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28 September 2010 @ 01:43 am
Day 06 - Food that you...  
Whee! Back to the meme, back to the meme! =^-^=

Day 06 - Food that you swore you would never eat but now love (or tolerate).

Oh my, where should I start? My taste buds have been changing like crazy these days. Sometimes I feel like I've done a complete 180! Is this what living in a foreign country eventually does to someone? It's really hard to describe, but especially recently I've found myself liking certain foods more and more.

But I still can't eat natto and umeboshi. No no no no nooooooooooo. No natto for me. (yet) Well, I can barely tolerate it, but haven't learned to love it just yet. Should I keep trying..?

However, some things that I do like that surprised me...

Green Tea

It's not that I swore that I wouldn't like it. It's just that it was bitter and well... not yummy!

...at first.

Then, two summers ago I went to California for a week, and I couldn't find cold green tea ANYWHERE. It kind of felt like I would die without it. It was then that I realized that I was addicted. I'm not a huge fan of it hot, but cold? Something I will never be able to live without♡ I wonder if they put narcotics in the green tea bottles here.. ^^;


This one, I did swear that I would never like. Vinegar is the bane of my existence, so bits of vegetables soaked in vinegar weren't exactly the most appealing sight ever.. But just today, I ate some with my lunch. I also liked them!

What is wrong with me?!?!!! (Is what I asked myself at the time)

I mean, seriously? Next thing you know, I will start tolerating mayonnaise.. It's then that you know something is really wrong with me. Maybe it's the medication? O.o


Am I weird? I used to really detest things like rice and bread. It might sound harsh, but rice and bread = bland = boring = not interested.

But now I'm starting to like rice. Who knew, rice actually has a flavor! And it's not completely subtle!

I'm starting to think something is really wrong with me..

Ditto for foods like tempura, that are fried in oil. Not a big fan of fried food, but I do like ye olde tempura =D

On a side note, you won't find things like sushi on this list. The truth is, I've always loved sushi! There was no learning curve there at all =D


The Japan 30-day Meme ♡〜(ゝ。∂)

Day 01 - A picture of you "in Japan". (doing or wearing something "Japanese")
Day 02 - Describe your neighborhood in Japan.
Day 03 - Most interesting person you've met.
Day 04 - What's your favorite place that's not in any of the guidebooks/lists of places to visit?
Day 05 - Which, if any, Japanese mannerisms or expressions have you adopted?
Day 06 - Food that you swore you would never eat but now love (or tolerate).

Day 07 - Which Japanese words do you use in English? (hanami, shinkansen, etc.)
Day 08 - Are you a Herbivore or Carnivore? S or M?
Day 09 - Favorite stores/shopping centers.
Day 10 - Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 11 - What did you find most overrated and underrated about Japan?
Day 12 - Describe a fail!gaijin moment. (Where you did something wrong or completely misunderstood because you couldn't ~read the air~ or just plain had no idea what you were supposed to do because you weren't born and raised here) Describe a gaijin!smash moment .(Where your foreignness was to your benefit)
Day 13 - -Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 14 - What is the hardest thing about living in Japan versus your home country?
Day 15 - Weirdest food item you've seen, and weirdest food item you've actually eaten.
Day 16 - How you realised you'd acclimated to Japan. (if you have)
Day 17 - Your karaoke top 5, your sushi top 5, your conbini top 5.
Day 18 - Post some amusing/cute/faily purikura.
Day 19 - Your favorite Japanese character(s) and Gachapon/UFO Catcher toys
Day 20 - Favorite Japanese festival or folklore.
Day 21 - Favorite and least favorite Japanese fashion trends.
Day 22 - Your favorite Japanese saying or kotowaza (proverb).
Day 23 - What is something you have/do in Japan that you wish you had/could do in your home country?
Day 24 - Your favorite Japanese slang or borrow-word (外来語), e.g. セフレ "sex friend"
Day 25 - Most interesting vending machine find.
Day 26 - What's your favorite/least favorite train line.
Day 27 - Place you avoid going to if at all possible.
Day 28 - A picture of you looking like a weaboo/A picture of you trying to blend in and failing.
Day 29 - What's the thing you [will] miss most about Japan when you leave (either on vacation, or move away)?
Day 30 - Did Japan meet your expectations, both good and bad? What has been the most surprising thing about Japan for you, or the thing you least expected?

There are less than 10 mini-print sets left!! =^-^= When they're gone, they're gone, so be sure to order one soon!

I packaged up all the orders to ship them out right away just now, and the more that I see them, the more that I love this set =^-^= I'm so happy with it~♡
Cynical Kitty: Cheerleading Werewolvesmoonbeamdancer on September 27th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
With rice and bread, it really depends on how it's made (i.e. what's in or on it) or how you make them yourself. I love homemade bread, I'll happily eat it plain or with peanut butter and honey on it. Store bought has to have something on it, period.

Rice, I'll mix with either cream of mushroom or cream of chicken, it mainly gets eaten when I make baked chicken and veggies. I'll also eat it with fish and then it gets a little bit of lemon juice added to it. If I want it for dessert, I just add a little bit of butter and sugar, to make sweet rice.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 28th, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
I used to think exactly like that!

