Negotiations and talks are one thing…but until it’s on paper it’s not happening…no matter who you are.
So I miss Japan…
I have been thinking a lot about Japan recently as it has almost been two years since I got to visit the southern mainland. I really want to find an excuse to go back…but honestly right now I don’t think I could justify the expense in the slightest. So in an effort to bring a little of Japan into my life I was thinking about the foods I enjoyed most when I was there:
Tempura Sweet Potato
Green Tea Ice Cream
The first I can make anytime, the second I can find at my Safeway, the third at any Asian market, but the Okonomiyaki couldn’t even be found through a vendor at Uwajimaya, Seattle. A quick search online landed me at the on this article: http://www.seattlemet.com/eat-and-drink/nosh-pit/articles/unlikely-and-excellent-okonomiyaki-at-the-gastropod-april-2013 where Seattle’s snooty Gastropod, Chef Travis Kukull claims to be serving it in his restaurant. However, after closer investigation, he may be cooking it on a grill with greens, but that’s just a small plate with a bunch of overpriced seafood preparation in my opinion.
The dish is amazing when prepared modestly and traditionally; there is no need to turn it into some table dressing.
I did however find the link, in the article, for Cooking With Dog’s YouTube page to be the perfect refresher on how to cook it myself. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnL0rD57JIE)
I then expand my search to other cities in the area and found that next weekend only in the Bellevue location, Uwajimaya will be serving up Okonomiyaki traditional style…roadtrip!!!
A Palestinian youth throws a stone towards Israeli soldiers as he jumps over burning tyres during clashes that followed a rally to support President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Hebron March 17, 2014. Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets on Monday to show their support for Abbas, who is under heavy pressure as he prepares to meet U.S. President Barack Obama. REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma
Dad’s impressive engineering! This is a slide copy stand made from a light box, 35mm SLR, 2 x4 pine blocks, poster board, & binder clips; please also note the various recycled food containers.
He is experiencing some color shift in the Ectachrome slide, so I attempted to fix this image of him with his parents and grand parents in Arizona..as he was headed off to the Air Force.
(L. to R.: Orvin Flora, Marilyn Flora, Hazel Fern Cress Flora Moss, Ray Moss & AC Flora)
Grandpa again looks too cool for school…but all of the Floras have corrective lenses….curses.
No, that’s not Tommy Flora you’re looking at here; that is our grandfather, Orvin Flora camping in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan 71 years ago! This image is a photo copy shot by my father from Grandpa’s personal photo album. Grandpa was just 19 years old in this photo from February 1943. I bet he thought he had a future in mobster-ing!
My dad has been working on digitizing his father’s photo albums. This album is the first and the funniest by far. Grandpa was 19-20 yrs old, and travelling a lot, visiting his brothers who were in the army before going off to war. Grandpa, who was always something of a ladies’ man, had not yet married his wife Marilyn, so dad and I are assuming she removed photos of other women from his photo album at some point.
Photoshop Parody Ads Show Just How Deceptive Altered Images Can Be
Anna Hill, a 24-year-old student at East Carolina University, created these cheeky Photoshop ads for her final project in a digital photography class. Hill’s Photoshop ads promise “Immortalized beauty…as long as you never let anyone see you in person ever again.”
Images by Anna Hill via HuffPo
Obama has taken a funeral selfie, so our work here is done
I’d intended for the post below to be the final one here, but then this just happened at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service—not exactly a funeral, to be fair, but I’ll just go ahead and take credit for the whole thing. Thank you, world, and good night!
Michelle finds your world-leader funeral selfie appalling.