August 5, 2016
Happy Summer everyone!
It’s hot as balls over here, but that’s not stopping us from going outside and filming videos. I think we’re so keen on filming outside because it feels like every time we plan on filming, it rains. So when it’s finally not raining we’re using every excuse we can to do something outside. Last week it was for ice cream. This week it’s for more treats. I think we’ll film another one in the park for next week as well. While we still can! Hopefully this time we’ll be able to figure out what to do with the cicadas, because they’re SO LOUD!
On to the video, we are trying Wagashi today. Not all Wagashi, but lots of it. We didn’t talk a lot about it in the video, but they’re supposed to be had with tea, and they’re mostly made from plant materials, like beans and rice and fruit. I wouldn’t necessarily say eating them is healthy, but I will pose that eating this as a treat rather than a candy bar is significantly better for your health, if you had to choose between the two.
On another note, I think the time has finally come, everyone, in which I can say that I like red bean desserts. Not that I disliked them before. I was indifferent to them. Whenever I had them in Patbingsu or ice cream or whatnot, I always felt like, yeah, it’s ok, but it’s not great. In filming this video today, I think I finally got to the point in which I actually enjoy red beans. It has happened! It’s taken years of training, but I can say now I like it! Kind of like when I first started drinking coffee I hated it, but now I enjoy hot dark bitterness in a cup. No milk. No sugar. Red beans: you’re now on my list of things that took me a while to like but I finally ended up enjoying. Harry Potter is on that list as well (I hated the movies before I read the books). Beer is on that list too. Olives will never be on that list because F**K YOU OLIVES YOU’RE GROSS!
For today’s desserts, we went to a Wagashi shop that was actually in the second season of Solitary Gourmet, which is an amazing Japanese show that I love dearly. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about a businessman that goes around and eats. That’s it. No antagonist. No love triangles. No subterfuge. Just a man enjoying his meals. It’s like our FAPFAPs. We just go out and enjoy food. Solitary Gourmet is just that. And it’s pretty popular. And it went to this location! We didn’t get to that episode yet, though. Supposedly it’s in Season 2, according to the owners, and we’re still on Season 1. Do you remember our first food video in Japan, the meat cutlets? That, too, was from Solitary Gourmet. Ok I need to go watch some more of that show now.
Also, I know this post should be about what we ate, but OMG we just got invited to join the puppy dog party. Spudgy hasn’t been shown off in the park yet. It’s a bit of a ride to get there, and we’re not sure how well Spudgy will be able to handle it, but now that we got an invite, we’re going to push ourselves to make it. I’m talking about this like it’s an invite to a special nightclub or something. It’s just the park. But doesn’t matter! Spudgy has to go! Everyone will love him. He’s blue! We haven’t seen any dyed dogs in Japan yet. I don’t think many people have, either. Time to make Spudgy a star!
So yeah! That’s it for this week’s video. Give some of these a try when you’re in Japan. They’re all great. Martina doesn’t like the fruit cube but it’s not like it’s terrible. It’s still enjoyable. Great picnic snacks for great picnic weather. Especially those savoury dango. Dang! Oh they’re so good! Did you see what I did there? Dad jokes in full effect.
Anyhow, if you feel like seeing some more, we’ve got extra scenes, right here!