So we’re a day ahead of the US. I can still wish everyone back home a Merry Christmas.
One of the interesting things I learned many years ago is the tradition family Christmas Eve dinner is KFC. Here in Kanazawa (and probably other areas), KFC basically closes down and you’re only able to buy if you’ve pre-ordered.
Combine the party barrel with a Christmas cake, and you’re good to go – Japanese style.
I just had the opportunity to try Haagen Dazs new flavor, “Maple Cookie.” Imagine sweet cream ice cream with bits of graham cracker and maple syrup. It’s pretty much a ramped up version of cookies and cream, absolutely delicious. If you’re in Japan, you need to try this one.
On my trip to Costco the yesterday, I scored! In the beer section, there was this glorious mini-keg of Heineken that was calling my name. For $18 I absolutely had to try it out. Since I do not have the space for a keg fridge, this mini-keg of Heineken was a perfect fit in my small apartment.
Tapping the keg was easy, there are two plastic pieces that fit together on the top, to form the tap, and in a few seconds the perfect pint! As with most kegs, the first glass is all foam, but going forward it’s all good.
After enjoying my first glass, I’m hooked. I don’t know how I will handle bottle/can beer anymore. If you’re into a some imported lager, you definately have to try this one!
Nowadays, most people have heard of all the different kinds of things you can buy in vending machines. I came across this picture of a can of ramen, which I’ve never seen before.
Sapporo Ramen Can is what the label says, for 250 yen. I’m not exactly sure what flavors are shown, but it looks like shoyu (soy sauce) on the left, and miso on the right.
Even though I love ramen a lot… I don’t know if I’d actually want to try this. Is it a drink?? Is it like cup o noodles?? I’ll have to find out!
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Nissin Cup Noodles have been around for quite some time. The version they sell in the US was cheap, but not something you’d look forward to eating. You can buy a whole case of the stuff for just a few dollars. Oh, the good ol’ days of college.
Recently, Costco came out with their Kirkland Signature Traditional Japanese Style Cup Noodles. It’s still made by Nissin, but the flavor is so much better, tasting like what you would buy in Japan (read: MSG goodness). The chicken and vegetable variety shown below has little bits of chicken, green onion, carrot, and egg, minus the spongy texture. As the label indicates this is definately a premium product, well as premium as a cup of instant Nissin noodles will get.
In Seattle, a case of 12 costs just $5.59. A little more expensive than the regular variety, but completely worth it. If you like eating this stuff, the it’s worth the $50 Costco membership!
With the ban on American beef lifted in Japan, Yoshinoya was a able to produce 1,000,000 servings of their famous gyudon (beef bowl) for sale across the country. They were all sold yesterday during Yoshinoya’s Gyudon Resurrection Fair. Gyudon is one of my favorite dishes in Japan, and is probably the most popular Japanese fast food. Here are some pictures from a Japanese blogger in Kichijoji (outside of Tokyo). Yoshinoya should reopen on October 1st, and I really hope nothing stops them from staying open when I go back to Japan next winter.
Read more here.
Mmmmm, I’m sitting down to my favorate lunch. A Philly Cheesesteak from Philadelphia Fevre. I actually haven’t tried any other Cheesesteak aside from the places at the mall, but this one is so good you wouldn’t want to go anywhere else. If you live in or visit Seattle, and love cheesesteak, Philly Fevre is a must.