Caramelized tofu with soy braised eggplant

Here’s most of my frugal tips:

2023.06.10 00:04 veyondalolo Here’s most of my frugal tips:

I say most cause I’m sure there are some I’m forgetting
Frugal tips:
-Revive leafy greens but cutting the stems/stub& putting them in cold water.
-If it has a long shelf life and you use it, buy more when they’re on sale.
-use baking soda (make a solution with water, not a paste) and ACV instead of shampoo & conditioner
-put scallions in water (or soil for longevity), and they’ll regrow for quite some time
-put the other avocado half in water to keep from browning
-use broccoli stems in a blended soup or coleslaw
-Make your own: - veggie broth from veggie scraps - non vinegar pickle spears (like a dollar to make) -nut butter by simply blending them. - I’ve never done this but you can make almond meal the same way as butter, you just dont blend as long -hemp milk (its just water and hemp seeds, no straining or anything) -soy milk/tofu
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2023.06.10 00:04 AdamsText Can you make okara the same as tofu? (cornstarch and sauces)

I couldn't find good recipes with it, and I don't understand how to eat or use it properly, how to make it delicious. I don't want pancakes or cookies, I'm looking for a quick preparation.
I made it at home, so I have plenty of it at a low cost, and I want to fulfill my protein needs with it.
It's edible and in good condition if I don't do anything else with it after preparing it (similar to when I make homemade tofu). I just put it directly in the fridge/freezer after sealing it, and later maybe dip it in cornstarch, pan-fry it, pour sauce over it, let it crisp up, and it's ready. Is this a good way to use it? Will it taste good this way? Just like with tofu.
If you have any links, recipes, videos, or tactics related to this, I would be really happy to receive them, as well as tips on how to make it delicious and good. Thank you!
By the way, I LOVE Japanese food and culture. It's incredible what they have come up with and how good it is, not only in terms of food but in everything. I adore soy sauce and all these dishes, rice, they feel a thousand times better than Western food to me. I just find it overwhelming to use so many dishes every time. I don't understand how much time it takes for you to wash and set the table with a thousand different dishes when you serve various foods. But I love everything else, it looks incredibly beautiful when served, although it doesn't seem quick. :) (The matcha ceremonies are also incredibly cool! Although I'm not sure if they are directly related to Japanese culture, but anyway.)

Thanks all!
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2023.06.09 20:30 Timely-Elk8291 Trip report: Geezer first-timers--May 8-June 5. Kyoto, Izu Peninsula, Tokyo, Nara, Kamakura (Part II)

