Screams for Pinkberry!

How exciting! I love frozen yogurt and always wanted to try Pinkberry! We don’t have one in Hawai’i. I found one in Ōsaka, Japan at Universal City Walk. I had to try it, despite the freezing weather! I got the strawberry frozen yogurt, topped with strawberry wafers, honey, strawberries, mochi, and a wafer. Yummy! It was to-die-for! I want to go back to try more flavors and toppings!

Pinkberry is a franchise that started in Los Angeles over 12 years ago. It’s now all over the world!

Pinkberry is nearby to Eggs ‘n Things (see post): A lil bit of Hawai’i in Japan!
http://www.pinkberry.com/
http://www.pinkberryjapan.com/

Notice there’s someone peaking above? That’s the HUGE Elmo bag I bought at the Universal City Walk store. It really came in handy!

FS~

You gotta have Indian in Japan!

Happy Saturday and a week before Christmas! Hope y’all are enjoying the holiday season! Make the best of it; it’s flying by so fast!

I’ve got more food to share while on my trip to Japan. We had an array of diverse food while we were there. I love that Japan is so full of diversity when it comes to food. On my last trip in April 2015, I saw so many Indian places, I really wanted to try. I knew that I had to do that on my next trip. …And that’s what my auntie, her friend, and I did! We have about three Indian places on O’ahu. I’m glad we have this wonderful ethnic food. It’s so good!

We came across this Indian curry house in Ikebukuro. The dishes were so reasonable (all curry bowls were ¥680, which is about $5.76 USD). Pretty awesome, right? We had to try it! The restaurant was a small-type dinner, that only fit eight people. Talk about cramped! Thankfully when we got there, it wasn’t crowded just yet. Phew!

I ordered the mutton (aka lamb) masala curry bowl, turmeric rice, and garlic naan bread. There were only two chefs running the entire place. When we were first there, there were a couple other people seated with us, and only one chef was cooking all the dishes. What amazed me is that he made the naan breads fresh. It didn’t take very long to cook. It was an entertaining experience because it was like we were watching a cooking show while we waited for our food and while we were eating.

Some pixs of the kitchen/restaurant:

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The awesome chefs!

And now, for the final presentation- the food!

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Mutton masala

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Turmeric rice (using Japanese rice;)

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Garlic naan- the BEST naan I’ve ever had!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

A BIG SHOUT-OUT to one of my besties on her upcoming graduation from UNLV this morning! Yea!!! Go REBELS!

 

Mmmm,…oden!

I came across oden when I first walked into two of the biggest convenience stores in Japan, 7-Eleven and Lawson. I wasn’t very familiar with the dish, but it looked really yummy and I HAD to try it! I am a HUGE soup fan! I could drink soup for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner!

I tried oden at Lawson the second day I was in Japan. I also grabbed a natto roll and strawberry yogurt drink, to complete my meal for lunch.

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The dashi, or broth, was amazingly delicious! It was the perfect comfort food. I added the following ingredients to my soup: daikon (radish), shirataki (aka konnyaku (Japanese potato noodles)), boiled eggs, and assorted fishcakes. I loved the daikon, konnyaku, and boiled egg. I didn’t care so much for the fishcakes. The natto roll was the BEST I’ve ever eaten!! I usually put shoyu, but this roll didn’t need any at all. The yogurt drink was refreshing to drink. Yum!

I had to have oden again before leaving Japan. I decided to try the one at 7-Eleven on our last night.

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This time, my oden was very simple. Just two ingredients: daikon and shirataki (aka konnyaku). Yum! The dashi was delicious once again!

Here’s an interesting article about oden: http://en.rocketnews24.com/2014/09/05/a-diners-guide-to-oden-japans-weird-looking-super-popular-winter-dish/

If you love soup, try the oden when you visit Japan. It’ll make you feel warm and happy! Also, check out these three famous convenience stores while you’re there. They’re all over the place. You can’t miss it!

