Thursday, October 23, 2014

miel sweet

miel sweet satsumaimo(sweet potato) I came across this sweet potato at Crazy Pantry recently.

It is called Miel Sweet and is grown in Kochi, Shikoku.

Miel is French for "honey" but this sweet potato isn't sugar sweet.

miel sweet satsumaimo(sweet potato) I like the bright yellow color of the flesh when cooked.

It doesn't taste any different from any sweet potato I've had, but I'm glad we got to try this.

I made a small batch of this salad with it.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

okonomiyaki hiro

gyoza, okonomiyaki, yakisoba & lots of #beer @ okonomiyaki hiro with @tanikaze , hubs & tanikazemom...good times #osaka #japan I think it has been over ten years since I've eaten at Okonomiyaki Hiro.

This tiny shop is one of the first places Satoshi brought me to, to have okonomiyaki when we moved to Japan. (I'm glad they are still in business!)

My friend, Greg is visiting Japan with his mom. I'm glad he had some time to meet up.

Since Satoshi also knows Greg, we all had dinner together last night.

Gyoza, yakisoba, okonomiyaki and lots of beer.

Hope they had enough to eat. It was nice meeting Greg's mom and I hope they enjoy the rest of their stay.

Okonomiyaki Hiro
11-10 Toganocho Swiss Building 1F
Kita, Osaka
Phone: 06.6314.2328
Hours: 17:30-3:00
Mondays to Saturdays, closed Sundays

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

curry mustard sweet potato salad

IMG_8396 Super easy recipe inspired by a similar salad that I had while eating at add:painduce.

Steam a sweet potato until it is soft but not mushy.

Make the dressing while you are waiting for the sweet potato to cook...

1/2 teaspoon of curry powder
1 teaspoon of grainy mustard
some mayo (about 1 tablespoon)

After the sweet potato is cooked, cut it into cubes while it is still hot (be careful!)
Drizzle 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar over the cubes and let the sweet potato cool a bit.

Then mix the sweet potato with the dressing and chill before serving.

NOTES: my curry powder had salt in it, so I didn't add any more. This was really easy and tasty...I'm making this again.

Monday, October 20, 2014

sunday dinner

IMG_8537 With the salts that we received from Kirk, we tried them with dinner yesterday.

Kirk mentioned that the habanero salt was good with steak, so that is what I served. A-5 Kagoshima kuroge wagyu ichibo (top side).

I wasn't too sure what to serve the uni (sea urchin) salt with, but after tasting it, I thought it might be nice to dip seafood into it.

So I pan seared some scallops. Since I didn't season the scallops before searing them, the uni salt gave the scallops a nice ocean-y flavor.

And we dipped our steak into the habanero salt...boy, did it have a nice after burn (cough!).

The fried ika (squid) and fried shrimp I picked up at the market so these were already pre-seasoned. We ate them as is.

For veggies we had some kiriboshi daikon mustard salad.

Untitled and washed everything down with this Italian Collesi Amberata. This amber ale was a little fruity and with 7.5% alcohol content had a nice kick.

This beer is unpasteurized and naturally fermented in the bottle. They suggest you serve this with grilled meat so this was perfect with my menu.

I'll keep experimenting with these infused salts. Do you use infused salts? Write how you use them in the comments. We both enjoyed our first try of these salts...Thanks again Kirk!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

foodie saturday in namba

IMG_8519 Yesterday, after Satoshi's German class, we finally got to meet up with Kirk of mmm-yoso and "the Missus".

Rewind to June, when I was planning to go back to Hawaii for the summer, I emailed Kirk to see if he would be there at the same time.

He replied that they were instead thinking of visiting Japan in the Fall...whoo!

Fast forward to last week Monday...we had plans to meet up but Typhoon Vongfong had other intentions.

And so yesterday, we finally got a chance to meet up.

Having read Kirk's blog for many years and then meeting up in person, it wasn't like we were meeting for the first time, there weren't many silent moments, just lots of conversation and lots of laughter.

At first we had planned to check out a cheesecake cafe, but the line was krazy, so instead we sat along the Dotombori river with coffees and chatted for awhile.

Then as the sun started to set, we decided to eat something and found ourselves at Kushikatsu Gokakuya.

The name "kushikatsu" are fried foods on a stick, "gokakuya"..."gokaku" means to pass an exam and "ya" is shop. This shop is kind of like a lucky place for students studying for exams.

They even have a stick called "gokaku kushi" which has a piece of beef, pork and chicken and is supposedly good luck...which I found out about afterwards while researching for this post.

As I read off most of the menu for Kirk and the Missus to choose from, Satoshi was in-charge of yelling our order to the cooks.

We started off with enoki wrapped with bacon, quail eggs, red ginger, horumon (pork innards), tan (tongue) and "big" kushikatsu, some karaage (fried chicken), pickled cucumber, and wasabi tako (octopus).

The missus loved the sauce...

Gokakuya's sauce is their own special blend, a little sweet and tangy. The panko they use to bread the different food items is fine and gives the outer coating its crunch and keeps things light when fried.

In Osaka, remember when eating double dipping!

IMG_8520 Next up, "big" shrimp & whale....

um, we all decided that we tried whale and can now cross it off our bucket lists...(if you are curious, it tastes like the "dark part" of a fish).

IMG_8521 Last up, fried chicken skins so light and crisp, addicting!

We had a great time, I hope Kirk and the missus enjoyed themselves and had enough to eat.

I hope they come back to Japan soon! (I can't believe with all the travelling they have done that this was their first trip to Japan!)

IMG_8527 Oh, and they were so nice to bring us these gourmet salts that are made in San Diego, by Salt Farm. We'll have to try them soon.

It was so nice to meet up, lots of eating, lots of talking...Thank you Kirk and the Missus!

Kushikatsu Gokakuya (Sennichi-mae Honten)
1-7-5 Dotombori
Chuo, Osaka
Phone: 06.6214.4194
Hours: Mondays-Fridays 15:00-23:00
Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays 11:00-23:00

Saturday, October 18, 2014


IMG_7627 I started to dip into my "stash" of snacks that I brought back from Hawaii...Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Oreos.

IMG_8339 Chocolate and peanut butter cream center...such a wonderful combo!

IMG_7938 And the mini version...these are filled with peanut butter cream only but still nice.

What have you been snacking on these days?

Friday, October 17, 2014

cafe komachi

IMG_8100 Awhile back, I had lunch at Cafe Komachi. This cafe is right across the street from the JR Morinomiya station.

I had their daily lunch, all sorts of veggies, chicken, rice and miso soup...1030 yen with an iced coffee.

They had many seats and I like that this cafe was no smoking.

The food was delicious, and I liked the assortment of dishes...I'll be back.

Cafe Komachi
1-14-1 Morinomiya Chuo, 2F
Chuo-ku, Osaka
Phone: 06.6945.0831
Open daily 11:00-21:00