そば | soba buckwheat noodles ~

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Sometimes, especially on a chilly day (or night), there are few things more delightful than a piping-hot bowl of noodle soup.
Okay, so much of the ingredients in this were of the “instant” variety: the そば buckwheat noodles were the store-bought dry kind, the soup was seasoned with condensed bottled つゆ, and the kamaboko―well, heck, it’s highly unlikely that i’ll ever make  my own fishcake from scratch.
Nevertheless, the soup base consisted of homemade chicken stock (or was it pork stock?  it was 4 years ago, cripe~), and the scallions were fresh.  Though i can’t―for the life of me―recall what else i had on the side… Oh well~

Simple, yet flavorful.  Or at least that’s how i like to remember it.  Yum, ha~       >[:p 

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SPAM musubi & digital shenanigans

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Unlike most  of the other photos displayed on this blog (or all  the other photos, at least as of this writing), this one is actually not my own.  the truth is i’d stolen it from somewhere off the interwebz (via google search, though i suspect this as a likely origin), so in no way do i intend to take credit for the cooking + displaying + photographing that went into creating this tasty looking morsel/appealingly simple food photo.  kudos to whomever, somewhere in the world!  But, i will  take credit for the leporine ‘shoppery that had been afflicted upon said photo, which was some amusing bit of fun in the execution.

LBPr-iConRus_artsy-Paint1_P-iNow…does this make me a bad person, or could this be interpreted as vandalism in some way, shape, and/or form? (**proceeds to search web for a satisfactory definition for the word “vandalism.” **)  And in an almost entirely unrelated experiment, i present to you:  http://bit.ly/14pIFSY ( <– click if the thought of fish brains tickles your fancy).  To those of you, my anonymous readers of the world, who have actually read this far, i give you me genuine appreciation.  Now imagine that in a Scottish accent (Glasgwesian, perhaps?), a la the phenomenal Trainspotting , a film by Danny “28 Days Later” Boyle about skag + life + Obi-Wan Junkie.  Because Scottish accents are cool.  (This is what happens when one attempts to blog about an insubstantial topic after a night of sub-4hr of sleep and a day of errands.)

Mastication is good, and hooray for the amorphous concept that is potential internet indecency!  signing off~       >[:)

the Culinary Mystery of classic Castlevania’s Wall-Chicken

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Picture this: you are Christopher Belmont, Simon’s ancestor from 1oo years prior to the events of the original Castlevania , and basically a Conan the Barbarian look-alike.  It is 1591 AD, five years prior to the birth of René Descartes (nothing to do with Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge , really, but his evil daemon/evil genius concept is fun),  and you’re trekking your way through the spacious 4-shades-of-gray halls of  Cloud Castle, the airy—yet (oddly) fully enclosed—home of Angel Mummy*, one of ol’ Dracula’s dusty, dual-skulled lackeys.  Trusty Vampire Killer whip in hand, you have endured unholy horrors like flaming knights and knife-throwing lizard-men, survived spiked ceiling and deadly mechanized pulleys, all in the quest to save your bewitched son Soleiyu…but now you’re tired, hungry, and in need of some HP-replenishing nourishment.  So what do you do?   Continue reading

say “Cheese,” burger, cuz you’re on a blog

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in-N-out Double-Double:  animal style (with pickles and onions grilled in mustard)~

Sometimes, nothin’ else quite satisfies you like a nice, juicy cheeseburger.  It’s not exactly the ideal gaming food, and definitely not something you’ll want to eat while driving, unless having greasy morsels of beef and bits of lettuce falling in your lap is your idea of enjoying a meal; in my opinion, any good  burger is one that will inevitably get messy while you eat it.

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If one is truly hell-bent on mixing gaming and gastronomic activities (and i’m not talking about wall chicken*, either), one solution includes using a fork + knife + plate.  But that’s no way to really dig into a sauce-dripping, succulent burger, as many games require two hands to be played properly, and those that ones that can be operated by waggling a single Wiimote…almost don’t qualify as games.  At least not ones really worth my personal time.  When it comes to gaming & snacking, one could also consider options like eating sliced fruit or chopped meats (i love dry salami and coppa!) with a fork, or even potato chips with chopsticks.  Yes, i’ve done that before.  ‘Cause greasy controllers are just…wrong.

But, back to the picture-related topic: in my mind, a good burger should always contain some crisp lettuce and sliced tomatoes sandwiched between the [ideally] lightly toasted buns along with the melted cheese and savory beef patties.  The veggie & fruit help balance out the flavors, providing a cool & crisp contrast to the salty greasiness of the ground beef…not to mention that they add to one’s diet some small amounts of dietary fiber and lycopene.   Aesthetically, the edible flora also add some delightful reds and greens to usual meaty textured-browns and shiny yellows.  While cheeseburgers are quite a different animal from the dishes in Taiwanese cuisine, i believe the concept of “色,香,味” (literally color, fragrance, flavor ) also apply, with “color” referring to the visual aesthetic appeal of a dish.  Btw, while writing this, i’d not only salivated profusely (something which my keyboard can attest to), but also found a cool lil’ blog with some tasty burger tips (amongst other food-themed wordery).

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Though it’s often mildly—if temporarily—torturous on one’s stomach, there’s this strange satisfaction to be had from taking macro photos of food prior to consumption.  Click!  nom nom nom…

In-N-Out Burger joints are available in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Texas.
* Fans of the pre-Symphony of the Night Castlevania games are likely familiar with this gravelly and inexplicably situated, yet oddly nutritious HP-replenishing item. 

Mastication is good!  For a somewhat different (and less carnivorous) perspective on food & nerdery from a different spot on the globe, check out Put-Putt’s Blog      >[:)