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makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
I had this recently...probably the last oysters of the season, cooked as kakimeshi or kaki no takikomi gohan. Shucked and cleaned whole oysters briefly cooked with dashi and a little sake and soy sauce, taken out, the rice cooked with that broth, then the oysters added back right before serving. So delicious, but very, very intensely flavored so a little is enough. . . . #food #japan #japanesefood #washoku #oysters #rice

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
GACKT (yep that GACKT) endorses these bananas.

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
Another Haagen-Dazs Japan flavor, Matcha Cheese Cookie. It tastes exactly like the name (the “cheese” part is cream cheese). . . . #japan #japanesefood #icecream #haagendazs #haagendazsjapan #snacks

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
This is a takeout sushi set I get a lot when I am in Yokohama, from Takashimaya. It’s really fresh, and only costs 501 yen!! Sells out fast though. . . . #food #sushi #japan #japanesefood #washoku #yokohama #bargain

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
So I bought what I thought was a big bar of Meiji milk chocolate in Amazon Fresh, which came up as a “you might also like” suggestion when I was putting snacks in the shopping cart. I added it without looking too closely. When it came time to open the bar I noticed it said “Difficulty level: Pure (on the sweet side)” on the front. Huh? Difficulty level?? Ok and it also says “Warning: Not edible” next to that. So I looked at the back, and...that’s when I realized I’d bought a chocolate bar shaped puzzle by mistake.

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
The “mille-crêpes” is a dessert with French roots that may have been invented at a Japanese cafe in the 1980s. Two places claim to be the originator though - Ruelle de Derrière in Nishi Azabu, Tokyo and Paper Moon, also in Nishi Azabu. (Lady M and Paper Moon share the same management apparently.) It’s a stack of crêpes with custard cream in between them, refrigerated until set and sliced like a cake. There are recipes in French for gâteau de crêpes, but I’m not sure how far back they go. In any case, mille-crêpes are a pretty ubiquitous dessert in Japan these days. I had this yesterday at a local restaurant. (I have made a stack of crepes thing for decades, but a savory version with a cream cheese and sour cream based cream.) . . . . #japan #japanesefood #dessert #crepes #millecrepes

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
A photo I took a few years ago of various sansai (mountain (ie wild)) herbs or vegetables). . . #food #japan #japanesefood #sansai #mountainvegetables #spring #foraging #washoku #bambooshoots

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
It’s takenoko (bamboo shoot) season, and one of the best ways to enjoy it is in takenoko gohan, bamboo shoot rice. The bamboo shoot is boiled first, cut up and cooked with the rice in dashi (stock). Strips of aburaage (fried tofu) are added here too. . . . #japan #japanesefood #washoku #bamboo #bambooshoots #takenoko #和食 #筍 #spring

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
By request, here is Häagen-Dazs Japan’s Story Time Snow White’s Apple With Custard. It’s apple gelée with custard ice cream and apple chunks. Very tasty, and so pretty. The Story Time flavors came out in the fall, but I couldn’t find them locally until recently. . . . #japan #japanesefood #japanesesnacks #icecream #haagendazs #haagendazsjapan #アイスクリーム #snowwhite

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
Häagen-Dazs Japan’s Story Time Alice’s Tea with Cookies. So adorable! It tastes like old fashioned sweet milk tea, with a hint of butter cookie crumbles. . . . #japan #japanesefood #japanesesnacks #icecream #haagendazs #haagendazsjapan #アイスクリーム #aliceinwonderland

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
I made banana cakes. . . . #baking #banana #bananacake #bananacakes #food #sundaymorning

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
Rainy Saturday lunch means pizza delivery. Springtime fusion pizza: Italian sausage, ricotta, smoked and regular mozzarella, Grana Padano, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and....grilled takenoko (bamboo shoot). From @salvatorecuomo_jp . . . . #japan #japanesefood #pizza #yokohama #livinginjapan #笑顔でサルヴァトーレ

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
#spring #springtime #hyacinth #cyclamen

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
Someone sent a box of hoshi imo 干し芋, sweet potatoes that are steamed then dried until they are dense and sticky. They don’t keep long since they are still soft, but are so sweet without any added sugar. They are a specialty of Hitachinaka in Ibaraki prefecture, where these were sent from. It’s a congratulations for getting out of the hospital gift for my mother and me from a good friend

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
Very traditional Edo (old Tokyo) style senbei (rice crackers) made in Aoto, Katsushika ward, Tokyo - real “shitamachi” Tokyo. The formed crackers are dried in the sun until hard on the roof, which is lined with goza (straw mats). The proprietor, who is in his 80s, climbs up there with a ladder several times a day to turn the crackers over so they dry evenly. Once dry they are cooked until crispy on a charcoal grill, and brushed with dark soy sauce near the end. What makes them Edo style is the hard, crispy texture and the dark soy sauce. . . . . #japan #japanesefood #snacks #japanesesnacks #ricecrackers #senbei #washoku #煎餅 #おせんべい #江戸 #下町 #tokyo #edo

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
The last citrus fruits of the winter season - a buntan (pomelo) and a dekopon orange, from a farm in Kochi, Shikoku. Both were so good.

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
Beautiful fresh flounder (karei) packed with roe. This is called “komochi garei” - “flounder with child” in Japanese

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
A very cute little bento. The rice is okowa, mochi rice cooked with various good things. . . . #washoku #bento #obento #japan #japanesefood #springiscoming #spring

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
Spring is coming.... . #spring #flowers #february #japan #yokohama

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
I am out of hospital and back home (or my mother’s home anyway) finally.

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