Happy Valentines day fellow bloggers! Soooo it is Valentines…a day of romance, love, roses, maybe even poetry. But it is also an excuse to go all out on food! CHOCOLATES, DESSERTS, FILET MIGNON! Now this is the perfect segway for me to talk about my FOODSY experience in Japan. This New Years, I was able to go to Japan to visit Mallory. Seeing her after the longest time took me back to the college days were we can be with each other, but at the same time be partners in crime when it came to being the biggest FOODSY (FOODYS: a term given to someone who likes to eat everything in site). So when we saw each other, we knew that it was time to celebrate with FOOD!
Before I came to Japan, I made a personal check list of what I was going to eat. One I wanted to eat ramen (probably the thing to have), next I have to have curry, then SUSHI, and lastly, something new, probably what Mallory liked there. So in my pictures, here are some of the most exciting things I have had, I will give a detailed explanation of how it tasted in my mouth.
Let us begin.
My very first ramen experience in Japan was amazing. The broth tasted sooo clean, light, and tasty. The noodles were delicious and warm, while the pork was a good size for me to get full but not bloated. AMAZING
Holy Garbanzo Beans. I haven’t really heard of this till Mallory one day craved it. It was definitely an experience, sitting around a charcoal bbq pit roasting very fresh bbq was amazing. Each bite of the beef was nice, soft, tender, and tasty. Could have had some rice though (I have rice with everything).
Green Tea Ice Cream! This was a nice way to cleanse the pallet. I had this after our Yakiniku experiment, and it was indescribable. Digging into the green tea and seeing how textured it was made it an amazing experience.
And the most surprising experience was the CHEESE NAN Mallory showed me. I only hear about it in her stories and how she keeps giving me weird looks every time she talks to me. We went, and of course I made the same weird face she did. It was that good. Imagine, having NAN with CHEESE. MIND BLOWN
Adventure is out there!
Mark and I have been in a long distance relationship since the end of July, when I left for Japan. On January 1st, I got to bring in the New Year by reuniting with him! It was seriously the best way to start the new year. I’ve been waiting for a dramatic airport reunion for a long time now. You know the one where we run across the airport into each others’ arms, crying tears of joy? Okay, that didn’t happen, but it was good enough. I was standing at the domestic arrivals exit at Central International Airport, teary-eyed, my heart pounding. Mark ended up being one of the last people from his flight to leave the baggage terminal. Slow poke. He finally walked through the doors and I finally got to see him. Mark was actually here, in Japan. HERE IN JAPAN. RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME. We were actually hugging each other and talking to each other rather than separated by a computer screen and the Pacific Ocean.
This is Mark’s first trip abroad (well if we want to get technical, it’s not, but I’ll leave that to Mark to explain during his Japan posts). He was beyond excited to be able to leave California and venture out into foreign lands, literally. Before he left, he was so excited and nervous about coming here. Between talking about how his plane was going to crash and how he wanted to eat everything, we were just super excited to see each other again.
Being able to guide Mark around my area in Japan has made me so happy, especially seeing how much fun he is having. It’s so funny and cute to see Mark trying to speak Japanese to everyone. It’s weird that I’ve become the one who has to do the talking and I’m not even that much better at speaking Japanese. Since he got here, we’ve pretty much eaten everything in my city in the past week. I’m still feeling the bloaty affects of his food spree. It’s not over yet. We’re going to Kyoto this weekend, where in between the walking and the sightseeing, we’ll be trying every delicious thing we can stuff ourselves with (so excited for okonomiyaki and this hipster tofu restaurant!).
The first thing Mark ate was ramen. Can we just mention how much we love ramen? WE LOVE RAMEN! If we could eat it everyday, we would. We came pretty close as we ate ramen for lunch for the next three days. Am I complaining? Never! It was so delicious! Okay, I’m complaining a little now that I’m basically a blob of bloaty. I think Mark had an even better time, finally having the chance to eat ramen from Japan. Look at this happy boy:
Besides eating, we had a failed adventure to see Atsuta Shrine in Nagoya. Even though it was January 3rd, there were sooooooo many people there to pray for the New Year. I knew that everyone goes to pray at a shrine, but it didn’t occur to me that the whole world would still be there two days after. We didn’t want to fight the crowds so we ate some street food and went to visit the Nagoya Port Aquarium instead. This was Mark’s first time seeing animals other than fish, and boy, he was excited.
After five months of not physically being with each other, I feel like our relationship has grown stronger through the trials we’ve had to face while being apart. With our goals as individuals and as a couple in mind, we cheered each other on as we made it through the distance. I think we’re more refreshed as a couple and our spark has been ignited again. I love that I can have fun with him even when we’re just lounging around at home. I’m so excited for when Mark moves here in April, because of all the fun and wonderful adventures we’ll have together. This is only the beginning of our travel adventures.
This post has no real purpose but to show off how awesome Mark is and to spazz about food. He surprised me (okay, he didn’t really, I asked for most of these things. He did throw in some granola and the letters which were a surprise!) with a package and some special letters. On a side note, those letters were extremely sweet and made me teary eyed. I love how thoughtful and caring Mark is and I was totally surprised by what he sent me. I won’t share the letters, because those are special things for only me to see.
Back to the package: these are some items here that I either can’t find here (cinnamon) or they are waaaayyy too expensive (the honey here is 1/4 of that bottle and costs about $6, same with the peanut butter). I’m so excited to be able to eat toast with peanut butter! And oatmeal with cinnamon, or cinnamon pancakes, or yogurt and granola! There are many possibilities with these ingredients. I’m actually about to make glazed sweet potatoes with the honey, that’s how excited I am. I really want to go to the store, so I can buy bread and have the peanut butter. I could also just stick a spoon into the peanut butter and eat it that way (please tell me other people have done this and I’m not just gross and weird…).
Even though this may not seem like a lot, it feels like a little bit of home has been shipped to my apartment here in Japan. If I could, I would ask for Mexican food or In-n-Out, but unfortunately, you can’t send those through the mail… Either way, I’m so happy that I have an awesome boyfriend like Mark who went out and got me these things! Happy breakfast for a while! (My excitement is through the roof if you couldn’t tell).
If you’re an expat, what are some goodies that you’re missing? If you’re not, what are things you can see yourself missing?
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