7-Eleven: http://www.sej.co.jp/in/en.html

FamilyMart: http://www.fu-hd.com/english/ir/; http://www.family.co.jp/

Lawson: http://lawson.jp/en/

These stores are DA BOMB!!!! Their food does NOT disappoint!

Enjoy the rest of the week!

FS x

Airplane grindz review!

This is something new! Reviewing airplane food, haha! Most people I know dislike airplane food. I’m one of those weirdos who actually likes it…well, most of the time.

Today, I’m reviewing Japan Airlines’ (JAL) food. I was so excited to try their food. In general, I’m usually pretty excited to eat airplane food, especially when flying internationally.

From Honolulu-Narita:

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Grilled miso pork with bay shrimp and cucumber salad with sesame seed dressing, and tofu poke with sea asparagus.

Yummy! I enjoyed my lunch. The main dish was delish!

From Narita-Honolulu:

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Our dinner was from the Shiseido Parlour in Ginza. Beef stew with turmeric rice, served with salad and French dressing, bacon quiche, potato salad, dinner roll, and pineapple cheesecake. My drink: kiwi juice.

That beef stew was so good! The sauce tasted more like gravy than stew sauce I’m familiar with. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it very much. Yay for turmeric rice- very healthy! The potato salad was really tasty. However, I did not care for the bacon quiche and cheesecake. It’s all right. The most important thing is that the main dish was delicious.

The kiwi juice was amazing! I’ve never had kiwi juice before. It tasted very similar to apple juice (in Japan). The apple juice in Japan is WAY better than the apple juice in the U.S.

Have a great brand new week!

FS

A lil bit of Hawai’i in Japan!

Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and found some awesome deals on Black Friday.

On our trip to Japan, we came across an Eggs ‘n Things in Ōsaka, Universal City Walk. We were excited to try!!!

They had a Thanksgiving/seasonal menu, which is something I found very common in Japanese restaurants.

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I had to try something off this menu since the main menu looked very similar to ours in Hawai’i.

I ordered the turkey and smoked salmon eggs benedict…with hibiscus tea.

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It was really delicious, especially the turkey benedict. That cranberry sauce was amazing, and I’m not a huge fan of cranberry sauce. It was a great pairing.

I loved the atmosphere. It felt like I was at a calm, clean beach, haha!

When in Japan, visit Eggs ‘n Things, and have some local breakfast from Hawai’i.

Eggs ‘n Things is located in front of the Park Front Hotel, along the path to the entrance of Universal Studios, Ōsaka (USO).

http://www.eggsnthingsjapan.com/

Happy Sunday!

FS

 

 

 

Foodnista meets Japan! 

Foodnista is traveling through Japan!! It’s one of my favorite countries to visit. So great to be back!! It’s been awesome trying the different Japanese foods, as well as other ethnic foods. There’s so many places to choose from, and the food is always delicious!!! Yum!

I came across a donut joint, very similar to the US Mainland’s, Krispy Kreme. It’s called Mister Donut. They have an assortment of donuts, as well as entrée dishes, such as pastas, hot dogs, and soups.

I ordered the strawberry cream-filled donut. It was pretty good; it wasn’t too sweet. There are tons of dessert places all over Japan, and surprisingly, their desserts aren’t super sweet, as the displays or pictures may look.


Mister Donut, various locations in Japan.

http://www.misterdonut.jp/sp/
More entries to come!
じゃまた!

Take me back to Japan!

It’s #tbt!

When we were in Japan last spring, my boyfriend’s brother’s friends, who live there, took us to try this awesomely savory grilled beef rib sushi at Itamae Sushi. Oh.My.Gosh! It was AMAZING!!!! The beef just melted in your mouth. It didn’t even need shoyu.

We had such wonderful memories on our trip. Everything about Japan is awesome- the food, shopping, the attractions, the city life… I love how the Japanese are so well-mannered. I admire that, a lot!

