Yard-work, Subs, and Curry

"Trimming Olive Tree" Torrance, 2018
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“Trimming Olive Tree” Torrance, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today was yet another traditional family activity: trimming the olive trees at my parents’ house. 😆 Usually, my brothers and I will climb the ladders and trim the trees, and the kids will clean up the ground and pack the branches and leaves into the garbage bins. This year, Koa wanted to help out on the ladder so he spent some time trimming the front yard tree which is a little smaller than the backyard tree. That’s classic Koa – wanting to give new things a try!

"Tree Work" Torrance, 2018
“Tree Work” Torrance, 2018

For lunch, my mom made submarine sandwiches, which she always makes for us when we visit. It’s one of those meals that is a can’t miss but is a challenge to fit into the meal schedule, which often gets crowded! Mariko says I need to study how my mom prepares her subs, since when I make them at home they don’t taste the same. 😄 So I took lots of photos this time! Of course after 40 years of subs, I know how to make them just like she does, so we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s just the fact that grandma Fuji made them that makes them taste better.

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Another tradition is dining at CoCo curry house, and testing our tolerance for spiciness. This time, just Koa and I tested our limits, with Koa ordering a level-7 curry while I had a level-9 curry. I’ve had level-10 the past couple times, so I figured I would try something new. 😄 It wasn’t too spicy, actually, but the rest of the family’s milder-level curry was reportedly spicier than normal. Regardless of spiciness level, the curry was delicious and it was a fun dinner.

"Level 9 Curry" Torrance, 2018
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“Level 9 Curry” Torrance, 2018
"Curry with Cream" Torrance, 2018
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“Curry with Cream” Torrance, 2018

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

"Sunset" Torrance, 2018
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“Sunset” Torrance, 2018

Day Trip to Ojai

"Lunch at Nest" Ojai, 2018
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“Lunch at Nest” Ojai, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today we took a day-trip up to the town of Ojai, California. It was about a two-hour drive, and when we arrived it was time for lunch so we headed straight for our first destination, The Nest. The food was a delicious mix of vegan and non-vegan foods, and the coffee was also yummy. We shared cauliflower tacos, brisket sandwiches, and sangria.

After lunch, we visited The Ojai Olive Oil Company, where we took a short tour and learned a lot about their olive oil operation, and olive oil in general. Very enlightening and educational! I didn’t know that the time from picking the olives to producing the actual oil happens within the span of only a few hours to retain the most flavor.

"Olive Oil Tour" Ojai, 2018
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“Olive Oil Tour” Ojai, 2018
"Olive Trees" Ojai, 2018
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“Olive Trees” Ojai, 2018
"Olive Oil Processing" Ojai, 2018
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“Olive Oil Processing” Ojai, 2018
"Heart Cactus" Ojai, 2018
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“Heart Cactus” Ojai, 2018
"Friendly Dog" Ojai, 2018
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“Friendly Dog” Ojai, 2018
"Topa Mountain Winery" Ojai, 2018
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“Topa Mountain Winery” Ojai, 2018

Next we made a stop at Topa Mountain Winery for a wine tasting, and then it was onto a really cool bookstore, Bart’s Books. What’s special about Bart’s is that it is the largest independently owned outdoor bookstore in the U.S.! There are so many cool books to browse through, and I found myself exploring a lot of the books from the early 1900s. How cool to read from a book that is over 100 years old!

"Bart's Books" Ojai, 2018
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“Bart’s Books” Ojai, 2018

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After a bit more shopping, it was time to head back to my parents’ house, but it was a fun day up in Ojai, California!

またね~

Korean Snow Bowl Patbingsu

"Snow" Torrance, 2018
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“Snow” Torrance, 2018

Okrumong is only a couple minutes away from my parents’ house, and so yummy! We enjoyed the “Gold Bowl” patbingsu this time. 😄 What a treat!