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Should have posted this last week, but I haven’t had a lot of time – this one’s even a flyby! This is our make-shift KFC X-mas dinner:

Japan KFC Christmas

And here’s what our make-shift Christmas dinner looked like:

Our Version of a Japanese KFC Christmas

Pretty close, huh? Okay, not exactly – but it was fun and tasty!

Our Version of a Japanese KFC Christmas

Our Version of a Japanese KFC Christmas

Our Version of a Japanese KFC Christmas



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We tried something a little different this year. We thought it would be fun to do something that’s done in Japan these days, and that’s Kentucky Fried Chicken for Christmas!

My sis and I had a rare and welcome Christmas alone, which meant parade and movies, lighting the Christmas tree and playing records – no family drama, how sweet is that? But we didn’t want to have just your ordinary, everyday Christmas dinner. We decided to do it the KFC way, the way so many people celebrate in Japan.

Well, we can’t get to a KFC and we don’t know all the recipes, so we just had to find a recipe for corn salad and sort of wing it then buy the chicken and cake at Hy-Vee – here’s how it’s supposed to look:

Japan KFC Christmas

And here’s what our make-shift Christmas dinner looked like:

Our Version of a Japanese KFC Christmas

Pretty close, huh? Okay, not exactly – but it was fun and tasty!

Our Version of a Japanese KFC Christmas

Our Version of a Japanese KFC Christmas

Our Version of a Japanese KFC Christmas

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I love McDonalds, I do. I’m a child of the 80s, so it’s nostalgic for me and the shiny never wore off. Maybe it’s because I’ve only been to a McDonalds a handful of times in my life when I was very, very young because by the time I was 7 my mother had married my awful, abusive stepfather who thought my sister and I didn’t deserve anything – anything – and that included going out to eat. Even when we were in our early teens we never went, because we were supposed to go to school or church then come straight home and go into our room. It was more or less house arrest all the time, for no real reason. I think that’s part of the reason why Laota and I delight in such childish things now, because we’ll spend the rest of our lives trying to have a childhood without really knowing how.

Then, when I was 13, we moved to Missouri and a middle-of-nowhere town that only had a Pizza Hut, which was out by the highway and closed within a year of us being there. Seventeen years later and just the act of going to McDonalds is a treat for me, I even like the awful food. I’ve been about 3 times since my step dad died in 2006, and all of those times required a kind person to give me a ride 50 miles to the nearest town with franchises.

So we’ve established that I love things that little kids love, which is why when Laota and I found out through a random Google Images search that McDonald’s had Hello Kitty toys in their happy meals, we hit the roof. There is no end to the love of Hello Kitty at my house. We love her so much that when Super Cute, the Hello Kitty balloon, debuted in the Macy’s parade a couple of years ago she instantly became the balloon we watch for the entire parade from that year on.

So, last night after shopping for the ‘rents Christmas, we used the ride we’d gotten to swing by the ever-busy McDonald’s and grabbed a couple of Happy Meals – and voila, Hello Kitty making snow angels!

McDonald's Kitty Chan - Front McDonald's Kitty Chan - Back with stickers

And yes that IS a sticker pack on the back!



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dvd 06So overjoyed, I can’t even explain it to you – as I’m sure you’ve heard by now, what with all the screaming and jumping around, New York’s gay and lesbian couples now have the same rights as straight couples – well, at least when it comes to getting hitched. That’s right! New York State has legalized gay marriage!

It’s ridiculous that this is such a victory, but it is. Really, this should just be handed to gay couples when they’re born – no disgusted faces, no fake moral dilemma – just give people equal rights and shut up about it. Here’s some stuff from NY Daily News:

New York made history last night as the State Senate voted “aye” on gay marriage.

Senators passed the bill 33 to 29 as the normally somnolent chambers erupted in a raucous chant of “USA! USA!”
“As I have said many times, this is a very difficult issue and it will be a vote of conscience for every member of the Senate,” said GOP Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Nassau).

New York joined Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Iowa and Washington, D.C., in legally recognizing gay marriage.

“I’m verklempt,” said a nervously optimistic Assemblyman Matthew Titone (D-S.I), one of five openly gay state lawmakers prior to the vote. “I’m still in a state of disbelief.