Try Itamae Sushi when you travel to Japan. There’s many locations in Tokyo.
http://itamae.co.jp/

Here are some sushi dining etiquettes, for your information:

  • You may be offered a hot, wet towel (called an oshibori) at the beginning of your meal. Use it to wash you hands and try to fold it back neatly the way it was offered to you before returning it.
  • Do not rub your chopsticks together. When not in use they should be placed parallel to yourself on the holder (if there is one) or on the shoyu dish. They should also be placed there when finished with your meal.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for an item not on the menu as the sushi-ya may have special or seasonal items that are not listed. It is perfectly acceptable to ask, and often the itamae will appreciate your interest.
  • Don’t put wasabi directly in the shoyu dish. Nigiri-zushi (fingers of rice topped with fish or another topping) comes with wasabi placed under the neta (fish) by the itamae, and reflects what he feels is the proper balance of wasabi to fish. Some of us like a little more, and you can always sneak some separately on the fish or with it.
  • It is OK to eat nigiri-zushi (sushi) with your hands. Sashimi is only to be eaten with your chopsticks.
  • Pick up the nigiri-zushi and dip the fish (neta) into your shoyu, not the rice (which will soak up too much shoyu). The rice is like a sponge, and too much shoyu will overpower the taste of the food and could also lead to the rice falling into your shoyu dish and making soup, which is not a good thing.
  • Do not pick up a piece of food from another person’s plate with the end of the chopsticks you put in your mouth. When moving food like this use the end you hold, which is considered the polite way.
  • Eat nigiri style sushi in one bite. This is not always easy (or possible) in North America where some sushi-ya make huge pieces, but traditional itamae in Japanese sushi-ya will make the pieces the proper size for this. In North America, try your best and don’t worry if there’s possible way to fit the entire thing in your mouth! It’s not up to you to have proper sushi etiquette if it’s physically impossible.
  • Gari (ginger) is considered a palate cleanser and eaten between bites or different types of sushi. It is not meant to be eaten in the same bite as a piece of sushi.
  • Slurping noodles is OK, less so for soup, but a bit is fine, at least by Japanese standards.
  • In more traditional sushi-ya, if you are not given a spoon for your soup, do not ask for one. You are expected to pick up your bowl to drink the soup, using your chopsticks to direct the solid pieces to your mouth.
  • It’s nice to offer a beer or sake to the itamae (but of course not required). He may remember you and treat you well upon subsequent visits.
  • Never pass food to another person using chopsticks as this is too close symbolically to the passing of a deceased relative’s bones at a traditional Japanese funeral. Pass a plate instead allowing an individual to take food themselves.
  • Also, never stick your chopsticks in your rice and leave them sticking up. This resembles incense sticks and again brings to mind the symbolism of the Japanese funeral and prayers to one’s ancestors.
  • Technically one doesn’t drink sake with sushi (or rice in general) only with sashimi or before or after the meal. It is felt that since they are both rice based, they do not complement each other and therefore should not be consumed together. Green tea is a great option with sushi or sashimi.
  • With alcoholic beverages, it is considered customary to serve each other (if not alone) instead of pouring one’s own drink. Be attentive of your fellow diner’s glasses and refill them. If you need a refill, drink the remainder of the beverage and hold the glass slightly and politely towards a dining partner.
  • It is customary for the most “prestigious” person at the table to pour the drinks. Serving of drinks is very hierarchical in nature. Example: a professor who dines with his students would pour the drinks. Seniors would serve the freshman. If not by prestige, it would be the host of the evening or who made the invite. If you invited someone to dine with you, you become the automatic host.
  • Sake is available both chilled and hot, depending the quality and style. Experiment to learn what you like, but generally, higher quality sake is served cold. And some is quite good as well as sophisticated.
  • Belching is considered impolite at the Japanese table, unlike some other Asian cultures. This is a no-no for sushi etiquette.
  • “Kanpai!” (“empty your cup”) is the traditional Japanese toast you may hear. Do not say “chin chin” as to the Japanese, this is a reference to a certain male body part best left out of proper conversation.

References:

Ransom, Warren. “How to Eat Sushi (sushi Etiquette).” Sushifaq.com. N.p., 2016. Web. 3 Nov. 2016.