Diet Jokes, Comments & Sayings

Looking at the front of what passes for my body this morning as I faced the mirror out my bath I was reminded of a few jokes, comments and sayings on diets!

A gentleman knows it is finally time to go on a diet:
-When he cannot see his pride looking down from a standing position any longer even in its full glory.
-When he reads Patton’s Battle of the Bulge with the book propped up on his stomach.
-When he cannot reach his plate on the table from a sitting position.

A lady knows it is finally time to go on a diet:
-When she cannot cross her arms over her chest any longer.
-When she doesn’t know any longer where her breast finishes and where her stomach starts.
-When someone says her stockings are folding although she does not wear any.

A pot belly is :
-A Yokohama tire in Japan.
-A beer tureen in Germany.
-A shock absorbing baloon for a truck driver.
-A weapon for a sumo wrestler.

It is only a start!
Care to add a few!

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“A Vision of Japanese University Students Today” by Marcus Grandon

“A Vision of Japanese University Students Today”

A good friend of mine, Marcus Grandon who shot Sake Road with me, is also a lecturer in various universities in Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan.

He has just created in collaboration with the students from his Global Issues course in December 2011 as a class project this short video which summarizes attitudes and beliefs of students at a large university in Japan.

Do click on the link on the title below the photo above. It will become an eye-opener!

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Japanese Crab Species 2: Red King Crab/Tarabagani/鱈場蟹

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Tarabagani or Red King Crab/鱈場蟹 is caught in Autumn and Winter.
It is the most coveted of the commercially sold king crab species, and is the most expensive per unit weight. It was named after the colour it turns when it is cooked rather than the colour of a living animal, which tends to be more burgundy.

Red king crabs can be very large, sometimes reaching a carapace width of 11 in (28 cm) and a leg span of 6 ft (1.8 m) [2]. It is most commonly caught in the Bering Sea and Norton Sound, Alaska, and is particularly difficult to catch, but is nonetheless one of the most preferred crabs for consumption.

The King Crab is native to the Bering Sea, north Pacific Ocean, around the Kamchatka Peninsula and neighbouring Alaskan waters.
In Japan it is caught in the Japan Sea and neighbouring Okhotsk Sea.

In Japan 100 tonnes are caught every year, whereas 40,000 tonnes are imported, mainly from Russia!

There are so many way to enjoy this great crab!
Here are a few examples:

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Boiled as Sushi Nigiri of course!

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Even more extravagant, raw as sushi nigiri!

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Just plain boiled on a bowl of freshly steamed rice. My favourite for its extravagant simplicity!

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As Chirashizushi it should please anyone!

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And how about a great soup with miso!?

Naturally, there are more ways, including grilling!
I will leave it to your imagination! LOL

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Today’s Bento/Lunch Box (11/68): Shijimi Mazegohan Bento!

Shijimi/蜆 is a small bivalve shellfish called Corbiculidae of the Cyrenidae family with the common name of “basket clam” abroad. That is for its scientific explanation!
They are a very popular shellfish in Japan and elsewhere, mainly used in soups. One can buy them already cooked and seasoned at supermarkets here.

The Missus used a small pack that she spread over the rice before steaming it. The preserved shijimi will give a lot of great taste to the rice as their flavors will mix quickly with the water.

Once the rice cooked, the Missus mixed the whole with the addition of her own pickled Japanese pepper/山椒/sanshyou.
She finally decorated the dish with some pockled fuki/蕗/giant butterbur stems from Nagano Prefecture for extra seasoning.

Pity there is no country with a flag bearing the colors green, yellow and mauve!

As we have just received mounds of spinach from the Missus’ family garden, she lightly boiled them before seasoning them with gomadare/sesame dressing.
As for the tamagoyaki/Japanese omelette she included fine strips of ham and cheese to the eggs!

The pink/violet/mauve potatoes (not sweet potatoes!) from her family garden make for great salad with chick peas!
As for the last touch she added lettuce and plum tomato for colors and nutrients!

Another satisfying and yummy bento!

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Japanese Crab Species 1: Snow Crab-Suwagani-楚蟹

Snow Crabs, or Zuwagani/楚蟹 in Japanese, are very popular not only in Japan, but also in Russia, Canada and many other countries.

In Japan, they are also known under the following names: Matsubagani, Echizengani and Yoshigani.
The females are also called Seikogani, Megani or Koubakogani.
They are caught mainly in Autumn and Winter.
Their number has decreased in the Japan seas down to a yearly catch of 5,000 tonnes while 60,000 tonnes are imported from Russia and Canada.

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(Male Snow Crab)

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(Female snow Crab)

Male and female snow crabs are equally succulent, but the males contain more flesh and are accordingly more expensive.

