Monday, November 3, 2014

Anime Weekend Atlanta 2014

Hello again everyone!
Another late post, but finally got around to writing about my time at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2014!

Many of you may already know that this year was going to be difficult for me. Last year I didn't know that AWA 2013 was going to be one of the last few weekends I'd spend with my best friend. I had thought about not going again in 2014 around then, but after he passed, I knew it would be too hard on me to go. He's the one who really told me about AWA and I had seen him there every year. So I made the final decision to not go.... Or so I thought.

That was until I realized that he had to go this year. When I was talking about possibly not coming back for the con in 2014, he was very understand and told me that he was going to be going. I carry his ring around, and it's maybe a bit weird but I believe that the things we care for and interact with a lot carry pieces of our spirits. In the end, it helps me cope I guess.
So for a few days before the con, I was kind of battling out a fight between my selfishness and the idea of having even a part of his spirit at that convention. The con had already started before I made my final, final decision.

I had the idea that if there was even a chance I would be going, I should prepare a costume. So I picked out my nearly completed Youmu cosplay I had been slowly working on for years, and finished the details on that.  I had a bit of extra time after that and wanted to fill that time so I wasn't so frustrated with my lack of a final decision that I decided to go ahead and make a costume to cosplay with my friend. I chose this costume because I was a little sad that I wasn't there to cosplay together with him in the first place, and because it was majorly easy. Thanks to Goodwill and Walmart, I made this costume in less than a day.

On Saturday, I would arrive as Youmu. Because of my last minute decision, I didn't have very much time to tell anyone that I was coming, I felt bad about it, but in the end everyone really surprised me instead.  When I got to the convention, I called my friend, hoping he wouldn't be angry with me for not saying anything before, but he was actually really happy and spent the rest of the weekend to me. I think it turned out to be a nice surprise for him.

While walking around, I saw many of my other friends and acquaintances. No one was expecting me there (really I wasn't either), but the love people showed and the happiness upon seeing me nearly moves me to tears each time I think back on it. I had people that told me that it just didn't feel right without me there. Like, how is that for loved? <3 Thank you again everyone!

I attended the Touhou photoshoot that day as well. It was a lot of fun hanging out with friends during that as well. Everyone looked great! <3 Too bad I was being a bit shy and couldn't muster up the strength to ask the Okuu cosplayer for a picture holding the ring. It probably would have come off really weird anyway, right?

Later that day I got to eat at my usual, Umezono....Well, it's called I ♥ Sushi now. It's the same place, I just suppose that pronouncing it is easier for people and draws in a crowd who didn't know what it was before. I had their curry rice, which is delicious. I also had the nikujaga. I convinced my friend to get the katsu curry because he hadn't had Japanese style curry before (and had only tried curry for the first time at my house the week before). Food is always better when it is shared with the people you love!

The room I got to stay in was a suite at the Double Tree and it was huuuuuuge~! I loved it. I think I'll stay there from now on because it's so niiiice. Until they start playing really loud music on a Sunday morning at ridiculous times.

On Sunday I dressed up as....... Curly Brace from Cave Story! It was pretty nice because it had been warm out (but not hot). It was a lot of fun running around with a cosplay partner. I had helped him make parts of  his costume so I already knew how I wanted to do parts of mine. I wanted it to be a surprise costume but he had already figured it out (apparently I was accidentally dropping some pretty hard hints!) We both plan to work on our costumes even more over the next few years to really polish them!

I tried to play dance games in the costume but my pants were really loose and baggy so it was pretty difficult for me. I had to hold them up, which works pretty well  for "cowgirl" (DDR song) though.

Okay, so this is kind of big for me. I've been to cheesecake factory for the past few years and always got a cheesecake, but something has happened every time that prevented me from actually tasting or eating it. Well, this year, I finally got to eat it. It was tasty!! It was the Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake and was creamy goodness.

Speaking of sweets, I attended a sweets panel run by my friend Jessica! It was probably my most favorite panel ever in the history of ever. I keep gushing about it, but it's something I guess people need to experience for themselves as well.

