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#31 Jrunt20x

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 04:19 PM

^ You are correct about that. However, Nagoya and they season chicken wings or whatever is the best! People who go to Nagoya know what I mean.
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Posted 16 January 2006 - 06:23 PM

I was just recently in Nagoya, Japan from January 1-10. My friend down there tells me that you get your fortune at these temples and if it says bad luck, you tie the fortune to either the ropes they provide near where you got the fortune or to anything else. When you do that, you disspell the bad luck. You don't want to keep the bad luck with you outside of the temple area.

Tako-yaki is excellent. I also tried grilled squid, tongue and intestine. All very delicious.

To me squid doesn't really have much taste to it alone. If you add spices and sauces to it, then it's great.

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The round circular meat is tongue.



Is that raw bacon I see in the lower left hand corner???

Japanese food is a whole other world to me...I've had avocado california rolls and that's about it.

#33 HeadRusch

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 06:26 PM

maxg, word up on the Nagoya trip. I live there for a bit before moving back to america.

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 06:47 PM

Is that raw bacon I see in the lower left hand corner???

Japanese food is a whole other world to me...I've had avocado california rolls and that's about it.


Yep, that's bacon. Everything was excellent there was excellent.

#35 HeadRusch

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 07:02 PM

Bacon is the universal "Make it Better" food. Everythings Better with Bacon...it should be a slogan.

That tongue by itself seems nasty...*BUT WRAPPED IN BACON*?? Oh now we're talking a completely different story.

I'm still waiting for Bacon Toothpaste...

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 01:06 AM

Cheapy, is that the Kannon temple in Asakusa? Looks familar.

No, it's not. I forget where we went, but I know it wasn't there.


Cheapy, damn good play on the takoyaki. Did you ever eat at the Takoyaki stand in NYC? I think its on 9th street. Damn good food there.

Hell yes! When we lived in NYC, we ate in the East Village all the time. In fact, I think I ate just as much Japanese food living in NYC as I do know.

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 04:44 AM

Umm, the egg doesn't come out of the butt, its a different "part" that it comes out of.


Actually, chickens lay eggs and poop out of an all-purpose hole called a cloacae. So, eggs and chickenshit travel out the same pipe ;)

Thanks a lot, Cheapy, now I'm starvin'! :D

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 11:36 PM

i see no problem with eating squid, octopus, etc. People simply eat whatever is native to their area and will find ways to eat whatever is in surplus.

Maybe the thought process wasn't "Hey, that icky squishy fish thing looks tasty... im gonna eat it" but rather "Hey, there sure are a lot of those icky squishy fish things around... I should find a way to cook it!"

Personally, I feel like if you're starving (as the first settlers into a new area oftentimes are) everything looks tasty. Also, the only reason why cow, chicken, and pig is eaten so often is because Europe and North America, because of flat, open area, were especially good for herding, so any animal that could easily be managed would be eaten.

In Japan, theres a focus on seafood because its an island, so anything that could be fished (especially close to shore) would be eaten.

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Posted 20 January 2006 - 08:49 PM

OMG, I swear Tako ball is all i eat whenever I go back to Asia.
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Posted 20 January 2006 - 09:53 PM

Man why are so many people are hating on the squid and octopus eating? They are good eats, haven't any of you ever had calamari?

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Posted 20 January 2006 - 10:00 PM

Pretty cool!

#42 HeadRusch

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Posted 20 January 2006 - 11:48 PM

I think I'm the only one h8ting on the seefoods ;)

I've had fried calamari..which was rings of calamari breaded and fried in butter.
Now that was good...because I was basically eating onion rings. You couldn't taste the miniscule amount of squid in each one.

But eating a whole squid? I only had that once......it was a hot Antipasto at a local Italian restaurant, and when the things came out with Clams Casino, friend calamari (whole, they looked like frickin spiders) and other things...after a few drinks, I tried them.

And all things considered, they weren't half bad.....but honestly I'd never order them as a real meal, its just not appetizing.....drown anything in butter (or..BACON) and it becomes consumable, but not desirable (to me..IMHO).