When people said that rice and bread was good, I used to be like, WTF? You mean the toppings are good, right? The bread/rice having very little flavor on it's own. :3

Now I have learned to appreciate the flavor, especially of things like homemad bread. But most storebought still need something to go with them. =D
Curmudge: BECK: Mongolian Chop Squadjohncomic on September 27th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
Hey, even Ryusuke Minami can't hack natto! :)
Melissa D. Johnson: NanaxNana - Trustmippa on September 27th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
I can't get over how much your eating habits are like madtexan's! I swear, if I was destined to fall in love with a girl, she'd most likely be just like you! =O
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 28th, 2010 07:52 am (UTC)
I always knew that we were fated to be together ♥
(no subject) - mippa on September 28th, 2010 11:47 am (UTC) (Expand)
very_verydanger on September 27th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
For some reason, I am suddenly reminded of the Natto pop song.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 28th, 2010 07:53 am (UTC)
Eh?? What is this natto pop song you speak of? :D
(no subject) - very_verydanger on September 28th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - hinoai on September 29th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 28th, 2010 07:53 am (UTC)
OMG STUFFED CABBAGE!! I suddenly REALLY want to have stuffed cabbage!!!! The other one sounds good, but stuffed cabbage is like one of those old comfort foods for me :3
超ちゃ人: Nobuta wo produce: ノブタパワーchochajin on September 28th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
I think you shouldn't force yourself to like something you just simply don't. I love natto, though XD Umeboshi, too :) I love everything Japanese.
The only thing that I can't eat and you seem to love is really spicy food :(
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 28th, 2010 07:54 am (UTC)
I think you shouldn't have to.. but natto is really cheap, and supposedly really good for your health. I really want to like it :D
(no subject) - chochajin on September 29th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC) (Expand)
Owlsie .:*・°☆: Zero [Bundled]alsie on September 28th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
...I can't believe, in all these years, I never had a clue that you didn't like rice.

Haha and I'm impressed with the tsukemono! That sounds pretty good, actually. I've only had sunomono (and ceviche, though that isn't vinegar related).
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 28th, 2010 07:55 am (UTC)
LOL, it's not like it's something that usually comes up in conversation.

"Whatcha having for dinner over there in Japan tonight?"

"I dunno, but not icky sticky rice :)"

Something like that.. :D

BTW, can you email me your new house address pleeeease? ^^
☆: あ - Konekobasutheidolhands on September 28th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
Natto had to grow on me too, but I buy it regularly now. やまいも is fantastic, though I can see how it would be off-putting to others. My first encounter with "sweet shrimp" didn't go well, neither did quail egg, though now I consider both of those things delicious.

Umeboshi was a shock at first, but now it's one of my favorite flavors in the world.

I'm also partial to ユズ and other very traditional flavors (like red bean).

I like bitter flavors, so green tea never bothered me, though I'd be surprised you didn't like it at least in the myriad of sweets it can be nice in.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 28th, 2010 07:57 am (UTC)
LOL I can beat you. Have you tried that weird squid guts fermented in squid ink thing? OMG, never, ever again. ]

OMG, I love yuzu ♥ From the moment that I first had it, it was total love ♥
(no subject) - theidolhands on September 28th, 2010 10:37 am (UTC) (Expand)
hagarenobsessedhagarenobsessed on September 28th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Wow, sounds like quite the palette you've developed. ;3

I guess for me, I grew up on rice, so I never understood why people didn't like it. Granted, I'm still not a fan of natto, sushi, or seafood, and I'm half Japanese, half Hawaiian.
Jor L.jordinothepizza on September 28th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
Sometimes, it's all about trying foods with certain dishes when your tastebuds are ready!

Have you ever stopped liking a food?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 28th, 2010 08:06 am (UTC)
Sometimes I get tired of a certain food, especially if I eat it too much. ^^ And now I find that I don't like too-sweet foods anymore either, like Hershey's chocolate.
mystika387mystika387 on September 28th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
OMG natto... I went on a school trip to Japan when I was 11, and my host dad worked in a natto factory. And I absolutely could not stand the smell of natto, much less eat it! Thankfully, they were so sweet and understanding and thought my reactions were funny~ I love mentaiko sauce! It's so awesome, especially in tuna and potato salad for some reason.

Do you have a favourite bottled green tea brand?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 28th, 2010 08:08 am (UTC)
I'm not too partial and there are a lot of brans out there, but I often get the Ooi Ocha" (お~いお茶) brand when I want tea-on-the-go.
Dekireal_action on September 28th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
Hello Jamie :)
My nickname is Deki. My friend told me about you and you have really interesting posts, hope you don't mind me!

Did you hate green tea? This is something I really dislike, to be honest, I was really worried about having to drink it when I go to Japan, hope the same happens for me.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 28th, 2010 08:09 am (UTC)
Hi Deki! ^^

I did hate it! But somewhere along the way fell totally in love with it =D
ore-samathesundaywriter on September 28th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
I can't eat plain rice though I'm asian ~ I have to have some kind of soup, gravy or sauce, and drench my rice in it XD I'm the sort that leaves the rice and eats the ingredients haha.

Speaking of tea have you tried Chrysanthemum? It's really nice cold or hot too =3

Btw, could you pm me your new address? I only have the old one from the card exchange thingy XD
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 28th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
I haven't tried it! I'll keep an eye out for it and give it a shot though!

I can't pm, but I'll email it to you ^^
The Mousenekonezumi on September 30th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
I usually eat nattou like makizushi, but you don't like rice, so that might not work for you...

I've heard a lot of people eat it on toast, which might be okay to try. ^_^ I haven't actually tried this yet, but if you put nattou on toast with a square of nori on top, I think it would be pretty tasty. Since none of the things required are too expensive, it might be worth a try!

By the way, what brands of nattou have you tried? Do you use the soy sauce and karashi? I get the kind with the jolly little man's head on an orange wrapper, which I think is pretty good and not terribly smelly. Or maybe I've just become inured to smelliness. XD
Chiakichiaki777 on October 4th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC)
ah, natto, why didn't I think to write about that one o.o

I'm actually pretty good with natto these days. A little green onion helps.