Food, Flowers, and Cats!

The past weekend and week we just kind of relaxed on our days off. Even school was relaxing, because it was a daycare week, which meant we could choose to take off, prep, or go on field trips. We are saving our vacation for when my mom comes this summer, so we prepped and went on one of the field trips.

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I made this curry rice with ingredients we received in our Warabemura Organic Vegetable Box. It’s kind of like a CSA box, but you order it by the week. They also sell lots of other cool stuff – I think most of it is vegan friendly.

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We also biked to the home center two weekends ago so I could get plants for my balcony garden. This is the plants on April 22nd…

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… and this is them today, May 3rd. Clearly, they must love me! 😀

Last weekend, we biked down to Nagoya Port. It was pretty far.

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We saw many beautiful azaleas! They are everywhere in Nagoya.

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When you bike for an hour and a half, you can eat anything you want, so we went to Quartier Latin, a delicious cake shop that my phone found for me. They gave us cookies with our drinks.

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I got a citron tart and Teddy got an almond sponge cake. They were delicious.

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We biked back up to Fushimi, parked our bikes, and then went to Sama Sama for dinner. We started out with an avocado and daikon salad.

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We got a tempeh stir fry next. We also had stuffed, fried tofu.

After that, we were tired, so we went to karaoke, and then left our bikes in the parking lot and took the subway back. We returned the next day to have more fun and to retrieve our bikes.

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This is a mosaic of constellation characters inside Fushimi Station.

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There were beautiful spring ornaments hanging in the Osu shopping arcades.

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This is just a pretty wall I found on a storefront in Osu.

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And this is a fabulous outfit. Yes, people really do wear stuff similar to this. (Though maybe not in this combination…)

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And we got cake again! This time, we got it from Regnie. Teddy got a raspberry pistachio cake.

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I got a blueberry tart.

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I also made vegan cannelloni. The filling was a combination of spices, cashews, tofu, and other seasonings. It was pretty good, but I feel like it was to heavy on the cashews. I’d definitely try it again, but I’d change the recipe. This is the recipe I used.

Tuesday was a holiday, but it rained, so we took the subway to Fushimi to go to lunch.

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We went to Akbar, an Indian restaurant. They unfortunately did not have any vegetarian lunch sets that day, so we ordered from the regular menu. We got a salad to share.

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Then they gave us a salad as a “saabisu”, which means for free. So we ate a lot of salad. I liked the free salad better than the one we ordered.

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We tried the tomato and garlic naan, which kind of tasted like pizza. It was really delicious.

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We tried two curries. The first one was chana masala.

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We also got spinach and paneer curry. Both were really good, but they weren’t spicy at all.

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After that, we went to Cat Street, a nice cat cafe in Sakae where all the cats have food and beverage related names. This is Bisuke, one of my favorite cats there.

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This is Daifuku. He looks like my cat Tigger, but white. I like him a lot, but he usually hides at the top of the cat tree.

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This is Riputon, a fabulous Persian cat.

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This is Mocha. She is cute and was pretty friendly this time.

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Another picture of Bisuke.

Thursday, we went on a field trip to Shonyuudou, a limestone cave in Gifu. Though Gifu is right next to Aichi, where we live, this was in the far, far corner of Gifu. It took over three hours to get there. These pictures are not very good quality because they were taken with my phone in the dark.

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It is times like these that I am thankful for being short! The other adults had to stoop over to walk through parts of the cave, but I just had to be careful, because the ceiling only brushed the top of mine!

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Here are some of the stalactites!

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They had colored lights on most of the rocks.

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Some sparkly looking, blue lit ones.

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Last night, I made us some yummy Honey-sesame glazed tofu and roasted Brussels Sprouts. We also had a pretty amazing salad, but I didn’t take a picture of it because I was too hungry.

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Our vegetable box this time had nothing scary. We got mizuna, spinach, bok choy, gobo, potatoes, onions, ginger, and nira. I’ve eaten it, but never cooked with gobo, so I’m excited to try!

Well, that’s all for now! Our fabulous four day weekend has begun, so hopefully I will have more fabulous pictures for you soon!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Marie Elder
    May 04, 2014 @ 00:39:44

    Great pictures and the cats are so pretty……


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