I’m verklempt, too, damn it! It’s overwhelming, it’s touching and it’s about time. Well done, NY! If you repeal or veto this, I will probably kill you. No pressure!



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Just a tad late with this, but we went on an excursion for Mother’s Day all the way to St. Joseph, Missouri to my mother’s favorite place in the world – Ryan’s Grill Buffet & Bakery.

I’ve never been a big fan of Ryan’s, partially because I just don’t like buffet style food, but this last year I’ve been there a few times and it’s always been really good. This time was no exception!

I nabbed two big platefuls ( Mashed potatoes and gravy, fried chicken, potato wedges, BBQ ribs, carrots, rolls and macaroni and cheese ) and a little ice cream. I would’ve had more but one of our party got sick (as usual) and decided to be a downer the rest of the time, including freaking out because we were still enjoying the buffet after she had already had her fill and gone to the car. Women!

Ryan’s gets 3 stars out of a possible 5, the food was good but not necessarily great and the atmosphere always leaves something to be desired. Plus our service woman was rude (not just to us, to everyone).

4302 North Belt Highway
St. Joseph, MO 64506
(816) 390-9855

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I’m in the jolliest of jolly good moods and I have been since Thanksgiving day (happy holiday, belated, btw!). My mother and stepfather were being asses, my sister was upset, my fakie brother ran away at the beginning of the month and I had to get along with strange relatives I didn’t know – and yet I’m bliss. Let me explain…

You see, there’s nothing about Thanksgiving Day that I love more than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I wait eagerly for it every year, and every year something stops me from seeing it – that something is usually my mother. But this year that something was going to be the lack of a television, a contraption I haven’t watched in six or seven months. This year I thought, for sure, that I was going to miss my beloved parade.

But, instead of letting it happen and ruining what would without the parade be an uncomfortable, painful holiday, I decided to take matters into my own hands and use the tools available to me. In everyday language that means I started to search the internet. For anything, for any footage of the parade that may stream live or be posted after the fact. I tried metacalf, I tried dailymotion and I tried youtube. Heck, I even tried myspace and the official NBC website – nothing! But, I did find out that Earthcam streams a strategically placed camera’s worth of the parade from stories above the ground right, and I thought, eureka! It’s not the same without the announcers, but still good!

Well, on the day Laota and I were getting ready to stream our parade when all of the sudden I hear her say, “Got it!” and I looked over at her and say, “Got what?” – what she ‘got’ was a stream from Boxtv that was the actual show with the actual announcers – we got it right at the beginning, I about flipped! So now I’ve seen my parade, the holiday season is now officially started for me. And you didn’t think I’d leave you out, did you? Of course not! Here are some crappy snaps of my favorite floats, including Super Cute (Hello Kitty) and Virginia!

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I had such a good day and am in the best mood. I’ve gotten almost all of my work done, the doggy’s been out multiple times which means I got a nice walk away from my computer. I’m drinking iced tea right this minute. Life is sweet.

Granted, this is only a momentary lapse in horrible. It was brought on by my mother being out of my life for a day and taking her hubby with her, which means I’m free to clean, work and so forth without hearing my name hollered from downstairs eighty times a day, lol! She’s still angry with me because I didn’t make a big deal when she asked what we would be doing for Thanksgiving dinner. Honestly, I’m not a big Thanksgiving fan – for the most part I just love the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and try to watch every year, which she doesn’t like because it cuts into my cooking-for-mom time.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I do actually need to start preparing for that. I know I do, but I’ve been procrastinating! My big issue is that mom and hubby like things just so – fatty, salty and generally not very tasty. They put butter in rice…. in rice! And not just any rice, but my beautiful short grain sushi rice. I love that rice, my gorgeous Wolfgang Puck 5 cup does an amazing job on it, I think it’s my all time favorite piece of cookware and I don’t know what I’d do without it. So I spend a small fortune importing this rice, I wash it several times, soak it for 20 minutes then cook it until it’s just right and what do they do? Put butter on it! I swear they’d put gravy on it if I turned my back for two seconds, lol!

