I haven’t had much time or ingredients to cook lately, which is why I’m posting so much about restaurants I went to.

Today we went to Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger. I was really craving some greasy diner food lately, so this was our pick!  I was really excited to come here since I was told that it was featured on the Food Network, so I was expecting a very good burger.

I wasn’t disappointed! Blimpy Burger sort of gives off the “hole in the wall” restaurant type of vibe. The price is also pretty reasonable. It was about $5 for a burger with fries.
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Hi everyone!

Again, it seems like I was swept away by school. It’s been an incredibly crazy past month or so, and I really feel irresponsible when I can’t update as much as I can. I’ve gotten a job recently with the University, so I’m a full time student plus a staff member for the school!

But, because I’m a student, that also means we get…that’s right! Spring Break!

This break couldn’t have come at a better time since I’d been scrambling with papers due the entire week before. For Spring Break, my roommates and some friends of ours took a road trip to Toronto. It’s about a five hour drive from Ann Arbor and pretty much the opposite direction of Chicago. I think in terms of culture…well, in my opinion, there wasn’t much of a difference. Toronto, though, is probably about the food.

So our first stop was at Hachitarou (photo from Yelp by Jennifer K.)

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Belated indeed! I’ve been taking care of so many things ranging from school to kendo that I barely had any time to sleep, let alone post.

I meant to post this weeks ago because, if anybody remembered…食べ物 eXploZion was born at this time of year in 2009! I’m kind of surprised because I’ve been fairly consistent -cough- with updating this blog, and considering how much extra work this takes me…frankly, I’m very amazed.

For its birthday, 食べ物 eXploZion got a green tea chiffon cake. This is my first real cake. Ever. I was considering begging a friend to come and do a guest blog since pastries and desserts are his specialty, but he was busy being a good student that I didn’t want to corrupt him… Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s some exciting news!! If any of you follow my Tweets or know me on Facebook, I’m sure you may have already heard me spazzing out about this. Last week’s post, about Restaurant Week in Ann Arbor, actually got picked up in an article by Edward Vilmetti on AnnArbor.com. I was excited, of course, since I’m not even a pro-blogger, and honored for being featured in the article.

Moving on, as many of you may know, I’m a University student. We’re supposed to live off of caffeine when we aren’t having instant noodles or pizza or something of the sort.

Well, coffee in my system is a very dangerous thing. My friend, Laura, happened to witness it once when I mistakenly added coffee, which I assumed was decaffeinated (for some reason), into my milk, resulting in a half coffee/half milk drink. This resulted in me rocking in my chair in class for an hour and a half, complaining about “caffeinated caffeine” that irresponsible people gave to poor college passer bys. Needless to say, the next time we went out for bagels together, I was forbidden from touching coffee.

Even if I can’t have it straight up, I did find another way to enjoy coffee. I had these at a restaurant once, and their process was much more complicated, involving simmering and such. I chose to do it the quick and easy way.

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This past week (01.17-01.22) was “Restaurant Week” where we are. Basically, a lot of the restaurants downtown (which are normally priced higher than a student’s budget) offer meals for a little cheaper than normal.

A lot of places offer lunch for $12, and some places had a “2 for 1” deal.  My friends and I went to “Blue Nile“, an Ethiopian restaurant that had the “2 for 1” deal. It was a competition between Seva’s, a vegetarian/vegan place, and Blue Nile, and honestly, I’m glad Blue Nile won out.

The staff were very friendly. Being the camera foodie that I am, I asked if we could move to a seat by the window so I could get better shots of the food. The host immediately said, “Sure, sure! That’s no problem at all!”

On the 2-for-1 $12 menu, there were four items. My roommates, friend, and I ended up getting two different dishes, the ZilZil Wat and Yedoro Tibs, with different vegetable sides as well as a cup of spiced Ethiopian tea. Our tea arrived first.

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My apologies for the long long absence! Once again, school was frying up my life as I scrambled to get everything under control and find some time to sleep as well. It also didn’t help that my computer was broken for about a week over New Year’s (when I actually had time to post…) But everything’s slowed down (just a teeny bit) and fixed so I can post about my experiment today!

There is a small chain of restaurants here on my campus called “No Thai!” I normally go there when I’m craving some nice “Asian” noodles. Asian in the sense that it’s Asian American, kind of like how “chow mein” is Asian (aka, not really Asian).

About two weeks ago, I went to No Thai and ordered Pad Thai since I had gotten the “Drunken Noodles” last time. I wasn’t particularly impressed, but then again, what could I expect from a chain semi-fast food store?

So, today, I thought I’d give my own (inauthentic, probably) version of Pad Thai a try. I was craving for something that reminded me that sunny snow-less places still exist somewhere out there.

I used this recipe from Thai Table and modified it for myself.

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I spent my Xmas day in Chicago, and wow, it was a little creepy since the downtown area so almost entirely empty.

Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get a taste of Chicago’s famous deep-dish pizza, but my friend and I went to a fairly famous restaurant called Joy Yee’s in Chinatown.

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I’m currently in Chicago!! And, true to my foodie heart, I got excited with the food places that are available in the Windy City (which isn’t actually that windy…). I will be here until the morning of the 26th, and today was day 1!

Today, we visited Mitsuwa’s, a fairly large Japanese supermarket. It’s big enough to have its own food court and it actually reminded me of when I was in the Kyoto needle (across from Kyoto station) when we went downstairs and there were various types of vendors. At Mitsuwa’s there was a pottery place, a book place (perfect for getting my hands on those magazines that are otherwise sooo expensive!), and a sake place (but I’m underage…)

Santouka, apparently, is a very popular ramen shop within Mitsuwa. A friend from my club recommended it, and, wow, was I happy to be there!

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HELLO EVERYONE!

I’ve missed you all! I’ve missed 食べ物 eXploZion! I’VE MISSED GOOD FOOD!!

It was finals season, so I didn’t have the time to post what I wanted even though I did cook, so there’s a bit of a backlog of food hahaha. Although, I still must’ve had instant noodles at least 5 times in the past 2 weeks…

But it’s been snowing lately, and what better to recover from this cold cold winter and the horrendous exams than a nice warm galette with your tea (or coffee if you still have exams)!

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