Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tastes of Home

Although the food here is outstanding, you definitely start missing the flavors from back home. Luckily I've found some of those tastes right here in Ōsaka.

Australian-themed American restaurant chain in Umeda!

Tastes just like home.

Guess what's in this building?
Authentic Mexican cuisine!!!

The view from the tiny bathroom window, just in case you forgot you were in Japan.

Jeez, this was good.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Playing in the Rain

I wasn't going to let a little typhoon ruin my day off. I decided to venture out to the park (which happened to be near the coast).

Damn. Japanese kids have cool playground equipment.

And trains, of course.

This had to have been designed by a skater, right?

Here's my emergency warning. So helpful.

Tons of nonsense on screen.

The scene at 5:00 PM.

6:00 PM.

The next morning (view from my balcony).

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

McDonald's Halloween Sandwiches

You didn't think McDonald's was just going to stand pat while Burger King released their black burgers, did you? The Halloween tie-in makes it all the more special. Debuting today:

Witch burger.

This was not very tasty. It had crispy onion bits and a slimy teriyaki sauce.

Ghost chicken sandwich.

This was actually very good. Will order again.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

September: The Food

Our adventure begins at Mos Burger, and their attempt at a taco. Not very successful. I do love melon soda, though!

Dominos has English online ordering. It tastes exactly as it does back home. So as far as Japanese pizza goes, this is super delicious.

Hello Kitty shaped something something (with rice inside of course). Bought as the grocery store was closing so it was half off.

Cold udon paired with squid and shrimp tempura is quickly becoming one of my favorite dishes.

That's Mister Donut to you, buddy.

Burger King out here gives you the option of chili, cheese, or both as fries toppings.

Jumbo, American style hot dog in the den-den town (geeky area of Osaka).

Haven't been yet, but want to try. This might be my only chance at a traditional breakfast meal out here.

KFC sandwich was a little small. Tasty, though.

I found the import aisle!

Order your ice-cream via ticket machine.

Then hand the ticket to lady behind the counter. No need for interaction!

Vending machine popsicle.


Pro wrestling cup of noodles!

A little blurry, but believe me, this pear and kiwi ice-cream was fantastic.

This curry is what dreams are made of.

There's a lot of ice-cream in this post. This is what convenience store, pre-wrapped, soft-serve looks like.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Ōtori Danjiri Fest

It was Danjiri weekend. I, and everyone else, have been looking forward to this for a while. It featured tons of my students who seemed to get a kick out of saying hello to me as they raced by. And by the videos I posted, you can see just how fast they went.

"It's Danjiri time suckaaaaazzzzzz!!!!" 
(translation may not be entirely accurate)

Yummy chicken strips.

Custard filled donut.

Italian sausage? Just like home!

These were interesting. Soft, warm strawberries covered by a glass-like candy coating. Difficult to eat.

Bamboo to my left.

Fest food to my right.

Theres something extra awesome about attending a fest in an old temple park.

You can only walk the streets between Danjiri runs.

Nice parking job!

I thought this was bacon wrapped around a hotdog but it was actually bacon wrapped around rice. Not as tasty. I should tell them that my idea would be better.

Only pansies would slow down while taking a 90 degree turn in the rain surrounded by thousands of pedestrians.

So I was pretty close when a Danjiri hit this electrical pole. Mind you, it was raining at the time. They simply backed up, and continued on their way. 
Why is that girl looking at me like that? Perhaps I am her sensei!

Awesome Japanese steak.

This is a trademark of the fest. Some kind of fish cracker, glazed with a syrup, topped with puffed rice, an egg, and mayo. This was not tasty at all. The egg portion was okay. But, there is no wasting food in Japan. Easily the most difficult thing I've eaten so far.

Super tender octopus.

Doraemon treat!

Preparing for another run.

A good look at how many people it takes to pull a Danjiri.

Another towel for the collection.

The fest was amazing. The Danjiri are epic. The people were so nice. A bunch of older guys chatted us up (mostly about baseball and Nashville). I got to see to about 200 of my students (not an exaggeration). And the weather was mostly cooperative. All of this happened literally down the street from my apartment. I can still hear the ting-ta-ting as I type this.