Speaking of rice, maybe a wild rice and mushroom stuffing would be a treat? I don’t know if they’d like it, though, but I think Imouto chan will be happy with it. Now, how can keep my mother from literally stuffing it into the turkey?

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I can’t believe I’m going to be passing on Halloween. We’ll hand out candy, obviously, but we don’t have near enough time to even carve Pumpkin Chan. Thank you Mom, The Boy and Hubby for sucking up all of our time – appreciate it!

For your viewing pleasure HL isn’t gone – I bet you thought it would be, didn’t you? I did, but that’s because I’m broke and it’s renewal came up. How, pray tell, did I avoid losing it like I lost Shibuya? My best of all bestest buds Natalie renewed it for the year along with a few others I was about to lose, on account of she’s the greatest.

Thank you Natalie for being an awesome friend!

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'Easy' Mooncakes - Not Worth The Effort!

“Easy” moon cakes, not exactly what I’d call a moon cake but then again I had an idiot hoovering around me while I was trying to cook, lol. The recipe isn’t the one I normally use, but we have nil in the kitchen and I didn’t want to let the festival go by again without something to celebrate with – I really should have, lol! Tasty, like sweet bisquick biscuts with boysenberry preserves (Knott’s, naturally). good for a tea, but not a true moon cake.

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Great video of Obama out-doing Bush again. Peace and prosperity in the year of the Tiger, all!



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Not a ton of time tonight, but I wanted to wish everyone a very happy new year!

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Ack, I ran into people I actually know! B and her kids, and S and her son were up at the square to watch the parade – it was Homecoming today, and I didn’t get one single picture of that parade. Granted, that’s not too big an issue, because if I had the only pictures I would’ve wanted were of the local motorcycle enthusiasts and their wicked bikes.

I’ve noticed more and more bikers in town these days, which is weird because that’s not something you ever used to see around the county. This place is so small that they only play one movie a week (on the weekends) and you can’t get a facial to save your life, so how they’re getting harley davidson accessories all the way out here, I do not know. Whatever they’re doing, though, it works – or it works for me, at any rate. Maybe they shop online at RealHog.com, or something? It seems like you can get about anything online these days, if you know where to look.



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Holy guacamole, it’s been a long time. I swear I didn’t mean to abandon this blog, in fact I’ve been ticked at myself constantly for not having any time for it. The holidays were rawr, hence my near Thanksgiving disappearance. It’s been insane! First the new work projects, then the dealing with my horrible, horrible mother and her horrible boss and his even more horrible The Gap wife.

On top of all that I had a very long bout of salmonella, or however you spell that, and when I wasn’t working I spent what little time I had off either on the john or vomiting, which technically is also on the john, and that’s when I could get out of bed. Laota and I both had to sit out the holidays because of that, but honestly it’s better than spending the holidays around my family, lol.

I’ve barely kept up with my other blog and I haven’t had time to see any new films except for Tropic Thunder so I’m sans new reviews, which always annoys me. I want to try this reviews month thing again but I doubt I’ll have time to do one every day until easily mid-June and by that time the good stuff ( Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Inside Liberty, The Spitehouse, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, etc. ) should be out in full swing and I’ll have some good new schtuff to watch.

I’ll still be keeping up with my normal reviews, products and films mostly, albeit slowly since work is a bitch these days. As if anybody gives three nuggets weither or not I blog, lol.



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The Spree

May. 22nd, 2008 10:06 am
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Rawr. I’m actually too tired to blog, but I have blog news – mini shopping spree news!

Now, when I say shopping spree, I’m sure it’ll conjure visions of designer shoes and bags, expensive make up and electronics, but I don’t live the newest iPod lifestyle, so you’ll have to make due with Laota and my crappy, $93 dollar shopping spree for useful things we needed.

We got oodles. We’ve finally gotten our Brita filter pitcher, which we’ve been saving up for. If we’d have bought it at Pamida, like we planned and were saving up to do, we would have ended up paying $30 for the pitcher and $30 for 3 replacement filters. Instead we went to Amazon.com and, due partially to fact that I’ve signed up for a 1 month free trial of Amazon Prime, saved money right off the bat. $11 for the pitcher with 1 filter and $14.90 for the 4 replacements. No shipping, ended up spending only $26 on the whole kit and caboodle, which means we spent less than half of what we would have spent if we’d bought it in town. Yay us!

