Getting ready for Japan!

7 Jun
This is just the first of many posts of our Japanese journey. I hope you will follow us!

We were very lucky to be invited to Brent’s colleague’s home tonight. Takashi and his lovely wife Riyo hosted a little “Good Luck” party for us and Riyo prepared some really, really good Japanese food for us and gave us some tips for our stay.Takashi works for Nissan but is at the University of Wisconsin right now working with the Nissan research group that Brent is a part of (and how we got this great opportunity in the first place!).

The four of us eating our okonomiyaki!

The four of us eating our okonomiyaki! (photo credit: Riyo)

Riyo made okonomiyaki, a mix of cabbage, green onions, special flour, eggs, and pork belly (bacon) with any other added meats, topped with sauce, mayonnaise, shredded bonito (fish flakes) and seaweed powder. The easiest way to describe okonomiyaki is a Japanese style “pancake,” or fritter, that we would eat here. Riyo included shrimp and calamari in ours, and also gave me the recipe – I cannot wait to eat this again.

One of the finished okonomiyaki

One of the finished okonomiyaki (Photo credit: Riyo)

I was also a bit obsessed with their electric skillet/wok that let her prepare our food right at the table – I need one of these!

Brent trying his hand at flipping - it took a bit of finesse!

Brent trying his hand at flipping – it took a bit of finesse! (Photo credit: Riyo)

also made a salad of lettuce, nori (seaweed), and sesame oil, and we finished with a fruit jelly in an impressive bowl.

Watermelon bowls are the best kind of bowls

Watermelon bowls are the best kind of bowls (Photo credit: Riyo)

It was nice to chat with them tonight; we got a taste of what we might be experiencing, and they told us some places we should visit while we’re there! I’ve got to start planning for that now.

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4 Responses to “Getting ready for Japan!”

  1. Takashi June 7, 2013 at 6:03 am #

    Thanks for joining us today!
    We had a very nice time.
    Have a safe trip to Japan!
    Don’t forget to take a photo of “it” at the San Diego airport.
    Looking forward to seeing more posts : )

  2. Gloria Bauer June 7, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    This is awesome that you will be sharing your journey!!

  3. The Camtron 9000 (that's my name) June 12, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    Japan has some baller machines from cooking. You can buy electric tea kettles there that have settings for every kind of tea, and they have rice cookers that have settings for every kind of rice, plus things like that portable wok!!

    • jennygagas June 16, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

      Camtron, you’re right! I want an electric kettle really bad but i don’t think it will work in the US. But i’m going to get one when we get home…along with a sweet electric wok. Also. There are vending machines EVERYWHERE, some with beer and alcohol. you’d love it!

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