Sunday, November 30, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I always go to this vegetable store to buy cheaper vegetables like carrots, raddish, cucumber, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, potatoes, etc. but until now I don't know what the name of this store is (????) ; I just call it "vegetable store" or the company parking store hahaha lol. It says on their sign board (first picture) "only company parking" but actually customers can park on their parking lot, right in front of the store.
I was surprised when they are selling this 1 bundle of raddish for 100 yen I think it has 8 raddish in it, so it's like $1, sooooo cheap. Maybe I should start looking for a raddish recipe so I can buy this bunch of raddish just for a 100 yen. I know Japanese and Korean they are making kimchee out of raddish. Hmmm maybe I should try raddish kimchee too.
By the way, aside from vegetables they are also selling, fruits and some dried fish, canned goods and snack food.
- Directions from Misawa AB's main gate:
- From the main gate make a left
- Make a quick right turn on the first block
- Right after the first intersection ,you will see on your right side the sign "Only company parking"
- You can park on their parking lot, never mind the sign hehehe
I guess the meaning of their sign "Only company parking" is "for customers parking only" hahaha I just figured out today while writing this blog.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Oh my first snow in Japan!!! My kids were very excited this morning when they woke up and they saw the snow they even took pictures with snow falling as the background lol. The base has a snow fall contest whoever can guess the first snow fall will win a snow blower. My guess is Nov. 29 so I lost :-) that's ok
When we went to Salmon Festival in Oirase we stopped by one food stall that was selling mochi and we saw the old lady and the man were pounding the grinded sweet rice so I took pictures of them from pounding, kneading and cutting of mochi. I missed the mixing of sweet ricce and its ingredients. This is the traditional way of making mochi. I bought 3 bowls of mochi. One small bowl is 300 yen and it has only 3 pieces of mochi on it. The mochi is not sweet unlike the commercially made mochi which has sugar in it and sometimes it comes in different colors like pink, light green and light yellow. They have 3 different types of sauce for mochi. Sorry but I forgot to take pictures of them since I was so excited to taste the mochi. One was with sesame seed black in color (eewww I didn't try that one), one was powdery green and tastes like peanut butter and looks like wasabe and the last is mashed soy beans maroon in color. I'm not sure the name of that beans :-) maybe it's kidney beans but tiny
By the way, mochi is made of sweet rice, sugar and coconut milk. I know how to make mochi, I learned it from my co-worker when I used to work in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mochi is very popular in Hawaii, aside from local Hawaiians, Hawaii is mostly dominated by Japanese people second is Filipinos ( I think) :-)
Ohhh I love mochi!!!
By the way, I searched the meaning of mochi from wikipedia and this is their definition:
Mochi (Japanese: 餅; Chinese: 麻糬) is a Japanese and Chinese rice cake made of glutinous rice pounded into paste and molded into shape. In Japan it is traditionally made in a ceremony called mochitsuki. While also eaten year-round, mochi is a traditional food for the Japanese New Year and is commonly sold and eaten during that time.
Mochi is similar to the Chinese rice cake nian gao; however, mochi is shaped from cooked glutinous rice right after it is pounded, whereas nian gao is steamed directly to its final form from a batter made of uncooked glutinous rice flour.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Last Saturday, Nov. 15 we went to Salmon festival in Oirase or the Shimoda Salmon Festival. We didn't catch the salmon but we just watched the people who were catching live salmon by their bare hands in an 8 inch deep pool. It's fun even we just watched them and they even have the salmon race (second picture) where they use stick to nudge the salmon to swim to the opposite end.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
One of my favorite places to eat is the Pepper Lunch fast food restaurant located in the food court of Shimoda Mall. For a price of ~$7.40 I can eat a sizzling steak (in cubed) with corn and egg and of course 1 cup of rice hmmmm yummy! And you will get a free soda on your next buy, it's a good deal.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I took this picture while waiting for my order, Seafood Miso Ramen. I was laughing reading the sign' "please help yourself to the water" and I didn't notice that the notes were written in the shape of a cow until I viewed this picture. What do you think are the right words on this sign?
Saturday, November 1, 2008
- Shimoda Mall or the AEON mall or JUSCO (whatever they call it), it's a 10 to 15 minute drive from our off-base house close to Misawa Ice Arena.
- The mall has lots of stores to offer and some of the stores along the side are 100 yen Plaza, The Sports Authority, Mister Donut and there are also some restaurants like Italian and Chinese to name a few. There is also McDonald's in the food court.
- The mall is open at 10:00 am. The pictures were taken when we were still waiting for the mall to open, we thought it's already open at 9:30 so we came early at about 9:40 so not too bad of waiting for 20 minutes....taking pictures of the stores.
Directions: (sorry I don't know how to get here using toll road)
- From Misawa AB's POL Gate go straight and make a left on Universe (you will pass Asahi Super Drug)
- Go straight, you will pass Eneos Gas Station and Family Mart, continue driving make a right when you see Lawson Store on the right and ESSO gas station on the left, you will see signs going to AEON mall which is the Shimoda Mall.
- Go straight you will pass farm fields, continue driving for approximately 10 minutes until you see on the right side the Shimoda Mall.
- Make a right where you can see Shimoda Mall, you will see a blue overpass ( I think) and this is where you will make a right turn.
- Go straight until you see Shimoda Mall at your right side, the mall says JUSCO.