Sometimes we get stuck in a rut and never eat out. Here on base the choices are limited to mostly American fast food (yuck). So to get out of the food rut we must venture off base, which lately Brother has a big problem with. The kid would be happy to hang out the rest of our time in Japan in this little fish bowl of a base- ugg. But once you do get off-base- the choices are endless. The problem is- well- trying to figure out WHAT kind of food that place makes, is that chicken or pork, or WHAT kind of fish is THAT? Many of us find ourselves pointing to pictures- not quite sure of what we will get in return. I have learned to point and say "kore-wa kudasai"- translated- "I would like that one please". Sometimes I will get asked a long string of questions in Japanese, all I can do is either nod yes (hai!) or shrug my shoulders "wakarimasen?" (I don't know/understand?)
Well we have definitely gotten out of our food rut as of lately. It has been too damn hot to cook, so going out seems to be the only option. We have also made many trips here and there in the past few weeks- so eating out is what we do!
Last Friday Sissy and I took the train/subway to Hiro-o (hee-ro-o) Station to pick up her modeling pay (cha-ching!) I offered to go eat at the amazing ramen restaurant that is nearby- but like my good daughter she is- she chose Starbuckys! I ordered a vanilla frappucino (not realizing it wasn't the coffee kind), and a slice of quiche for me, a shrimp/egg sandwich for Sissy. The quiche was delicious and familiar. The shrimp and egg sandwich sounds gross you say? Actually, I helped Sissy eat it and it was VERY good. It was like an egg salad sandwich with some small yummy shrimp thrown in for good measure. It was surprisngly tasty and may be something I pick up again in the future. I know Starbucks doesn't sound that exciting for those who are stateside, but when there isn't one very close to where you live, you get excited about these little things.
|I know- not that exciting- but it was to me!|
|Sissy enjoying her shrimp/egg sandwich at Starbucks, that's my quiche of the left.|
This week I have been bitten by the shopping bug. Right now the stores are all having their summer sales- so that could be a good or bad thing- depending on how you look at it. Wednesday Sissy and I strolled over to Vina Walk, which is in Ebina. It is a nice little mall, conveniently placed next to the train station, as many malls are here. Vina Walk has an Outback Steakhouse, for those who are looking for American fare. I have been there once, it is pretty good actually. It is pretty pricey, but actually when you factor in the tip you would have paid stateside- you end up paying the same. Here in Japan people do not tip in restaurants, cabs, etc. They are actually paid a decent wage and are expected to provide excellent service (which they do about 98% of the time).
Vina Walk also has a nice food court- which is where Sissy and I headed for lunch. We had Indian. The guys at the Indian restaurant are so friendly and actually speak very decent English. In this food court they use the pagers you see used in the waiting areas in restaurants. Once your order is ready- you go pick up your food. That gives you the chance to find a table in the mean time. Very efficient the Japanese are! Oh, you don't ever have to pay for water or even order it most of the time- there is a little water station available for everyone to use, I love it!
|butter chicken and nan- yummm!|
I tried, right?
|Gindaco's- here is where you get y'ur Octoballs!|
|tako-yaki AKA Octopus balls|
|he loves curry too- butter chicken just like Sisy had the day before...|
|Sissy being silly- and an example of one restaurants' menus in the food court at Ayase Town Hills.|
Thank you for joining me in my food adventures, hopefully if I have any kind of follow through at all- I'll have something new for you next Friday!