Our second major buy was a new rice cooker and veggie steamer from the Wolfgang Puck line that we bought for about $27 bucks, shipping and all. This was a big one, we’ve needed a new one for awhile to save time in packing bento, plus Solstice is coming up and it’ll cut down on meal prep time.

We also bought some hand dipped incense for our everyday rituals and also for the big holidays coming up, and some new tea lights for the burners and the shrines. We rounded our purchases out with a few new books on sale at Amazon and the newly released Square Pegs DVD boxset. Those were just unneeded purchases, I know, but all our bills are paid this month – I’ll be damned if we don’t buy a few things we want for once, lol.



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ONE WOMAN’S STRUGGLE TO BAN CHRISTMAS

I’ve decided to wage war on Christmas, all by myself. I’m going to throw snowballs at Christmas trees, use the term “X-Mas” instead of Christmas just to tick Christians off, break the penis off of every baby jesus figure in a Nativity scene I come across and glue them onto a hat like Crocodile Dundee’s hat with all the Croc teeth on it ( to show my conquests, of course ), and I’m going to start saying, decorating and pushing the concept of saying “Happy Holidays” instead of Merry Christmas.

Why am I going to do this? Because, I’m part of the secret Pagan/Homosexual/Athiest/Jewish/Muslim/Terrorist Conspiracy Agenda Machine set up by Black People and Hungarians in the wake of the Cold War to tear Christian religion a new one.

We’ve got our hands in everything. We’ve set up an entirely Gay city somewhere in California at a secret location ( Hint: It rhymes with Sman Snanfisco ) and plan to re-plant Gays and Lesbians into every city in the United States so that Gay marriage can take over and destroy The Family Unit, which is our #1 greatest foe. We’ve terraformed the dark side of the Moon with a community of Communists and once every 3 years one of them gets on a rocket ship, comes back to earth and tries to sneak into America. We used to have them exclusively in Mexico, but if you’re going to build a wall, we figure we better be up higher so we can get over said wall with ease. We dress up Yeti like popular comedians and smuggle them in to The View just to tick off that one, psycho Christian chick. And, did you know that we’re actively trying to ban the use of Merry Christmas from all Wal-Mart stores in hopes of driving Christians to flee from them, screaming, only to find themselves locked inside the store! The hope is that this will incite such panic that the Christian God will also panic, assuming it’s almost Armageddon and that the Event alarm on his cell didn’t go off like he’d planned, and prematurely rapture away all the Christians back up into heaven and leave the earth for us to plunder and rape, so we can have orgies without Christians waggling their disapproving fingers at us. Of course, we’ll have to pick up and wash their clothes first – who wants to have an orgy on dirty Christian clothes?

Yes, this is all sarcasm – but what makes it funny is that, supposedly, there really *is* a war on Christmas perpetuated by people like me. Because I sit around all day thinking about Christmas, lol.

If this offends you, well that’s your problem, and if you get why this is funny then I feel sorry for you, because you likely have the same problem as I do.

The problem being that anyone who’s not Christian ultimately has fewer rights and freedoms than those who believe in Jesus Christ, and no matter what your views on the matter, stripping someone of their rights is wrong – the end! I shouldn’t have to hear Christians whine on and on about how we, by simply existing, have waged war on them. If you’re going to get it that wrong, you may as well throw Giants and Pixie Dust in there somewhere.

Generally, all we ( meaning those who aren’t Christian ) want is to have our freedoms just like everyone else in America. Nobody wants to be so far down the ladder that their holidays are meaningless to 80% of the country, but are forced to dawn Santa hats and wish Merry Christmas to people who hate them just to keep off said people’s radar.

From a comment I’d made on someone else’s article:

I find it weird that Christians are offended by this, because no one is saying ban Christmas – well, almost no one. Of course there are always the crazies who want to ban everything, but I’m getting off the point. The idea behind tweaking names ( Christmas to Holiday, Easter to Spring, Etc. ) is not to exclude or ban the religious significance, but to make America a more friendly, open and all-inclusive nation.