It was a long trip. This is a long post. Apologies in advance.
HIGHLIGHTS (Days 1-14 of 28) KYOTO--Kiyomizu temple; Nanzenji temple; Nijo Castle; Sanjusangendo temple; Shugakuin Imperial Villa; Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion); Fushimi Inari shrine; 184th Kamogawa-Odori geisha show HIMEJI-The castle and garden. NARA-Todaiji temple UJI-Byodoin temple IZU KOGEN--Jogasaki Coast nature trail
TOKYO, Monday 5/8
We arrived mid-afternoon at Tokyo/Haneda, right after Golden Week ended. It turned out to be, coincidentally, the day when the Japanese government officially downgraded the Covid pandemic to the level of a seasonal flu.
Fresh off a 13-hour flight and experiencing Japan for the first time, we went from touchdown to hotel check-in in something like 90 minutes, braving an almost-rush-hour crush on the Keikyu Line train from the Terminal 3 station.
Experience has taught us that meticulously planning every step of arrival in a new country is crucial to avoiding confusion, getting lost or simply wasting time.
Pre-loaded Suica cards on our smartphones led us straight to the train without standing in any lines.
We' chose the Shinagawa Station area of central Tokyo to spare our jetlagged selves another leg of indeterminate length--four or five hours at least--to reach our Kyoto base. Shinagawa is a straight shot--no transfers--from Haneda and a great place to catch a bullet train.
It was a geezer move that gave us plenty of time to familiarize ourselves with the layout and operation of one of Japan's busiest train stations.
Before crashing for the night, we'd taken care of some business by getting cash from an ATM and picking up reserved seat tickets for a post-Kyoto leg. We used a JR Railway ticket machine to print out the tickets, using QR codes emailed to us the previous month when we bought the tickets online directly from JR-East railway (we avoided costly middlemen in all our travel and entertainment purchases, something that requires planning but is easily doable from abroad). Like all our electronic machine transactions in Japan, there was an English language option on the touch-screen.
A machine also checked us in at the Prince Hotel Shinagawa, part of a modern high-rise development, chosen mainly for convenience. It's a one-block walk from the train station and was perfect for a couple jet-lagged Japan newbies. What we got, for the princely sum of $116 USD, was a spacious (by Japan standards) room on the 34th floor with a dead-on view of Tokyo Tower. Dinner was carryout sushi from the Queen's Isetan department store on the opposite side of the station, plus beer and sake from a convenience store, all consumed in the hotel room with Tokyo's skyline at our feet.
KYOTO , Tuesday 5/9
On the advice of an old Japan hand, we made Kyoto our base for the first two weeks. It worked well. We explored a fabulous city, took three day trips (Himeji/Osaka; Nara; Uji) and left town wishing we'd had time for more.
We expected our first full day to be a blur, due to jetlag, but it wasn't too bad. Following advice from this sub for first-time shinkansen travelers, we got to the station an hour early.
We bought far enough in advance on the Smart EX app to get a slight discount. We booked back row seats on the right-hand side for easy luggage storage but discovered that both our bags (including my larger one, which measures 142 cm [L+H+W]) also fit on the overhead rack. We never had luggage problems on trains during our trip.
Our train to Kyoto had great Fuji views, our first. After depositing the bags in a Kyoto station storage locker (rented with the smartphone Suica card), we made our first sightseeing stop: Toji Temple, a quick subway ride and walk away.
About picking hotels
We used triangulation to pick hotels; that is, cross-checking information from various sources to give us the best possible chance of getting a good place at a decent price. Sources included a handful of guidebooks from the public library, Trip Advisor and this sub.
Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Kyoto Premier ($221 USD per night with massive breakfast buffet, best of the trip) turned out to be a great base. We paid extra for a room facing the Kamo River, a popular gathering spot for locals, tourists and joggers. We benefited from early booking (more than six months in advance, shortly after Japan began opening up). Inflation and other factors have since raised the price of the same room by about 10 percent.
The newish (opened in 2017) hotel attracts mainly Japanese/Asian travelers who, like me, enjoyed the onsen in the basement. We also put the coin-operated washedryers to good use.
KYOTO, Wednesday 5/10
Up and out, thanks to jetlag, shortly after 5 a.m., walking deserted streets to the foot of magical Kiyomizu temple, arriving just as it opened at 6 a.m. We were back at the hotel for breakfast by 8, after walking down the picturesque, cobbled streets of Sannenzaka, shops still closed, with more tourists starting to trickle in.
About choosing sightseeing spots
I'm a sucker for ratings, assuming they're done well. So, guidebook must-sees, like DK Eyewitness's or Lonely Planet's, star ratings in the Michelin Green Guide to Japan or in the downloaded Gateway to Japan guide (a steal at $10 and in your pocket for free on Kindle app) and, finally, Japan Guide's recommendations helped guide our steps.
That's how we ended up spending the afternoon at Nanzenji, a must-see Zen temple, which, like Kiyomizu, is laid out at the foot of the mountains east of town.
Lunch this day was at Junsei, a yudofo (boiled tofu) restaurant we stumbled onto near the temple. We used wooden sticks to skim the surface of an iron vat filled with simmering soy milk, that was set before us over a gas flame.
About finding restaurants
If you've never been to Japan but lurk on this sub, you've already heard that it's practically impossible to get a bad meal. We booked a handful of places before leaving home but agree with others that you rarely need to do that to eat well. If you're determined to hit a place that's highly popular, often with deep-pocketed foreign tourists, reservations may be required.
We're foodies, up to a point, but Japan's profusion of starred Michelin restaurants was wasted on us. We've learned over the years that we seldom enjoy paying the inflated cost. Over four weeks, we ate once at a Michelin one-star, chosen for other reasons.
That said, Michelin's Bib Gourmands (good, affordable restaurants) never disappointed us. They are plentiful in Japan, especially in Kyoto and Tokyo, and worth seeking out. Most of the time, though, we picked places to eat by cross-checking Google (asking for "soba noodles" near me, for example) and Tabelog, the indispensible crowd-sourced Japanese website (we looked for places in the 3.5 range).
Non-speakers of Japanese can have a hard time making reservations. We found that we could make them in advance from abroad through services like TableCheck (and an apparently expanding number of others aimed at tourists, usually charging a fee; sometimes small, sometimes steep). On the ground in Japan, we sometimes reserved for free through Google and Tabelog (at random places which you can find on Google or Tabelog restaurant listings); they were always honored. We also asked hotel reception desks for reservation help on occasion. We went to a couple restaurants in person and booked a table for later. But the easiest and often best way to get in is simply to arrive on the early side for lunch (by 11:30 or so) or dinner (between 5 and 5:30). More than once, we walked right into a place and were seated, only to discover lots of people waiting in line outside when we left. That said, if you're looking for an above-average meal on a Saturday night, especially in a popular location, you might want to book in advance.
Konbinis (convenience stores) are cheap, good and extremely reliable sources of takeout. And though we liked what we got there (mainly onigiri), we wound up relying on them less and less as the trip went along. The same was true of department store basements, which lived up to their reputation as fantastic food sources, for locals and tourists alike. We learned that we could often eat for the same amount or less in restaurants geared to locals or foreigners on limited budgets, rather than chowing down in our hotel room.
KYOTO, Thursday 5/11
We hit Nijo Castle in the morning and Sento Imperial Palace, one of several attractions we reserved in advance through the Imperial Household Agency. All were well worth it (and free of charge). The agency website explains the rules, which vary somewhat from site to site. We also toured Kyoto Imperial Palace.
About navigation
Just as the Google Translate app (and similar devices) have broken down language barriers, several travel apps have vastly simplified the business of getting around. Google Maps was our basic navigational tool and it rarely failed us. Another app that helped work in concert with Google Maps was Navitime's Japan Travel guide. Both provide alternate routes, detailed information on trains and stations and much more. Sometimes, when we popped out of subway station, we'd check the compass app on the smartphone to make sure we were heading off in the right direction. It doesn't hurt that public transit throughout the country increasingly uses English or romaji to translate Japanese. Over four weeks, we only found one place where we had trouble deciphering the destination signs on buses (oddly enough, in Himeji, a tourist magnet).
