Archive for the ‘Foods’ Category

Coffee Pudding Drink

Posted: February 8, 2011 in drinks

Tecan couldnt help but buy this drink.

I told him it was a bad idea.

But…..apparently, like so many other people here (including me)….he couldn’t resist the temptation.

Every week there is some new product out….and every week tons of products go away forever….The items are rotated constantly, obviously playing on our inability to resist every horrible sounding combination and concept……

Thus: Coffee Pudding Shake.

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Come on….wouldn’t you buy it too??? Aren’t you curious???

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80% of the time….these products are just as awful as they sound or at least…..just…..too odd to form a real opinion. I guess that’s why they only last a few weeks…..just long enough for everyone to buy it once and decide to never ever buy it again.

I mean….LOOK AT IT!!!

and it tasted just like it looks and sounds. make coffee pudding….and blend it loosely with milk so that clumps still survive…and there you have it….

I wonder how many people are on the panels to come up with this stuff….I would love to listen in on their brain storming sessions.

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When you go ramen restaurants, often the utensils and condiments are available on the counter for you to grab at your own will. it’s one of the features that make eating ramen quick for salarymen on the go, and of course speady service means customers come and go quicker which is important for the normal ramen eatery.

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See, space is limited, and ramen places are usually very small. The food prep area and bar or tables are usually in the same room. In fact, usually the seating area is bar-styled and wraps around the food prep area so that when they finish your ramen all they have to do is set it down over the bar. this eliminates the need to leave the kitchen area or use a trey. Time savers!

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So anyhow, the condiments are usually all laid out there on the bar or table for you to grab yourself. often even the water is done this way. There will be pitchers of water laid out within reach of each diner. you refil your own glass.

Lately Ive noticed several ramen restaurants have a thick charcoal block in their water pitchers. I believe it is supposed to purify the water as well as make it taste better and make it healthier.

All water tastes like crap to me though, so i couldnt tell a difference…
(i have not studied up on this well….please let me know what you find if you do research it)
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Here are some pages i found interesting.:

http://www.quantumbalancing.com/charcoal_water.htm
http://blog.qnet.net/2011/01/why-is-carbon-so-essential-for-water-purifiers/
(pics are my own-links are just stuff i found on the net)

Nearly Raw Horse

Posted: December 3, 2010 in Foods

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BLAHHHHHH I thought it was just very slightly cooked beef….. It looks like beef right?

Well it wasn’t. it was horse.

And it was either raw or close to it.
I think they just evaporated the blood out…or something….
And it was good. I wont lie. It was tasty. I hate myself!!
I was a vegetarian for 6 years…..not sure what happened lol.

Anyhow we ate this horse at a bar the other day while meeting with a friend. We enjoyed many great tasting snacks along with our very carnivorous dish…

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This sorta reminds me of when I used to go to yakiniku restaurants where you can choose your own meat to cook….. I would always choose the meat with the lowest fat content…. And then VS would always say….You chose cow tongue again?? You must really like that stuff!*

and I would hurl….

Im the kind of retard that repeats mistakes over and over.

And the kind of retard that drinks too much and takes self portraits in the bathroom HA! Photobucket They had a lot of nice little goodies to take for free in the ladies bathroom…napkins (THOSE KIND), cottonswabs, tissues, oil blotting papers etc. The men didn’t get crap in their bathroom VS said. Photobucket

Have you ever tried horse or something weird like that?

The Taste Of Whale

Posted: November 26, 2010 in !! YOUTUBE VIDEOS !!, Foods

VS’ thoughts on whale meat!

Our Sukiyaki Dinner

Posted: November 21, 2010 in !! YOUTUBE VIDEOS !!, Foods

Sukiyaki is one of those dishes that are just perfect for icy cold days.

The pot of soup boils on the table while you eat, so not only does the soup itself warm your soul…..also the heat from the stove itself warms the room!

Here’s our last sukiyaki dinner party!

And here is some sukiyaki info relating to the video. Only read this if you happen to want more info on any of these topics:

RAW EGG:
Sukiyaki is usually avoided by foreigners….because eating sukiyaki also involves eating raw egg! Eating raw egg is considered pretty safe by the Japanese. It:s very rare for someone to get sick. I am not sure why this is….perhaps it is in the way the eggs are handled. I am always reluctant to eat raw eggs in the USA but I feel pretty safe doing it in Japan. I guess that:s because VS and Vtec and their families have been doing it for so long and they have never known anyone who got sick from them. I looked up some data for salmonella rates and it appears that the rates are pretty similar for the USA and japan, both at around 0.5% if the sources were accurate. So, even though the Japanese eat a lot of raw eggs, the rates are still the same.

Of course….i always start with eggs I bought THAT day. Just in case. And I crack them carefully to minimize contact with the outer shell of the egg.
But that doesn:t mean there is no risk.

However, if you want to try this and are scared of the eggs…you can use a double boiler and bring the eggs up to 160F to kill any salmonella present. Cook them similar to how you melt chocolate. It takes some practice to bring them to this temperature without cooking them.

ROSANJIN STYLE:
VS mentions ‘Rosanjin style sukiyaki’. You have probably heard the term *rosanjin scholar* on the TV show *the Iron Chef*.

Kitaoji Rosanjin was a chef who lived from 1883-1959. He focused particularly on flavor and was very picky about the preparation of food. To work in one of his restaurants you had to take a test which involved preparing food at rosanjin’s own house. He is often called cantankerous and eccentric.

He is legendary in japan…and is called the mentor of *chairman kaga* on Iron Chef.

