Resturant review of Coco Ichibanya (repost from old blog December 07, 2009)

I love Curry, maybe more than Dave Lister, so when I want some immediate spicy gratification, I trot down to the closest CoCo Ichibanya.

Coco Ichibanya, a Japanese curry house chain restaurant

Coco Ichibanya is a Japanese fast food curry house that is quick, easy, and delicious. They are located all around Japan. There are two located in Yokosuka city alone. Like any chain restaurant, they all have a similar feel.Coco Ichibanya has more than just curry rice; also available is nan bread, curry pan, salad, and dessert.

Counter seats are for the sad lonely guys, great for me!

But it’s not all cookie cutter, they do have local specials and seasonal menus. Coco Ichibanya is very foreigner friendly.  The foreigner menu has seven languages.

I can read that!

Ok, this is how it works,-

1: Pick your curry base: Beef, Pork, Hash

2: Pick your topping: There is a wide variety of toppings, from cheese to fried quall eggs, order as many as you want

3: Select the amount of rice: From 200 grams to 600

4: And my favorite, Spice level: From mild to 10

Not that hot...

The face let's you know how your bum will feel later.

This particular trip was my first time playing with level 10. I ordered a half plate of shrimp curry.

Half-plate of ebi curry. level 10

The rice is your typical Japanese sticky rice, good and hearty. The curry is flavorful and tasty, an instant classic.

Yum

That level ten was hot, but it was no match to a curry junky like me, well played, curry, well played.

Done!

If you want to take the experience home with you, you can get take out, delivery, or the Coco Ichibanya ready to make ingredients.

Too bad I don't cook...

Overall, Cocos is not the best, but it is still good, not to mention quick and easy. Keep spicy!

Engrish Fail! (November 12, 2009)

It’s ether Engrish or Dyslexia.

Engrish Fail!

Burger King Windows 7 (repost from old blog November 10, 2009)

So what fancy exotic food will I be blogging about today? Some kind of spicy kelp from the coral reef of Antarctica? Or some strange mammal organ? Today is Burger King.

High end joint, Burger King

Burger King!? What the heck!? This blog has gone to crap. So why review a massive worldwide fast food chain? This…

Windows 7 is a meat window?

The Windows 7 Burger. In Japan this month, the restaurant compiled this 800 gram skyscraper of a burger in honor of the new Windows 7 Operating System. Here is how it stacks up, (pun intended) a whopper with seven flame grilled patties with some tomatoes and lettuce (so you know it is good for you).

A whopper isn’t so whopping anymore…

The Windows 7 next to a regular whopper.

大です!

Seven Patties

Yeah you are going to need that drink.

The burger is good, but chewing on the obscenely thick meat zone (heh) gets monotonous, and the texture gets dull. I suggest employing ketchup and mustard.

Eating Fail

My friend Justin just wasn’t up to upgrading his system to Windows 7. Well you can wash out the taste of failure and ground meat with a free pass that came with the burger to free coffee all November. Or, in Japan, you can get a Heineken from Burger King.

Free Coffee all November!

Heineken at a Burger King

Halloween 2009 (repost from old blog November 02, 2009)

For Halloween this year I attended a small Barbeque party. It was a great time. I’d like to thank Joe for extending his hospitality.

Joe as some kind of Hugh Hefner   Salad Bar Is ready to party

Halloween 2009 #3

People gathering around the heat and meat

Shoe Orgy

The food was great, you know, your standard party food…

Salsa, Ranch, Salami, Crackers, Tortias

…Chips

Taste the Rainbow, and some chocolate

…Candy

Flame on!

Hotdogs and cheeseburgers

… The meats

Yummy! Larvets!   Food with a face!

…and of course, bugs. Yup, cheese flavored bugs. What a smash!

Eating bugs

Even more bug snacking

Doesn’t phase the Filipino...   Irrational Exuberance!

After eatin’ some critters, wash it down with a beer shotgun.

Alcohol + Thrusting a sharp object in the general direction of your hand = Good Idea   Classy

Warning! Beer may increase your perceived ability at RockBand

You feel cooler than you look.

A great party! Thanks for the good times!

