みたかし Mitaka and Studio Ghibli

I first visited Mitaka and Studio Ghibli in August 2007 and then again in October 2009.

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These are awesome little things they give you each time you go. Sorry for the blurry photo. I just snapped a photo of these on my phone after sitting for quite a few years. A bit dusty too.

Here are some photos from my first trip…

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A street in Mitaka

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A bit blurry but I couldn’t pass up this Hello Kitty car.

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Top of the museum.

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My friend and I outside the the museum.

And here are some more of the area in 2009…

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There were so many artist along the streets.

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Pretty contrast.

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Finally I got to the top after missing it on the first visit.

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Kiki’s Delivery Service lamp in the Museum’s restaurant.

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My food. It was really good!

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A straw made of real straw!

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I thought these school children were so cute with their little hats and backpacks!

ちゃわんむし Egg Custard

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Yesterday my fiancé and I decided to make chawanmushi since it’s one of my favorite dishes. Only problem was we didn’t have a steamer so we made a ghetto rigged one. We put a pizza pan that has the holes in it on top of a pot of boiling water then covered the top with tin foil. It took much longer then it should have taken but still tasted good. Also when we took them out they deflated making them look funny.

I only added the shiitake and carrot since that’s what was in my refrigerator but traditionally you can also add shrimp, chicken, ginkgo nuts and a couple others which have slipped my mind.

Recipe:
4 eggs
1 can chicken broth (2 cups)
Tbsp mirin
Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp dashi
4 small Shiitake mushrooms
4 slices of carrot

First start the boiling water. While the water heats lightly mix the eggs so they can mix without bubbling. Then add the broth, mirin, soy sauce, dashi and mix. place a shiitake and carrot slice in each of the 4 ramekins. Add the mixture to each ramekin then cover each one with tin foil and place in covered steamer for about 20mins or till toothpick comes out clean. Finally let cool since it will be super hot and enjoy!

ラーメン Nom Nom Ramen shop

The other day I finally made it to the ramen shop in Philly, Nom Nom Ramen. It was the first time I had real ramen that wasn’t the little packets that you can make at home. If you live near Philly make your way over and try their ramen, it’s well worth it. I had the shouyu ramen and it was awesome.

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