Misadventures with Miso

Misadventures with Miso

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

For the curry lover in your life happy Valentine's Day

I decided today to share this post I just saw from erocketnews24.com of one of the more interesting places I ate at, CoCo Ichibanya. I don't know what location they were at but obviously in Japan because the CoCo Ichibanya doesn't have that many toppings here.

So check out this mount of extreme curry
CoCo Ichibanya Curry with EVERYTHING

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday Stroll: Street Light

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Hoping to get inspired again and find time to blog. Change is happening. But for now, even if it's one photo have a stroll through the Street Light installation at LACMA. That's Los Angeles County Museum of Art which just happens to be next to the La Brea Tar Pits. This piece is probably one of the most photographed at the museum since it opened in 2008. The artist is Chris Burden.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Food for Friday: We get Capriotti's!

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I like a little mystery. So here's one for you. Just who or what is "Bob"?

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Something that isn't a mystery but known to those who like sandwiches is that Capriotti's is definitely a good place to eat at.

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I found out about the one in Torrance, California opening from a couple of on-line news reviews. Seems they are very popular in Las Vegas and thus have a few people here now very happy. So I had to see for myself.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tokyo gets small

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Just a few tilt-shift photos from my last trip.

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The boats outside Hama Rikyu Garden.

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Kyu-inabu Jinju (shrine) in Hama Rikyu Garden. There's more from Hama Rikyu and beyond after the cut.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

It's not Japan if I don't have sushi (March 22nd, 2011)

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Not knowing how often the Toei Express was running to Narita (less often than going to Haneda Airport from what I saw), I left even earlier to get to the airport on my last day. But it also gave me plenty of time to once again sample the food offerings there.

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Found out afterward the kaiten zushi place was closed so I'm glad I decided to try the food on the fourth floor. That is Tsukiji Sushi-Iwa. So I got to have a little Tsukiji sushi after all (but I'm guessing it probably was from somewhere else that day since the market was closed.)

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A little sake for the pre-flight nerves and what looked like mountain vegetables as an appetizer.

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I figured why not be brave. Heck I weathered earthquakes and radioactive fall-out, why not go with the chef's choice, omakase.

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Don't ask me what some of this is.I'm guessing there were a few clams involved. I did eat all of this. I was happy to see so much maguro. Tuna in Tokyo just has wonderful flavor. I know not all of it comes from around Japan, but my limited experience has been good. I can say that I did like this sushi restaurant and would try it again but there are a few other restaurants at Terminal One that I want to try in the future. I hope.

So that was my trip. There was one really strong aftershock while I was up on the top level. I learned the word "jishin" then as the lady sitting near me turned to me and said "Jishin?" and realizing it meant earthquake I wholeheartedly agreed.

I was glad to arrive back at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport). I don't have photos of what happened there but it was a little different from other times. If I ever write this story I will have to put that in. But for now I will probably have one more post of photos from Tokyo and then have to figure out what to write about next here.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Radioactive Rain (March 21st, 2011)

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This is what my last full day in Tokyo looked like.

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It was really strange. I don't know if it was because they didn't want to say there how much radioactive fallout in the rain there would be or if they just did not know. They did tell everyone to try not to be out in it. It pretty much sums everything up that happened. I think because it would have been Herculean to try to evacuate everyone south of Fukushima (that would be not just Tokyo but Chiba prefecture too) and the fact that thankfully it had not reached worst case scenario, that keeping the reporting some what level was actually the best for everyone since panicking wouldn't have helped.

However whoever was responsible for getting out accurate information of radiation readings in different areas, giving more detailed information about TEPCO and handling disasters, that all was fail. Since not a lot of new information has come out about readings from that time I'd say Japan just was not prepared for this at all. As for TEPCO, seriously, it's a shame. At almost a year later nothing has changed and if a similar earthquake and tsunami hit at the right place, Japan would once again have another disaster on their hands. At least they are taking almost all of the reactors off line but after that...will things change?

And I have to say I don't think any country has the total capability to prevent a Fukushima from happening. As long as they say operators should keep things from going bad in case of an accident, remember that Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Fukushima Dai-ichi all went bad because of operators not handling things right. Humans are fallible. You don't know how they are going to react in a crisis. Heck, they wanted to run away from Dai-ichi. It's a shame.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sunday Stroll: If you really want to get stuck try the La Brea Tar Pits

La Brea Tar Pits

Right next door to LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is a place where one can get a really sinking feeling.

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It's the La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum.

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Where you can see Saber Tooth Cats,

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Mammoths, and all kinds of animals that were here but aren't any more.

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What makes this museum rather interesting is it is very active in that they are almost always excavating right outside. So over time new finds will make their way to be displayed. The number of different animals and the vast amount of bones and more that have been found makes this a rather important place too. So keep looking to see more.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Food for Friday: Konbini Goodness one last time (March 20th, 2011)

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Lawson had such a good selection of bento finally! This is what I bought at the Lawson by the Fish Market. This one was so good I got it again the next day at the Lawson by the hotel. Nice sized piece of salmon and stuffed with good veggies. But where is the rice? Japanese meal like this without rice?

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It's a double decker bento! The rice is in a container underneath. Lots of food here which is good because it's lunch and dinner. Most bento have too much for me to eat so I end up eating part for lunch and the rest for dinner. Or breakfast or however it works out.

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But didn't have to worry about breakfast this time. Want to see why?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A little more local color (March 20th, 2011)

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I will let the photos speak for themselves as they show a bit from my walk from the station to the hotel. There is a real talent for urban gardening even in the concrete streets of Tokyo.

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More to see of this early blooming sakura and other surprises.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

We are the Earthquake Generation (March 20th, 2011)

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One last look at Hama Rikyu Garden. We may not have a castle that the Shogun lived in, but we still can see a bit of how they lived and relaxed. There is so much more to this garden than what I saw. A tea house on a pond, horse riding grounds and duck hunting areas are just part of what was the Shogun's life in this garden.

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Looking the opposite way we see modern Tokyo and a bit of the bubble past with Nakagin Capsule Tower.

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Heading back to the train station I see Lawson. Oh for the wonderful Japanese konbini! Bento is secured for dinner. Sure it was scary for people in Japan when the shelves were bare but imagine arriving for a trip and not having any food at all? It wasn't like I had a kitchen with a few things in a pantry. So for me, an open konbini with food was the best thing to see. Even after having been here for almost ten days after the earthquake.

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Walking towards the station I realized I was right at someplace rather important and on any other day I could have just eaten here. In fact, probably would have had some awesome sushi. Want to see?