced Shiitake Mushroom Toast

Guysssss. I feel that I have a new bright life blossoming now that I’ve become a temporary freelancer (potentially with AutoCAD!) and part time cafe barista and possibly, ramen-maker. The two past weeks of being unemployed have made me initially extremely emotionally insecure (1. Scared shitless of telling my mom/dad about my job loss, put phone on airplane mode because I’m so damn insecure /  2. Realized it was a waste to keep moping and hating individuals so I have to get my shit together with the teachings of invaluable book: “You Are a Badass.” / 3.  Study a bit of UX/UI design courses then apply for bootcamps and programs. / 4. Actively look for a food/cafe/freelancer part time job opportunity.

PRAISE. THE. FREAKING. LORD. I FINISHED MY 2 APPS AND GOT ALL 3 JOBS I WANTED: 1) Ramen cook for Ippudo / 2) Barista for Bluestone Lane / 3) Freelance designer for AutoCAD.

From here, I have to figure out my schedule to see which one(s) to keep. But, It’s been a huge relief to know that as soon as I was losing  my insanity and insecurity, I found relief (so far) in not having a 9-6 job of drawing lines and struggling with construction details that I spend hours scrolling in/out of that my coworkers/boss were displeased with. (Oh, bless those of you who do that! and PRAISE CONSTRUCTION-LITERATE PEOPLE) Although I’ll probably go back to that 9-6 standard shift in the future, it’s been a refreshing change to not be limited to those hours.

I’m so happy to tell you guys that even today at my Bluestone Lane group interview… after competing in legos with other team members, we had to work with recipe ideas. And, quite appropriately and coincidently? they asked for a toast recipe. Yes, which makes this toast recipe that much more perfect. I think it’s meant to be a keeper, and who knows? Maybe Bluestone will (hopefully) adapt this recipe.. By the way, feel free to use chives for more flavor OR basil for something refreshing, depending on your preference.

Open Faced Shiitake Mushroom Toast


Preparation Time
5 min.
Cooking Time
10 min.
Ready In
15 min.
Serving Size
  • 2 slices toast
  • brie cheese (as desired)
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 C shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/4 C chives or basil, chopped
  • furikake (to garnish)
  • grated parmesan cheese (to garnish)


Step 1.

Spread desired amount of brie cheese onto slices of toast. Broil the toast in oven for 2 minutes, flipping halfway, or toast in toaster.

Step 2.

Slice the fresh shiitake mushrooms and  lightly fry them on a pan with sesame oil for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from pan and top over toast with parmesan cheese.

Step 3.

Finely chop the chives or basil and top over the mushroom toast.

Step 4.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and furikake and serve immediately.