A quick trip to the dealers room had me leaving with plenty of things from the amazing Chinanime booth (the girl who runs it is such a dear and recognized me from last year where she donated to our Trivia Panel), and a Patchouli keychain- all from my dear friend.

The convention day ended for me with the departure of my friend and I. He would be flying back to Canada and I would be going back to South Carolina. But not before I made a stop at the Super H Mart to pick up some sweets!

So, despite not wanting to go, despite how hard the convention weighed on me when I actually got there, I had a wonderful time and I have my friends to thank for that. So thank you to everyone who made this convention truly special and bearable for me. I love you all.

Oh, and here's some truck stop kitties. They were skittish but kind. I fed them a bit before I left. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Dragon*Con Post

Hello again everyone!
Sorry, it's been a while, but I've been busy spending time with friends in between conventions! It's been really nice and I really needed to be able to see my friends again. I've had this post planned for a while now (the pictures loaded in already and everything!) but I haven't gotten around to actually writing about the convention!

Well here goes!

Actually, I'm not impressed with Dragon*Con. I really thought that it would offer more to video gamers than an anime convention would, but the gaming track was sorely lacking. They had a game room! Well, it was a LAN room where you had to pay $7 an hour or so to play their games. It may be a good way to test out games I've never played before, but if I really wanted to, I could borrow a friend's copy on steam for free and spend the convention doing something more exciting I think. At least for me personally. That is to say, it's not something I would have enjoyed doing at the con. I think I expected an arcade out of such a big con since even the really small cons I go to have an arcade. There's charm to a good arcade.

Regardless, I stuck to my 'video game' cosplay pretty well (other than the quick Sasami cosplay I went out in because it was comfortable and just pajamas). I went as GLaDOS on Friday.
When I originally planned to do the costume, I had a few more details I wanted to add to it. I imagine a humanized GLaDOS (the system and not Caroline) would be very sleek and sexy and clean. When I actually got around to putting it together, I left off a bunch of extra details and went super clean instead. It looked a lot better to me that way and much more like my original vision of her.
After having a guy laugh in my face after confirming my character, it's clear that maybe a few people didn't see eye to eye with my design though.
However, I'm proud of myself for sticking to my vision.

My Saturday cosplay was Rin from Little Busters. A lot of people may be thinking: "But that's from an anime isn't it?!" You're right! But I took a lot of inspiration to actually do this costume so soon because I've been playing through the visual novel game! It's been really fun (and I'm sure I'll make a post about it sometime). I decided to make a giant Dorj for this costume. He's such a fluffy thing and very nice to snuggle and hug. In fact, he got more pictures and attention than I did! To give you an idea of how big he is, he comes up to my waist (although I'm only 5ft tall). 

I also cosplayed my Guild Wars 2 WvW armor later that day. It was so hot outside and inside and I wish I could say that it was refreshing to change into something without sleeves or shoulders, but it wasn't. The heat was absolutely unbearable. But I went out to eat some delicious steak, so I can't complain too much (except the waiter literally forgot we were there! D=)

Later that night, though, I went out to the pool and got some pictures of my Southsun Claire costume! For those who may not know, on the beach in Southsun Cove, your character will automatically switch to their underwear/swimwear. I made a joke that I didn't have the time (due to being sick so often) to properly cosplay my character so I was just going to get a yellow bra and panties and call it Southsun Claire. Well, it kind of happened, except it was a swimsuit instead! What was really nice was the breeze on the balcony the pool was on and the beautiful lightning storm I could see in the distance from the pool area. It was nice to get away from all of the chaos that was the thousands of bodies constantly bumping into one another that was any convention floor.

As for Sunday, I went out in WvW Claire again. A lot of people recognized the commander tag. It's always fun to hear "Hey, is that a dorito?!" from an unknown person in a large crowd. Sometimes I liked to pretend that while I was in the crowd that I was actually leading a zerg into an enemy zerg and that Dragon*con was just a huge battlefield (because it felt like one).

And on Monday, for the short time we were there, I was Art Critic Rarity again (which some may recognize from Momocon a few years back).

