last week i got the pleasure of driving an old russian military tank. Now I'm not one for violence or war, but the thought of driving a tank really interests me. so I'm glad that Jocelyn was able to help make this happen for us. we both got to check another thing of our lists.
Here now and now here or nowhere
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
last weekend I went on a weekend getaway to Gun-Galuut (http://www.argalipark.com) with a few people from UB. During our stay the topic of food came up (as it usually does with me) and I asked a Mongolian about local cuisines and where in UB to get them. One such dish was sheeps head. Lkhama said she could and would make it for me. Somehow this morphed into a cooking event where we'd all cook something from our heritage or a fusion of old and new world techniques. What started with maybe 4 or 5 people turned into about 20 people and became a contest of sorts. There were some very tasty dishes that came forth. Some of my favorites (besides the sheeps heads) were the bacon wrapped livers and Katherine's tzatzki. I don't love peanutbutter too much so the bacon and peanut butter sandwich didn't do it for me, however many people loved that. I made a sauerkraut using cabbage, radish, beets, garlic, ginger, plums, onions and garlic scapes. It actually tasted pretty yummy when I was done preparing it, and am curious to taste it in a week. The japanese have a bunch of tsukemono dishes that are essentially krauts pre fermenting and thats what this basically was. I also went into an elaborate story about the history of krauts and talked in detail about my process. In the end we voted and I tied for second with my amazing host, Jocelyn. One of the highlights indeed was my getting to eat sheeps brains as well as sheep eye (you don't eat the actual eye ball, but everything around it is fair game).
So UB has tons of korean restaurants (sort of random, right?) but they also have some other restaurants from cuisines around the world (well some parts of the world). one such cuisine is ramen. their are apparently two ramen shops and i found one. It was good for ramen in Mongolia but that's about all I can say about it.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Before leaving Tokyo I was fortunate to find a group on couchsurfing.com that was climbing up to Mt Fuji overnight to catch the sunrise. There was about 50 of us in total, some of us from the organizer of the trips company and the rest were couchsurfers. One of the things that was really nice about going up with a group is the sense of community that we had from the beginning. I originally thought about going this alone and am so grateful that I had the people I had to summit with.
The hike itself wasn't too bad, and we made good time. The hardest part was probably dealing with the cold. When that wind was blowing, every part of your body felt it. There were times when I almost was blown over from the strength of the wind. We arrived on top a bit earlier than planned and looked for a place to rest, unfortunately they were hard to come by and some of us ended up resting on benches, convulsively shivering and reminding ourselves that "we will get through this, we will get through is." It was a cold cold night. but........ as the sun began to be seen, the base station on top was opened up and inside one could purchase a few essential items one of which was a bowl of ramen. SCORE!!
The sunrise was beautiful and we were all glad to have made the trek. The hike down was actually much worse than the hike up. Probably in part because the moment of excitement was passed but also because you are walking down a sometimes very loose and steep dirt path for what seems like a rather long time. It isn't very comfortable and if you fall it may hurt a bit (i somehow didn't, woohoo!)
Following the hike we went to an onsen for a little which was very comforting however it's a few days post hike and my upper quads are still a bit sore.