One of these days...
I'll melt cold bacon and Portuguese sausage fat, fry a panko-covered smoked cheese in it. And stuff it into a mini, freshly baked naan. With a sliver of homegrown broccoli leaf and cherry tomato.
Until then, these will do on a chilly late night as I get some work done. Who needs to go out on a night like this anyway?
The Broadbent Madeira wine — I don't even remember if I've blogged about it before — is extremely sweet, a total surprise the first time I had it. But not too bad if you know what's coming. It looks more like apple juice. Dark apple juice.
The boiled peanuts are cold, of course, nothing as good as freshly boiled. But they taste good anyway. So does azuki bean mochi. Simple pleasures and quiet enjoyment.
Nine months between posts.
Shame on me, for I ate much.
Not much very new.
This bottle was sitting on the shelf for a few weeks. Not sure why I bought it, except maybe a teeny part of me has always wondered about the world's attraction to sake. I had it long ago, maybe more than two decades ago. It was not bad. No funky aftertaste that I can remember.
This stuff? It's called Taru Sake. That's all I know. And the label says it's produced in Japan. Is this the kind that should be served cold or warm? No idea. So I drink it with a couple of ice cubes in a tea cup. Not a purist. Just interested in the taste.
It has a unique aftertaste. Not sure how to describe it. It's not fruity like wine and it's not harsh like vodka. I'll say this: I like a good bottle of beer better. But a change of pace is fine by me.
Note: I've been slacking on the food photos, I know, I know. It's just that I've been eating mostly at the same places and the repetitive photos are useless. There are a few exceptions, though ... like the same ol' restaurant, but me trying a new dish.
Anyway, for now, here's what I've been sipping the past few nights as the last of this cold/sinus infection lingers. This is a bottle I picked up at the Times wine store around the corner at Market City. First time I shopped there for wine. This stuff has an odd, but nice taste, more orange than purple, an older type wine from Spain. On ice, it's nice. Looks almost like brandy.
Quiet enjoyment at home (no drinkie and drive) as I work or as I chill. Can't beat it. Especially with the rain outside.
From July 28 on a work road trip to Pearl City. Leeward Bowl has some tasty food like this chopped steak plate. Just takes 15-20 minutes sometimes, and I didn't realize that then. But this was ono. And they even offer a good tossed salad.
Minutes after gorging on that massive bowl of Yogurtland yog, I stopped in at Rainbow Drive In. Yes, it's true ... sweets can stimulate the appetite, and I'd skipped breakfast and lunch. But I came across this cool truck. Via Gelato! I'd read about them somewhere. She was closing shop, but I got some nice shots.
It was almost 1 o'clock on an August afternoon when I saw it online in the Star-Advertiser: Yogurtland Waikiki's Hello Kitty promotion. I'm not a Hello Kitty fan, but I do lub me some Yogurtland. So I drove to Waikiki, something I normally loathe, found the parking lot way too late and stepped up. Too bad the promotion ended at 2 pm. I was about 5 minutes too late. The manager/owner said they'd reopen at 2:30. Did they really run out of yogurt? The place had been packed, apparently, and the promotion was a hit. But I didn't really want yogurt. I wanted the souvenirs. Why? I'm still not sure. I ended up sending them to friends — true Hello Kitty fans — on the Big Island.
But I did eventually get me a big ol' bowl of Yogurtland yog. And it was good. Very good.