Because we take off on our Japan adventure in a few days there was no sense in making a menu this week. The mission continues to be making sure everything perishable in the fridge gets eaten before we go. We had to postpone a couple of days from last week’s menu in order to use some things before they turned on us, so tonight we’re having lumpia, rice and coleslaw (to use up the last of some cabbage) and tomorrow we’ll be having the homemade fishcake sandwiches we didn’t get to have last week. YaYu has a track meet on Thursday afternoon/evening, and Brett will be taking leftovers along for himself and YaYu, and I’ll figure out something here at home. We obviously won’t be going to the farmers’ market, but as it turned out our favorite farmers won’t be there either – they’re going home to Thailand for two weeks..
The past few days we’ve been thinking and talking about what we want to eat while we’re in Japan. We’ve come up with a few must-eats for this trip:
- Ramen: YaYu LOVES ramen, and she didn’t get to eat this the last time we were in Japan. So, we have promised her we will stop at a ramen stand and she can eat her fill.
- Tonkatsu: This is a very tender pork cutlet coated in panko crumbs and fried, served with finely shredded cabbage and rice, as well as a delicious sauce. I will skip the rice, but think otherwise I’m good to go with this dish.
- Curry: Our grandson wants to take us to his favorite curry restaurant, designed to look like an old train car. Other than the rice, curry is low-carb, so I’ll just ask for my rice on the side (and skip it).
- Sushi: The real deal. I plan to order chawan mushi though, a savory custard with shrimp that’s served at sushi restaurants, and also some sashimi.
- Tempura: Again, this is one of those things that just tastes better in Japan. I love vegetable tempura!
Here are some things I sadly won’t be eating this time in Japan:
- Rice: No rice means going without one of my favorite Japanese meals, katsudon, a breaded pork cutlet cooked with onions and egg, and served over rice.
- Hato Sabure: I know we’ll buy some of Kamakura’s famous “bird cookies” to bring home, but none for me this time. Maybe Brett will let me take a bite from one of his.
- Bakery goods: This one is going to be difficult, as Japan has incredible bakeries, and I will especially miss not having the world’s most delicious raisin bread that I was so looking forward to (it comes from the bakery across the street from our son’s condo). I’ll also have to skip having one of the amazing almond cookies from Chinatown.
- McDonald’s teriyaki burger and yogurt shake: These are the only items I’ll ever eat from McDonald’s, and only in Japan. Not this time though.
- Crepes from Harajuku: I’m making a sad face right now as I write this, but Brett said I can have a bite of his.
I know I will be telling myself, “Come on, you’re in Japan – enjoy yourself!” but I also know now that I would pay dearly for any of them so hopefully I’ll be able to resist so much temptation.
We’ll also miss by a couple of day this year’s special cherry blossom Frappuchino at Starbucks. They create a new flavor every year, and this year’s looked especially good. Oh well.