Monday, August 31, 2009
I'd read that it helps to temper the goya's bitterness to slice it thinly, rub it with salt, let it rest either as is or in cold water, and then rinse the salt off.
So I did that and then used it to make goya chanpuru. Chanpuru is a popular Okinawan stir-fry dish, and the word itself is Okinawan for "something mixed." The dish generally contains vegetables, tofu, some type of meat or fish (ours did not), and sometimes eggs.
Let's just say that not all dinners turn out to be keepers, and this was was definitely a bust. The salting didn't seem to do anything to temper the bitterness, and I was not a member of the clean plate club that night.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
They were surprisingly fast and easy to make, and definitely tasted better than the packaged ones at the store. Some got filled with enoki mushrooms and cheddar, and others with green olives, homemade soysage, and cheddar. Yum.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I based this on Vegan Dad's Gumbo with Vegan Andouille Sausage and then adapted it to what we had on hand. That meant more green pepper, no celery or sweet onion, homemade seitan instead of the vegan sausage, and moroheiya instead of spinach, and wow was it delicious. First night it was served over rice, and then leftovers just got mixed directly with the rice for a bowl of gumbo goodness. I might be a convert to southern cooking.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
And if you want more info on Ramune, the all-knowing Wikipedia has you covered:
"Ramune is widely known for the distinctive design of its bottle, often called Codd-neck bottles after the inventor, Hiram Codd. They are made of glass and sealed with a marble; the codd head is held in place by the pressure of the carbonation in the drink. To open the bottle, a device to push the marble inward is provided with the bottle. The marble is pushed inside the neck of the bottle where it rattles around while drinking.
People trying Ramune for the first time sometimes find it difficult to drink, as it takes practice to learn to stop the marble from blocking the flow. In the new version of the bottle (2006), little slots were added to the cap where the marble was originally held. This prevented the flow from obstruction if the marble falls back into the cap.Ramune is one of the modern symbols of summer in Japan and is widely consumed during warm festival days and nights.
The bottle's design creates a special attraction to children who clamor to see the "alien head" image that is formed from the ball and indentations on the bottle neck. This provides a unique form of endearing brand recognition, even for children who don't remember the product's name."
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I had been wanted to try this, so I was pretty excited about the opportunity to have little fish nibble on my feet. G and I both dunked our feet in (about $5 USD for just over 5 minutes) and although it was a really strange sensation at first we both quickly adjusted. The fish don't have teeth, so there is no worry of them chomping off any of your live skin, they just go for the dead flaky calloused skin. Mmmmm tasty. But boy did my feet feel great! I'm still trying to talk M into getting some as pets so I can indulge in daily maintenance for my feet!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
We saw this young boy (maybe 8 years old?) on the subway one day last week and all about fell out of our seats. Dad did manage to capture a photo though while the rest of us sat with our mouths gaping open.
Monday, August 17, 2009
And I can't quite believe it, but today marks one year of blogging for me. I never thought I'd have a blog, much less keep at it for a year, so Happy Birthday to Herban Girl!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The taste was.....interesting. Let's just say that I didn't finish the bottle.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
I've tried cooking with goya before, and I can't say that it turned me into a bitter melon fan, so I was a bit hesitant to try the goya beer. We finally caved though and bought one in the airport before our flight home. It was fine, and didn't have much of a distinguishable goya taste, but I'd still probably go for one of Helio's other tasty options!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
First of all, there was a red line on the floor around the baggage conveyor belt, which no one crossed unless they were grabbing their bag. This completely eliminated the headache of people who stand with their shins pressed up against the belt, making it impossible to see if your bag is coming, and then forcing you to wedge your way in between people to grab it if you do see it.
Second, every single bag came out like those in the picture, with the handle facing outward, so everyone could quickly and easily grab their bag. How nice is that?!
And finally, you know the baggage claim tickets that you always get? They are usually stuffed in with your ticket, and you just end up tossing them when you get home. Well, they actually collected them as you exited the baggage claim area, presumably helping to reduce the number of times people grab the wrong bag.
Monday, August 3, 2009
i heart odette.
view from our hotel room.
hiji waterfall, recommended to us by friends of a friend. they also took us out to dinner at a favorite local spot - Pizza in the Sky - delicious meal and fabulous company!
sniff. last day and time to head home!