Thursday, June 29, 2017


Untitled Recently we tried these cute kanten treats called Kyo-temari by Seikanin.

Temari are normally balls that are embroidered and used in games.

I have a picture of one made of candy here.

The outside of the Kyo-temari is coated with sugar and the inside is a semi-firm jelly-like kanten.

It comes in 8 different flavors (lemon, grape, sakura, green ume, ramune, peach, apricot, strawberry) and unfortunately are only sold in sets of 9 (7 of the above flavors plus 2 lemon), nothing sold single.

The lady working at the counter said to chill it, but it doesn't really get cold.

Still I'm glad we tried this, it makes a nice gift.

In most department stores, I bought this from Umeda Daimaru

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


bright bluish greenish mint chocolate drink before checking out the fireflies❤︎ #蛍 #箕面 #大阪 #カフェドクリェ #fireflies #minoo #osaka #japan #cafedecrie #latergram Saturday, it was so brutally humid.

Still, we wanted to check out the fireflies, so we made our way to Minoo Falls.

Before heading out onto the trail, we stopped into Cafe de Crie for something cold...

Satoshi had a coffee float (iced coffee with vanilla ice cream)

And I got this...a bright bluish greenish mint chocolate drink...loved how it had bits of chocolate in it as well as that thick chocolate drizzle on top.

We only saw a handful of fireflies, and even though it was humid it was nice to be out and about and I'm glad we made it home before the rain.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


more huge onions, this time from awajishima, thank you again mayumi-san! #awajishima #japan #onion #淡路島 #玉ねぎ We recently received more bambucha (huge) onions from Mayumi-san (thank you!)

This time around they were from Awajishima (Awaji Island).

Untitled I roasted one of them for our dinner on Sunday (because it was the size of a softball!)

Topped it with some homemade meat sauce and shredded cheese...I've made this before here.

The weather has been so hot and humid, so it wasn't the best day to be using the oven, but this was still a delicious way to enjoy this.

Thank you again Mayumi-san!

Monday, June 26, 2017


IMG_0954 Have you tried 551 Horai?

Everyone in Osaka calls them 551(pronounced go-go-itchy) and I only tried them recently.

Silly me...I had thought they were the same as the nikuman (knee-coo-mahn, literally meat buns) sold at the convenience store...gasp!

551's steamed pork bun is a little sweet and thicker on the outside than the ones in the convenience stores, more like the steamed manapua (char siu bao) we have in Hawaii.

The inside filling is like pork hash and it is super juicy.

It comes with a packet of mustard and during the summer a packet of ponzu (citrus soy sauce) (I have only used the ponzu, so don't know what exact type of mustard is given).

Apparently, you can only find 551 in the Kansai area, so there are always lines to get them as omiyage.

They hand fill and steam each bun on site, so you know everything is made fresh.

551 calls their pork filled buns, butaman (boo-tah-mahn literally pork buns) NOT nikuman, so try not to make a mistake when ordering...

They also sell shumai (pork hash) as well as other items at their kiosks.

There are many 551 Horai restaurants around the Kansai area too.

I want to try their char siu man (buns filled with sweet red char siu, like manapua), but need to visit their main store in Namba.

If you have tried 551, what items do you enjoy from them?

Sunday, June 25, 2017

a-ha moment

gmh3 I think every once in awhile, we all have an a-ha moment.

Recently while Satoshi and I were talking about ika (squid), he was saying that there were activists against the way that squid was killed the minute it was caught so that it could maintain the freshness of the squid.

Which got us to talking about how veggies may even have "life", so would it be wrong to "kill" them too?

And then I mentioned how when we say "itadakimasu" before eating, it is to let the food know that we are receiving their lives.

That is when the a-ha moment hit Satoshi, you should've seen his face light up.

All his life he thought that "itadakimasu" just meant, "thank you for the meal", and "thank you to the person who made it".

Afterwards, I let him read my post about itadakimasu & gochisoosama.

He was quite impressed that I knew this, and now I'm glad he knows this too...

Saturday, June 24, 2017

shikoku fair

Untitled Recently Hanshin Department Store held a Shikoku Fair.

All sorts of foodie items from Kochi, Ehime, Tokushima & Kagawa prefectures.

I was hoping that Hakurakuten would be selling their sauce for their yakibuta tamago meshi bowls...and they were!

Untitled We had this for dinner one night...I gotta figure out how to make the yakibuta (roast pork) similar but this was still delicious!

Friday, June 23, 2017

fbc, koln & furoindo

Untitled It had been ten years (or more) since I had been back to Rokko Island.

Before that, I had been to Rokko Island when I studied in Japan (many many moons ago).

Back when I studied in Japan, Rokko Island was still undeveloped and when Satoshi and I had visited 10 (or more years ago) it was still pretty undeveloped.

So, I was shocked to see it looking like a concrete jungle now...

Untitled Finding Foreign Buyer's Club was a bit of a hunt, but I'm glad I had brought my pocket wifi.

I could've easily ordered online from them, but I wanted to see their brick & mortar shop.

I'm glad I went because now I know that they don't have a lot of items there and have more items listed on their website.

I was able to get some deodorant...and a can of cream of mushroom soup (I wanna make scalloped potatoes).

At least I have some deodorant to tide me over for the summer...

Untitled In Okamoto, I had originally thought to buy some items from Furoindo, a bakery that has been around since 1932.

You know I wasn't a foodie back when I studied in Japan, because I only found out about them when we moved to Japan back in 2001.

Anyway, when I went to the shop, I was too early and all their shelves were!

So I bought all kinds of stuff from Koln...that tuna sandwich (bottom of the photo) was awesome, it had fried onions in it and I want to re-create it.

And that smiley face was a chocolate melon pan filled with chocolate cream...mmm!

Untitled I went to FBC and then just before getting on the train back to Osaka, I went to check out Furoindo again...and they had curry pan & an donuts...whoo!

Untitled Usually when you bite into curry pan, there is a huge air pocket where the bread separates from the filling like this.

I loved that both were filled to the gills with curry and sweet bean paste respectively.

The curry had a nice amount of spice and the an donut was covered with cinnamon.

The donut part was thicker and chewier than what I am used to but I think it needs to be that thick to hold all that filling.

I'll be back to both bakeries and buy from FBC online (thanks for telling us about this place Jo!).

Have a nice weekend!

Foreign Buyer's Club
5-15 Koyochonaka, 3F
Rokko Island, Hyogo
Phone: 078.857.9001
Closed Sundays
Hours: 10:00-18:00

1-5-13 Okamoto
Kobe, Hyogo
Phone: 078.451.0064
Hours: 8:30-20:30

1-11-23 Okamoto
Kobe, Hyogo
Phone: 078.411.6686
Closed Sundays
Hours: 9:00-19:00