Shadow (kagedreams) wrote,


Still haven't heard from Merrow so I don't know if she's taking some time away or if her e-mails still aren't coming through on my account. Silly me didn't think that her other (non-randomfandom) addy wouldn't make it through. Anyhow, we'll see what I'll do with the site depending on what she does.

I received shipping notice from Amazon (Canada) that Ghost Hunt Vol 1 is on its way! Yay!! Can't wait to see what Del Rey did with that title. Considering how much of an influence that title had on my deciding to learn Japanese... I'm really looking forward to it. Also in that order is Kyo Kara Maoh 3. This could be hilariously bad. ^_____^

The male parental unit seems not to have learned his lesson from last year... It's matsutake mushroom season again and as was done last year, he's ordering mushrooms again this year. Only this time, rather than contacting the J foodstore in Vancouver (we haven't had a true J foodstore here for... over a decade now at least I think) he contacted one of the suppliers in a brochure that they shipped with last year's mushrooms. Last year, he ordered 2 KG!! of mushrooms. It was absolutely hilarious when we opened the box and saw tons of mushrooms! This year, he did a *bit* better. 4lbs or 1.82kg. I suppose that's a bit of an improvement. ^^;; In any case, they're supposed to arrive by FedEx or similar on Thursday. :P

Myself, I've been at the tea ordering again. >_< Ever since I bought that single, lone tin of loose tea last year (Fauchon's Apple Tea - I bought it at Hanshin Dept Store in Osaka), I've been buying loose tea like mad but... The most recent orders are more for the male parental this time than myself. (Yeah right!) Adagio released their holiday teas a few weeks ago and as I'd been making an order for some tisanes (herbals), decided to order the sampler. Bad mistake. The sample box has 6 teas: gingerbread, pumpkin spice, autumn blend, chestnut, cranberry, and candy apple... I just ordered Gingerbread and Pumpkin Spice a couple of days ago and have no idea what I'm going to do when they arrive. (I'd just ordered 4 8oz herbals plus a few 4oz tins to try out and the seasonal teas are only available in 8oz size). The good thing is that they're seasonal so they aren't available year round. The bad thing is that they taste like gingerbread cookie and pumpkin pie in liquid form. *really* nice. ^____^ (Candy Apple - caramel-style candy apple, almost made it into the order as well but I decided to leave something for if I want to make another order in a month or so. As it is, the female sibling unit asked me to order a couple sampler sets to give as X-mas gifts). :P

The other really bad thing is that I think this makes 3 orders from Adagio in very short order. The first was a regular order and I got samplers of all the new tisanes (4 of them) free. The second was to order ALL of those tisanes because they're *so* easy to drink and very nice for late at night, as well as the holiday sampler. And now teas from that sampler... Oh well, this time, I'm getting a free book with the order so I'll be reasonably safe. :P

Also on tea, I'd ordered some more stuff from Upton, but my side really was more replenishing (Turkish Apple - they have a proper Turkish apple rather than crystal drink mix, and Creme Caramel) whereas the male parental unit was the real order. Ouch! Fukamushi (deep steam) tea and another type of sencha. As it is, since this is the third major order of green tea for him, I'm thinking about in another order or two getting him to buy me a 1GB RAM chip or something. :P (Well hey, he bought the PS2 last year when we were in Osaka).

Anyhow, the other day I noticed that the Japanese travel agency here now has a website, and being the bright eyes I'm not, I decided to take a look. Bad, bad, bad, BAD!!! JAL, ANA and AC had pretty normal fares listed, but NWA... They had insanely low prices (<$700 rtn). We'll have to be careful after last year's major "whoops". ^^; As things are looking, the male parental and I are probably going to try making a run for it for a couple of weeks early next month. We both need a break from work. :P

As it is, I suspect that on the agenda will be a brief stop in Shizuoka (fukamushi tea) and a dash all the way to Uji (gyokuro). Hopefully we'll manage the fly in to Tokyo, fly out of Kansai. That way, hopefully we'll be able to hit Shizuoka (more of an everyday tea than Uji's gyokuro) and I can go to Tsujiri in Kyoto. Maybe I'll pick up their hoji-cha as well. They have a custom blend that is absolutely wonderful! ^____^

Lastly on food... when is truffle season?? The male parental's been wanting to try truffles for the past couple of years now but I have no idea where to go to find them or what have you. I did find some being sold at a gourmet kitchen shop (in jars) but since I have no idea how to cook with them... I think it'd be much safer to try them at a restaurant. French? Italian? There's a really good Italian restaurant here that we haven't gone to for several years now (no one in this house can eat garlic or cream so we stopped going to most restaurants except for oriental) but I have no idea if they'd cook with truffles. The one place I'd *love* to go is very much a local cuisine place and truffles are *so* not local. :P

Anyhow, that's more than enough blathering about food and tea! :P

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