Okay, now that I've gotten costume stuff out of the way, I'll give some pros and cons to the convention:

-Met the Chronicles of Tyria guild leader (and friend) in person for the first time!
-Met Ninrac (The awesome person who comments on my blog all the time because he's amazing) in person as well! And got to spend a lot of time together.
-And also talking to other friends (Liz and Josh!)
-Atlanta has good food (Seriously, go to "I <3 Sushi" (formally Umezono) if you like Japanese food.)
-Shabu Shabu at said place
-I finally got a corset.
-Conan the Barbarian panel was actually really good
-Getting a picture with the production designer of the Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer movies, William Stout. (Who was such an awesome person)
-Awesome pool time while watching the lightning flash in the distance.
-Guy at the Ollivander's Jr stand was giving out free wands before the Yule Ball.
-Steak and Shake birthday cake milkshake on the ride home.
-The hilarious view from our hotel room.

-Too many people. Waaaaaaaaaaaay too many people.
-Said people made the buildings way too hot with their body heat
-They also threw up beside my room door.
-And on the floor everywhere as well as spilling their drinks, making the floors sticky with puke and alcohol.
-The Yule ball reminded me of the terrible prom that I had. With it being the Yule Ball, I expected any slow songs but was disappointed. Instead it was filled with popular pop songs and drunk people trying to dance on tables.
-Too hot both outside and inside.
-Food court was crowded so much that you could barely get through at times, much less find someplace besides the floor to eat.
-Dealer's room was cramped and hard to move through.
-Where is the gaming track? The Arcade? $7 an hour to play a game on a pc?
-Some rude people.

I don't want to sound too ranty here of course. I try to stay positive, but I didn't really have fun at the con (But I did have fun with the friends I saw/met there!) I hear it wasn't a good year for them anyway, regardless, I won't be trying again.

And here I have a post that I tried to condense into the most important parts so it isn't a million pages long! Regardless, I hope you enjoyed reading what I had to say (and pictures) about the weekend of Dragon*Con! I went to Anime Weekend Atlanta this past weekend and I'll be making a (much more positive) post on that soon as well! <3

The lovely view from the hotel room!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tamriel Tales

Hello everyone!
Short post for now, but I'll be resuming normal posting soon (especially my trip to Japan as well as a post Dragon*con post). I don't normally make gaming posts, but I'd like to get back into that again.

For now, I'm celebrating!
Several times I've been through the game now, but tonight I decide to play through the game as an Imperial. Well, tonight I also finished the questline as well.  I have three mannequins in a large cave inside a player house I got off of the Steam Workshop. Many of you may recognize it as Dragon Cliff Manor (I highly recommend this mod, it's absolutely stunning). Well, I had the idea that these three specific ones  could house the armor and weapons from the three games that have bosses.

So from left to right:
Ulfric Stormcloak (Base game)
Harkon (Dawnguard)
Miraak (Dragonborn)

Oh, and the lovely lady up  front is responsible for all this. She's my cute little Dunmer!

(unfortunately I can't make the picture bigger with this layout, but as always, you can click it to view the larger version!)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Work In Progress Post!

Hello everyone!

It's been a while! I should be a lot better about posting on my blog, huh? I've been working hard on costumes for Dragon*Con though! It'll be my first year attending this convention and I'm really excited about it! I get to meet a guildmate/friend in person and that has me all fired up to work on my Guild Wars 2 costume! So far, I've made most of the top (Minor details and a bit of touch ups are left as of this post). I have also made the staff 'Monsoon' and the Desert Rose backpiece! This is based on my previous WvW armor.(Oh, and some of the pictures in this post don't show the latest progress)

I'm also going to be cosplaying Rin from Little Busters. I decided I wanted to do something really special for the costume, and I had talked about making a giant Dorj just after I got the costume while I was in Japan. So I did just that! He's kind of absolutely huge. He comes up to nearly my waist and he's a lot wider than I am. The funniest thing about him is before I put on the ears and legs and stripes/face, he kind of looked like a potato. So I've been calling him my potatocat.  He's also reeeeeeeally huggable. He has three pillows worth of stuffing inside of him

I'm also working on Southsun Claire (GW2 Swimsuit Claire). I like to take bathing suits and get in the pool at the hotels I stay in, so I thought it would be really great to cosplay characters in swimsuits; this time happens to be Claire!  It mostly started out as a joke. After being unable to work on costumes for so long, I didn't know if I had time or the ability to make my light armor costume. I joked that if I procrastinated long enough, I could just find a yellow swimsuit and call it Southsun Claire.
I now only have minor touch-ups left on the swimsuit, but here's a preview from several weeks ago.

