A couple of weeks ago Marukai had an Aomori Prefecture Food Fair. There were a lot of interesting and ono stuff on sale, but this was my favorite. It's called "Kibo no Shizuku" (A Drop of Hope) apple juice. It was expensive . . . $6.99 . . . but it was so worth it.
And this is why. Apple is the only ingredient. It tastes like you're drinking an apple. I loved it. The next time you're at Marukai you should treat yourself to a bottle (or two). You deserve it.
Here's what the Marukai flyer said about the drink: The JA Aoren apple juice makers have developed a unique method to produce the best juice available. Fresh apples from Aomori are grated, and the juice extracted and bottled in a closed environment free of oxygen. This prevents oxidation, and makes it unnecessary to add antioxidants to the juice to keep the color of the juice stable. Grating the apples adds greater flavor to the juice and heightens the apple fragrance. Kibo no Shizuku apple juice has won both the Gold Quality Award from Monde Selection, and the Superior Taste Award from the International Taste and Quality Institute.
I was driving home one day and saw this truck. It was in front of the car in front of me. We were stopped at a red light when I took this photo. It says "STAY 200 FEET BACK. NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR BROKEN WINDSHIELDS. " I'm wondering . . . how can you stay back that far?
Torito's Mexican Food is in Market City. Me and Wendell went there for lunch a few months ago. I was surprised that they were kinda busy for a weekday. This is Wendell's Chicken Flautas ($12.95 according to a Yelp menu photo). I think Wendell finished the whole thing.
My Chicken Quesadillas ($13.50). It was good, but I hope I didn't finish the whole thing . . .
Last month me, my sisters and my mom went to Kiwami's Ramen to celebrate my birthday. It was my first time there, and I liked it. We were immediately given this complimentary bowl of pork with rice. Of note is the fact that when my mom and I returned a few weeks later, my mom noticed that they omitted this (she's still so sharp, yah).
We all shared this gyoza.
Spicy Shio Ramen
Shoyu Ramen with Tontoro Topping
The Tontoro topping was melt in your mouth tender and so worth the additional $3.00.
PORK BOWL!!! Wendell saw some kind of write-up somewhere about Your Kitchen's Pork Bowl so he wanted to check it out. It is the absolute star of the hole-in-the-wall establishment, hence the special billing. Here it is topped with the included panko-crusted egg, cooked to perfection and sliced open for you to see.
Your Kitchen is on 10th Avenue in Palolo Valley. Only on-street parking is available. Good luck.
Here is my Oyako Donburi. I didn't feel deserving of pork belly fat so I opted for this. It was good, but after tasting some of Wendell's Pork Bowl decided that maybe next time I'll go for the mini Pork Bowl instead.
Here are photos of a couple of shaved ice that me and Geri had sometime last year. This is Geri's Strawberry-flavored shaved ice.
Three repairmen came sometime after lunch yesterday. Actually one of um was a repairwoman. I was pretty impressed . . . THREE! They did a diagnostic test thing and determined that the signal to the living room TV had been okay for regular TV but was too weak to catch all the fancy stuff that came with our new box. We have several TVs hooked up to the cable and the TV in the living room is the last in line.
So they put in a separate line, drilled a puka from the outside and connected the line directly to the TV.
Now our reception looks like this!
And this!!! As Wendell sometimes says, "Now that's what I'm talking about!"
Wendell made this meatloaf the other night and it was super, super good. He found the recipe in Wednesday's Star Advertiser. I always love it when I can find the recipe online to cut and paste.
The photo below is actually the leftover meatloaf right out of the 'fridge the day after it was made (he made two).
EASY MEATLOAF Courtesy Leigh Ito
1/2 package Stove Top stuffing, cooked and cooled (substitute with 1 slice bread, broken into pieces) 1-1/2 pounds ground beef 1 package Lipton onion soup mix 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 medium carrot, grated 2 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley 1 large egg 3 tablespoons ketchup, plus more to top loaf if desired 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco Pepper, to taste Vegetable oil to grease pan 1/3 cup chopped chives (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine half to all of stuffing with remaining ingredients (for firmer meatloaf, use half of stuffing; for softer, use all). Combine well but do not overmix. Reserve any remaining stuffing to eat with meatloaf.
Place in greased loaf pan. If you like, spread thin layer of ketchup over top of loaf. Bake 1 hour, then turn off heat and let meatloaf sit in oven 5 to 10 minutes. Take out of oven and cool before slicing. Serves 3 to 4.
Here's our new rice cooker. Wendell bought it from Costco for $31. He said that the previous Tiger brand one also came from Costco and it was $99! *gulp* Good thing this one no more buttons that somehow might get scotch-taped down.