Fukuoka · General Life

When all else fails … food

Which is to say my brain has melted from the heat, and thus isn’t up to deep thinking (what gray matter is functioning is devoted to big work project), so … food.

There was my birthday, then my boss has been in town for the past week, which meant eating out some, and there was a “sweets viking” in the midst of that.

Birthday treat

My coworker left this on my desk for a birthday treat. Moist and sweet and delicious, it kept me going until I could get to the burger below….

20120680741_06fa83f1ad_k

Brooklyn Parlor

Our go-to birthday place, they feature a “build-a-burger” dinner menu, which allows me to build such tasty monstrosities as the burger pictured here:  beef patty, red onions, fresh basil, mushrooms, avocado, blue cheese and sweet barbecue sauce. Dessert ended up being a fruit tart … and not the bizarre “water jewelry,” which only forced me to think of Aqua Man.

20150717_20140220150717_21093320107204312_fb2bc46ad1_k

Local Yakitori

I failed to get pictures of meat, veggie and cheese on a stick that was last Thursday night. Too busy stuffing them into my mouth….

Plaza del Sol

The following night, a group of us went here for Mexican food, which was good, cheap and plentiful. Nachos, tacos, cheese dip with chorizo … pina coladas. Tasty food and a fun atmosphere. Will definitely go back.

19492522564_571b418e03_k 20115158695_bd37890697_k
19494164433_28b361b0fa_k20088866786_fc1d571bf5_k

Sweets Paradise

19928471919_37168e6a44_kAnd because every birthday needs cake, Lexi and Diana (also a July birthday girl) headed to our local Parco for a “sweets viking,” which means all you can eat cakes, puddings, pasta and other treats, with a 70 minute time limit. “Viking” here is the catch-all term for a buffet or smorgasbord. And if you curious as to why the heck that is, you can read up on it here. The sweets are decent — wish they’d had the green tea chocolate fountain that intimidated me at my 20107136132_a8a4144427_kfirst Sweets Paradise — but the real winner here was the carbonara pasta, which was quite good (unlike the mentaiko pasta, which was “oh god why would you DO that to perfectly good pasta?!?”).

My usual approach is one plate of sweets, then one of pasta and then another of sweets, but this time I kind of combined plates one and two into one course.

Mugicha

Summer in Japan means high temps, high humidity, singing cicadas and iced mugicha, or roasted barley tea. It’s very refreshing and welcome on a sweltering summer day. I’d gone to Lupicia to buy the iced tea pitcher, and they had several different kinds of mugicha tea bags, so I grabbed the pan-fried variety and now have some wonderful iced mugicha in the fridge.

20115155735_4e22c05a90_k

Chahan and gyoza

Went to try a teishoku (set meal) place for lunch with a coworker yesterday, only to discover they were closed for two days. So we settled for a noodle restaurant a little closer to work. However, since it was around 34 C, neither of us wanted a 20107157322_dd3f2038dd_ksteaming bowl of ramen or tsukmen, so we both settled for fried rice and gyoza. Both turned out to be quite good, and I’ll definitely be back when it’s cooled off to try the soups. This is one of the types of places where you pay up front, using a ticket machine to pay and print out what you want, which you then hand to the staff, who will bring it to you at the table. The tables were rather high tech, as it turned out, having flat, electric burners built into them, so you could keep your ramen nice and hot if you wanted to.

Healthya tea

I a19927038368_fe91efc832_km, honestly, addicted to a very particular variety of bottled tea — Kirin’s 午後の紅茶 (gogo no koucha / afternoon tea) straight tea, which is Dimbula tea, lightly sweetened (the one with the red label on their site). It’s good iced or hot, and I drink far more of it than I should. After yesterday’s rice and gyoza lunch, stopped at 7-11 to buy a bottle, and noticed something new on the shelf, Healthya straight black tea. This tea is so new, I can’t even find anything about it on Kao’s Healthya site. What’s healthy about it is that it has 540 mg of tea catechins. Taste-wise, it’s very, very similar to my beloved gogo no koucha, but slightly less sweet and slightly more astringent. However, it’s also more expensive and in a smaller bottle, so I won’t be switching any time soon.

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “When all else fails … food

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s