Food and Floods

Not much exciting has been going on recently – we spent a week in the mountains on a work trip, and then spent some time recovering from it. 🙂 We were counselors for the school-sponsored Bible camp. No AC, and temperatures from 32-38 C (Basically, from the mid-80s to 100 F). Needless to say, we were pretty excited to get home.

As soon as we returned, of course, the heat wave broke, and we had weather nice enough to open the windows. This Wednesday, we had a ridiculous thunderstorm brought on by Typhoon 17, Toraji, which hit Kyushu and then sent nasty weather all through Japan.

It started really pouring about one hour before we got to go home. The lightning was striking super close – maybe 1000 feet from the school. Luckily, our boss drove us and the other teachers home. It wasn’t easy since all the streets had flash flooded.

The good thing about all this is that I was like, “Well, time to put together our emergency kit.” (We live in the Tokai region, which is long overdue for a big earthquake, so we really should have had one anyhow). We put on our Crocs and sloshed to the nearest grocery store. Then, of course, I took some pictures.

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It was still raining when I took this. We totally carried our bikes up and put them in front of our apartment door. (We live on the 2nd floor).

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And this is our street. The orange building way in the back on the right is our apartment.

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This person just didn’t even care. They drove right through the water. (I think it was about 6-10 inches deep).

We got all kinds of “Be ready to evacuate” orders on our phones for all of the surrounding neighborhoods (none for ours!) Luckily, the rain stopped, and when we got up the next day, the water had receded and the sun came out. Yay!

In other news, we have eaten a lot of yummy food recently.

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I have a pretty astounding visual memory. When we went to a cafe, I read this recipe in a book, then I came home and made it a few days later from memory. They were tofu burgers, and they were delicious and vegan.

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Teddy found this yummy restaurant called Magic Spice. It is an Indonesian Soup Curry place, and you can build your own curry, or choose from their recommendations. We just got the vegetarian recommendation. We got the 3rd spicy level. There are 7. I have no idea how you could ever even eat level 7. It was delicious and spicy!

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This is my favorite shaved ice. It’s called Uji shiratama kindoki. It’s matcha flavored ice with chewy rice cakes and sweet red beans. This was the biggest one I have ever seen in my life. It was honestly the size of my head.

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We got two yummy soy meat dishes from Pupu Kitchen recently. This is one of them.

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This is the other.

We went to the Brazilian store recently to get beans and toothpaste. (Japanese toothpaste doesn’t have fluoride, and I’m not down with that.)

After that, I searched for a delicious patisserie and found one called La Quartier Latin.

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I got the Fantasy.

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Teddy got the Framboise Chocolat.

We also went to Saishoku Kenbi, a yummy vegetarian place in Yagoto.

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We got the A set lunch.

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This was dessert.

We were in Sakae, and wandered around until we found a yummy place to eat. We ended up eating at Indus, and Indian place.

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We got vegetable stuffed nan.

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We also got 2 curries and regular nan. It was yummy!

Well, that’s all for now!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barb Lange
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 13:59:38

    Jen, the shaved ice is rediculous! How do you eat something like that! Was it a melted mess by the time you were done? 😀 Thanks for sharing!!!


  2. Marie Elder
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 13:54:57

    The stuffed nan looks a little like cheese pizza!


  3. Shirley Donehoo
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 00:10:30

    I guess I’d have to get a Level 1 at Magic Spice. If Level 3 was enough for you, I wonder if I could handle even the first one. I can hardly wait to go to some of the places you post on here! Looking forward to it!


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