And not quite costume related, but I went thrifting the other day and found myself and incredibly cute new outfit!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Journey to Japan (Part 8)

Because we had to check out, I woke up early again the next morning. All showered and with our bags packed and futons rolled up, we left. It was snowing quite a bit that morning as we went to the train station. Here, our bags would be put into lockers until our next departure; today we would be leaving Sapporo.

It was easy remembering where my bags were; mine were in a locker right next to a bird cage in the station! I tried my best to get a video, but they were cleaning the cage when I was around. It was very calming in such a quick paced place, I stood around and watched them for a bit. 

I had breakfast at the station again and then we headed out again. This time we decided to explore around the station and eventually came upon a department store outside. While it was planned to only look around and see what they had and I took my time looking around knick-knack shops, we stumbled upon something really great. An arcade on the top floor! It was absolutely huge and had many different games, gachas, UFO catchers and other sorts of things. We played a few rounds of Taiko Drum Master, where they had plenty of Touhou music on it that I chose. I also saw a crane game with giant cans of Pringles in it! (Pringles was a staple snack for me while I was in Japan and I really love the crispy chips.)

But, perhaps, the most exciting thing about the arcade was accidentally stumbling upon a Pokemon Center!  It was full of all sorts of different Pokemon merchandise. I explored so much of it and ended up getting a Fennekin (Fokko in Japanese) phone charm. It actually came with a piece of candy that I jokingly called a Rare Candy. I'd totally go back again if I got the chance. The place was amazing! 

Afterwards, I ended up having lunch and walking around a bit more and had a bit of a snowball fight. I also joined in on some festivities in the station for the snow festival! They had a live video playing where if you stood in the view of the camera, things would happen to you on the screen, such as fake snow falling on your head. It was really fun to watch. Another was a sort of 'game'. Shadowy symbols representing animals would fall down a projection on the wall. If you could close your had around one of the shadows and hold it long enough, it meant that the animal was born in the real world (or something like that anyway).

It was a rather short day for me in adventures, though. I loaded up on snacks for an overnight bullet train to Kobe. Now, that was miserable unfortunately. The way that some trains work in Japan is that when you sit on a seat, it triggers a heater at your feet. The train was loaded, though, and the heaters weren't turning off, so it was hot and terrible the entire ride. I tried to get some sleep but it wasn't very good. However, the views outside were beautiful to me. Not so much to others I suppose: We were riding through a huge snowstorm- and just barely made it through without getting stranded in what became of Tokyo.

When we went to switch trains, I really had to use the bathroom and so I finally decided to try and use a public bathroom. I was terrified of their basins and was glad to see that they had regular toilets. I say regular toilets, but I guess they'd be considered a bit more fancy over here (And a recipe for disaster). They had seat warmers and tons of buttons and everything. I freaked out trying to figure out which one was the button to actually flush it. ( /)u(\ )

If anything, though, it was absolutely worth it to see this:

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Another Bodyline Review!

♥ Hello again everyone! ♥

I have been shamelessly looking at the school gym uniform on Bodyline's site for several years now. While a friend and I made our own gym uniforms many years back, I wanted one with stripes and embellishments on it. The Bodyline uniform fit that bill and so I've been drooling over it a bit. Well, I finally got it!

When I received it, it was packaged in a nice box displaying the pictures they had on the site. Inside was the uniform, neatly folded. I immediately looked over the seams and handiwork on it. Both of the '2's are embroidered on very nicely and all of the seams were properly finished. There isn't one band of elastic in the top of the bloomers, but three different ones in different channels. The ribbon was sewn on neatly and straight, too. The only 'issue' is that there was a bit of make-up on the collar; I've been to one of their store's while in Japan, so it's easy to see how it would happen; It wasn't a problem for me anyway. I wasn't too concerned and a wash would take it right out! Good as new!

