Blackmud Creek Ravine Hike
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12h ago
If you use Google Maps and search for Blackmud Creek Ravine, it directs you to two different spots.  One on the west side - if you are coming from the west, and another spot on the other side of the ravine if you are coming from the east.  I started my hike from the east side from Big Bear Park on 109 St by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.  If starting from the west side, Google Maps directs you to the entrance of Running Creek Road.  You can walk into the Blackmud Creek Pedestrian Bridge.  I assume there are some trails north or south.  I didn ..read more
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Ace Cook Veggie Miso Yakisoba Super Bowl Review
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1w ago
Yakisoba instant noodles are pretty much a staple item in Japan.  Fried instant noodles lend themselves to making instant Yakisoba as they have oil in them, simulating the pan fried noodles flavour.  When I saw this Ace Cook Veggie Miso Yakisoba I thought I would try it.  They mentioned there were five kinds of vegetables in this so it looked pretty appealing.  3/4 view of the yakisoba noodle package.  The bright yellow could have been a yield sign in the grocery aisle.  The colour definitely attracts your attention ..read more
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Ace Cook Tasteful Series Mackeral Shoyu and Mackeral Miso Cup of Noodles Review
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1w ago
I found this relatively new series of noodle cups from Ace Cook awhile back in the spring.  These noodle cups break a bit of new ground by enhancing their umami from a new source!  I picked up a Aomori Shoyu and Miso version of a new "Tasteful" series of instant noodle cup. The term "mottenai" is used in describing this new line of noodles.  Mottenai means food waste reduction and they use it with the slogan "Let's turn waste into deliciousness".  Ace Cook is trying to help reduce food waste by utilizing food components that would otherwise be thrown away or put into the or ..read more
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Nissin Tonkotsu Seafood Big Cup Noodle Review
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2M ago
Nissin Japan has had several different variants of Seafood Big Cup Noodle in the last few years.  This Tonkotsu Seafood Big Cup Noodle is a limited time variant for the winter of 2023-2024. The Nissin HK Seafood Cup Noodle is easy to find in Canada at Chinese supermarkets, but not the Japanese version, so it was a surprise to find this on the shelf.  The Hong Kong version is similar to the one in Japan, but every regional version usually tastes at least a little different too.  I quite like the regular seafood version and really enjoy the Hong Kong Curry Seafood Noodle version t ..read more
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My Novel Kumotawa Confluence Is On The Home Stretch
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2M ago
While I'm not blogging or working, I've been writing my second novel, Kumotawa Confluence.  It has been a long haul on this project as it has been underway for three years and I'm finally on the last four chapters.  Even when I'm done writing, there is still editing, cleanups, and the whole publishing process to take care of.   Urban Fantasy – modern Japan Estimated at 130,000 words. Kumotawa Confluence Book Blurb On the fog shrouded slopes of Mount Kumotawa, a sacred shrine stands guard against the stirrings of an ancient evil.  Yuriko, a former special forces operati ..read more
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Futakoi Alternative. Aged Anime 2005 - Lots of Twins and Craziness
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2M ago
Futakoi is a light novel, visual novel, and anime series.  It takes place in the charming town of Futakoi where twins seem to sprout like dandelions after rain.  The star is Nozomu Futami, a young lad who returns to his hometown and he gets caught up in twins and other adventures. Now that I have that out of the way, Futakoi Alternative takes place in a different town with a different protagonist, but with many other characters (twins included, crossing over).  It is basically an "alternative" version, not a sequel, that is very different from the original. The show ran for 13 e ..read more
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Overview of New Highlight Attractions and Changes to See in Tokyo 2024
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2M ago
Tokyo is one of those cities that changes constantly.  If you haven't been back every year, the changes tend to stack up over time and you could be in for a shock the next time you visit in five years or even more so if it has been ten years.  While some locations and events don't change much, new ones arrive and others disappear into the past.  There are many new attractions and changes in Tokyo for 2024 and it hasn't even been two years since I wrote the post  Planning My Tokyo 2022 Trip Highlights and Attractions (for Anime and Regular Tourists).  I know I'm going t ..read more
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Nissin Snow Crab Miso Cup Noodle Review
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3M ago
I found these Nissin Snow Crab Miso Cup Noodles at T&T market around Chinese New Years.  There were actually a number of limited edition noodles and other food items in stock at that time. It was a bit of a treasure trove.  I think it was all brought in for the holidays as people splurge on deluxe treats and other items at that time. It was pretty hard to miss these noodles on the shelf as the packaging for them is bright orange in colour with a pretty interesting crab graphic on the front in the big white RAOH logo.  Yup, you read that right if you know your noodles.  ..read more
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Nissin RAOH King Doro, Kotteri, Chicken Instant Noodle Bowl Review
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3M ago
I think this RAOH King Doro, Kotteri, Chicken noodle has been out in Japan for a few years (since 2022) and this is the first time I've run across it.  When I saw these on the shelf at the Chinese supermarket I bought a few of these when they were available.  The RAOH brand instant noodles are usually quite good for the noodles and the soup.  These noodles are air dried, but they actually have a more complex process that makes the noodles in layers to enhance the bite and chew.  Kotteri means thick so this will be a thick soup that will cling to the noodles. Tasty RAO ..read more
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2024 January Figure Order From AmiAmi (Spy x Family, Lycoris Recoil)
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3M ago
Back in December I checked to see if they had any second-hand figures for some anime series I follow.  I found sets of game-prize figures for both Spy x Family and Lycoris Recoil.  I had previously picked up a pair of figures for Lycoris Recoil earlier in the year, but this time I found some reasonably priced Luminasta figures of the girls in uniform.   Spy x Family is a popular spy thriller / comedy anime where Loid Forger, a master spy, receives a critical mission to infiltrate an elite school and get close to a powerful politician to prevent the next war.  To succeed he ..read more
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