poor spoonie vegan tip: burritos made with a can of beans and microwave rice (with your favorite toppings like chipotle Just Mayo, guacamole, salsa, red sauce, taco seasoning, tomatoes, etc) is always a quick, delicious, budget friendly nutritious vegan meal!!!
Why does everyone outside of Utah react with utter disgust when they have fry sauce explained to them? You absolute maniacs put ranch on your pizza like a bunch of fools but when someone combines two mediocre sauces, ketchup and mayo, to make a sauce that transcends the sum of its parts in perfect dialectical synthesis then you lose your senses and refuse to try it, stop being undialectical comrade, eat your fries properly or I’m expropriating them
We had an overnight stay in Osaka last week and really didn’t make any plans, because as one of the world’s great food cities, reservations are not really necessary. You can pretty much walk into any restaurant here and have an amazing meal. That said, we did have a few recommendations from friends and family. We knew we wanted okonomiyaki, which is a must when in Osaka, and Mutsumi’s uncle recommended we seek out Kiji, a small shop hidden in the back of the Shin Umeda Shokudogai, the “restaurant row” near Umeda station…
You open the door to find that the Power Rangers are big fans of the place…
And must then make your way up a small staircase to the second floor…
Watch your head as you enter this cramped, second floor “cave” under the Umeda train tracks…
Kiji has only six seats at their counter and four small tables. Coats and bags fit neatly inside your box seat to help conserve space. A two-man team runs the restaurant, where like most okonomiyaki restaurants, all items off their limited menu are cooked right in front of you on their flattop grill…
Each table also has a grill on top to keep your food warm once it’s delivered. (This is not one of those “grill it yourself” establishments.)
We stuck to the basics with our order. Started with “modanyaki”, which is basically a cross between okonomiyaki and yakisoba topped with a thin omelet…
We went with mixed toppings/fillings that included pork, shrimp and squid…
A classic “buta tama” okonomiyaki was up next, simply topped with pork belly, mayo, sauce and seaweed…
I never like when okonomiyaki is referred to as “Japanese pizza” as I think it does the complexity of the dish and its flavors a disservice. However, looking at my “slice” here, I can see how it got its moniker…
Enjoying excellent okonomiyaki accompanied by pints of Asahi Super Dry, surrounded by haggard Japanese salarymen in these cramped quarters, our table shaking as trains rumbled overhead… lunch at Kiji was a true Osaka experience!
“Oh, you already set up the equipment?” He asks looking around.
“Yeah, I set it all up when Joe left.” I walk over and get myself a cup of coffee.
“So what are we filming today?” I turn to him.
“Say It or Shot It!” He smirks.
My eyes grow in realization.
“Wait why are you smirking I’ll be asking just as many embarrassing questions as you ask me?” His smirk falls.
“Right.” He trails off regretting this weeks decision.
“Welcome back guys and today I’m joined with the lovely y/n!” He says pointing to me.
“Hi guys!” I wave.
“Now today we’ll be playing Say It or Shot It. This time it will be the last I ever play this game. Now, this is where we…basically embarrass the other person.” I give out a big sigh.
“Don’t worry there are only five questions.” He tries to reassure me.
How did I get myself into this? I look down at the three shots in front of me. This reddish brownish looking shot catches my eye. I pick it up to examine what it could be.
“What’s this?” I ask worriedly.
“That would be tabasco sauce and mayo.” He looks at me.
“And this is mustard and ketchup and last but not least, vinegar and fish sauce.” He says while holding the two shots.
I gag a little looking at it.
“Okay let’s get this over with.” I clap my hands.
After flipping a coin, Jack got the pleasure of asking me the first question.
“Y/n how did you first meet Joe?” He smirks. I look at him astonished.
“Oh and for this question, if you don’t answer you can drink the tabasco sauce with mayo.” He smiles at the camera. I look down at the shot.
“You know how much I hate you right now!?” I say while taking the shot. I did this while looking up at the ceiling. Out of shock, I froze in place. Right above me was a big spider hanging down from the ceiling. I lean back a bit and fall backward onto the floor. I start coughing from how spicy the shot was.
“Wow. Um, y/n are you okay?” Jack asks.
“Jack there’s a spider!” I scream.
He quickly gets out of his seat looking around to where it could be.
“Jack there!” I point, standing up.
“Well don’t just stand there! Kill it!” I yell frantically.
“Y/n you’re crazy! You do it!”
“N-No I’m good.” I back away a little.
We then hear the front door open. Oh, thank God Joe’s here.
“Love?” He asks confused.
“Guys. What’s wrong?” He tries again.
“Honey there’s a spider.” I point out.
“Ohhhh. You should’ve just said that in the first place.” He relaxes
He walks over to the spider and kills it with his hands. Jack and I both let out a breath. I walk over to Joe and kiss him on the lips.
“Thanks, honey.” I smile.
“Yeah, thanks mate.” Jack bro hugs him. I walk on over to the camera and see it had recorded that whole scene.