Karaage and a Quick Physical

"Karaage Dinner" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/45 sec, ISO3200
“Karaage Dinner” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Koa has started his marching band high school career but we forgot to get his required physical exam from the doctor… but luckily Mariko found out that the CareNow urgent care near us offers physicals, and they are only $20! So Koa and I headed over there after band practice today and sure enough, there was a sign in the window stating, “School Physicals – $20”! Plus, we were the only ones there when we arrived so we were in and out of there in just half an hour. Super convenient, and much cheaper than a visit to the regular doctor.

Tonight’s photo is of the dinner that Mariko prepared. Once again it is the family favorite, karaage (Japanese fried chicken). Of course there were no leftovers! 😄

I hope you had a nice Tuesday!


Karaage Time

"Karaage" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/55 sec, ISO1600
“Karaage” Cedar Park, 2018

Love the JFC! ❤️🍗🇯🇵

Chicken, Pens, and Studying

"Karaage" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO4000
“Karaage” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

As you can see, we feasted once again on karaage (Japanese-style fried chicken). It’s a family favorite, although we have our own preferences on how to eat. For instance, Mariko like hers with a little salt and lemon, Koa likes to squeeze lemon into a small dish and dip the karaage, while Bay and I like it with lemon and Kewpie mayo. But whichever extra seasoning we use, it’s a must that we enjoy it with a nice bowl of steamed rice. Karaage and rice is the best!

Later on I was in the office being productive by setting up my Japanese studying flashcards on the computer using the Anki system. It’s fun! And I am also continuing to practice writing using my fountain pens. Writing with those pens and with my favorite inks makes the practice a pleasure. Anything I can do to make studying easier is welcome. 😀

Speaking of the pens I bought this new pen case the other day. It’s basic, but good quality and the price was right! I used to just keep my pens on my desk, but now with the cat-proof case, I know there won’t be any inky surprises. 😾

"Pen Case" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO6400
“Pen Case” Cedar Park, 2018

I hope you had a nice Sunday!


Crispy Karaage

"Chicken Dinner" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/60 sec, ISO3200
“Chicken Dinner” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Well, the freeze hit us overnight and the roads were treacherous so we all had a snow day today. I pretty much shut myself in the home-office with the doors closed which works out nicely because I have a portable heater that I like to use to keep that room warm like a sauna. Well, not that hot, but I tend to like it warmer than the rest of the family does. 😀

As you can see from today’s photo, we enjoyed a nice big serving of Japanese fried chicken, or karaage. We have a small Cuisinart deep-fryer, which is perfect for cooking up these small pieces of tender chicken. It doesn’t use too much cooking oil, and you can reuse the oil a few times before discarding it. It’s also pretty easy to clean. I highly recommend it.

I hope you bundled up and had a nice Tuesday!


Chicken Dinner

"Chicken Dinner" Cedar Park, 2017
“Chicken Dinner” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going? Today we were looking forward to this evening’s dinner because Mariko said we’d be having karaage, or Japanese-style fried chicken. It’s definitely a family favorite. Koa likes to eat his with fresh lemon, Bay likes to have it with Japanese mayo, and I’ll eat it any way it is presented! 😛

Other than the wonderful dinner, my Sunday was spent doing regular things: a trip to the market, some yard work, laundry, and vacuuming. Plus, I got to do some artwork on the computer! But I’ll save that for another time.

By the way, if you want to see all the drawings (and bad attempts as well) you can check out my Flickr album or my Instagram account I created just for posting the sketches. The account name is barron.sketches. Original, huh?

I hope you had a great weekend!