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An English Breakfast and an Japanese Obon Festival!

Good evening everyone! Today I was quite the foodie and had a delicous adventure. It started this morning when my Father cooked me and my family a traditional English breakfast. Here’s a photo I took before I dug in:

IMG_2174It included English beans in a tomato sauce, toast, English bacon (aka rashers), eggs made to order (I got sunny-side-up because that’s my favorite), black pudding, roasted red tomatoes (not on my plate), pork bangers, and bubble and squeak! (For our recipe to make Bubble and Squeak, see my Food Blog, Tuck In and Chow Down, here!

Later today, I went shopping with my father and found these really good herbal-infused waters:

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To be honest, I got them at Shop Rite for $1.29 each. I tried each one then decided to drink the lemongrass, mint, vanilla one first and save the lavender mint for before bed, since lavender is supposed to be relaxing/calming. The taste of the herbs is subtle and they’re more of an aftertaste than an initial taste, but they’re very good and I highly recommend them!

Later, I went to a Japanese Obon Festival. It was in Seabrook, which is in South Jersey. I carpooled with my friend Kel (not to be confused with Kels, although sometimes I slip up and call her that) and her cousin Sharon.

The festival started around 4p. There was a karate demonstration for a local dojo. I attended an “Introduction to Buddhism” inside the Temple, visited the Zen Garden in the back of the Temple grounds, and watched the Odori Dancing and the Tokai Drumming! I even took videos for you guys! But…I can’t figure out how to upload videos to my WordPress Blog! Sadness! -cries in a corner- I really want to share, too!

Ah…but I also got food while I was there. Since it was a Japanese festival, they served Japanese stall (vendor) food. I had beef and onion stir-fry over white rice:

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And Somen noodles (yum!):

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Somen noodles are a Japense thin-noodle (about 1.33 mm (think angel hair pasta or vercimelli), usually made of wheat. They are served cold and mostly eaten during the summers of Japan as Japanese summers are hot and humid and it is easy to loose your appetite by the end of the day. Somen is served in a soy sauced-based sauce (men-tsuyu) and can be garnished with your choices of grated ginger, chopped green onions, or Katsuobushi (which is dried, fermented, and smoked skipjack tuna).

“Somen is not something you normally eat at restaurants. It is truly home cooking…[an] easy one too!  You can find dried Somen noodle along with noodle sauce at many supermarkets in the US.”     –Japanese Cooking 101

All in all, today was a deliciousness-filled day! Looking forward to more adventures!

Look for my words again soon!

-Soleil

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A Surprise Coming Home and Happy Father’s Day!

Dinner last night at the “Crab Trap” was delicious. There was an hour and fifteen minute wait, though, so we sat outside on a bench for awhile. It was very loud inside. Even louder still when a 70s-style band began to play, because everyone had to talk even louder over the music. It was quite the busy atmosphere.

Today, I went to Shop Rite with my parents to pick up a pumpkin pie for my cousin, since we are going to my Uncle and Aunt’s place for a Father’s Day jamobree! My cousin loves pumpkin pie (he’s only 13) and he really wanted it, but our Aunt didn’t have time to make one, so we went to buy one as a suprise.

We had a surprise coming home. Beni decided while we were gone to take ALL of our shoes lined up by the door and bring them into the living room and put them on the couches in a new line. It was actually really hilarious and I couldn’t help laughing. Beni is just too adorable. Oh! I don’t think I’ve ever shared a photo of her, just of Leila and Pocket. Here is Beni:

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Her actual name is Beignet, because the night we got her, Kit was making beignet’s, and she’s sort of the same color of the finished product. That pretty fawn color. -insert admiring sigh here- She’s a year and 8 months old. She still has puppy habits and she’s sooooo cute! I love her. She’s a good cuddler, and she’s really calm. Her mother is a therapy dog. Her demeanor is much calmer than Leila’s. She hardly barks, unless Leila riles her up. And…she’s staring at me with adorable sad puppy eyes as I’m typing. She wants me to pay attention to her, so I’m going to indulge her and wrap this post up quickly so we can play!

Lastly, though (before I do go), I want to wish all of the Father’s of the world a very happy and fun-filled Father’s Day today!

Look for my words again soon!

-Soleil