Another Fun Weekend with Friends!

This weekend, we ate a lot of yummy food and spent time with friends. I also started my veranda garden!

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Last week, we got our farm box, so this week was filled with yummy mixed green salads. I also received satoimo – taro root in English. It can be kind of slimy, so I was scared, but I boiled it, deep fried it, and then poured sauce over it and it was pretty good!

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I also tried my hand at making tantanmen, a Japanese interpretation of a Chinese dish. I put dried shiitake, fresh mushrooms, fried tofu, soy meat, green onions, and carrots in mine.

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Friday, two girls from my work came over and we made avocado pasta, salad, and focaccia!

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Teddy with our friends!

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Saturday, we biked to Royal Home Center in Kiyosu and bought some plants, potting soil, and pumice (for pot drainage). I bought 2 kinds of cherry tomatoes, a couple basil plants, and a couple zucchini plants. Today, I went to an old lady’s flower shop and bought a jalapeno plant and a Korean hot pepper plant. After we went to the home center, we went to Shonai Ryokuchi Koen for a late season hanami picnic.

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In the evening, we met up with Nico and her husband at Tsurumai and went to Kiharutei. This was only our second time there, but they remembered us. I was super surprised! We got the red tantanmen, and this Chinese stirfry dish. It was yummy.

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After dinner, we went to Sakae for karaoke.

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Me singing.

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Nico and Fernando.

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I got pretty enthusiastic by the end.

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Today we biked down to Osu to buy some things at Amika and to see the Latin Festival. These people were playing instruments in the arcade to advertise the arcade sale.

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The Latin Festival took place around the giant Maneki Niko statue.

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It seemed to be mainly dance performances.

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Interesting costumes.

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These little girls were super cute.

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A close up of the one little girl.

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After the festival, we came home and I made Easter dinner. Hannah brought tomb cookies and Krista brought bread. Teddy made salad and I made lasagne.

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My lasagne. I made everyone happy because we all got to have leftovers! Woooo!

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Happy Easter!

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barbara Lange
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 09:01:56

    Happy Easter!! The lasagna looks delicious!

    Reply

  2. Marie Elder
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 21:26:46

    We missed you at Easter dinner……glad you had good food and good friends. Keep smiling!

    Reply

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