Thursday, February 25, 2010

Watch out at Trader Joe's Markets

Now I know Trader Joe's markets aren't everywhere. I personally like them very much. I've been shopping at various locations for decades.

Except today was different. Today I was asked for my zip code by the checker. So what happened?

The total for one bag of groceries (no wine or other expensive food) was over $30. Luckily I was looking at that little screen that shows what the checker is ringing up. On there was $8.99 for a plant. Yes a plant.

Seems when they put in my zip code it thought I was buying something. I had to say something twice to the checker before he even bothered to look. He then turned to another employee who said "Oh yeah that's happening."

So they know there is a problem, they know they are charging customers more than should, they know it's because they are entering zip codes. Yet they haven't fixed the problem? They are still entering zip codes? Makes me wonder how many people have been over charged and didn't know about it?

All I can suggest is don't give out your zip code. If they ever ask me again I am going to refuse and tell them why. I can't afford to be ripped off this way. Because they know what is going on and still do it, they are ripping people off.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar

I took this photo the other day because there was a new supply of Kit Kats at Marukai.  Of course I check there every time I go in   XD

kitkat

I had put this on Flickr and Twitter but since someone who is having fun in Tokyo right now mentioned Kit Kats...

There is strawberry and the top one is actually milk coffee.  Both have rather strong flavors with the strawberry being a little sour and the milk coffee with a bit of an aftertaste.  Interesting at least.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Miso Soup (miso shiru) #2!

I have not forgotten, just had real life kick in. Boo that but now I'm back to post what was Miso Soup #2!

Yes, I am still going to see how many different types of Miso Soup I can make this year. With the cold weather it feels even more appropriate. I will be making both vegetarian and non-vegetarian types because it is so versatile.

So Miso Soup #2 was with salted salmon. I had a little bit of this salmon which I find hard to eat since it is so salty. Decided to see how it tasted in this version of the soup. Salted salmon is also known as Shiozake. The basic ingredients are the salmon, tofu and dashi with white (shiro) miso.

miso salted 1

I took this photo because once the broth is in the bowl you can't see the salmon. This time I make dashi, which is water, konbu (dried sea vegetable) and bonito flakes. You can make dashi without the bonito but since there was salmon I thought a little bonito would compliment the flavor. Dashi can also be made with shitake mushrooms or with niboshi which is dried baby sardines. I haven't tried making that one yet.

miso salted 2

Added to this are tofu and the miso. I used the Premimum White miso, that was in the first miso soup I posted, with a basic White (shiro) miso. This gave it a bit more salt but not too much. I think this turned out rather well, the salmon was less salty tasting, and would try making this again!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

so many photos...

okinawan sweet potato manju

This was so good! It's manju filled with red bean (azuki beans) paste mixed with Okinawa brown sugar. I got these lovelies at Marukai Market just down the street.

I do have more to post, just so many things to do! Tomorrow will be a busy day but maybe with the rain might get something more on here.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Demon out, good luck in!

Demon out, good luck in!

Ah, these are Eho-Maki, Lucky Directional Roll. In other words, they are giant sushi rolls one eats on Setsubun. You face the prescribed direction and eat this without talking or stopping. You are suppose to think of good things you want for the new Spring to come. There are suppose to be seven ingridients inside. I can say that one of these is quite filling!