KYOTO, Friday, 5/12
A busy day started at Katsura Imperial Villa. Like other Imperial Household venues, a guided tour (in Japanese, but with free English audio guide) is the only way to see the place and its beautiful gardens.
We also caught a kabuki for beginners show at sumptuous Minamiza Theatre--tickets purchased online in advance--after briefly stopping by bustling Yasaka-jinja shrine down the street.
Dinner was our priciest splurge: Itoh, a serene, traditional style steak house in the atmospheric Gion neighborhood. We hadn't initially planned on eating Kobe beef, since we've pretty much given up beef in our everyday lives, but we were persuaded by a family member who correctly posed the question: If not now, when? Worth the steep tab ($264), not least because our table overlooked the tiny Shirakawa canal, the service was great and now we can say we know what Kobe beef is all about. Like buttah.
KYOTO, Saturday 5/13
We were at Sanjusangendo when it opened and glad we'd gone. The display of 500 life-size, gilded 1000-armed kannon in Japan's longest wooden structure was unforgettable.
We're museum people--either you are or you ain't--and the special exhibition at Kyoto National Museum on the 850th anniversary of the founder of Shin Buddhism was well worth it. Unfortunately, like most Japanese museums, photos were prohibited inside. In this regard, technically advanced Japan lags much of the civilized world; even Old Europe has greatly loosened such restrictions in recent years. Smartphone cameras can be a nuisance to other visitors, but they are a quick and easy way of capturing what you've seen and preserving it for later study.
Lunch was at Vegan Ramen Uzu Kyoto, a Bib Gourmand and the weirdest place we ate. Expanded availability of vegetarian ramen is a promising, healthier trend, and we enjoyed it at several places in Tokyo and Kyoto. A TableCheck reservation, made well in advance, got us seats at this cutting-edge spot. Dining is at a polished black surface in a darkened room bathed by the illumination of a giant, swirling teamLab artwork. Pricey but good.
KYOTO, Sunday 5/14
We're horseplayers and enjoyed a day at recently reopened Kyoto Racecourse, capacity 120,000. Betting is easy; just stop by the information desk for instructions in English.
Dinner at Tiger Gyoza Hall was lively, inexpensive and delicious. It was the only restaurant on our trip that we visited twice; reservable on Google.
KYOTO, Monday 5/15
No place put us through more hoops than Kokedera, better known at Moss Temple. It was well worth the difficulty of getting a needed reservation; if you do it by mail from abroad--the least expensive way to go--you need a couple months head start (and an International Reply Coupon, which you have to buy online from the Swiss Postal System). We got there and back via city buses. Along the way we crossed Togetsukyo Bridge in the very congested tourist hotbed of Arashiyama. It didn't make us regret our decision to skip the area.
Afterward we visited Ninnaji temple. Ryoanji temple and its famous rock garden (where noisy fellow tourists made a Zen experience impossible) and Kinkakuji, the incredible Golden Pavilion. The place was jammed but crowd control is excellent and we're glad we made it.
KYOTO, Tuesday 5/16
Shugakuin Imperial Villa, a vast imperial property of gardens and buildings (which you cannot enter) on the northeastern outskirts, was our favorite Imperial Household Agency site. We felt fortunate to get advance tickets through their lottery but saw that same-day tickets were also available there and at other Agency sites; it would be a long way to go, however, if all tickets were gone on the day you wanted to enter. Since we made a conscious decision to visit Japan after the cherry blossom and Golden Week crowds were gone, we have no idea what things are like during busier times.
We strolled the Philosopher's Path after lunch. Perhaps if it had been a quiet early or cherry blossom time, we might have been blown away. Instead, it was a rare disappointment. It struck us as a very conventional touristy trail; nothing special at all.
On the other hand, Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), near one end of the path, lived up to the hype. We capped the day by off by catching the procession of Aoi Matsuri, or Hollyhock Festival, one of Kyoto's three big annual festivals. The parade of hundreds of elaborately costumed people, some on horseback, highlighted by a pair of ox-drawn carts, was a hoot. What surprised us was the absence of music or any sort of percussion.
HIMEJI and OSAKA, Wednesday 5/17
A shinkansen whisked us to Himeji for a tour of the incomparable castle and impressive gardens. We took advantage of the unique Himeji Castle English Speaking Guide service, which generously provides personal tours with an area resident, in English, at no cost (book online in advance).
Lunch was at Mentetsu, a very good ramen shop at a mall located between the train station and the castle. Recommended.
We finished the excursion at Osaka's famous, crazy Dotonburi neighborhood, a cross between Times Square and Disney. Dinner was our first okonomiyaki, deliciously prepared at Okonomiyaki Mizuno (a Bib Gourmand). We're allergic to standing in line---life is too short--and we never waited more than 30 minutes for a table on our trip. They took our order at Mizuno while we were in line, and it was prepared before our countertop seats shortly after we got in. Oishī!
UJI, Thursday 5/18
Uji is renowned for its tea and Byodoin temple, best known for its elegant phoenix hall, which is pictured on the back of the 10 Yen coin. It was a great day trip, including lunch at a traditional local soba shop that served cold noodles sobayu style; you pour hot soba stock--the cloudy water the noodles were boiled in--into what's left of your soy-based dipping sauce and drink the (supposedly) healthy brew. Definitely the way to go. Mampukuji, a Zen temple, was a worthwhile stop before we caught a train back to Kyoto.
NARA, Friday 5/19
Our first day of heavy rain failed to dampen the visit to one of the best places on our trip. The town, a tourist favorite because, or in spite of, the overpopulation of overly friendly deer, is well-described elsewhere. We toured Todai-ji, with its giant Bronze Buddha, had lunch at the cute and delicious Pizzeria Trattoria Magazzino (Bib Gourmand) and checked out Kohfukuji temple, too.
KYOTO, Saturday 5/20
Fushimi Inari shrine, on almost every Kyoto must-see list, lives up to its reputation. We followed good advice from this sub and arrived early, a few minutes before 8 a.m. Already, crowds were building. We detoured from the main path through thousands of torii gates and wandered instead up an almost totally deserted sylvan trail on the south side of Mt. Inari, past bamboo groves, a few minor shrines and some houses. After about 45 minutes, we reached a set of stone stairs to the summit. From the top, we took the main path down, dodging the stream of fellow tourists as best we could and gaping at the gates and the view from the halfway point. We highly recommend this alternative way of seeing the best of two Fushimi Inari worlds.
We celebrated our last full day in Kyoto, and our 40th wedding anniversary, with a memorable kaiseki lunch at Hana Kitcho, a Michelin one-star booked weeks in advance from home. The beautifully decorated private room, attentive service, imaginative presentation, museum-quality stoneware and delicious food were certainly up to one-star standards.
The minute that advance online tickets went on sale for the 184th Kamogawa Odori, I jumped on them. The tourist-oriented geisha dance performance is held in May at a theater that overlooks the Kamo River. We were lucky to have been given seats in the front row and when one of the geishas tossed a white cloth package in my direction I snatched it. I now have an unexpected souvenir, a cloth banner autographed by the geisha herself. The fantastic show will remain in memory.
IZU KOGEN, Sunday 5/21
We left Kyoto for the Izu Peninsula and what turned out to be the best single night of our trip. Hanafubuki, a modern ryokan I learned about on this sub, was everything we could have wanted. It features 9 private outdoor onsens on beautifully landscaped property and elegant guest rooms with fluffy futons for sleeping on tatami mats. The ten-course dinner was exquisite. Breakfast, a seven-course feast that featured whole grilled horse mackerel and golden-eye sea bream, was simply amazing.
IZU KOGEN, Monday 5/22
A short walk from the ryokan is the scenic Jogasaki Coast nature trail, a rugged stretch of rocks and pounding surf. A guy I met there who introduced himself as Zeus, a Japanese native currently living in California and in town to visit his parents, compared the coastline to Monterey Bay. We could have used another night to allow us to explore the trail at greater length.
Lunch was at a great local restaurant, walking distance from the train station, Honke Maguroya, featuring local fish and top-grade tuna. The wasabi rhizome, which you grate yourself, is a tipoff to the quality of the sushi, but the prices are extremely reasonable. Recommended.
From there we headed back to Tokyo and the remainder of our trip. Highlights and a full (too full?) final report coming soon.
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2023.06.09 20:23 TripleNerdScore1 Trip Report: Tokyo Kyoto Osaka Hakone (30s couple, traveling while visibly trans)

