I hope you all had a great weekend! It was another three day weekend for me, which I love, and I met up with a friend from college. She’s currently studying in Tokyo and made a trip down to my area for the weekend.
On Saturday, we met up in Nagoya. We ate a very Japanese meal at a place called Denny’s (just kidding) before heading off to castle viewing and shopping.
When we got to Nagoya Castle, a show called the Nagoya Omotenashi Bushotai just started, so we sat down to watch. It was a fun show with a mix of martial arts and dancing. After, we were able to take a picture with one of the performers and naturally, we went for the cutest guy. We waited about 30 minutes to get a picture with him. Everyone stopped to have a conversation with him after they took a picture, but we couldn’t… We didn’t know what we would say to him!
For dinner, we ate at a make your own okonomiyaki and monjayaki place. I tried monjayaki for the first time and loved it! It was fun to be able to make your own okonomiyaki and I must say, mine didn’t turn out as badly as I thought it would.
For the rest of the night and the next day, we did a TON of shopping. I won’t be able to eat out for the next few weeks or so, in order to save up for my next trips, ah! But, it was definitely a well deserved shopping spree. I think I’ve been working hard and I’ve held off on shopping until this weekend. Plus, I need to invest in some winter clothes because I have… two things (now).
I had fun showing Gaby around my area and was able to explore more places this weekend. Hopefully, I can go and visit Tokyo some time soon. I haven’t been to Tokyo very much, both during this trip and my previous trip, so I’m due for a visit soon.
I love three day weekends because it gives me more time to travel and see more things, while giving me an extra day to relax. I’m sad that there are only a few more left in the year! I need to make the best use out of all my normal weekends now.
The last weekend as college students, that is!
It is officially finals week for all those little college students, as I, a technically three month graduate sits here and enjoys not having to study my butt off. Mark buries his head in his history articles as I sit around and play candy crush and Guild Wars. Just kidding. Okay, not really… But! I am getting some productive things done like studying for the GRE, reading 1Q84, and blogging. My laptop’s power jack broke and for some reason, Mark’s desktop doesn’t have an SD drive, so I had to figure out some way to get my pictures onto Mark’s computer so I could edit them and write a post. I basically juiced out my laptop while I uploaded and emailed my pictures.
This weekend was reserved for Mark’s studying and a bit of indulging. On Saturday, we decided to go to Porto’s, the best bakery ever! I’m going to be dedicating a whole post to Porto’s amazingness, so I won’t talk much about it here. We decided this like two weeks ago, after Mark’s roommate brought us some bread. It was Mark’s first time tasting their bread and he was in love. He said he needed some fuel for finals and I wholeheartedly agreed, which led us to this little bread outing.
Before I talk about our little bread outing, let me give you an update about that crazy cat. Simba is now nine months old and I can’t believe it. He is sooo big now and sometimes it’s hard to believe that he’s still under one year old. If I had to describe him in three words, they would be a crazy, lazy sausage. I have no other way of describing him. He’s such a fatty, always begging and looking for food. He loves lounging around and sleeping right in the middle of walkways and doorways or staring at the outside world for hours, yet he has moments of absolute spastic running. He’ll just run back and forth really fast, maybe at full speed. I’m not exactly sure how fast Simba can actually run, but he sure runs pretty fast in such a small space.
He’s the cutest when he’s sleepy. At those times, I know he won’t attack me and what’s cuter than his sleepy face? Even though he scratches and bites me at times, I still love this little kitty a lot. I miss him when we go out. I worry about him when he looks sad or is more tired than usual. I guess it’s a mommy’s worry.
Hold on Simbursh, you’ll have a big house to run around in a week!
Back to our weekend. On Saturday, our bread trip day, I was craving Thai food and we found a place in my hometown that got a high rating on Yelp. We decided to eat lunch there since it was on the way to Porto’s. It was so tasty! We ordered the lunch specials which were $5.50 + tax, one orange chicken and one pad thai. The only thing was that my pad thai was super spicy. Like to the point where after three bites, my mouth was on fire. I asked the guy how hot ‘spicy’ meant, and he said if you like spicy, then it’ll be a medium to you. It was definitely not a medium. Next time I know to get no spice!
The orange chicken was one of the best orange chicken dishes I’ve ever tasted! Just the right amount of crunch and the sauce was sweet and savory.
The only thing is that I will always associate this restaurant with Mark spraying water all over me. He went to refill our water cups and when he came back, he took a sip and coughed at the same time right behind me. It was like it was misting… Ew. Paint your own picture. With that aside, I’ll definitely come back here in the near future. The employees were extremely nice too. Maybe I’ll pick up some orange chicken for my grad party or something :)
Our next stop, was Porto’s to buy some delicious bread! I will be doing a post on that within the next few days so be on the look out for that. My tweet from that day basically sums up my relationship to bakeries, which is why Porto’s deserves it’s own post.
— Mallory(@_sweetsmores) June 9, 2013
My favorite baked good there is the cheese rolls. It’s heaven in bread form. Sugary, cream cheesy, amazingness. I’ll let you in on a little preview.
I ate one as I wrote this post. The end.
I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day! I’m so happy I was able to spend two days with my parents. Since I’m away at college and almost about to move, I get really excited to spend some time with my parents. I spend my Mother’s Day weekend at Universal Studios and at my grandma’s house. I haven’t been there since I was little, so I only remembered bits and pieces from the park. My dad was able to get discounted tickets because of an event, so we were able to stay pass the closing time for the general public. It didn’t really make a difference, because the lines weren’t any shorter than during the day.
Mark also came with us and it was his first time there. He didn’t know what to expect on any of the rides, but he was super excited. He thought the Waterworld show would have dolphins and whales (silly boy). That is such an awesome show, by the way. It’s amazing how they do all the stunts during the show.
The studio tour is one of my favorite rides there. I love being able to see where they filmed all these movies and get to see how they use certain areas to make it look real in the movies. You don’t expect the tour to be as long as it is, but the lot is HUGE! It takes about an hour to go through the whole thing so go to the bathroom before you wait in line. I’ve also really liked the Jurassic Park ride, I think it’s mainly because of the drop at the end. It’s so exhilarating. I think another great ride is the Transformers ride, because it’s so different from any other rides in the area. It’s really similar to the Spiderman ride in Islands of Adventure in Orlando. So if you’ve been on either of those rides, then you’ll know what to expect.
Also over the weekend, Mark and I usually have more time to cook and try out new recipes. For the past couple weeks, Mark has been craving a teriyaki bowl. We went to go get one, but he still wanted more teriyaki. He found a recipe online to make gyudon (beef teriyaki) so we decided to make it for dinner that night.
You can view the recipe here: Gyudon
Next up on our list to cook: Disney recipes! I can’t wait.