Imported From Japan

Friday in Portland was GORGEOUS! 77 degrees, sunny, not a cloud in the sky. I had a productive day at work, plus a good swim after work. I went back to the gym I went to with Ember because I had a guest pass for a few more days and loved that pool. It was pretty crowded for a Friday night and the people there seemed clueless on lap swimming etiquette which was pretty annoying. But the gym and pool is so nice, the locker rooms are spotless and it was an enjoyable experience despite the swimmers.


Swim Stats:

Distance: 1.5 miles

Time: 58 minutes or so

Calories Burned: 420

I did notice that both of my knees were hurting. I rarely have pain when I swim–or walk. I think it was from using the elliptical on Thursday night. I haven’t experienced pain like that before…I hope it goes away soon. Maybe I just pushed it too hard with the resistance? When I got home from the fancy pool I had a package waiting for me from Amanda! She sent me a care package of goodies from when she was living in Okinawa, Japan.


Pretty chopsticks, snacks, a pestle made of Japanese wood.


Socks, more snacks, a very sweet note from Amanda.


Tea and a headband. I am super excited about trying the tea! Michael and I drink tons of iced tea and I think it will be a nice change from the Lipton’s….but wait! There’s more!


Two new place mats. Which is perfect because I was just thinking I needed to buy a few more to switch out in my lightbox. It was so sweet of Amanda to send me so many goodies! She’s living in Germany now and I’ve been enjoying her posts about that. I would love to go to Germany…


Dinner was simple, fast and delicious–just the way I like it. I prepped the asparagus and Michael grilled them in Grapeseed oil. I topped the asparagus with freshly grated Parmesan. The homemade turkey burgers are back, this time on sandwich thins (less calories and carbs than the regular buns I was eating).


The one downside to the sandwich thins is that they can get rather soggy and make eating the burger very messy compared to the thick buns. My burger had light mayo, sweet mustard, lettuce and sliced tomato on it. Michael had dijon mustard on his and a few extra pickles. Yum!


Dessert was a mini ice cream (190 calories) and Michael and I got caught up on “House.” It was a nice night, although had we planned it a little better I think we could have gone out and enjoyed the sunshine somewhere with an outdoor patio. Never fear, there will be plenty of that this summer I think! Especially when we are riding our bikes everywhere…

 

Groff’s Girl Guest Post From Japan

Hello Everyone!!  My name is Amanda and you can find me on my blog Groff’s Girl.  I am a military wife (currently living in Okinawa Japan), a mother to two boys, and a new runner!  I have always been into all other forms of exercise, but was convinced I could not run!  I began training and set a goal of running a 5K six weeks after I started to run….that 5K was today and I was able to bust it out with a 9:54/mi pace, which is very good for me!

 

 

There is a great support system between bloggers- recipes, motivation, food ideas, training plans, etc! It is always great to hear other people’s stories, their experiences, and their successes, so thank you for checking in to read a little bit about me and how I live!  Since I am living in Japan (moving to Germany for 4 years next month), I decided to share some of the great foods there are here!  It is really hard to NOT eat out a lot, because there are so many delicious options available!  If you like entertainment while you eat, this is one of the best places to go:

 

 

This is Four Seasons- a Teppanyaki Restaurant where they cook the food on the grill in front of you.  There is a ton of variety, the food is fresh, and each set comes with about 3-4 courses!  There is no way to leave this place without feeling like you have to undo a button or two!  They do some fun tricks and tool flipping while they cook, so it is always a fun place to go!

 

 

Next we have Coco’s Curry House!  There is probably not one person on this island (except me) who has NOT eaten here.  I plan on going for the first time this week, just so I can try it and hope my guts don’t rot from the spiciness!  There are 28 kinds of Curry toppings and a Mild Curry Rice and a Regular Spicy Curry Rice without toppings, so there are 30 kinds of Curry Rice.  That must sound like a “Bubba from Forrest Gump shrimp list” when they tell you all of the ways you can eat it!

 

 

Other mentions must be made to the NUMEROUS Soba Noodle Houses, the Okinawans love their noodles (and so do I).  You can get lots of stuff mixed into them, and they are also very easy to prepare at home!!  It often feels like the never-ending bowl- but that is when you ask for the rest to be take-out…this means you get your soba in a bag to take home!!


 

Lastly, let’s take a look at SUSHI…there is no way to talk about Japanese food without mentioning how many varieties are available!!  They have Sushi-Go-Rounds, Raw, Cooked, Kid Sushi, rolled sushi, fried sushi…the list goes on!!  You just grab what you want and go to town!  I don’t do the raw fish thing, it’s not the taste, it’s the texture!  I love some good sushi rolls, I could eat A LOT, especially the ones that are sized for a child…I have a problem not looking like a pig when I try to stuff in a full piece (adult sized)!

 

You can even get it to go…

 

On the home front, we like to cook with whatever cool items we find at the markets!  There are: dragon fruit, goya, purple sweet potato, many kinds of roots, and even yellow carrots!!  I have tried a lot of stuff here, that I never would have done if I were in the states!!  The downside to living overseas is that sometimes you really just want some food/ingredients that you just cannot get!  I have become a fan of “on-line pantry shopping).  I get peanut flour, chia seeds, raw coconut, coconut oil, all natural fudge sauces, sweeteners, whole wheat flour, and flax (just to name a few).  Sometimes I get bummed out when I cannot order and get access to certain things, but that is how I learn to invent/modify/explore new tastes and flavors!!  So if you ever come to Japan, make sure to get your fill of these extremely delicious and fun experiences!!  As for me, I will need to start prepping my taste buds from Asian to German fare!!!

Sayonara from Groff's Girl

 

Thank you all for reading and for being such amazing fans of Lisa- who could NOT be inspired by this amazing chic???  Happy Saturday (Japanese time) 🙂

QUESTIONS: What item would you LOVE to have straight from Japan?  If you have been to Japan, do you think the Japanese restaurants in the States taste as good?  What is your favorite Japanese dish?

Lisa’s Note: Thank you so much for sharing Amanda! Japan is one of the places I would love to go and it’s so cool to read Amanda’s blog and live vicariously through her. Sushi is something that I always crave, and never get sick of. Congratulations on running your first 5k Amanda. Looking forward to reading about your running adventures in Germany! 🙂