Hi everyone! This sub was so incredibly helpful to me in the planning process - I was deeply grateful for everything I learned, so I thought I'd post a trip report now that we're back!
About us: We're a 30s couple from the Midwest US. We're pretty experienced travelers (South America, UK/Ireland, Europe, lots of places in the US), but this was our first visit to Asia and first visit to Japan. As travelers, we love getting out on foot, local food/drink (especially street food), live music, nerd shit, weird art/vending machines. Also, my partner is a cis guy, but I am a trans masc person who is visibly trans (post-op in a few ways, but not passing/not stealth).
Dates: May 13 - May 29
What we did: Tokyo Kyoto Osaka Hakone Back to Tokyo
Tips and tricks:
Because I'm a nerd, here's the actual breakdown!
DAY 1 ARRIVAL 📍 Flew into Haneda; made it to our hotel (lovely experience at Hotel Plaza Sunroute); had our first world-famous konbini 7/11 experience; walked around Shinjuku; went out for dinner at Ryu no Miyako Inshokugai - talk about jumping in the deep end 🍣 Onigiri and vending machine green tea; little whipped cream treats; Nagahama ramen and sesame mackerel donburi 👣 10,400 steps 🏁 4.8 miles
DAY 2 SHIBUYA 📍 Meiji Shrine and Gardens - got goshuin and omamori; Harajuku, went to 7/11; back to the hotel for a nap; Shibuya, including Don Quijote, Center Gai and Dogenzaka Street; Nonbei Yokocho for late night 🍣 7/11 (plum onigiri and corn/mayo sandwich, some kind of spam musubi situation, matcha roll); Ichiran coin-op ramen with extra chashu and a matcha tofu custard thing; banana shock smoothie at Shibuya109 in Center Gai; chicken and pork belly yakitori with beers at Morimoto; brown sugar shoju and shoju-infused Oolong tea cocktails at Tight Bar (strong recommend for this joint!); grilled squid, octopus, and okonomiyaki for afters at Tsukishima Monja Kuuya Shibuya 👣 32,000 steps 🏁 14.5 miles 😮‍💨
DAY 3 SHINJUKU 📍 Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden; Shinjuku area (including Disk Union, Disney, Onitsuka); Kabukicho and Kabukicho Tower; GODZ metal bar; Golden Gai; Omoide Yokocho 🍣 7/11 (onigiri, matcha filled roll thing, royal milk tea, tomago sushi, strawberry donut, cafe latte); many types of dango (sesame oil, soy sauce, and apricot mochi were our favs); McDonald's (weirdly good chicken sandwich with yuzu radish topping, vanilla custard chocolate pie, white grape soda); yummy little warm imagawayaki filled with adzuki bean paste + royal milk from depachika); a couple of Asahis at GODZ; simple yakitori snacks at Golden Gai (including some… mystery offal items); back to 7/11 for drunk matcha ice cream and waffle snacks 👣 28,800 steps 🏁 13.0 miles
DAY 4 ASAKUSA 📍 Went out for coffee; walked around Kinarimon Gate and Nakamise; toured Asakusa Shrine, Senso-ji Temple, surrounding Shinto and Buddhist shrines; stopped for sushi and mochi; went for a walk up Sumida River; dipped into Shoden and Imado shrines; crossed Kototoi Bridge to Tokyo Skytree; went up Tokyo Skytree; back to Senso-ji for night photos; capped off evening with gyoza 🍣 Lattes at cute puppet theater coffeeshop (espresso, dandelion tea); 7/11 for breakfast-y fuel; strawberries from a street stall at Nakamise; sushi lunch; beautiful mochi + tea dessert; grilled gyoza, soup dumpling gyoza, shoujo Oolong tea cocktail for afters 👣 25,500 steps 🏁 11.66 miles
DAY 5 JIMBŌCHŌ, AKIHABARA 📍 Train to Ichigaya - notable French-inspired neighborhood; breakfast at local French café; Yasakuni Shrine; Kanda River walk by Hosei University; Tokyo Daijingu Shrine; Jimbōchō Old Book Town; walked from there to Akihibara; hit up noodles, arcade, nerd shops (comics, TCGs/CCGs, retro video games systems, TTRPGS, etc); gachapons; hit up the bizarre rare vending machines 🍣 Vending machine coffee and milk tea; yummy French pastries (bacon and sour cream roll, quiche, sour cream raisin custard thing); had to try some avocado and cheese Doritos; cold udon with duck broth soup, curry rice for Chris; fish-shaped taiyaki with custard cream dessert treat; dope gyoza place ("weekday" version with pork and cabbage, shrimp and chili mayo, yakitori with tare, and shogayaki with onions) 👣 Forgot watch at hotel - we’ll say 10,000 steps 🏁 Guessing about 5 or 6?
DAY 6 TEAMLAB PLANETS, TRAVEL TO KYOTO 📍 Hit up teamLabs, had an amazing time exploring the exhibits - the infinite light crystal room was our fav; train to Tokyo Station; lunch at underground Ramen Street restaurants under the station - went with Soranoiro, one of the few veg/vegan ramen shops in Japan - delicious; shinkansen to Kyoto; out for nightlife in Kiyamachi-Dori and Pontocho 🍣 Quick 7/11 snacks; train snacks (pocky, coffee, little teriyaki cutlet sandwich); Soranoiro ramen bowls; killer yakitori we fried right at our table in izakaya in Pontocho (honestly probably a meal highlight of the whole trip); brown sugar shoujo; 7/11 for ice cream on the way back 👣 18,900 steps 🏁 8.63 miles
DAY 7 KINKAKUJI, NISHIKI, GION 📍 Kinkakuji Temple; bus back to Kiyamachi-dori; spent whole afternoon walking and eating street food at Nishiki Market; back to hotel for rest, laundry, rooftop drink; out for nightlife in Gion 🍣 Family Mart for coffee and doughnuts; Nishiki Market Street street food delights - seared yakitori style crab stick, little octopus chuka idako on skewers, kara-age on skewers, sea squid croquettes and beer, strawberry and adzuki bean mochi balls; mimosas and red wine; Kyoto Gion Okaru - geisha-decorated izakaya with insane curry udon bowls and beers; picked up box of mochi dango for dessert 👣 20,200 steps 🏁 9.07 miles
DAY 8 SHRINE DAY 📍 OK, this is a lot:
🍣 Hotel coffee, tea, cream puffs; adzuki bean buns with tea made from the actual hydrangeas of the tea garden at the shrine; dope bento box lunch; got takeout fast food donburi and fizzy lemonade 👣 22,800 steps 🏁 10.39 miles
