Cold Front and Mexican Food

"Kotatsu" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO1600
“Kotatsu” Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは!How’s it going?

The weather has turned cold and so I brought down the kotatsu and set it up in front of the tv. The kotatsu is a Japanese table with blanket and small heating element. In many homes in Japan the rooms are pretty cold in the Winter, and people keep warm by using heavier clothes, small space heaters, and kotatsu.

Here in the States, we tend to keep the whole house warmer, but we still like to break out the kotatsu because it is so comfortable! It’s a little “dangerous” though, because once you get comfortable under the kotatsu, the chances of falling asleep go up considerably! In fact, this afternoon I took a nice 1-hour nap… it was too hard to resist.

For lunch today, Koa and I were going to go to Taco Bell to get a couple burritos, but I decided we’d go to another place, that served more authentic Mexican food. I wanted to eat our food there, but Koa wanted to take it home so I compromised and we got the meals to-go. (He really wanted Taco Bell!) Anyways, the food was delicious and I liked going to this restaurant because all the diners there were seemed to be Mexican workers on their lunch-breaks.

"Mexican Take-out" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO2000
“Mexican Take-out” Cedar Park, 2016

Here in Texas, we have plenty of Mexican restaurants and also Tex-Mex style. I grew up in Southern California, so I am used to a different kind of style of Mexican food, and when I first tried Tex-Mex, I thought it was strange. It was yummy, but just strange. Tex-Mex tends to use more gooey American-style cheese, whereas California-style has more fresh ingredients, most notably avocado. I actually like both styles of Americanized Mexican food, but still cannot stand American cheese in Mexican food.

However, I love to eat where the “locals” eat, and going to a Mexican restaurant in which 95% of the diners are Latino means you are getting the real-deal.

Sunrise

"Sunrise" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.2, 1/125 sec, ISO800
“Sunrise” Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは!How’s it going?

Tonight is the start of a long vacation for my family! The kids have all next week off from school, and I am also taking some vacation days so that I don’t have to go back to work until November 28th. That’s 10 days! Woohoo! 😄

I can’t remember if I posted what our plans will be, but you’ll find out soon enough. For the next couple days, it’ll be business as usual… just hanging at the house. And I’ll try to be in full relax-mode. It’s been a couple of stressful weeks, so I need to recharge… or at least attempt to recharge.

Today’s photo is of the sunrise this morning. Life goes on!

おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto

(anti) Social

Over the years, I’ve been on plenty of social networks, but at this time, I’ve whittled it down to just a couple that I am active on:

And of course I check my blog feed… BUT, I’m no longer active on Facebook. So if I don’t respond there, my apologies! If you need to contact me, you can find me on these chat apps (search firstnamelastname):

LINE, Google Hangouts, Messenger,WhatsApp, Skype

Ok, back to our regularly scheduled programming…

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"Delicious" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/75 sec, ISO3200
“Delicious” Cedar Park, 2016

Today’s photo is of a wonderfully refreshing local brew. I just love the design of the “label” on this one. It’s one of life’s little pleasures to arrive home after work and have one of these little beauties waiting in the fridge. 😊 Cheers! 🍻

Rare

"Rare" Austin, 2016
Photo info: Motorola XT1064, 3.54mm, f/2, 1/180 sec, ISO80
“Rare” Austin, 2016

こんばんは!How’s it going?

Today’s photo is of one of the food trucks that comes by our office on Wednesday’s. We have a variety come by – noodles, Indian curry, BBQ, coffee, etc. As you can see, today’s was the Mighty Fine Burger truck and I made a “rare” exception to have lunch today.

I love Mighty Fine 🍔! But ever since In-N-Out Burger opened nearby, I haven’t been to Mighty Fine because In-N-Out has the killer combination of taste and value. I have to say, though, Mighty Fine is a better burger (plus they offer grilled jalapeños) and the fries are way better than In-N-Out’s. In my opinion, the In-N-Out french fries are below average, but at least they cost under only $1.60.

Anyways, I decided to forego my usual eating schedule, and give their food truck a try today and I am happy to report that the “mobile” version of their food is just as good as their traditional restaurants. 😃 And now that I have my Mighty Fine “fix”, I can go back to my regular In-N-Out and not feel quite as guilty.

Burger-crisis averted!

おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto

Concert Night

"From the Stage" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/8, 1/10 sec, ISO6400
“From the Stage” Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは!How’s it going?

Tonight Koa’s band had another concert where they previewed their songs that they will perform in Chicago over the holidays. The played 7 songs and they all sounded fantastic! It’s amazing and wonderful how awesome their musical abilities have become.

"Piano" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/8 sec, ISO3200
“Piano” Cedar Park, 2016

In other news, at work I organized a photoshoot with 9 people and it went well! I was a little nervous because I wasn’t sure about the locations around the office, but I am pleased with how the photos turned out. And the models are all co-workers so we had fun taking the photos. Tomorrow and Thursday I will take more photos, but instead of a large group, we’ll be splitting into groups of three, and doing solo shots.

FYI, these photos will be used on our website. Instead of just using stock images like we have done quite a bit the past couple of years, we decided to create our own photos so they are absolutely unique. It’s not the first time we’ve done something like this, but I haven’t done a “stock” photoshoot in a while, so it’s a lot of fun, with plenty of nervous energy. I enjoy it a lot, surprisingly. I guess it has a lot to do with self-confidence which is something that I’ve gained quite a bit over the years. It’s a good thing!

I hope you had a nice day. 😄

おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto