I started my blog exactly two years from today, Weehee!
My very first post was a so-nerd-of-me how to fold a crane chopstick rest out of the paper sleeve. Definitely wouldn't have guessed that my blogging inspiration man himself Kirk would be first to comment within a day's time. Kirk could very well be the NORAD of food blogs!? haha! ;)
I don't have anything fancy prepared today like last year's first anniversary post. I haven't had time and I'm honestly barely able to post this tonight but a sort of an extended version of one of my Two Meals post maybe.. A ho-hum recollection of an ordinary Tuesday that was to be June 22nd, 2010. Yay.
A friend's errand at IKEA brought me to Mission Valley for lunch. I love their meatballs with gravy (oh gosh I have way too many photos of them..) but I was in the mood for a quick Hot Dog meal at CostCo and the erranding friendster agreed.
They were renovating the food area so there was a moderate line along the two make shift registers. They were also only serving the hot dog, polish dog, and salad. The wait actually wasn't too bad.
I got one regular and one polish. $1.50 each including a drink as I'm sure most my local readers know about. Looking back I should've asked for a single soda cup since the second went to waste.
Anyhow, yes condiments are plentiful here and bottomless. Personally I go for some mustard (evenly distributed along the whole bun), a lot of relish (the pump here was harder to manage), and a cheeky amount of chopped white onions (Crank it baby! And btw, I did not make that mess on the counter..).
Never really compared the two dogs but flavor wise was kind of a bummer that it was hard for me to tell them apart. May have been partly due to all of the condiments I piled on but I typically expect the Polish to be more herby and spicy. Did hit the spot though.
So. I haven't been updating my MOS Burger re-creation project lately but my most recent trial a few months ago I felt I was the closest to date in re-creating MOS' "meat sauce" utilizing this here Kagome Brand - Hamburg Nikomi Sauce pack with a peeled and seeded fresh diced beefsteak tomato. I did use a little Japanese Brown Stew (ビーフシチュー) concentrate and also a teeny bit of Japanese Miso as a hidden ingredient (the use of miso was admitted by the proprietor Mr. Sakurada in one of his books (that I just knew all along! hehe)).
It still wasn't close enough to my satisfaction and I tell you there may be a few blogs out there that claim they have re-created the recipe to MOS' sauce but I CAN GUARANTEE that they have not. On a separate (honestly true) side note, a close friend I just talked to today in Seattle claimed to have eaten one yesterday that traveled 11-hours in a friends hand carry bag. DANG. Would you have risked that potential tummy ache??? I don't blame you, but I have to say I would've and am very jealous of said friend.
The Chibakiya's instant ramen was on sale today at Mitsuwa and I purchased a few. I believe this series was created through a collaboration between Mitsuwa Market and Chibakiya and so you will only find them here. I personally feel its regular price at $2.99 is a bit steep for the size and fill and the often seen sale price at $2.49 may be a more fair value.. But at a $1.99 I'm ready to stock up. Both varieties of the Shoyu and Shio soup have a wa-fu flavor (from a much nicer liquid concentrate pack and not dry powder) that I crave and can only find as a convenient instant on a regular basis in this brand. And now re-creating a cup version of my beef tongue gyutan shio could be fun too..(?) :)
Swung by Sanseido Bookstore before leaving as usual. Found this magazine doing a special on Oyakodons...... H*ly cr*p!!! These looked so freak'n delicious!!!
The humble Oyakodon. And look at all the variety in egg texture, chicken, broth, cooking method and presentation style.
Btw, no photography allowed here! I promised I'd be purchasing this magazine tomorrow, the 23rd when I would get double stamps. Sanseido on days numerically ending in three - 3rd, 13th, 23rd gives double stamps.
I picked up dinner tonight at Nijya Market. The bentos they have been creating especially in the last year have been really great. In San Diego I now feel Nijiya by far offers the best quality and value in take out Japanese bento lunches. I stand by this statement on my second Anniversary blog post. :)
I bought the Udon Tempura bento along with a small shabu shabu salad.
Hit the spot craving one for a while after I had watched this Sanuki Udon DVD several weeks ago...
Available on Amazon or your local Japanese rental DVD shop. A note for it not to be confused by the original Udon Movie (which is great as well)..
So this post ended up a lot longer that I had planned but thanks to everyone who had commented with kind words of encouragement and supported me along the way.
At the time I tried to come up with the most un-food blog name that I could, but I'm happy to know there are people out there that seem to enjoy my quirky nerd posts. It's been really fun and looking forward to another fantastic year! Cheers.