DAY 9 FUSHIMI-INARI 📍 Fushimi Inari, the famous shrine of over 1,000 torii gates - super amazing (and intense!) summit of Mt Inari! Back to Nishiki Market for reward street food and drinks; back to hotel for a rooftop drink and soak; finally out for soba at Kawamichiya Ginka in Pontocho. 🍣 Snack pack on our hike (sausages, cheese, some kind of fish meat/cheese stick, and surume - sweet chewy dried squid stuff); orange smoothie; conveyor belt sushi; strawberry mochi roll; whisky highball and red wine; massive soba spreads (chicken seared with wasabi/yuzu/horseradish dipped in ponzu sauce, fried soba noodles in a rich soup, cold soba noodles dipped tsukemen-style in a really amazing umami soy sauce soup, tempura shrimp and veggies, a hot soba noodles in a clear broth soup) 👣 27,600 steps 🏁 Supposedly 12.3 miles, but that hike to summit Mt Inari was something else 😤
DAY 10 TRAVEL TO OSAKA, SHINSABASHISUJI, AMEMURA, DOTONBURI 📍 Beautiful brunch on the bank of the canal in Kyoto; local train to Osaka-Umeda; checked into Osaka hotel; walked around Shinsaibashisuji and Dotonburi a little bit; scoped out Amemura ("Ameri-mura") for dope American-inspired Japanese streetwear; wandered up and down street food stalls in Dotonbori; swung by Namba Hips (mostly pachinko); found a couple of fun little hole-in-the-wall places (little Japanese craft beer brewery, retro video games bar) 🍣 Brunch at Kawa Cafe (croque monsieur, ramen, tea and delicious apple tart); takoyaki, cheesy waffle shaped like a massive 10yen coin, sweet chili hotdogs from stands in Dotonbori; dashi gose craft beer (by Derailleur Brew Works) from Umineko, shots at Space Station bar 👣 19,500 steps 🏁 9.01 miles
DAY 11 NAMBAYASAKIJINA, DOTONBURI 📍 Morning Japanese breakfast at a wonderful little 24-hour diner; Hozen-ji (moss shrine); Kamigata Ukiyo-e Museum across the street (focusing on Osaka woodcuts celebrating Dotonburi's kabuki and entertainment history); Nambayasaka-jinja (lion head shrine); Den Den Town (Osaka's Akihabara); ended up at a cozy little kushikatsu bar which actually was playing the Tigers game (away game vs the Swallows at Tokyo); street food waffles for dessert; hit up a late-night batting cage - ended up at Round1 (a big multi-floor arcade complex) and did the rooftop batting cage! My partner won a giant plushie for me from a claw machine! 🍣 Dope traditional japanese omelette and fish breakfast; cute macarons from market stand; Family Mart for snacks before nightlife; skewers, beer, and highballs from Dotonbori kushikatsu place; ridiculous nutella, whip, and strawberry stuffed waffle from Waffle Khan 👣 29,100 steps 🏁 13.31 miles
DAY 12 KUROMON ICHIBA, OSAKA CASTLE, DOTONBURI 📍 Kuromon Ichiba Market for street food; Osaka Castle Park and Nishinomaru Gardens; toured Osaka Castle and museum all the way up to the top; subway to Tanimachi-9-chome subway station for amazing live jazz at Sub Jazz Cafe. (This was amazing! Akira "Ro" Hasegawa (sax) and Yukie Fujikawa (keys) - Ro is also the owner and was bartending on this particular night too.) Out to Don Don for killer yakiniku and beer; found our way to Oboradaren, an Tokunoshima-themed island vibes bar and music spot where there was a great live band playing fun island vibes beach rock - big crowd of 40s+ Japanese women who knew all the songs, wound up drinking passionfruit chuhai and joining them in the conga line around the bar 🍣 Oden hot pot, wagyu skewer, otoro sashimi, crab gratin in the half-shell, bracken green tea soy cakes at Kuromon Market; ice cream sandwiches at Osaka Castle; milk tea, little roast beef sandwich, and cheesecake at Sub Jazz Cafe; yakiniku-style wagyu, ribs, ox tongue, assorted mushrooms; passionfruit chuhai and red wine at the island vibes spot; taro and brown sugar boba teas 👣 23,000 steps 🏁 10.42 miles
DAY 13 KAIYUKAN, SHINSEKAI, DOTONBURI 📍 Fun trip to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan; quick pass through Shinsekai; lunch at spot where you can fish your own catch from an indoor fishing boat pool; out for one last Dotonburi night - wound up getting konbini snacks and sitting on the waterfront talking and people-watching for hours 🍣 Not a banger food-wise, but interesting little spread at the fish-your-own place - huge prawn for grilling, kara-age, and fatty tuna nigiri for Max, tempura veggies and whitefish with doteyaki for Chris; from Family Mart, fruit smoothie, ice cup, and KitKat for Max, onigiri and lemonade for Chris 👣 19,100 steps 🏁 8.64 miles
DAY 14 TRAVEL TO HAKONE, HAKONE SHRINE 📍 Bombed to Shin-Osaka for an early shinkansen to Odawara; trained to Odawara to Hakone; dropped luggage off at ryokan, then bus to Motohakone; saw Hakone Shrine and Onshi-Hakone Park (as well as a segment of the actual Old Tokaido!); returned to ryokan for the night, where we were treated to a gorgeous 1:1 kaiseki from a Michelin-star chef, private hot spring onsen, and private in-room hot spring bath 🍣 Konbini snacks before shinkansen; snacks and coffee on train; late lunch in Motohakone (curry and soba, pork cutlet); incredible, massive multi-course kaiseki and sake for dinner, plus strawberry cake, champagne, and more sake for dessert 👣 13,900 steps 🏁 6.26 miles
DAY 15 HAKONE OPEN AIR MUSEUM, TRAVEL TO TOKYO, LAST NIGHT IN SHINJUKU 📍 Woke up in gorgeous ryokan; leisurely kaiseki breakfast with leftover cake; final soak in the private onsen; Hakone Open Air Museum - very cool; had kind of a challenging trip back but finally made it from Museum back to ryokan to bus stop to Hakone-Yumoto to Odawara to Shinjuku to the hotel 😮‍💨 Considering the last night as our real "last night" of the trip, our final night out in Tokyo was all just extra icing on the cake - went out for yakitori skewers and Asahi Superdrys in cozy alley in Omoide Yokocho, found really wonderful cake and tea dessert open late also in Omoide, hit up 🎵 Donki! 🎵 for a final round of bulk snacks and souvenirs, ended up on a late-night excursion to find Park Hyatt Hotel (featured in Lost in Translation); finished night at hotel watching the city go to sleep from our balcony 👣 22,700 steps 🏁 10.3 miles
FINAL SCORE 📸 Pics: 1,929 👣 Steps: 337,700 🏁 Miles: 153.78 (we averaged 9.6 miles per day, every day, for 16 days) 🇯🇵 “Nihongo jōzu!”: 4 (I know more proficient Japanese speakers are insulted, but it's honestly a pretty nice comment when you're at my level) 👶 Comments on how young we look/how we can’t possibly be celebrating our 10-year wedding anniversary: 3 ✨ Gratitude: Infinite.
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2023.06.09 16:25 ban-me-im-vegan I'm sick of sandy mush burgers.

Dear trendy restaurants that say vegan food tastes bad,
Stop giving me a crappy bean burger as my only option on the menu. I don't care of it's house made, it tastes like last week's dried out bean dip and always squishes out the sides of the bun. Give me a tofu burger soaked in a house marinade, or a mushroom burger sprinkled with a house seasoning, or a fried eggplant burger fried with a house plant milk wash. For the love of taste buds do not limit me to your half-assed house made bean burger that you cut with sawdust. I know you've never tried it so I'll be kind and tell you it's not good.
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2023.06.09 02:37 cteavin Can I use dried, powdered okara (soy pulp) in place of soy flour?

I made tofu the other day and have a surplus of okara that I dried out powdered. I know I can replace (I read about 10%) of flour in bread and cake recipes for soy flour and wondered if I could do the same with this okara.
Has anyone tried this?
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2023.06.09 01:55 SoilFormer6390 What do you guys recommend?

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2023.06.08 15:21 Horror-Ad-4892 They didn’t take colorblind people into consideration where I’m eating at

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2023.06.08 09:48 theluckyone95 Protein intake with a soy and nut allergy

I have started becoming more physically active and I need some more protein because most days I only get about 65 g protein. I know too much protein isn't good either, but I would like to eat at least 85 g. But since I'm allergic to nuts and soy I find it a bit difficult. I mean, tofu is a really good source but I can't have it.
I eat legumes for lunch and dinner with some grain like quinoa, millet, buckwheat, whole wheat pasta, sometimes potatoes with the skin. (and of course vegetables)
For my other meals I have a lot of oats and seeds (since I can't have nuts) and fruits. I also drink pea milk which has about the same amount of protein as soy milk. Sometimes I make smoothies where I add pea protein, but protein powder is a processed food so I don't want to have too much of that...
I guess I could add more seeds, hummus etc., but that would probably be too much fat (?).
Can someone give me some suggestions what to do?
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2023.06.08 03:51 konorsacks1 The fish or the vegi?

