Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Tonight the babies made no special requests through their mother so I was left to freestyle a bit. I opted to go vegan tonight, something I thought the babies (moreso their mother) may not be entirely on board for, mostly because it involved no cheese. Mom was fairly amenable to this when she heard of my plan but was predictably displeased with the lack of cheese.

Ginger Sesame Salad

For salad I started off by shredding some iceberg lettuce and carrot and tossing with scallion, red onion, sesame seeds, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, and sichuan pepper.

Peanut Ginger Soba Noodles with Broccoli

I cooked up some soba noodles and made a peanut ginger sauce with peanut butter, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, hot sauce, and mirin. I tossed in some steamed broccoli, and chopped scallions and served the dish at room temperature.

Grilled Tofu with Sweet Chili Sauce

Since it was a seasonable night I fired up the grill and grilled up some pressed tofu with I marinated in sesame oil and soy sauce and served with a liberal coating of sweet chili sauce.

Kiuchi Brewery Hitachino Nest 3 Days (Head Dissipated)

During the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March of 2011 the Kiuchi Brewerywas in the middle of making a batch of their weizen beer. The disaster shut down the plant and left a mash tun full of mash which began to ferment over the three days they were without power. After getting back in the plant they completed the brewing process and bottled the beer. There were only 8,000 bottles made and I was lucky enough to get a bottle!

The obvious question is: isn't this beer radioactive? The not-so-obvious answer is: probably not.

I do like a limited release beer so I was willing to take the chance. This was a very interesting beer, unlike anything I've had before, with a slight sourness from the lactic acid. At least I assume it was from the lactic acid. It may have also been from fuel rods or enriched uranium or whatever the hell they use at nuclear power plants. After a few sips I ran outside to grill up the tofu. When I returned I found something that shocked me to my very core!

Kiuchi Brewery Hitachino Nest 3 Days (Head Return)

The head, which had all but dissipated . . . had returned! This made me a little more apprehensive about continuing to drink the beer. Maybe the radiation had caused the head to grow back much like the oft talked about third arm or glow-in-the-dark fish.

Kiuchi Brewery Hitachino Nest 3 Days (Head Still There)

After nearly finishing my beer the head was still there. This isn't unheard of but it is not typical. And I have never seen a head return after going away.

I fear there is something amiss with this beer. Could it be that the brewery just pawned this radiated brew off on unsuspecting Americans in an attempt to dispose of their nuclear waste? Is there a mass conspiracy afoot to kill of the beer snob population of the United States? Will scores of chunky-black-glasses-wearing, beard-having jerk offs start losing their hair?

Does a bear take a radioactive shit in the woods?

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