Wednesday, August 26, 2009

How is bagel formed?

We were in Tokyo for 3 hot'n'muggy days before coming to Kanazawa, and in that time I've basically come to understand what it's like to be a glazed ham in an oven. This is my roundabout way of explaining why I haven't been posting, which has about 75% to do with constantly feeling like I'd been in a sauna for 3 weeks straight.

Anyway, when I was hanging around Tokyo, the OH WOW HOLY SHIT NEW AND EXCITING food was apparently thus:

Like most Japanese bread products, "BAGEL" is overpriced, poofy, greasy, and distinctly unsatisfying on multiple levels. Oh well. At least they have baguettes that are decent here! Not to mention my new favorite "can't believe it's vegan" item, which is a green tea-based bread roll with sweet red beans (aka azuki, Hokkaido's own highly addictive cash crop).

Oh, and to follow up on Andrea's last post, I thought I should give mention to something we found adjacent to the train station in Hakusan, which we dubbed the best/worst playground of all time:

When you're done watching the trains go by while sitting on a bell pepper (or, if you really want to go crazy, a lemon!) then you can drink out of the semi-decapitated penguin's skull. Then go ride a panda like a horse!

Japan has this weird dual thing going on when it comes to children's play structures. Either they're crazy-technically-advanced and elaborate and make me jealous of kids who grew up here, or they're these depressing, rusted, low-rent playgrounds that look like they came out of some demented Soviet politburo trying to crush children's will before they grow up to be counter-revolutionaries. Lesson learned: if you're going to be a hyperactive, hard-to-please Japanese child who's easily entranced by flashing lights, best to stick to a major city.


  1. Sounds like the doughnuts are a better choice. The marketing on the bagel is interesting. Brand new! What does the Japanese say?

    Take heart autumn will be coming soon and then there will be the chill of winter to replace the summer steam room. Does it snow there in Kanazawa?

  2. If I'm reading it right, it says something like "A bagel is the way to a delicious afternoon." Every food product in Japan needs one to four sentences justifying its existence, and they always, without fail, involve the word "oishii" (delicious).

    Kanazawa does get snow! In fact, it gets a ton of snow, seeing as we're just across the sea from Siberia. It will probably make for a lot of headaches but cold weather sounds pretty good right about now.

  3. Let me know if you need any warm things from Patagonia. They're the best!