I would kill for some icecream and mochi right now. Feeling sad about forbidden foods.
This week’s hit list is quite extensive, but really the top three would be…
1) Gestational diabetes. Every time I think I have it figured out I realise that I haven’t, and I just really want to eat some chocolate. I swing between being okay with it, and being frustrated with it and those annoying little numbers. I just can’t seem to wrap my head around it.
2) The random that somehow got a hold of my credit card details and tried to steal $13,000 from me. Too bad my limit is much much less than that, but I still have to go through the annoying process of disputing almost $1000 worth of transactions that got through. The bank gets a special mention because I had to call them up when I noticed there were some transactions on my credit card, only to be transferred 3 times and the call centre guy telling me “Oh, it’s a good thing you’re on top of this. There has been some fraudulent activity on your card. I’m surprised you didn’t get a phone call already”. Fills me with confidence!
3) Australia Post. I missed a packaged delivery and got a notice to pick it up 2 suburbs away (not the usual post office they send it to). On the card there were extended hours pick up (outside of the very inconvenient hours of 9am to 6pm). So I went after work one day, got there are 6:10pm, which was fine because the latest pick up time was listed as 7pm. Everything was closed so I knocked on the door. An employee came out and after telling me off for not being able to read (pick up times between 9am and 6pm) and me showing her the card that said otherwise, she said she couldn’t do anything because she already locked up and that the cards should have been reprinted as those extended hours no longer applied. So helpful.
Special mentions go to the jerk who threw his cigarette butt out of his car on a total fire ban day, and anyone who is too stupid, lazy, incompetent or arrogant to indicate when driving. It’s really not that difficult!
Things could be worse, but I also feel like they could be better too.
Day 1 – February Photo A Day – You
I’m all about the food. I love food and I was so excited to go out to Japanese dinner with the cousins while my brother was visiting from Canberra. Even though I can’t eat this sushi roll at the moment (I miss raw salmon so much) I think it’s a bit like me, lots of layers, plenty of surprises in the middle, compact, a bit squishy, a little sweet, a little salty, and a little spicy.
We had okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) for dinner tonight, complete with all the condiments; okonomiyaki sauce, kewpie mayonnaise, seaweed, and bonito flakes.
Filler – Unagi
Filler today. I love taking photos of food. I’m not sure why, but I think it must be the Asian in me; we’re just programmed to take photos of food! Sometimes it just reminds me of fun times with friends or special occasions, or sometimes it just looks so good. These are some unagi (eel) sushi rolls from Akachochin at South Wharf. The food was good there, but definitely overpriced for what it was and the tiny servings, which seem to go hand in hand with the nicer restaurants. Give me those dodgy Asian joints with no service but amazing food any day!
Test Drive Takoyaki
The husband went out to get ingredients for making takoyaki today, so we could try out our new toy. He made the batter and off we went, attempting to make some delicious takoyaki. The first batch didn’t turn out too good, a little doughy in the inside, but the next few lots were amazing. Still nowhere near as good as the ones we had in Osaka, but pretty damn good.
Some extra photos to show off the takoyaki.
Mmm delicious balls of octopus
Poking them to see if they’re cooked
Finished product. Not as pretty as restaurants, but just as tasty
The husband got me a gift for our anniversary that finally arrived. It was wrapped up in a Japanese newspaper, which actually looked quite pretty and dodgy at the same time. It was a takoyaki maker, which I had been wanting to get for a long long time but couldn’t find anywhere in Australia. If you don’t know what takoyaki are, they’re Japanese fried balls with octopus added to them. Can’t wait to make some takoyaki!
Here’s the box of the maker.
We went out for dinner for a friend’s birthday to a Japanese restaurant in Hawthorn called Zen. Good food and good company and we thoroughly enjoyed torturing our friend with some joke gifts before the real one. Highly recommend this place.
I love Flip Flaps. They’re little solar powered plastic plants that flap their little leaves. That’s all they do, but they make me feel happy. When we went to Japan we bought so many of these little guys and carefully packed them into our already overflowing luggage. So simple and cute.
Happy Takoyaki Birthday
Happy birthday to my wonderful husband today! To celebrate we went out for Japanese dinner with a few friends to eat one of his favourite foods takoyaki (octopus balls). Delicious!
Thanks to all our wonderful friends for the great gifts ideas and the great company.