Sunday, April 11, 2010

things I'm liking (and disliking)

It has been awhile since I've done a liking/disliking post...

Let me start with the disliking...Mahou Negra, a dark beer from Mexico, tasted like darkened fizzy water...meh.

By the way, "mahou" means magic in Japanese...boy this beer needs some...

I am not sure if I like the cream cheese anpan at Starbucks or not.

Maybe they could nix the peanuts on top and put a little more sweet bean paste inside?

Moving on to liking...Heichinrou's charsiu-man (cha-sue mahn).

Heichinrou's main restaurant is in Yokohama and they have other restaurants around Japan.

These aren't as sweet as the ones I've had at Ou-Lou, they are also a little bigger and there are nice chunks of meat in there. I found these at Hankyu's food floor...913 yen (about US$9.13) for 3.

Grob Ofen, a little German sweet shop nearby, has many delicious treats. For example, the Thuringia Brot. Brot means bread in German, but this is more like a shortbread cookie.

Apparently this is a traditional sweet in Thuringia, an area in Germany. This is not too sweet and filled with hazelnuts and raisins...179 yen (about US$1.79)

Another is their Nussknacker (Nutcracker), a shortbread cookie covered with dark chocolate, hazelnuts and orange peel.

The nuts and orange peel are "stuck" onto the cookie with a hardened caramel (loved the taste just don't break your teeth on these!) 189 yen (about US$1.89)

Spring onions are in season here, I've put it next to an onion you normally find throughout the year. Spring onions are tender, white, sweet and great for roasting.

Tulips on my lanai have started to bloom. Love how when the sunlight hits them they look like light bulbs all lit up.

Ferdinand's florentine & choco-rentine. Usually a florentine is toasted nuts, candied fruit baked together with honey and sugar then topped with chocolate but this is made with bread.

Ferdinand's florentine is made with their danish type bread, caramelized sugar to keep it together and topped with sliced almonds.

The choco-rentine is made with their chocolate chiffon bread, the caramelized sugar and sliced almonds. This tastes like a brownie.

So that is my list, what are you liking/disliking?


Dennis K. said...

Yay, I love this series.. The charsiu-man looks crazy good.. :)

Avo said...

Liking french butter and affordable delicious pastry.
Disliking, bad restaurants that overcharge for something I can make better at home.

K and S said...

They were, I'm getting more soon Dennis :)

Agree with both your likes & dislikes , Alesa :)

Take care you two.

KirkK said...

Yikes, at first I though it said, "Mahu"..... I really need to use my reading glasses nowadays...

Deb in Hawaii said... have been enjoying lots of yummy pastries.

I am liking, (actually loving), the dark chocolate dipped strawberries I just ate. ;-)

K and S said...

ha ha that is funny Kirk :)

Debinhawaii, those dark chocolate dipped strawberries sound gooood!

Take care you two.

jalna said...

I like all your food pics!

K and S said...

Thanks Jalna :)

Take care.

Rowena said...

Too bad about the beer, 'cause I do like the color. Everything else looks good though despite not being total winners for some. Your tulips are gorgeous! Still waiting for mine to bloom, but we are content with the purple flowers that we bought over the w/e, thanks to your sleuthing! ^-^

K and S said...

Thanks Rowena, can't wait to see yours in your garden! So happy you were able to find those flowers :)

Take care.

Anonymous said...

I LIKE your list idea. Enjoy reading it.


K said...

I love that the Japanese Starbucks have different items than here in the US, thanks for sharing!

K and S said...

Thanks Paz :)

Thanks K, I'm glad Japan SB has different items too, the ones in the US are kinda big!

Take care you two.