Lotus 2016 ― 2016/07/22
My dream summer day… sitting here viewing this heavenly scenery all day eating nice ripen peaches (with a good insect repellent).
La (micro) Tomatina ― 2016/07/21
I guess tomatoes are doing well this season. The price is not extremely low, a tomato weighing around 300g costs about 100 yen at the moment, but the quality is almost perfect and there are plenty of supply everywhere (in contrast to the serious shortage of onions). My husband got a lot ( he always loves purchasing everything in great quantities, and tends to forget what he bought after putting them in the fridge…is he a squirrel?) of well-ripe tomatoes. To eat them up while they are fresh, I tried to cook some unfamiliar dishes such as;
(with some spaghetti which turned out a perfect summer lunch. I like it!)
and even home-made tomato ketchup (or tomato sauce).
Do they look different from ratatouille or ketchup you are familiar with? I think so too!
Hidden Gem ― 2016/07/10
I think if you want a break in Tenjin on weekend, this place is worth remembering. Located upstairs of an old confectionary, which deals with a rather old-fashioned omiyage-type sweets, no one would think there’s a space open to the public.
In fact, when I visited, there was no one in the café, despite the fact that summer sale and Yamagasa festival exhibition were going on outside.
The café serves something to drink and pieces of sweets sold downstairs. So there is no freshly made cakes with a lot of whipped cream, or blog-friendly showy treats. But the quietness and having somewhere to sit and relax is very valuable in weekend Tenjin, where people queue up even in front of Dotour.
One of the reasons this café is so quiet may be that the spiral staircase leading to the upstairs is quite steep and narrow. Not at all friendly for anyone. You can experience a bit of thrill especially when going down the stairs.
think I have given you enough clues. Do find it yourself as I did!
Style Like a Cat? ― 2016/06/30
Hair wax in a pretty package. But this thing doesn’t make my hair soft and silky like cats’, which I have been longing to have for ages! Or rather, it makes may hair fuller, in other words, it makes my natural wire-like hair (or natural beehive) even more untamable and unnecessarily and uncontrollably volumises (see the word "Funwari" on the package-- I have decided never to go to the hairdresser's which recommended me to use this).
Early Summer Fish Week ― 2016/06/27
My husband started going to the local fishermen’s Market again. He seems to have rediscovered the charm of it.
This time he bought (clockwise from top left ):
A pack of young squids,
A seabream and
Two arakabus(I don’t know its English name) for abour 1,800yen—a good value for money as they fed two of us for five++days.
I roasted the gunt served with onion sauce (sorry no picture).
Fileted the arakabu with bone left on one side.
The boneless side was lightly floured and deep fried.
The other side was simmered in soy sauce/water/suger/sake mixture.
(Note: in this period of the year, I think it is safer to boil the fish very briefly and then quickly chill it in water and some ices)
The seabream was fried and served with sweet and sour sauce with julienned vegetables.
And its head and bone turned into a nice misoshiru.
And the half pack of the squids was cooked with potatoes garnished with shredded ginger
(The rest of the squids are sleeping in the freezer for yakisoba or okonomiyaki for lunches later ).
According to my husband, early summer is a really nice season for shopping, and probably catching, fish. There are plenty of supply at quite reasonable price—which i think is one of privilege of living in Fukuoka (in exchange for punishingly expensive public water, transportation and health insurance system!).
Today's Cat ― 2016/06/23
Today's Treat ― 2016/06/21
This treat doesn’t come cheap. But everything, from the flavour of the coffee to the service to tableware, I was offered at this long-established café with a view was perfect. Very clean, very polite and helpful, enough distance from the next table so you do not feel the body temperature of someone sitting next to you. And the cake…so nice that I went blank for a while.
Looking down the park where I usually wolf down butaman and bottled tea, I felt as if having conquered Fukuoka.