Mar. 15th, 2009

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I got a lot done today... I should clean up the kitchen so I don't invite any friends but I am too stuffed to do anything.  I really am thinking of just lying down and passing out.

I met up with Tomoko and we exchanged gifts.  She loved the book I bought her!  I was worried she might have already bought a guide on Singapore but I figured she would have been too busy to do that.  She bought me a furoshiki in Kyoto, it's cream with rickshaw-carrying pandas on it!  So cute.  I'm going to wrap my tissue box in it. :D

Met Ariel for lunch in Ueno and we caught up.  She was in NYC for the last two weeks so we updated each other about our love lives, or lack there of.  It was gorgeous and warm out so we walked around Ueno Park with coffee.  The cherry trees are starting to bloom but it's still a good week or two away from being really good.  We must make a point to go after getting back from Korea.  I'm afraid they'll all be gone by then.  Then we went to karaoke for an hour and sang angry songs.  I tried 曇りのち、快晴 and Joe Inoue's 幻.  曇りのち is actually really hard to sing. D:  It doesn't help that I don't really know the second verse well (at all).  幻 is really enjoyable to sing. :)  Ariel likes all my music choices and wants me to make her a mixed tape.  I'm totally going to try and convert her to Arashi.

I tried doing shabu shabu but steamed for dinner.  It was a mild success.  Instead of having a pot of dashi and cooking in it, I wrapped everything together in foil and dressed it with dashi and soy sauce and steamed it.  It was... alright.  The meat all clumped together and the mizuna was over-cooked but otherwise it was tasty.  I made ponzu sauce to go with it too.  It was slightly on the sour side but tasty none the less.  I wanted to make mushi pan tonight too since I got cinnamon...  Ighf  I'm so full!!  Though sitting down probably isn't doing anything for my digesting.  I want to read Lydia's new chapter but I want to pay it my full attention and I can't do that with my food-induced coma.  ごめんね。

I watched My So-Called Love last night, finally.  I didn't really like it.  It was so artsy and I hate art films.  I don't want to have to think or infer what's happening/happened.  I want to switch off and have everything spelled out for me so I don't have to think.  Barbie didn't pissed me off and there was even some gayness but otherwise... I didn't really get it.  Some of the translations were really wrong too.  I've been noticing that more and more lately, even with Japanese dramas.  I really wonder why some translators do it the way they do.  Anyway, I've watched it so I can delete it now and free up some disk space.

Sho's new AU commercial is out.  I thought he would bust out the ペラペラ English since there is a white dude in it but it's him being all tour guidey for the boss.  I downloaded it for his face at the end.  The phone is pretty butch too.  I like it.

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I have found my new specialty: cinnamon mushi-pan!

Take the Matcha recipe an just substitute 2 tsps ground cinnamon for the matcha powder and voila!  They are so delicious.  I also tried doing it without the metal cups...

It is definitely bigger than the other kind.  Maybe if i had all 5 of them in the steamer instead of just the one, it wouldn't be so ... flat.  It tastes a little less dense but the flavour is still the same.  Probably would come out more a strange oblong shape.  I'll try that another time.   

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