The fish or the vegi?
My only options are the fish or the vegetarian. I'm thinking fish, just seeing if anyone has had it and if it's not good
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2023.06.08 01:42 missthrownaway89 Silken tofu with soy sauce,rice vinegar,sriracha,and Sucralose

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2023.06.07 11:22 Cheetotiki Polaris 777 SFO>MUC

Last Saturday. Seared turbot. Flight delayed almost two hours to replace an oil filter but pilot was great at communicating status, crew was great, and thanks to Munich transit efficiency we made the connection to CTA. I always try to connect via MUC or ZRH, never FRA or LHR.
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2023.06.07 01:29 Bulky_Ad_4390 Restock :)

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2023.06.07 01:17 Bulky_Ad_4390 $30 mini restock

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2023.06.07 00:42 livicote foods that bother you the least

i thought i would also make a separate diet post so we can share foods that seem to help, or at least bother us the least! our personal rules for food will all be different, so please be patient with me for having packaged foods, low-lactose cheeses, etc. (although definitely let me know if you think any of these are truly going to mislead people.) you should also know that maximizing the ratio of vegetables to protein has made me feel the best. anyway, this is my list:
foods that seem to help: . herbs like lavender, thyme, oregano, rosemary—i put them in a chicken and vegetable soup. once i infused lavender in (unsweetened) soy milk. i take a rosemary pill when i have flareups. . garlic (raw is best—i make a caesar dressing using thug kitchen’s recipe but with silken tofu instead of almonds. it fucks) . onions & leeks . swiss cheese (i think it’s the enzymes?? esp the kosher one from sprouts) . dill pickles (i like kuhne for subtle/crunchy and grillo’s for more flavor)
foods that don’t hurt: . spinach/dark greens—although I’m getting a little tired of them, i do love salads. recently i top my salads with nuts, turkey, and low-lactose cheese like mozzarella. i dress it with oil & vinegar. . asparagus . broccoli . okra (i buy unbreaded and pan-fry it, so good and rich in magnesium!!) . soy products (I’m sure this varies person to person. but soy has antimicrobial properties!) cabbage—check out gaz oakleys purple soup on youtube, it’s delicious!! . chicken salad with soy mayonnaise, dill, cucumber, celery
foods to bring joy/keep sane: . lily’s sea salt dark chocolate if you don’t mind stevia (also rich in magnesium, and cocoa has antimicrobial properties) . zero sugar jerky (chomps and tillamook are good brands)
please share your safe foods in the comments if you’d like to help build this list!
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2023.06.06 21:06 Ramen4608 Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen

Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen
First attempt at a Tonkotsu. Mix of pork bones, pork chops, and chicken wings and a bag of chicken skin that boiled for about 14 hours. Let the rendered fat be a part of the soup instead of skimming off.
Tare was made with shoyu, mirin, sake, katsuobushi, kombu, shiitake, salt, and sugar. Added some black pepper, katsuobushi powder, rice wine vinegar and schichimi togarashi for some extra pop when serving.
Toppings: Soy braised pork belly, toasted sesame seeds, ajitama, nori, and sichuan chili oil.
Really rich and full taste! Definitely gonna do more tonkotsu!
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2023.06.05 23:15 cinnamonpeaches_ Soy products, tofu, and other meat replacements?

Sorry for the abundance of posts I’ve been making here lately. Lots of questions as I’m still adjusting to this lifestyle. I’ve never been much of a meat eater other than fish and poultry occasionally, but cycling the same foods has gotten a bit tiring. I’m looking for mock meat products, or fiber and protein replacements just to add to dishes and give things some variety. I don’t plan to consume these excessively, since I know some can be filled with sodium and fat, but just to have once in a while. I’ve found this brand of plant based chickn called alpha that is made with soy protein and it’s so good! I’ve also been opting for sofritas when I get chipotle salad bowls. I’ve never tried impossible meat or beyond meat, but I’ve heard mixed reviews. Most of what I see is made with soy, tofu, black beans, chickpea, or sunflower oil. Are these okay for cholesterol? I’d love to try tofu but I have no idea how to cook it or which to buy. Thanks!
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2023.06.05 08:34 Must-not-Ordinary Grilled Japanese Wagyu Ribeye - Grade A5 with Soy Garlic Glaze

Given the premium quality and tenderness of Japanese Wagyu Ribeye - Grade A5, it is best to keep the seasoning and preparation simple to let the rich marbling and natural flavors shine through. Enjoy this extraordinary culinary experience with family and friends!
  1. Preparing the Ribeye:
  1. Preparing the Soy Garlic Glaze:
  1. Preparing the Grill:
  1. Grilling the Ribeye:
  1. Resting and Slicing:
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2023.06.05 05:55 Ghost_Chance Where can I find recipes for meatless food that tastes like meat?

