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08:34 pm: It's always the little details...
I wanted to make some angel food cake for the home ec teacher for comparison with the devil's food cake I showed her earlier. However, the hitch is that it requires cream of tartar. I went to the two largest supermarkets in town, and neither one carried it...or even knew what it was. (And I had even gone to the trouble of looking up the Japanese translation.)

I know it exists in the country somewhere, because I ran a web search and found a ton of Japanese message boards discussing using it. (None of them say where they purchased it, though, they all start out, "I got my hands on some cream of tartar, and...") The ladies at the service counter of one of the supermarkets suggested I go to a store specializing in baking goods, but they didn't have a clue where one might be. ~_~ I guess I'll wait until the weekend and try Kyoto.

While I was out, I stopped at the post office to get a $3 money order required for a sendaway offer that accompanied one of the manga I bought. I ran into the problem once again that money orders are part of the post office's banking services rather than postal services, and their banking hours end at 4pm. Since I work until 5pm, and I only have a half-hour lunch break, I have absolutely no way to get there during their banking hours. (Actual banks, by the way, often close up shop at 3pm.) There are no banking hours on the weekend, either.

I already had the envelope filled out and everything, I just needed to stick the money order inside and mail it. I asked if I could leave the envelope and the $3 there, and they could stick the money order in the envelope and mail it the next day during their banking hours...but that is apparently against the rules. (Does it count as tampering with the mail even if it's at the sender's request?) After a lot of head-scratching and consulting various people, the plan we finally arrived at was that I would leave the $3 there, they would print out the money order tomorrow, and then they'd mail it back to me so that I could stick the money order in the envelope and mail it personally. ...I don't understand why it's okay to mail the money order to me yet not to the place I want it mailed...but oh well.

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From:kataren
Date:September 13th, 2005 05:38 am (UTC)
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You know, I read "cream of tartar" & wondered if you could just get it at a seafood restaurant or something. Then I realized what I was reading. *headdesk*

The day we can figure out postal procedures is still not here. :P
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 13th, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
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You know, I read "cream of tartar" & wondered if you could just get it at a seafood restaurant or something.

<g> The poor ladies at the service counter where I asked were like, "Is it in the dairy section...?"
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 13th, 2005 07:04 am (UTC)
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While I was out, I stopped at the post office to get a $3 money order required for a sendaway offer that accompanied one of the manga I bought.

Oooh! What is it?

And that reminds me that I have a one of those I need to send in, too...
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 13th, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC)
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Oooh! What is it?

Baby dragons! They're offering a small booklet with questions and answers about Corseltel. For example, "Can Dragon Wizards marry each other?" Plus it has an extra (short) manga story. I simply couldn't resist.
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From:mangaroo
Date:September 13th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
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Can dragon wizards marry dragons?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 13th, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
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Can dragon wizards marry dragons?

Yes. In fact, the Light Dragon Wizard is currently married to one of her dragons.

The Wind Dragon Wizard is part dragon, which means they can interbreed.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:September 13th, 2005 09:24 am (UTC)
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Cream of tartar is potassium hydrogen tartrate, KC4H5O6. It's used in angel food cake to stabilize the foam. Europeans apparently can sometimes buy it from their local chemist/pharmacy so you might check that as well as baking stores.

Substitution for Cream of Tartar: 3 teaspoons of lemon juice or 3 teaspoons of vinegar equals 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar. I think you can use lemon juice as a substitute because lemon angel food cake is pretty common.

I'd be happy to mail you a small container of cream of tartar if you'd like, too.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 13th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
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Cream of tartar is potassium hydrogen tartrate, KC4H5O6.

Ooh, thanks. I read a description of it in Japanese, but it didn't give a chemical formula, just the kanji version. I will try a pharmacy today.

If that doesn't work, I'll make a test batch with lemon juice and see how that turns out. Thanks for the tip!
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