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Restaurant review Nirvana (repost from old blog October 31, 2009)

Nirvana is located in the Mikasa mall facing Blue Street in Downtown Yokosuka. It is underground of the mall. The front has a very narrow profile and easy to overlook. To combat this, they have very cleverly vented out the kitchen air to the street level. So when passing by on the sidewalk there is a 2 meter aromatic zone of a sweet, sweet curry scent that comes out of nowhere and pops you in the face. This caught my attention. So anytime I smell curry, I have to investigate like Guy Noir.

Knockin' on Nirvana's door

These steps are MUCH harder to go up.  Hell yeah, India. Let's get a little wild with a Zima

The Room is kind of small, but ambiance is nice. It is warm and the smell of curry and spice is soothing. Also in the back corner is a flat screen playing Bollywood’s hottest jams!

Nice room

Spice shelf  Black velvet painting

I-hip hop

The Curry comes in three spice levels… one, two, or three chili peppers. To me it isn’t that spicy But is still very flavorful.

Vegetable curry

Chicken curry

One of the appetizers is Chicken Momo.  Chicken meat in dumplings with spicy dipping sauce. Nice.

Momo

The Nan is so big that is broken down into four sheets so it can fit into the basket. The cheese nan comes in a Frisbee-sized disk with a thick layer of cheese. It will fill you up and comes with a side of “the itis.” However the bread is unusually sweet. Sweeter than any other nan I have ever head.

Nice set. Have time for a nap?

The lunch menu comes in sets ranging from about 750-1200 yen. The Dinner sets range from about 1100-2100 yen. Overall, a good place for Indian curry in downtown Yokosuka.

Yokosuka Mikoshi Parade October 18, 2009 (repost from old blog October 25, 2009)

Last Sunday was the Yokosuka City Mikoshi parade. The Mikoshi 神輿 is a Japanese portable shrineIt is paraded out in the streets twice a year, to give the gods pleasure and a chance for the people to give them thanks. It is sort of a holy joy ride.

Mikoshi parade is a pants-free event!

Mikoshi

U.S. Navy's Mikoshi

Mikoshi  Not a Mikoshi, but still cool

The event happens every spring and autumn all around Japan.  The spring festival is to pray to the local gods for a good harvest in the coming months, while the autumn festival is to give thanks to the gods for the year’s harvest.

Adorned atop all of the Mikoshis is a phoenix to act as a messenger to the goddess inside.

Phoenix

Phoenix 2

Each area in Japan has its own Mikoshi. The Mikoshi is traditionally carried by the young men in the local area. But recently women are allowed to carry them. And if no young men are available in the town, ringers from outside can be asked to help for a payment of food and sake. Sounds like when I helped my friend move into their apartment for a pizza. “Hey dude. Can you help my move my shrine, I’ll like, totally get you a cheese ‘za. Dude.”

Granny isn't all that into it.

Step it up Grandma!

The Village People and the shrine of sexy.

This one is for the ladies!

Feeling it!

Hayashi 囃子is the folk music that is played during this parade. Many of the sounds for the performers came from taiko drums, fude, traditional vocalizations, and just banging things on other thing rhythmically.

Taiko

Taiko

Fute. Woodwinds kick ass!

Keepin' the beat  This purple hair'ed guy can whaile!

All along Blue Street venders were set up cooking parade food along with games set up for the children. The varieties of food included takoyaki, yakisoba, obanyaki, frankfurters, grilled corn, yakitori, pineapple on a sick, cotton candy, candy apples, and chocolate bananas.

Yokosuka's special negi tako

Takoyaki come in a ball format.

Fruit on a stick. That makes it better!

Meat stick!

Okonomiyaki

Yakitori = meat on a stick.

Ok, this is the only way to eat fruit, on a stick and covered in chocolate.

Candy Fluff.

A children's card game

Overall if you are visiting Japan and are lucky enough to present during the semiannual Mikoshi parade, check it out, it is one of the many things unique about Japan.

Shishimai

Kosho  Kosho 2

Doraimon  I don't think his shirt says "I'm with stupid"

Drunk Mask  Crazy eye o_0

Okuninushimikoto 

The coolist old guy ever!

Racist Name Fail (repost from old blog October 20, 2009)

Here is a racist name fail for a tanning bed salon in Shibuya.

That's kind of a racist name fail for a tanning bed salon. Fail spotted Shibuya, Japan.