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My Week in Food – wagashi, ramen, tons of Vietnamese food, and Thanksgiving, of course!

This week was a fun week. A busy week. A very food filled week.

Handmade nerikiri wagashi

It started with these. I took a wagashi class!

I made both of these!

More about that on Sushi Day later, but it was pretty awesome getting to hang out and make wagashi with Rachael and Jen (and Jen’s mom) all day.

Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen

And how can you go wrong with a huge bowl of ramen afterwards?

Hi Rachael!

Rachael, Son, and I went to Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen after the wagashi class… my first time there, and man was it good! Between the three of us, we got a ton of toppings to share, and spent the meal discussing some very exciting things that I’ll get to tell you all about very soon (and raving about the ramen, of course!)


As if that wasn’t enough, then we drove to Son’s parents’ house, where we feasted on grilled catfish.

Vietnamese grilled catfish

And then goofed off with the fish head before eating it.

Son’s finger as fish bait

“Kiss it!”

Fish kisses

After we recovered from the weekend of gluttony, there were definitely open-faced bacon and kimchi sandwiches on Japanese milk bread.

Bacon and Kimchi Sandwich

Yeah, that happened. Don’t judge me.

Fierce red nails

Fierce red nails make me feel like I can conquer the world.

Thanksgiving Pie!

Trust me, I needed that extra boost of confidence when my pie crust ended up looking like this. At least the Thanksgiving Twofer Pie that I make every year still tasted good, even if the crust looked like a five-year-old had patched it together…

I fail at pie crusts

The next day, Son’s coworkers decided they wanted to go get Vietnamese food.

Spring rolls

So off to Pho Ever we went!

Egg rolls

We stuffed ourselves with spring rolls, egg rolls, broken rice, pho, ca phe su da… while Son was nearly in tears from laughing at his coworkers’ poor Vietnamese pronunciation (and even the waiter joined in!)

Broken rice w/ grilled pork & a fried egg

For some reason, even though we were all beyond stuffed, the guys wanted to go get boba. (The glass Son and I shared was huge… as big as his head!)

A huge glass of boba milk tea

And sugar toast (butter and sugar toasted on Japanese milk bread). I think Son is addicted, now.

Sugar toast

And squid balls. (Similar to takoyaki… but would it be right to call them ikayaki? I don’t know.)

Squid balls.

Then, as if it wasn’t a gluttonous enough week already, Thanksgiving happened. (I am so thankful for you readers!)


It started with a Hi-Chew. (Why… I have no clue. It was Son’s idea – he pulled them out of his jacket pocket on the car ride to our Thanksgiving festivities.)


And of course there was food. Soooo much food. (In between the eating so much I wanted to burst and laughing so hard there were tears running down my face, I was ready to faceplant on the table… food coma!)

Dessert table

In typical Kajiwara fashion, there were way too many desserts… possibly more desserts than actual dinner food.

7-layer dip

But it’s all good, as long as Grandma brings her 7-layer dip.

7-layer dip thief!

Even though Patrick stole the chips and ate it all.

Gluten-free chocolate chip cookies

There were even gluten-free chocolate chip cookies and a delicious gluten-free apple tart from Good Habit.

Pumpkin Pie Fudge Brownie Bars

Since I always have leftover pumpkin pie filling, I just had to make these Pumpkin Pie Brownie Bars. (In related news, everyone at my physical therapy office adores me now… ~_^)

Korean something or another

And to fill out the food-filled week… that mess-in-a-pan happened. We’re not sure what it is. It started with three packages of silken tofu, a few pieces of butternut squash… then three types of kimchi, several pieces of pork that Son’s parents gave him, and two eggs. An odd mixture, to be sure, but that’s the sort of thing Son loves. (I stayed far away from it…)

What sort of interesting things did you eat this week?