I ended up wearing it around the house all day because it's really comfy. The inside of the bloomers are especially soft, I should mention. The materials seem really great.

While I can't find the listing anymore on the site, I can say that the price for it was around $7. Another impressive costume, especially for the price. I do at least have a picture of me wearing the costume casually. I hope to take pictures in it this summer!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cosplay Wednesday - Chen

Hello everyone!

It's Cosplay Wednesday and I'm posting it just before the next day happens yet again!
Today, I'm sharing my Chen cosplay. It was my first ever Touhou cosplay. I'm in the process of remaking the cosplay from the old version and I hope I can debut it again one day soon! These pictures, though, are from Momocon a few years ago. A friend let me borrow her wig, which was gorgeous. I only brought the cosplay as a back-up in case I didn't feel like wearing something elaborate (so please excuse my blue nails!)

Character: Chen
Series: Touhou Project

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cosplay Wednesday - Momiji/Aya WIP

Hello again everyone!
I'm a bit late, as it's past twelve here for me, but I haven't went to sleep so I'm still considering this Wednesday!
It's a bit different today, I won't be showing off a finished product, I hope that's okay! I wanted to show off the work I'm doing for autumn! Of course fall calls for our favorite tengu- Aya and Momiji! I designed a Momiji outfit for a friend because I wanted to make him a costume. Somehow we ended up deciding to do a cosplay together, with me as Aya, when he comes down to see me at the end of summer!

This tail is ridiculous! It took me tens of hours to make it and I'm pretty proud of it! Believe it or not, it's actually made from yarn! I spent quite a lot of time tying yarn bundles, brushing those out, and then straightening them before tying them onto a braided yarn core. I used over 300 yards of yarn for this tail! 

I'm actually using some of the same materials for both the Aya and Momiji cosplay. The skirt is made from the leftover fabric from the obi I made for Momiji. I actually had an incomplete Aya cosplay before, so I had the buttons and autumn fabric to work with already!

The Momiji pants. I had made some hakama pants years ago, but I took them apart for the fabric in an attempt to get rid of some of my unused costume pieces... only to come up with this idea after that fact. But I sewed them up again as best as I could and added all the little details. They look better in person rather than sitting on the bed and not even properly laid out, but you can see what kind of design I was going for here at least!

When I'm finished, I'll also include the sketch I did for the Momiji costume design. I can't wait to show off the finished products! 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What Am I Listening To #4

Hello everyone!✿
I wanted to share some music that I've been listening to again!
It's a longer list again, and to keep the page loading smoothly, I'll have the rest of the videos under the cut! 


I just think this song is really pretty. I wish I could sing like this. I like a lot of EastNewSound's touhou music, but when I stumbled upon this original work, I absolutely fell head over heels for it. The video for it is also absolutely gorgeous.

I've been through a lot of stress lately and it's really nice to have a song like this. There are cheer up songs, and then there are songs that are more like "I understand you're going through some terrible times, but we'll get through it." This is one of those songs and I think there should be more out there. Also, DJ Okawari is awesome anyway and I find myself listening to the music often.

Also, I don't know why, but I've had some Pop'n Music songs stuck in my head. I love Akino's "Aqua", it's probably my favorite song by her.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Journey to Japan (Part 7)

I woke up the next morning... with my stomach growling. I was so tired from walking so many hours in the snow the day before that I didn't feel like getting up, though. Eventually, I did. When I was finally dressed, packed, and outside, I couldn't stop staring at the snowflakes! They were so small and pretty- the smallest snowflakes I had ever seen. The beauty of it kind of had me rather awestruck as I made my way to the station. I had another strawberry cake for breakfast accompanied with strawberry milk.

"Reimu is look at you with anticipation in her eyes.
--> Give her a donation.
      Give her a donation.
        Give her a donation."