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The “thorns” of a male snow crab are bigger.

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The “teeth” of a male snow crab are triangular in a seesaw shape.
The female “teeth” are in a straight line.

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The underbelly of a female snow crab is flatish.

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When buying a female (10 times as cheap) snow crab, choose a specimen with as few eggs as possible. Above speciman just has too many!

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A female snow crab should contain plenty of succulent orange egg sacs (the eggs not yet “born”). Otherwise, there is very little reason to buy any!

Crabs can be eaten in many ways, even raw, but my favourites are on sushi!

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Male Snow crab leg Sushi Nigiri and Female snow crab Sushi Nigiri and its egg sacs!

Suwagani/Snow Crab legs, when lightly boiled can make for beautiful sushi nigiri.

Cheaper varieties can still make for some remarkable gunkan sushi combining the boiled white flesh and “miso”/brains!

If the Japanese can get their hands on the whole crab, they will simply boil it and eat the meat directly out of the shell with a sweet vinegar dressing.
As for the “miso”/brains they will be served in the shell heated again with a big helping of Japanese sake!

Now, live snow crabs make for extravagant sashimi!

The same can be savoured in shabu-shabu!

Italian restaurants in Japan regularly serve them in pasta!

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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2011/12/22): A Time for Jubilation

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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A Time for Jubilation

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Life is a fleeting thing. Each of us is here but a very short time. The older we get, the more clearly we comprehend this inexorable reality. And despite the sometimes awful travails and the always regular monotony of life, it remains a mysteriously beautiful thing. The end-of-the-year holiday season provides wonderful occasion for reflection and appreciation of the joy of living.

At Baird Brewing, 0ur appreciation of this joy is manifested in a celebratory Christmas-New Year season holiday ale which we call Jubilation Ale.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Jubilation Ale 2012 (ABV 7.5%):

This malty rich, festively red-hued ale derives its special character primarily from the addition of two wonderful local ingredients: (1) fully ripened and freshly picked figs (ichijiku) and (2) cinnamon twigs culled from a Japanese nikki tree. The full bodied character combined with the attendant alcohol strength will warm the flesh just as it brings jubilation to the soul.

Jubilation Ale will be available on draught and in bottles (633 ml) throughout Japan beginning Friday, December 23. Consumer purchases of bottles direct from the brewery are possible through our online E-Shop.

Holiday Season Cheers!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
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Italian Gastronomy: Hot Appetizers at Soloio in Shizuoka City!

Service: Pro and very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness and superb washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Fresh local ingredients whenever possible. Both traditional and inventive Italian cuisine. Good wine list at moderate prices. Open late!

Great Italian cuisine is a hit here in Japan due to the abundant supply of vegetables, especially in Shizuoka Prefecture which boasts the largest number of varieties in Japan.
But come winter, customers are expecting to start their gastronomic escapade with something light, healthy and hot!
Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦 knows that too well and always has a seasonal appetizers menu on hand!

Even if you are an expat the title of the dish will give you a good indication of what to expect!
As for the Japanese customers (and expats who can read it) the abundant explanations are a real bonus!
I’ve had the pleasure recently to sample three of them:

Polenta e Gorgonzola, an appetizer popular in North Italy!

This polenta is white polenta made with corn flour and lighter than the more common yellow polenta found in many Mediterranean countries.

The hot combination of corn and blue cheese Gorgonzola with the raw ham results in an explosion of flavors inside the palate!

As you can see the polenta is very soft and easy on the palate.
Sommelier Mieko Ozawa/小澤美恵子 recommends a solid white wine to accompany it!

The second one had no special Italian name and was called “Various vegetables from Mr. Kato’s (the Chef!) garden cooked and baked in a Nanbu Tekki (from Iwate Prefecture) wrought iron skillet”!

Cooked only with olive oil, salt and pepper (there might be a supplementary secret…), the shape, color and taste of the vegetables are beautifully preserved in spite of the intense heat!
Let me show you more detailed photos!

Red carrot, red daikon, leeks…

Sato imo/taro! The skin was so fresh and crispy that I ate the whole of them!

Garlic, turnip, leek, broccoli…

The third appetizer was Ribollita.
You could describe it as a fine vegetable stew!

Really appetizing Toscanan dish by a cold winter night!
The toasted home-baked bread is the attention to details of a worthy Chef!

All these finely cut vegetables including Romanesco cauliflower and tubers contribute to a sophisticated dish of its own!

What’s next?
A symphony of risotto!

SOLOIO
420-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 9-7, Kita, 1
Tel./fax: 054-260-4637
Business hours: 16:00~24:00
Closed on Monday
Credit cards OK
Private parties welcome!
Smoking allowed BUT Non-smoking until 20:00 everyday!

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