Meat isn’t always good for my digestive system anymore, and I’m tired of worrying about getting sick halfway through a meal. It’s not predictable, either; sometimes I’ll have no problem whatsoever, and sometimes I’ll get a few bites in and suddenly feel like I’m going to throw up. Tofu and meat alternatives don’t have the same ill effects, surprisingly, and I want to include more in my diet. It doesn’t hurt that meat alternatives can be better for the environment, and I feel less guilty for them.
However, every time I hunt for recipes online, I find nothing but vegan options that won’t taste anything like meat. That’s great for vegans and vegetarians, and I’m happy for them, but it doesn’t help me at all. I would miss the flavor and texture of meat too much to give it up entirely. I’m not vegan or vegetarian, so flavorings such as broth, bullion, and powders are great. Thanks to recommendations from a friend, I’ve had great results seasoning tofu with chicken or beef bullion and soy sauce; if you buy the right kind, cut it thin enough, and cook it long enough in the right oil, it can have a texture remarkably like meat.
Can anyone recommend a website (or, if necessary, a book) with quality meatless recipes that don’t taste meatless?
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2023.06.05 02:51 AscarNaloe Sriracha-pineapple glazed tofu with soy sauce and chili oil with black beans

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2023.06.04 15:46 DevelopmentHoliday5 SWEET CHILI CRISPY TOFU NOODLE BOWL 🥢​​​​​

SWEET CHILI CRISPY TOFU NOODLE BOWL 🥢​​​​​​​​ You’ll sure to love this flavorful bowl plus it’s ready in less than 30 minutes. 😋​​​​​​​​ Sweet Chili Crispy Tofu Noodle Bowls 🥢• 14 oz extra firm tofu​​​​​​​​ • 1 C snow peas, halved​​​​​​​​ • 2 carrots, sliced or ribboned with peeler​​​​​​​​ • 1 C purple cabbage, chopped​​​​​​​​ • 1 bunch lacinto kale, chopped and drizzled with 1 tsp EVOO + 1 lemon, juiced​​​​​​​​ • 2 mangoes, cubed​​​​​​​​ • 1 English cucumber, sliced​​​​​​​​ • 14 oz shirataki angel hair noodles (these are 0 carb 0 calorie noodles made from the konjac plant and have a very similar texture to rice noodles, making them great in asian dishes! Alternatively, you can substitute for rice noodles)​​​​​​​​ Sweet & Spicy Chili Sauce​​​​​​​​ 🌶• 2 TBSP sweet chili sauce​​​​​​​​ , 3 TBSP chili garlic sauce (sambal oelek), 1 TBSP tamari or soy sauce, 1 TBSP rice vinegar​​​​​​​​ Slice tofu lengthwise into 3 slabs. wrap in a towel and place on counter. Top with a large cutting board as well as something heavy like a cast iron skillet. Press for 10-15 minutes to remove excess liquid. Slice tofu into cubes.Heat 1 tsp EVOO in a large cast iron skillet over medium low heat. Add tofu in a single layer and cook for 5-6 minutes - DO NOT FLIP UNTIL THEY WIGGLE freely and are nice and golden. If they’re sticking to the skillet, they’re not ready. Flip and repeat on second side.Meanwhile, steam snow peas and carrots until al dente, boil noodles for 5 minutes, and massage kale until tender.Prepare sauce by mixing all ingredients together. Adjust for desired sweetness/spiciness. Pour sauce over crispy tofu and toss to coat. Arrange all ingredients in bowls and top with crispy tofu and extra sauce! Garnish with cilantro if desired.#healthyfood #healthyfoodshare #healthyfood #healthyveganfood #us#healthyfoodrecipes #vegan #veganfood #healthyfoodlover #foodrecipes #healthyfoodblog #healthyfoodblogger #healthyfoodchoice#foodie #healthy #food #fitness #instagood
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2023.06.04 14:32 VeganonaBudget Vegan Meal Ideas for Pizza Nights on a Budget

Hey there, fellow pizza lovers! I've got a delightful anecdotal story to share with you all about one of my incredible clients who recently reached out to me for advice on vegan meal ideas for pizza nights on a budget. Trust me, you won't want to miss this cheesy adventure!
Allow me to introduce you to Alex and Taylor, a young, fun-loving couple in their late twenties who have been together for three years. They are self-proclaimed pizza aficionados and have a standing tradition of enjoying homemade pizza every Friday night. However, recently they decided to adopt a vegan lifestyle to align their dietary choices with their compassion for animals and the environment.
While Alex and Taylor were thrilled about their new vegan journey, they were a bit uncertain about how to recreate their beloved pizza nights without compromising on flavor and affordability. That's when they stumbled upon my YouTube channel, "Vegan on a Budget," and decided to seek my advice on delicious yet budget-friendly vegan pizza ideas.
I suggested they start with a simple homemade pizza dough using basic pantry ingredients. Alex and Taylor were amazed at how easy it was to make their own dough and customize it to their taste. Next, I shared my secret sauce recipe, which incorporated rich tomato flavor and a hint of herbs and spices.
To make their pizza more exciting and nutritious, I recommended a variety of plant-based toppings. They experimented with an array of colorful vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and spinach, which added texture and flavor to their pizzas. They also discovered the magic of marinated tofu and tempeh, which provided a satisfying protein-packed alternative to traditional meat toppings.
As for the cheese, I introduced them to the wonders of homemade vegan cheese alternatives. They learned how to make creamy cashew-based mozzarella and nut-free, meltable vegan cheese using ingredients readily available at their local grocery store. With a little bit of practice, their vegan cheese game was on point!
To jazz up their pizza nights even further, I shared some unique topping combinations, like BBQ jackfruit and caramelized onions, Mediterranean-inspired pesto and sun-dried tomatoes, and buffalo cauliflower with vegan ranch dressing. Alex and Taylor's taste buds were in heaven as they discovered a whole new world of plant-based pizza possibilities.
TL;DR: Alex and Taylor, a vegan couple, sought my advice on vegan meal ideas for their beloved pizza nights on a budget. With my guidance, they learned to make homemade pizza dough and sauce, experimented with an array of plant-based toppings, and discovered delicious homemade vegan cheese alternatives. Their pizza nights became a flavorful and budget-friendly adventure, leaving them excited to try new combinations every week!
If you're craving scrumptious and pocket-friendly vegan pizza ideas, don't forget to check out my video "Vegan Meal Ideas for Pizza Nights on a Budget" on my YouTube channel, Vegan on a Budget. Get ready to indulge in plant-based pizza perfection!
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