Close to the shop I had breakfast at, there was  Liz Lisa. I hadn't been able to visit it since I had gotten there, but I was finally able to on this day. The clothes at Liz Lisa are oh so cute and the employees kept picking out things they thought would look great on me. I was practically bombarded with all of it. Despite how it sounds, it was actually really nice and they showed me some really cute outfits that they put together. I had planned on coming back to purchase something from the place, but I ended up saving the money for something later on in the trip on top of not really passing by the place again while it was open.
Then we decided to walk around again. I ended up playing more games in the arcade as well as touring some of the shops I wasn't able to earlier. I went into a secondhand clothing shop and found a really cute skirt that was on sale for a really inexpensive price! On the way back to the station, I saw a really funny shop name. I'll let the picture explain it:

Snobbish Babies

I wish I would have found out what they sold before walking by it.

As usual, I found some food to try in the station. In my very futile attempt to try and like ramen, we ended up in a ramen shop again. The bowls are huuuuuuuge! Ramen is really really inexpensive usually and it impresses me how much you can get for what would be a few dollars for us. Like, two or three most. I still can't bring myself to like ramen, though. I drank the broth happily, but the noodles are just too much for me yet again. (-_-;*) Maybe one day. I still have hope!

I also passed by a Baskin Robins in the station and saw that they served crepes! I got two different flavors of strawberry ice cream in it, and it's loaded with strawberry pieces. If I remember correctly, it also had bits of cheesecake in it (I had strawberry cheesecake ice cream inside anyway). It was very delicious. 

The rest of the time was pretty much spent looking at ice sculptures and more of the snow sculptures. They were really very pretty. A lot of them would have things frozen into the ice, like fish and beer. It was really interesting to see these things. Like the snow sculptures, there was just a street dedicated to ice sculpture viewing. They even had some you could interact with, like benches and cars.

Created with flickr slideshow.

I'm just glad that I had a bottle of milk tea in my pocket to keep my hands warm. I love the cold, my body doesn't seem to care for it as much. Vending machines that sell hot drinks are so nice in the cold weather. Not only can you drink it to get warm, but you can also keep the drink inside of your pockets to warm your hands up with. It was extra nice considering that my hand warmers were no longer working very well.  Everytime I got the chance to, I'd duck into a konbini (convenience store) to warm up a bit. I'd often find something to eat while I was there, a nice snack or something to save for later as well as another warm drink. One of them I managed to find some leftover Vocaloid christmas (complete with Tako Luka) stickers that were about 50 yen, so I got a sheet of them.

I also got to see these awesome snowboarders- it seemed to be some sort of event with MCs and everything. Everyone seemed so excited, and it was pretty fun to watch a bit of it.I did take out my phone and record a bit, though its not the best quality.

And after walking in the snow again, we decided to have yakitori for dinner. Yakitori is skewered meat. They serve vegetables, too, as you can see! I had beef tenderloin and buttered potatoes. Then I had a second helping. The beef tenderloin was really, well, tender! There aren't any tables at this particular restaurant, and I had gotten used to sitting at the bar in restaurants anyway. The upside is that you get to watch them cook from your perch. I happened to have a front row seat- unfortunately in this case, I'm a little short and had to actually make an effort to look over. I was too focused on my food to watch long enough anyway.

All in all, it wasn't a long day at all, and I retired to bed pretty early for the night. I had a stomach full of great food, I was freshly showered, and I was all snuggled up in my futon. I knew that I'd have to wake up in the morning and pack my things and get ready for a new day and an overnight train ride to Kobe, but not before having one last adventure in Sapporo.

Created with flickr slideshow.

-Oh, and something I forgot to mention before (Probably because I pushed it out of my mind) but sometime during my stay in Sapporo, I tried McDonalds out of curiosity. I learned my lesson and I won't be trying it again. Sticking with Mos Burger forever!-

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cosplay Wednesday - Poolside Miku

☆Hello again!☆
Yesterday it got up to 95°f / 35°c and it's not even summer yet. No wonder I keep wanting to go to the pool! Next time I do, I thought of taking more cosplay pictures. I've been wanting more pictures of my poolside Hatsune Miku cosplay, so I thought I may as well share some that I have currently!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Cosplay Wednesday: Makise Kurisu (Labcoat)

Hello everyone! 

