Osaka – 13.11.02

Backtracking to the trip again. This time Osaka! Sadly, I didn’t take many pictures, but I at least made sure to take one of the giant Glico man because everyone takes a photo of that. It’s just something that you do.

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We only got to spend a day there (a late afternoon to the next morning, so not really a full day), but we still had a lot of fun walking around. Katie had been there once before, but this was my first time visiting. Since we didn’t have very much time to spend there, we chose a nice capsule hotel that was very close (about 5-10 minute walks) to everywhere we wanted to go to. The first place we went to was Pure Sound and ended up getting a lot of older CDs that we’d been wanting and a few band goods. Next, we went to McDonalds for dinner and to chill for a bit since we were still sort of tired from traveling from Sendai to Osaka. After that, we went in search of a Baskin Robbins. Before our trip, I’d made it a little mission of mine to have one of the cute Halloween treats they’d had to offer, but Sendai and Tokyo were out of the makings for the one I wanted. However, Osaka still had it, so I was happy!

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It’s pumpkin cake with a scoop of pumpkin pudding and devil’s food ice cream, topped with two very cute white chocolate ghosts and a purple ghost cookie. It was delicious and worth my searching! With it came a set of pink and purple gel pens, a sheet of stickers and a set of stickers to use on the LINE app.

After we were done there, we had some time to kill before a bar that we wanted to go to opened, so we went to ZEAL LINK and looked around a few other places while we waited. Finally, it was time for Visual Bar Seven to open, so we made our way there. It’s a small and nice bar owned by two bandmen that we were familiar with and it’s a neat place for those who like visual kei to go to. They play band videos all night and the thing I liked most about it is no one trying to make me do karaoke! HAH! (I cannot and will not sing in front of people. I did it once and that was it.) We stayed there for about 2 hours drinking and chatting with the owners and then went back to the hotel to get some sleep because we had to leave at 6am to make it back to Sendai for an event we were going to attend.

Next time, I definitely want to stay longer (and take more pictures!), but I enjoyed my short time there.

Mochi

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I’ve discovered that my cat really loves mochi (no surprise, really). I never give him very much, but only a tiny bit for a treat now and then. But more than mochi, he really really loves red bean paste, haha. I usually have to fight the little guy off of me when I’m eating it.

And, nothing to do with the above, I’m glad it’s finally Friday tomorrow. In going to spend the weekend resting and making more items for my shop, so if you’re keeping up with my shop look forward to new items soon!

Dessert truffles

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Stopped by Godiva yesterday to pick up two of the bakery truffles to try, plus the two pumpkin truffles they have now. I ended up with Cookie Dough, Birthday Cake, Pumpkin Spice, and Pumpkin Cheesecake truffles. First, I tried the Birthday Cake. It’s good and certainly tastes like cake, but a bit too sweet for my liking. I tried the Cookie Dough as well, but again, it’s really good, but too sweet for me. The pumpkins, however, are always delicious and have a bit of spice to offset the sweetness. Anyway, I would definitely recommend the bakery truffles to anyone with a sweet tooth.

I also stopped by Michael’s to pick up some clay. I’m trying out Primo! Sculpey to see how I like it. I picked out a good assortment of colors to mess with, so that should keep me busy for a while. I had meant to make things today, but my day got unexpectedly busy, so I’ll have to wait until tomorrow after work.

More Pumpkin

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Today’s pumpkin deliciousness, Pumpkin frozen custard with pecans from Fritz’s! This is the best! It’s going to take a lot for me not to go get it every day, haha. Lucky for me, my wallet, and my diet, I don’t live behind Fritz’s anymore, so it’s not quite as much of a temptation to me as it was.

And, as a tradition to myself, I eat one pumpkin Reese’s once I see them out.

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Not pumpkin, but pumpkin shaped AND a Reese’s, so that’s good enough for me. I have no idea when or why I started this yearly tradition, it’s just something I do.

Fall mood

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I know it’s not fall yet, but I’ve been more than ready for it, so once we hit September, I pulled out the decorations, mainly just the pumpkins and seasonal candles. While the cats are technically Halloween oriented, those are actually the salt and pepper shakers we use year round. I’m saving the rest of my Halloween decor for October.

So the apartment is very pumpkin-y, which makes me a happy kitten. And to keep with the early fall-like activities, I had my first Pumpkin Spice Frappucinno from Starbucks yesterday! As I thought, it’s delicious with the chips.
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Pumpkin cheesecake cookies

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I found this bag of deliciousness at the store today. Bit early for fall limited items, but the pumpkin lover in me says that’s a complete lie and that pumpkin should never ever be limited. I think I have to agree there…Anyway! I took one look at these and snagged a bag of them without a second thought.

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They did not disappoint at all. They’re soft and chewy, and though the cheesecake parts are a bit sweet, the pumpkin spice helps to balance it.

I definitely recommend trying them!

Fritz’s

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One of the best things about summer – a warm day with a cool breeze and delicious frozen custard from Fritz’s. I especially like red velvet with almonds, but on the days they don’t have it, I get either cookie dough or Reese’s cup.

The best, though, comes in the fall – pumpkin custard. For me, a pumpkin fiend, it’s a real treat. Personally, I think it’s best with pecans added in. It’s a little too sweet by itself, so the pecans are a nice addition to bring the sweetness down a bit. I highly recommend trying it if you live near a Fritz’s or any frozen custard place that has pumpkin.

Heart-Shaped Pizza II

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I know we just had pizza last night, but we couldn’t resist Papa John’s special on them and didn’t want to deal with the possible busy rush of Valentines. I wish they would have had it available with their normal crust, but their thin crust is quite good too.

Heart-Shaped Pizza

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For dinner we had Pizzarelli’s heart-shaped pizza! They only do this during Valentines, of course, but they’re so cute that I wish they had them all the time, haha.

My half was ham and pineapple, which has grown to be my choice of topping on pizza. Pineapple pizza by itself is delicious too.