[Feature Photo: Come on! Welcome to our house, we have coffee and cookies! — reminds me a bit of the ‘come to the dark side, we have cookies’ meme (Credits to Martin)]
Hey there! I haven’t been active for a while because I was busy EATING. Oh my god, this Sunday was the first day in two months that I managed to sleep later than 9am. But, the reason for not sleeping was having fun, so I guess it’s ok. Autumn is the best season for excursions, short hikes and roadtrips, I encourage you to do so. I strongly recommend: Nikko, Hoshinoonsen in Karuizawa,Teradomari, Yuzawa and Yahiko in Niigata, Matsumoto in Nagano, Hakone and anywhere else with nature nearby! If you don’t like nature that much, Xmas is closing up on us, which means —> ILLUMINATION TIME // BLINK BLINK PIKA PIKA LIGHTS EVERYWHERE! Enjoy the red autumn leaves (koyou) and remember that it’s the best time of the year for hot coffee, Irish hot coffee or warm sake with rice porridge (amazake). Also I suggest this version of hot chocolate : melt chocolate with rose petals, add milk, a pinch of cinnamon, 1-2 threads of saffron, a blanket with cats and a medieval fiction book.
P.S. Mostly Japanese stuff with Greek, Finnish and Ecuadorian surprises.
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Bento: (Chicken meat) tsukune with vegetables and rice
Soba from Sado island (near Niigata) with salmon filet
Fancy chicken and pork super heroes on your pizza
Breakfast: Hawaii Lion coffee macadamia flavor & pancakes with blueberry jam and sake flavor KitKat
Finnish candy, came as birthday present straight from Finland (love you Ville)
Yakimeshi (fried rice) with kani (crab) shumai
Some gyuu (beef) street food in Ueno park
Super spicy chinese hot pot with harusame – My chinese friend said she could handle it but instead she turned tomatoish!
Extra huge ramen in Oookayama
Super spicy noodles in moukotanmen 蒙古タンメン in machida.. So spicy that the shop caught fire the next day!
ULTRA cute turtle sweets – how dare you even think about eating them?
Chocolate from Equador – one of the best I’ve ever tried. left: salty caramel, right: rose from andes
Bento: Ham and cheese croquettes & harusame salad with mushroom
Nikko specialty: Soba with Yuba (really thin tofu sheets – you can find them only in places with extra clean water)
Gold mochi —> or that’s what we were told that the gold marks were
Okinawa specialty: Beni imo (purple sweet potato) tart
Bento: sukeroku 助六 sushi with Niigata local brewed IPA beer Echigo
Vietnam specialty: Instant coffee! I didn’t know it before coming to Japan, but turns out that vietnamese coffee is famous overseas and has cool packaging as a plus
Snack: Brownie at the lab, covered with fat-cat themed leg blanket
Harumaki (spring rolls) with toasted bread, salad and 3 kinds of kimchi (pickle-like korean delicacy)
Extra huge honey-mustard chicken sandwich in Harajuku
Breakfast: pancakes with 1)honey and cinnamon 2)yuzu jam and ginger 3) blueberry jam
NeonGenesis Evangelion will cater all your daily needs!
Beer: India Pale Ale with fancy name Aooni (=blue demon)
Sapporo beer babuska! How come no one thought about it before? Also, who the hell buys the 2 smallest sizes?
Snack: Japanese love moomin. Japanese love maccha tea. So, I nailed it with moomin cookies + maccha tea!
Snack: October is the season for 月見 (tsukimi ,moon viewing) in Japan and for mooncakes in China. Surprisingly, the filling of the one I received was similar to the funeral ceremonial delight we make in Greece
Karuizawa specialty: Apple senbei, because the ares is famous for their apples. With extra special baking process~
GR/JP mix: Greek meatballs with tomato sauce & harusame salad & rice with nori and pink ginger and hijiki flavouring
BBQ next to the lake in hakode. Please do it – and don’t forget a lot of niniku (garlic) for the meat!
Fancy japanese dinner. A hellish amount of plates!
Niigata specialty: Please visit the fish market in Teradomari, good quality fish in freezing low prices!
Snack: Fish on a stick, you can find in almost everywhere!
Crabs are sooo cool !
Teradomari: GO for oyster etc BBQ! I don’t have to repeat it!
Cosy, country style stake house in Karuizawa. Please try the miso sauce. The tabasco is native japanese though, not spicy at all.
Enough about food, let’s check some cheap yet fancy cosmetics and random stuff!
The cosy corner on my desk. Beers and anime and cosmetics
Neon genesis evangelion clear files 5 for 100yen (less then 1euro)
Oil blotting paper, bought from hundred yen shop, I haven’t tested the results yet.
Black pearl mask from daiso, I haven’t tested that one either
Deadpool baaaaaaaaaaag! get it for the premier! only 4000yen at a random, neighborhood second hand store
The past weeks were so full of trips and outings, that I feel like staying in for a week is the best way to go, which is pretty strange, because if you know me, you also know that I NEVER do that! Anyway, baito is fun, meeting new people is fun, drinking with new people from the baito is even better. Here follows a petite introduction to some random drinks etc that I came across last week and attracted my attention.
Lab party with random japanese and finnish drinks. I tried to google translate the contents of jaloviina, but the only thing I got was “jumbo jumbo jumbo jumbo jumbo”.
How NOT to make toast bread. Attempt #1: put ham and cheese, text for a while and you get this magnificent colourful result. Attempt #2: re-do by putting nothing on top, and get a DIY world’s blackest black easily at home.
Frula pear soda. It took me a while to figure out how to de-attach the ball on the cap. This thing needs strength! But the drink was all about the looks after all, nothing special regarding the content.
Precure donuts from Mr. Donut. Comes with marshmallow ears and smarties-style eyes and cheeks. The strawberry flavour of the topping hits your nostrils right away!
New Zealand red IPA beer. I adooored the smell, it was perfect for a cool summer evening. And the taste was also full of fruit flavors. Highly Recommended! (Also, I don’t know if it was intended but the name sounds like “Little -grim- ripper” to me)
How to properly drink nihonshuu. 1) Put a shot glass inside a square box. 2) Fill the shot glass with sake, let it overflow until it fills the box to the brim as well. 3) Drink from the shot glass and then drink from the box as well. 4) Triple quantity in one go, that’s the way to go!
The best flavoured filter coffee around here, for the time being. This one is “vanilla macadamia”, but I think i liked “hazelnut” more. Hawaiian dancing coffee beans – hooray!
“Make your own beer” club
That’s not a valid number for alcohol percentage!
When the mood is down, it’s time for BBQ