It's Wednesday again and I'm trying to keep up this time! Today I have a few pictures of my Makise Kurisu cosplay from Steins;Gate... Well the labcoat version anyway! As kind of usual, I made this costume last minute as well. I didn't expect to have another costume for the convention, but I decided to do it anyway. The wig was something I had for quite a while and I had been trying to find something to do with it. I also already had a lab coat, but I decided to actually make a new one for the costume because it wasn't flowy enough. I wanted to be able to throw it out and make bold exclamations with Okabe! Which I got to do at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2011 when I wore this costume. It was a lot of fun!

Oh, and it gave me an excuse to drink Doctor Pepper, which we all know is an intellectual drink for the chosen.

 I think I'll probably work on making this costume better in the future sometime, too. I'd love for it to make a comeback!

My tie went askew!  (。´╹A╹`。)


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

♥ The Bento Post 2 ♥

Another bento post! <3
Last night I prepared another bento: This one included carrots, pink lady apple pieces, soba, and wraps. The wraps had smoked turkey, colby jack cheese, habanero chedder cheese, lettuce, and sesame ginger sauce. I had to have help since I'm still learning how to prepare soba noodles.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Weekend Food Fun

Hello everyone! ✩
This weekend, despite being unwell yet again, I decided to go out and visit the farmers market. It's one of my favorite Saturday activities. Being able to go out and walk around and picking out fresh fruits and veggies to cook later is really exciting and fun to me. I was kind of afraid I wouldn't be able to go, though. Once I finished getting showered and dressed, there was thunder and it had started raining really hard. When we left, I was just hoping that it hadn't reached downtown yet.

The suspended bridge on the way back home.

I guess luck was on my side!

With the plans to pick up some steak later from a local butcher shop, I went ahead and got some fresh broccoli as a side. Because I was thirsty I also got some fresh squeezed strawberry lemonade. I love juice and I like lemonade but most of the time it's a little too tart or sour for me to really enjoy it, especially with strawberry added in (I don't know why that is either.)  This was probably the nicest strawberry lemonade I've had. It was just slightly sweet and I got to watch them grind up the strawberries by hand and cut the lemons and squeeze them- I'm sure you get the point. (⌒▽⌒)

A few blocks down was where the butcher shop was. The household likes to get meat from them for sukiyaki and I once had a steak from there that was just so absolutely amazing. Somehow it was decided that we would try the Kobe-style steaks to see how they lived up to the Kobe beef we had in Japan.
But before we left, we wanted to have lunch. The shop has a limited number of burgers they make each day at lunch time. I've only had one there before but it was really very tasty.

The sign said the burger for the day was: Ground chuck, beef brisket, pulled pork, cheddar cheese, and chow chow (which is basically a chutney.)

It seemed like a bit much to put on a burger, but I was here to have lunch as well, so I was ready to try it.

This burger was absolutely one of the tastiest burgers I've ever had! It's no Mosburger, but wowie it was so good. I really didn't know if I'd like the chow chow but it was really really nice. Too bad they'll probably not serve it again on a day that I'm there. Sooooo much meat.
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Aftewards, I got to go to Whole Foods Market where I picked up some potatoes to go with the beef. Butterscotch beer (Non-alcoholic Harry Potter drink) was on sale so I came back with a pack of that as well. 

Unfortunately I couldn't have it that night as I planned due to some circumstances that happened just around dinnertime. But I did get to cook and eat everything tonight! I made mashed potatoes with the skins (slightly chunky since that's my preference) as well as steamed broccoli and carrots. It was a very tasty meal.

As far as the Kobe-style beef goes, it had a buttery taste to it, similar to Kobe beef, but it lacks the tenderness and the same buttery taste and texture (Which basically melts in your mouth). You can even see that this particular one lacks the amount of marbling that you usually see on wagyu beef. It doesn't feel right to compare it to Kobe beef even though it's really nice on its own. If you want to experience real Kobe beef, of course you'll have to go to Kobe in Japan. This Kobe-style beef is really expensive and just doesn't feel the same- but I got to try it out and now my curiosity is satisfied! I hope someday I'll find a Kobe-style beef that comes a little closer to the Kobe and wagyu beef I had in Japan.