As a Vegetarian turned Pescatarian, I. Love. Food. I love Asian food, and specifically Japanese food. Follow as I try not to gain 50 bazillion pounds while eating amazing food morning noon and night, as well as trying all the crazy snacks that exist in Japan. Food photos to follow.
October 11, 2015:
You order from a touch screen TV and the food shows up on a conveyer belt a few minutes later. That man to the right kept thinking I was taking pictures of him. Poor guy.
October 4, 2015:
September 14, 2015:
Xandra (my roommate at Stanford) and I watched a YouTube video before I came to Japan of weird Japanese snacks. I pledged to undertake the endeavor of trying every single one of them, and his week is the weird slurpy jello cup things.
Second, we went to a Japanese-Italian restaurant today and they had this beeper you could press when you were ready to order. I have no idea why every restaurant ever doesn’t do this, it’s literally the most convenient thing ever. No trying to make awkward eye contact with the waiter, no worrying that the waiter actually just forgot about you, etc.
September 8, 2015:
This week I got to experience the culinary delight of wasatako, that is wasabi and octopus. It was way delicious and I will be cooking it for everyone upon my return to America. Do you think they sell octopus at Safeway?
I also got to try this spongey fish and vegetable potato starch thing called Hanpen. I was expecting a dumpling type thing so I was really surprised when I bit into it. Forgive the disgusting photo and please be aware that I have mastered the use of chopsticks. Yes. That’s right. Mastered.
August 3, 2015:
Look, I can cook!
July 27, 2015:
I had a drink called Pocari Sweat. It sounds disgusting but it’s actually like Gatorade but infinity times better.
These are weird gummy snacks but they’re really good. I don’t even want to ask what’s in them.
July 13, 2015:
This week, sick and afflicted, wilting away in my apartment, I took the opportunity to try different Japanese foods.
One day, dying of heat exhaustion, we went by 7/11 to get ice cream. I saw one next to the mango ice cream section that looked like a strawberry popsicle, and in a hurry I grabbed it and we paid and went back home.
Also, because we have been cooking at home every day, I’m becoming well-versed in Japanese cooking. And by that I mean I just go to the grocery store, buy several weird-looking vegetables and fish and whatever else looks interesting, and then throw it all in a pan and add rice. Foolproof. This week’s menu included squash, cabbage, daikon, carrots, eggs, konnyaku, squid, crab, tuna, miso soup, noodles, and obviously rice.
July 6, 2015:
These are literally everywhere. Heaven forbid you’re ever thirsty
There’s a saying, or just something people say, that goes along the lines of “you can’t be a true Japanese person until you like nattou.” So, obviously I had to try it. Let’s just say it will take some getting used to. But I promise to love it by the end of my time in Japan!