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Kobe Beef

It makes Alberta Beef taste like a Midtown Steak

Our friends from Australia that we started training with and were neighbours left last week on their Southeast Asia adventure before going back to Australia. Before they left we all met up and went out for a meal of Kobe Beef. It was the most I've ever paid for a steak (about $65), but it was well worth it.

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Kobe Beef is supposed to be the tenderest (and, I'd agree) beef on the planet. They feed their cattle a special grain mixture and they give them beer. Oh, and I think they massage them with beer as well to stimulate fat production. We saw one of the chefs cutting up a leg after we ate and they pulled a lot of fat off it. And, even with the fat it still looked awesome.

We went to a small restaurant in Kobe, it kind of reminded me of the bar from Cheers except Norm wasn't there. It had the typical wood panelling and we sat at the bar, so we could overlook the cooking procedure. First they seered the steak and let it sit for a mintue. Then they put their seasoning on it, I think it was only salt, garlic, and butter. Then they doused it in oil and alcohol and lit it on fire. This did most of the cooking. When they handed us the beef it was still raw in the middle, but the oil was still hot and bubbling so if you wanted it more well done, you just let it sit there. Also, we got bibs to wear to keep the sputtering oil off of our clothes. The only downside (or was it a goodside) to this method of cooking was it produced a lot of smoke and we smelled like beef when we left.

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Then it was time to eat. Before they gave us our steak they sliced it into small pieces so we could eat it with chopsticks. Then we took our first bite and it proved that this was worth every penny we paid. It just fell apart and had so much flavour that I can still taste it now.

Here are a few shots from the evening.

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Birthday in Japan version 2.0

Birthdaypalooza!

My second birthday in Japan was rather uneventful.

Because we both had to work on Tuesday (my birthday) and Wednesday, I made the decision that there would be three days of celebration, and dubbed it "birthdaypalooza". Plus, for half of Wednesday in Japan it is still Tuesday at home, so it's justified, I think.

Andrew had to go to a kindergarten early Tuesday morning, so I got to sleep in. I then took myself out to lunch at an okonomiyaki joint and headed off to work. A few of my students presented me with a cake and a nice flower arrangement, and one of my kid students gave me a little gift as well, which really surprised me.

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Since we both had to work until Wednesday, we decided to do something to celebrate on Thursday. We went out to the IMAX theatre to catch Deep Sea 3D (not my kind of movie at all, is it?), which was dubbed into Japanese, so we had to use headsets to hear the English version. We looked ridiculous in our headsets and 3D glasses, but it was quite a good time nonetheless. The theatre was probably the least crowded public space I'd been in for a long time. After the flick, we wandered around by the aquarium and the mall and headed back in the direction of home. We had to stop so I could pick up some sort of storage system for the drawings I've been cranking out lately (see the next post).

All in all, it was a good 3-day birthdaypalooza!

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