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makiwi

Instagram - Sun, 2018-09-23 11:42
Freshly grated katsuobushi (bonito). Just like freshly grated pepper tastes and smells so much more intense than pre-grated, freshly grated or shaved katsuobushi is a world apart from pre-grated. It’s a lot of work though.

makiwi

Instagram - Sun, 2018-09-23 11:42
Iced green tea bags from Kagoshima. The tea is a mix of sencha and matcha, and it’s brewed with cold water (mizudashi). The can is so cute.

makiwi

Instagram - Sun, 2018-09-23 11:42
Someone gave me a little felt onigiri.

makiwi

Instagram - Sun, 2018-09-23 11:42
Here’s another interesting snack sold in Japan - interesting in a completely different way from the shrunken croquettes in my last post. They are rice crackers from Tanita, a company that’s best known for making scales (especially the bioelectrical impedence analysis ones that measure body fat percentage) and such. Since people use their scales for losing weight, they have a thriving sideline now in Japan in healthy eating education and products. . The rice crackers are part of that. The product line is called Tanita Shokudo (Tanita Diner). Each single-portion packet of the crackers contains 66 calories and 1.6g of fiber. Besides rice, the crackers contain okara (the fibrous part of the soy bean) and crushed almonds. The crackers are rather hard and crunchy on purpose, because part of the Tanita philosophy is that you need to chew your food well to get that feeling of fullness and satisfaction with a limited amount. . The crackers are pretty tasty (salty-sweet), and are way more filling than regular rice crackers.

makiwi

Instagram - Wed, 2018-09-05 09:29
This snack from UHA Mikakuto is called Korokke no Manma (Basically Croquettes maybe, or Literally Croquettes). They are desiccated, miniaturized potato croquettes, which doesn’t sound promising I know. However, they are really addictive -crispy and very potato-y. The package on the left is the original flavor, and the one on the right is the “don’t dip twice” Osaka-style sauce flavor (sauce as in Bulldog-style sauce). I prefer the original flavor. . The same line, which is called Sozai no Manma (Literally Dinner Side Dishes) includes desiccated butter sauteed mushrooms, desiccated chicken and cashew nuts, desiccated shrimp shumai dumplings and more. So far I’ve tried the shumai. They aren’t as good as the croquettes, but they do actually taste like, well, crunchy shumai/siumai. (ETA: The line was just introduced in Japan a few months ago so don’t be disappointed if it isn’t available yet elsewhere.) . Japanese snack foods are so much fun, I swear. Forget all about Michelin starred restaurants and expensive sushi places and kaiseki and shit. I want to write a book about Japanese snack food.

makiwi

Instagram - Wed, 2018-09-05 09:29
Flyer for a wagyu sale! From top to bottom they have yakiniku (round or flank), cold shabu shabu (ditto), sukiyaki (round/flank or chuck/shoulder) and cubed steak (round/flank) cuts. These prices are per 100g. Prices for sirloin etc are way higher.

makiwi

Instagram - Wed, 2018-09-05 09:29
Kamaage shirasu, called “boiled whitebait” in English, which makes it sound disgusting. It’s delicious and not “fishy” at all. Great on hot rice, pasta, even on pizza. It’s sort of like very mild and just lightly salted anchovies. Something that’s almost impossible to find outside of Japan, and when you can find it it’s been frozen. . . . #washoku #japanesefood #japan #しらす #shirasu

makiwi

Instagram - Wed, 2018-09-05 09:29
Konbu seaweed and wasabi leaf tsukudani. Salty sweet, packed with umami, just mildly wasabi-ish. So good!This is the kind of food I miss the most when I’m not in Japan. Real soul food. . . . #washoku #japan #japanesefood #tsukudani #seafood #和食 #佃煮 #やっぱり日本人

makiwi

Instagram - Wed, 2018-09-05 09:29
Shiso and ginger flavored carrot juice. The can is a very light purple color. . . #japan #packagedfoods #japanesefood #itsbloodyhot #whydidicomehereinthesummer

makiwi

Instagram - Wed, 2018-09-05 09:29

makiwi

Instagram - Wed, 2018-09-05 09:29
Rosé with ice cubes. Yes it is a legit thing. Some rosés sold here even say on the label that serving with ice cubes is recommended. . . . #livinginfrance #livinginfrance #provence #france #wine #rose #summer #rosewine

makiwi

Instagram - Wed, 2018-09-05 09:29
Sittin’ where the Romans sat to take in a show. . . . . . #livinginfrance #livinginprovence #provence #france #roman #summer

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2018-08-23 05:45
Trying something new... . I have very bad eyesight, so without my glasses things are pretty blurry. This is how the sky looks right now from my window at 6:20am, as I’m sitting up in bed. The sun is rising, but a thunderstorm is starting too. The sky looks so biblical. . . . #livinginprovence #livinginfrance #provence #vaucluse #france

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2018-08-23 05:45
An individual portion Paris Brest. . . . . #livinginfrance #livinginfrance #frenchfood #vaucluse #patisserie #parisbrest #pastry #provence #france

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2018-08-23 05:45
I made a couple of lace edged handkerchiefs. The pink one has seed beads in the lace. . . . . . . #tatting #lace #tattinglace #タティングレース #タティング #handmade #handcrafted

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2018-08-23 05:45
Seasonal fruit tartlets. Believe it or not, you can get mediocre to bad versions of this kind of thing in France too. These, however are pretty good

makiwi

Instagram - Mon, 2018-08-13 09:58
Bread bread bread. From this bakery it’s as good as it looks. We are so lucky to have it just 3 minutes from our house. . . . . #livinginfrance #livinginprovence #bread #frenchfood #france #vaucluse

makiwi

Instagram - Mon, 2018-08-13 09:58
I love the little stone huts or barns in the middle of the fields in France. Each region has its own style, but the ones in Provence are the prettiest I think. . . . . #livinginfrance #dromeprovencale #livinginprovence #provence #summer #france #vineyard

makiwi

Instagram - Mon, 2018-08-13 09:58
An old stone barn, vines, and lavender in the Drôme Provençale. . . . #livinginfrance #livinginprovence #dromeprovencale #provence #lavender #vineyard #summer #france #heaven

makiwi

Instagram - Wed, 2018-07-25 08:06
Lavender, vines, lavender. This is the Drôme Provençale. . . #livinginfrance #livinginprovence #livinginprovence #dromeprovencale #france #provence #summer #vineyard #heaven

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