Think about it – Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice – they all fall around the same time of year, and Yule, Christmas and Solstice along with other holidays fall within the same 3 day period. Why? Because they all basically celebrate the same day for the same reason, Christians have somehow moved Jesus birthday to this day, but the basic idea and a lot of the traditions are the same – and most Christian religious holidays have Pagan roots, Easter being one of those holidays.

I’m not saying this to deflate the significance of these holidays, of course they hold meaning for you, and they should! But they hold meaning for a lot of others, and you don’t see banks closing their doors for Beltane, so why are you complaining? You have to ask yourself why this upsets you so much? Does the idea of other beliefs that contradict yours threaten your beliefs or diminish them? Do you believe that there is no room in America for non-Christian beliefs unless the non-Christian keeps their mouths shut about them? Should we, as the minority, just ‘ignore’ it? Hope Christian bullying goes away? Why is it hard to believe that non-Christians deserve to be treated equally? Notice, they didn’t turn the Easter break into Eostre/Ostra break, did they?

No, instead of putting another religion in there, they decided to be a bit vague so that everyone could enjoy the break without feeling outcast. It’s not your religion that offends people, or it’s holidays, it’s the constant war waged on people who aren’t just like you that’s the problem – that’s why there’s such hostility towards Christianity from those of us who follow different paths. All most of us want is to be treated equally, but in America freedom is apparently only reserved for people who believe that a Jewish virgin gave birth to a Jewish baby who was really the Christian God in the flesh.



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This is a fly by to say Happy Year of the Rat! This is the first year I’ve *really* celebrated this. Laota and I have been scouring the net since we’ve got no book money, looking for any and all information on how to celebrate spring festival properly.

One thing I’ve really grown fond of is the Kitchen God and the rituals that surround him – very cool. I didn’t know any of it, what were they teaching me in school!? All we *ever* did in school to celebrate ‘Chinese New Year’ was basically learn to wish you a happy new year inaccurately in Mandrin, have fortune cookies and make paper lanterns with construction paper. School is useless sometimes, lol.

At least I’ll be making lots of gyoza – which is a first for me, since I just learned how to make them. I wish I had connection on my laptop so I could upload pictures of my adorable dumplings and star-shaped mini lemon meringue pies. *sigh* Love. Food has really become my passion. I hope to have pics soon!

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Mini Hiatus

Jan. 6th, 2008 06:25 pm
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Whoo, pardon my being quiet for a bit, the holidays and work have had me swamped! I haven’t even had time to make bento, let alone blog about it or take pictures, so please bare with me while I catch up, okay?

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I don’t have much time at the moment, but I wanted to fly by and wish everyone the happiest of new years! I hope 2008 brings you all the best!



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Hope everyone had a great holiday season, I’ve still got 6 pagan holidays, New Years and Chinese New Year to look forward to so I’m still truckin’, lol. The nice thing about being a heathen, well amongst other nice things, is that we really never run out of holidays and so I can buy stupid things I don’t need ( hah, as if I don’t need the entire Enchanted Worlds collection! :P ) and call them holiday purchases, lol. I seriously need to make more cash, though, I rarely actually buy anything, so everything I DO buy I feel bad for buying, but since it’s the holidays I tried to put that out of my mind so I could indulge in presents for friends and family.

I may be working in the capital, though, come this spring or summer. They have an assistant job open that pays upwards of 30 large a year, maybe 35 depending on who, exactly, I work for. Either way it’s over triple what I make now, for less work, and I’ve practically been promised the job so, it’s just a matter of transportation.



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I think a lot about where I’d go if I had vacation time and money, and the will to go considering I’ve been exhausted for so long, I always think of somewhere sunny with water and sand, and I never thought for a second about using Holiday Rental to find a ski apartment in Bansko for your ski holiday. Apparently, these destinations are in Bulgaria – for real! I never heard of anyone going to Bulgaria for a ski holiday, but I suppose people who live in luxury can do those kinds of things. Apparently Holiday Rentals has the best accommodation and cabin selection in the UK, they even have villas and chalets to choose from and they have what they call the Rent With Confidence Guarantee that you can read about HERE. What a cool idea, not one I’d ever have thought of, I hope to take them up on it one day. :D



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