Guess its whatever you grow up with...my mom tells me I wouldn't eat Pizza until I was 8 years old.....today, I could live off them. So it only goes to show you one thing:

i dont know WTF I'm talking about :)

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#43 Jrunt20x

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 05:41 AM

I understand why people don't like squid or octopus, but I love it.
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Posted 23 January 2006 - 03:40 PM

Cheapy,

Maybe this has been asked and maybe its a stereotype... but have you found your weight etc to have changed in the 2 1/2 months you have been over there? Riding the bike, eating different foods etc.
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Posted 25 January 2006 - 12:02 PM

Cheapy,

Maybe this has been asked and maybe its a stereotype... but have you found your weight etc to have changed in the 2 1/2 months you have been over there? Riding the bike, eating different foods etc.



That's what I want to know too.

So that's what goes on during New Year's Day in Japan? They eat yummy foods instead of just drinking? Sounds good to me, I'd rather do that that just get hung over.

Dammit, I need a live in Asian chef. Just looking at the food in CheapyD's photos is making my mouth water.
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Posted 03 February 2006 - 10:17 PM

OMG squids are awesome (would be greater if I weren't allergic to seafoods)
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Posted 04 February 2006 - 04:04 AM

Cheapy,

Maybe this has been asked and maybe its a stereotype... but have you found your weight etc to have changed in the 2 1/2 months you have been over there? Riding the bike, eating different foods etc.

I don't think so. I've never really owned a scale, but I'd imagine I'm still around 195 lbs. I think once it gets warmer, I will be riding my bike more and get into better shape.
By the way, there is plenty of junk food in Japan. However, the portions are definitely smaller. For example At places like McDonalds, you will notice the soda sizes are much smaller than their USA equivalents.

FWIW, Japanese love bacon and hotdogs, perhaps more than Americans.

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Posted 04 February 2006 - 04:28 PM

Candied Squid....fried, dried Squid......Wasabi Squid Balls.......are these the types of junk food we're talking about, or is it....Shrimp Toast and Pringles and Cheeze Doodles.... :)

As for Bacon and HotDogs...and the love of them...I salute them :)

What does a BigMac taste like in the Land of the Rising Sun.......I had McDonalds in italy once a long time ago and it was...not gross...but definately "different". Nothing tasted the way you would expect it to taste.

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Posted 06 February 2006 - 02:36 PM

Cool,

Thanks for answering Cheapy!
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Posted 06 February 2006 - 03:55 PM

When CheapyMom-in-law asked me, "What do Americans do on New Year's Day?", I was kind of embarassed to feed into the lazy American stereotype by replying, "Well, we mostly sleep off our hangovers."


In the Deep South we traditionally eat black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Years day. It’s supposed to make you wealthy in the year to come, but mostly it just makes you gassy!

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 12:40 AM

FWIW, Japanese love bacon and hotdogs, perhaps more than Americans.


There's a Japanese cooking game show called Dotch Cooking, once they made hot dogs and the contestants FREAKED OUT. I just figured that it's something they don't get very often.

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 05:12 PM

squid is awesome! btw nice table, now thats.. hot!

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 09:29 PM


In the Deep South we traditionally eat black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Years day. It’s supposed to make you wealthy in the year to come, but mostly it just makes you gassy!


Man, I love black eyed peas and collard greens on New Years Day. Them shits is delicious.

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 06:38 PM

Candied Squid....fried, dried Squid......Wasabi Squid Balls.......are these the types of junk food we're talking about, or is it....Shrimp Toast and Pringles and Cheeze Doodles.... :)

As for Bacon and HotDogs...and the love of them...I salute them :)

What does a BigMac taste like in the Land of the Rising Sun.......I had McDonalds in italy once a long time ago and it was...not gross...but definately "different". Nothing tasted the way you would expect it to taste.


Candied Squid? Christ, never tried squid myself, keep meaning t though.

Bacon + Hotdogs? Japan ftw!?

BigMac in big old J would probably be a bit smaller than USA sizes me is guessing. Unless it's totally different and it's Octopus Balls and shrimps (for fries).

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