We Are in…. O.Ki.Na.Wa

5 Feb

 

Last year when my brother was back for a long visit, we drove down to San Jose to eat some Okinawan Soba.  My brother was living in Okinawa for almost a year and lived off this stuff.  Okinawan soba is not a common dish in Japanese restaurants so we weren’t too surprised that we had to drive nearly an hour south to get some.

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We met up with a friend, who lives in the South Bay, and headed to Ramen Tenma in San Jose.  To be completely honest, if you’re itching to try Okinawan soba, I guess you can come down here, but you’re not really missing out on anything special.  The Okinawan soba didn’t particularly stand out, and according to my brother, it wasn’t very good compared to the stuff back on the island.  The best part of the meal was the pork spare rib that comes in it and the Orion beer we ordered.

Black and Orange…

4 Feb

For Halloween last year, Kt.G, and I popped Normalicious’s pumpkin-carving cherry.  My Norman has never carved a pumpkin before!  We went to a local pumpkin patch and picked out a few pumpkins to carve.

Norm was getting a little frustrated, having never carved a pumpkin before, working next to Kt.G, who’s a pumpkin carving champion, but I think Norm’s pumpkin came out looking pretty good for a first-timer.  In the picture below, Norm’s pumpkin is on top and Kt.G’s is on the bottom with the crooked stem.

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Oh, and I baked Black Velvet Cupcakes for my co-workers for Halloween. I took this Black Velvet Layer Cake recipe and modified it for cuppy cakes.  Since the Giants went to the World Series right around this time, I decided to make orange cream cheese frosting to celebrate, (although I’m not a big sports fan).

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Black Velvet Cupcakes

Make the cake recipe above.  Put batter into cupcake tins and bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the cake.

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

From epicurious (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Orange-Cream-Cheese-Frosting-102381)

Ingredients:
2 8-ounce packages chilled cream cheese
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup chilled sour cream
 
Directions:
Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until well blended. Beat in sugar, then orange peel and vanilla. Beat in sour cream. Cover and refrigerate until frosting is firm enough to spread, about 30 minutes.

Back Logs + Picnics in SF

1 Feb

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, New Years Eve, and, if you’re Japanese, お正月, New Years Day.  I have a huge back log of posts that I’m still drafting and tons of pictures that I’m going to post as soon as possible!

Ok, now that we’re done with formalities, let me do a quick and dirty post.  The other day, Normalicious took me out on a date.  We went to Bi-Rite Market in the Mission District, and grabbed two sandwiches to eat at Dolores Park.  The sandwiches were just ok, but Bi-Rite’s not really known for sandwiches….no sir.  They’re known for their UBER delish ice cream.

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Bi-Rite Creamery, which is just across the street from their market, has one of the best ice creams I’ve ever had in SF.  I’m not sure if they’re organic or if they use non-GMO ingredients but damn, it sure is some guuuuud ice cream.  We hit up the creamery after our picnic in Dolores Park.  Even though it started to get cold, we still just HAD to get ice cream. I got their two seasonal flavors, Meyer Lemon and Orange Cardamom. He got Malted Vanilla and Brown Sugar with Ginger Caramel. Yes, we both got two scoops, two flavors each. We don’t mess around when it comes to dessert.

When we were relaxing in Dolores Park, we experienced the unique-ness that makes San Francisco a very left winged community.  A middle-aged woman was going around selling “magic brownies.”  Everyone there was busting out with beer bottles and ha$# pipes.  I never knew Mission Park was a hip spot for that kind of business.  Needless to say, I did not partake in any illegal activity.  The boyfriend and I just sat, ate our sandwiches, and people watched.  He drew while I read, and just had a really lovely and relaxing day.

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