Vape Mail!

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Hello! This is not an update in the way of my life in Japan, it is an update on the recent influx of vape mail my husband and I have been receiving! I’m going to start with the bad packages … Continue reading

A Few of My Favorite Things

My absence the past few weeks was partly due to tracking the typhoon down south, shopping and binge watching Chuck on Netflix… but I do have pictures… lots… new favorite food items, some silly ones, arcades and Gundam models. Because of the multitude of pics I’m going to split them up. ^^

My current two favorite stores here in Japan are Homac (a home accessory and appliance store) and Universe (a grocery store sort of like Kroger or Publix).

One of my favorite things at Homac was the metal petrol suitcases (gas cans). I must have one or 5 and send some to my FiL and Dad when I can.

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Universe market was right next door. I finally found some Poppin’ Cookin’ candies as well as Happy Kitchen candies too. (Both of these are the latter because they looked cooler lol)

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I even found these awesome popsicles. They are my new favorite! Watermelon and honeydew melon flavor. The watermelon had dark chocolate “seeds” and the honeydew has white chocolate ones.

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Also… mushrooms… unless you pay out the butt and live in near an awesome farmer’s market you will probably never be able to buy mushrooms like these stateside. I can’t remember the names of most of them but I have never seen them in s chain grocery store.

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Anywho, I’ll leave you with that. I’ll gather my thoughts about the mall, maybe visit it again, and then tell you guys all about it. Thanks for reading!~

Lets Have Real Ramen!

So this past weekend my Mr. A  and I finally had real Japanese Ramen from a very small place called Thunder Ramen here in Misawa-shi. Yeah, there are about a billion places in every town to get it and they all do it differently but this place came recommended from Mr. A’s co-workers and so that is where we went.

This place was very small. Max capacity was probably about 40 people, which isn’t too small but much smaller than the 300 head count you can get from an Olive Garden. There weren’t many people in there, so we sat alone on one half of the space and a group of four sat on the other.

20140629_163800Mr. A and I both got the pork dumpling ramen, it looked too good to pass up. So throwing our rules with Sirs B, F and M out the window, we ordered the same thing (one rule with them was that no one could order the same thing, silly, I know. But it was often broken).

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It was full of all kinds of yummy things: a slice of fish paste (the wink and white thing), half of a hard boiled egg (still chilled, the temperature difference added a nice contrast), bamboo thingies (that were way better than any I ever had in the states), green onions, sesame seeds, seaweed and of course 4 pork dumplings that were simply divine. Last but not least, nestled at the bottom of the bowl were the noodles, and of course the broth.

Now, ramen noodles do not get served al dente like most other noodles. They’re mostly squishy but still have loads of texture. They were the best, very lite and a nice contrast to the broth. The broth on the other hand was very rich. It was richer than home made chicken soup is rich and the taste is indescribable. I thought I died when I took my first bite. If I miss anything when we leave this country it will be the ramen.

Further more, I need to bone up on my chop stick skills. I had a hard time dealing wit the noodles for a good bit of the meal….