Thursday, November 06, 2008


Did you vote yesterday? I did (by mail). The coverage here in Japan was unreal, at some points I was thinking, "Japan should be worrying about their own government instead of concentrating so much on ours", but I realized that with the outcome it will affect everyone not only in the U.S.

A national channel broadcasted ABC's live coverage, so I sat in front of the television for most of the morning. I usually go out to buy groceries and lunch during that time of the day, instead, I ate whatever leftovers I had in the refrig and was hooked as to see what would happen.

Finally, I gave in and had to take my nap, (I take a nap everyday so that I can wait up for Satoshi to come home and feed him dinner). I woke up to hear the last part of Barack Obama's acceptance speech. (Thank goodness for the internet because I was able to see the whole speech). And what a speech it points I cried, it was moving and inspiring....exciting stuff! If you have a chance to vote in the country you live in, you should, it can really make a difference.

Now, let's move on to food...a couple of weeks ago when I went to Tokyo, I picked up this tiny bottle of chocolate salted caramel sauce (the bottle on the left) made by Les Comptoirs de Saint Malo. (840 yen about US$8.40)

Well, today I made a batch of David Lebovitz's Philly style vanilla ice cream and scooped out a teaspoon of the sauce.

Nuked the sauce....

then poured it on...heavenly. (I could probably eat this sauce straight out of the bottle.)

What a great day it was.


Anonymous said...

hello, i'm new here. love your wonderful website. hope to visit japan soon. fyi i'm from s'pore. do takecare and keep up the great work.

kasey a.h.

ps: i also love to bake and travel as much as i can afford. my email is

glaciajo said...

Yaaaay! I made a mistake of not voting last I went to polls as soon as they opened this year. This is one of those few moments where I'm actually proud to be an American. I live near DC..and once Obama won, whole streets were flooded with people hugging, cheering and high-fiving. Fantastic. I saw photos of coverage around the globe..made me smile. Oh yes..that sundae looks delicious...salted chocolate is luscious. I think my family and I should celebrate with dinner and lot of ice know..some kind of patriotic sundae..heheh.

scargosun said...

Yea! I voted and I am in one of those REALLY important states. Felt doubly good. :)

RyoJul said...

I am glad that Americans that are abroad make an effort to vote. There are people who don't even bother to vote which is something I don't understand because ever since I turned 18 I voted. I couldn't wait to vote. I'm glad that you did your part and I did mine.

That sauce looks yummy! I like to buy the gummy candy from Japan and this candy called morigana it's really good. I wish I knew about more candy so I can order some and taste it but there isn't much variety on online stores. Would you recomend me something that you like that would be easily accessable to someone in the U.S.?


OkiHwn said...

Well, I have a new boss then. Went into a meeting at 1 PM with Obama on the edge, came out at 2:30 to find out the outcome.

The Rambler said...

I blogged about my voting experience today too. :) I manage a restaurant in Waikiki and we had our TV's tuned into all the election coverage....I almost teared when McCain gave is speech. He was extremely gracious and you have to respect a man like that. And than yes, I did tear watching Obama's speech. Especially when he said how he loved his daughters more than they'll ever understand (heart choke up)...IDK. On we go! It's morning, and I want some ice cream ;)

ilingc said...

wow.. sinful. if only i had the motivation to whip up a batch of ice cream and caramel sauce.. sigh..
it sounds like a fabulous day indeed :)

grace said...

yea! i voted, too. i waited 40 minutes to vote which was nothing compared to some other parts of the country. i'm glad you voted by mail. our vote really does matter! and now everything's better with ice cream.

Uncle Polyglot said...


This vanilla icecream sure looks heavenly with that chocolate sauce on top!

By the way, have you been to Saint Malo, a historical walled city in Brittany, France, where this can of chocolate sauce came from? I went there last year. It's such a beautiful city!

Many thanks for sharing this!

K and S said...

Thanks Anon, I hope you get a chance to visit Japan soon too :)

Lots of ice cream sounds like a nice way to celebrate, H!

Way to go Scargosun!

To me Ryojul, if you don't vote, you can't grumble about the way things are. If you are nearby Asian stores you may be able to find a lot of Japanese candies. Take a look at Candyblog, she has a lot of Japanese candies as well as other candies on her blog :)

Yes you do, Nate :)

I think everyone's TV was on one channel or another, Rambler :) exciting stuff!!

Sinful but delicious, Ilingc :)

Wow 40 minutes, I heard that some places were several hours, Grace, it is good you were able to vote :)

Thanks Uncle Polygot, I've never been anywhere else but Paris. I really want to explore more of France (and Europe).

Take care everyone.

Jennifer said...

It's November 6 there? Interesting...delicious food combo @_@

K and S said...

Yes it is the 6th here Jennifer.

Take care.

Phoebe said...

NZ's election is coming up this weekend. We are not doing so well at the moment, so I hope that the change does not cause too much damage yet will help us.

Your ice-cream looks much better and creamier. Chocolate sauce!, must have been appetizing!

K and S said...

If you are of age to vote, Phoebe, I hope you take the opportunity to vote :)

Take care.

Deb in Hawaii said...

I voted yesterday morning and was glued to the TV for his speech--so powerful and what an amazing job.

You know I could eat that sauce straight from the jar too but it does look yummy on the ice cream!

K and S said...

Thanks Deb, I was tempted to try it tonight, but didn't :)

Take care.

Anonymous said...

A nap everyday! Now that's being very good to yourself. I try to just stay up because I feel like I'm gonna miss out on something.... :-P

K and S said...

Thanks Rowena, somedays my naps can last several hours :p

Take care.

Anonymous said...

Yum, CANNOT beat caramel ね!

And now just realizing that I don't think that I have done caramel on ice cream since I came to Japan. 残念!


K and S said...

I hope you get a chance to have caramel on ice cream, Peko-P :)

take care.

Martin J Frid said...

Do vote, remember to vote next time too. You always make a difference. Don't ever let anyone think you don't.

K and S said...

You are right Martin, everyone who can vote should. I did this time and am glad I did.

Take care.

Anonymous said...

I'm always proud to be American.

I'm in Europe and the coverage and attention here has bordered on obsession.

An Irish man asked me for a lighter on the street in Prague last week and, when he found out I was from the States, quizzed me aggressively on who would win the American election.

Finally I asked, "Why do you care so much? Whether the next President is Obama or McCain, he's going to swear to act in the interests of the American people." To do otherwise is impeachable.

I didn't vote for either major party candidate; so, election night wasn't that interesting since my candidate had no chance of winning.

K and S said...

It doesn't matter that the candidate you voted for won or lost, at least you voted :) there are still many out there who didn't.

Take care.

nordwolke said...

I have always voted since I am allowed to. I was surprised that so many young people from the States never voted before this election. You always have to vote something although you might not know who to vote. But you always know what the less bad choice is. ;) I can imagine that it was moving for citizens of the States. I have not heard the speech but I saw a lot of black people cry and thus I was touched.

K and S said...

Thanks Beadexplorer! it really was a good chance to get many new voters involved :)

Take care.