SUBSTITUTING INGREDIENTS:
Sukiyaki is usually made with shirataki noodles, but VS despises them. So I use kudzu noodles or harusame noodles. I prefer them anyway, coz the shirataki noodles will make beef tough if cooked side by side, so using kuzu or harusame eliminates this problem.

Also cabbage is often used instead of Chinese cabbage and regular onion could be used instead of long onion. Firm tofu will work as long as it is firm enough to boil without breaking up. You can add other ingredients you like as long as they match the soup and you can omit any you don’t like.

You could substitute white wine or sherry for the sake/mirin if you added a bit more sugar to the recipe. It will be a different taste, but not hugely so, and it should still be good. Also a bit of lard would do for the suet. About a tsp or tbs.
You can precook it on the stove and then put the pot in the middle of the table if you don’t have a portable stove….but it:s just not as good that way lol. I think camping sections of stores sell the portable gas stoves.

SUKIYAKI RECIPES:
I do not give a recipe because they are all over the internet. I don’t really measure when I make mine anymore so I recommend using a recipe off the internet. You just mix up sake, mirin, soysauce, water, and lots of sugar. Melt the suet in the pot and add the other liquids. Let it boil a bit to remove the alcohol and then it:s ready to be used. It:s a very easy recipe and great for days you just don’t want to cook.
Also, commercial sukiyaki soups are available for purchase. If you have never tasted sukiyaki I recommend ordering some premade soup from an asian supplier or from the grocery store to get a feel for what it should taste like.

Will you eat raw eggs? Will you lick the bowl when you make cakes even if there is raw egg in the batter? Will you drink egg nog? Would you down some like Rocky??

Cheese Flavor KitKats

Posted: November 17, 2010 in Foods

Something about winter makes me crave
sugar…

I’m probably gonna give myself diabetes….

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Anyhow, I haven’t updated about any of the
more recent kitkat flavors…mostly because they didn’t seem all that unique to
me. There was a blueberry flavor that
was good and a few white chocolate based ones that just looked awful and I didn’t
want to try them lol.

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But here:s the latest one! I def had to try this one, even if it is
white chocolate based.

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Cheese!

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There was another brand that came out with
cheese chocolates and cheese caramels awhile back that I blogged about. It was an amazing combination.

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It is not as good with the white chocolate
kit kat version…but it:s still noteworthy.
Mostly because….IT IS SOOOOO CHEESY.
At first it just smells strongly like cheese….so much that I wished it
were cheese….cause that was a heavenly cheese smell.

Then the sweetness hit and it made my
stomach roll a tad….but then the cheese FLAVOR washed over my mouth and that
made the sweetness and smell merge a lot better.

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They come in petit portions, only 25 cal
each! I like that.

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I’m thinking there is a connection with the
weather turning colder and cheese products appearing….possibly due to cheese fondue? Im sure it:s melty warmth is great on early
winter days.

I bought some the other day…I think it:s the
first time ever. I usually pass it by
coz of the 400-500 yen price tag. (5$)

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Havnt tried it yet…..but I love any
cheese. Im sure it will be great.

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The picture shows them dipping bread into
the fondue…and that seems to be the most common thing to do…but that doesn’t seem too good….at least toast seems more appealing….

Any other ideas of what to dip into cheese
fondant???

Random Japanese Snacks

Posted: November 8, 2010 in !! YOUTUBE VIDEOS !!, Foods

Here i describe the taste of random snacks i had around the house.   Hopefully future videos won’t be this boring!!!!

Hoping santa brings me a new camera that i can take outside…..and to Tokyo….since my old one is broken and only usable as a webcam sigh.

Vegetable Vending Machine

Posted: November 5, 2010 in Daily Life, Foods

Well, basically. It:s actually a coin locker style vending….container….or something….
just look for yourself:
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You put in the coin/s and turn the knob and the door opens and you take the veges! i buy stuff out of there off and on.
Japan used to have self service vege stands (actually a few still exist- one near my house), where the veges and prices were on a table with a wooden box with *put the money here* written on it. You paid by dropping the money in the box. Used to work out fine, but now adays farmers only make about 80% what they should be, coz of theft. 80% is still proof of the honest nature of the japanese. If that were in the USA, not only would there be no money in the box, but the box, the table, and the containers would all be stolen too.
Well, this is the modern method of unmanned vege selling. The rolled up tarps around it are for rain protection i:m assuming, and/or to *close it up* when there:s nothing inside.
the products seem to be mid/low quality but very natural and fairly priced. The products are not always bagged as they are in the pic. a lot of the veges i bought were just stuck in there. This machine actually gets alot of business.

Pepsi Mont Blanc

Posted: November 2, 2010 in drinks

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The newest pepsi flavor!!! Pepsi Mont Blanc!

There are a lot of mont blanc sweets in Japan. They generally look like this, characterized by the stringy layer of sweet chestnut cream icing on top!
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And there is a chestnut on the picture on the bottle.

But it doesn:t seem like chestnut flavor to me….perhaps chestnut inspired in a very loose way.

It is, however, delicious!!! And very hard to describe…

It smells sorta like caramel coffee cola.

It also tastes like a milkycoffee cola…with another flavor mixed in….almost like…a christmas smell that I cant put my finger on…

So I call it…a sweet cappuccino Christmas spice cola flavor…

I guess I really cant describe it well, but I can say I will be very sad when it goes away. .

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Ok yeah i know this topic is sooooo overdone.   But here’s the zillion and 2nd version, by me!

and the video is too bright…..gotta get better with the editing software!

But anyhow!