To ensure I don’t fall into a hermit-like existence that may eventually find me bottling my own urine and wearing kleenex boxes as shoes, I’ve decided to make more of an effort to get out, meet new people, and try new things. As a result, several weeks ago, Akemi and I attended a macaron-making class. And last night, it was an okonomiyaki-making gathering hosted by a local Japanese-Canadian social group.
For those of you who don’t know, okonomiyaki (sometimes erroneously referred to as “Japanese pizza”) is a savory Japanese pancake containing flour, eggs, cabbage, green onions, grated Japanese mountain potatoes, water, and dashi that is grilled, then topped with an special okonomiyaki sauce, mayo, dried seaweed, and bonito. Extra ingredients include (but are not limited to): pork, octopus, shrimp, beef, chicken, squid, kimchi, mochi, cheese, veggies, and noodles.
Akemi and I were one of the first to arrive, promptly at 5:00 (per instructions in the email) without our chopsticks (contrary to instructions in the email). Fortunately, someone brought extras and we were thus able to complete the Osaka experience rather than fake it with a knife and fork.
After last night’s lesson, I feel confident enough to make my own emergency okonomiyaki should the need arrive.
Well, onto the next event! Last month was macarons. This month was okonomiyaki. Next month, Akemi and I attend our first garroting instructional. Can’t wait!
Tim Bullock writes: “Joe. did you here about the StarGate reboot to be announced at Com-con this Summer in some from?”
Answer: I’m aware of the project, but “reboot” is the wrong term. It implies a new film or television series which isn’t the case here.