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08:30 am: Food...
I spent a good portion of my time yesterday going through vegetarian cookbooks and copying down recipes to take with me to Japan. Unsurprisingly, a fair number of them involve potatoes. Unfortunately, many also call for a large amount of cheese, which, depending on the type, is either astronomically expensive or downright unavailable in Japan. I have asiago, gruyere, provalone, and sharp cheddar on my shopping list to buy and take with me, but cheese is heavy, so I can't take as much as I'd like. Plus, I will probably have the typical dorm-sized refrigerator anyway, so I won't really have anywhere to store much. (...wonder if I'll have room to buy a second refrigerator after I get a paycheck or two...) <sigh> Good cheese is one of the best reasons to live in the U.S.

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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:July 22nd, 2004 08:07 am (UTC)
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Wow... I knew Asian cooking isn't big on cheese or dairy products in general (my Chinese-American ex-bf never really liked it when I made things with cheese in it) but I never thought of not being able to GET cheese. At least England, where I was significantly vitamin deprived, always had an abundance of potatoes and cheese. Wonder how long I'd survive without it.
From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 22nd, 2004 10:57 am (UTC)
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They have cream cheese and cottage cheese (though only small curd) and camembert. Grated parmesan is available at elevated prices. Then they have what is called "mix cheese," which is...vaguely mozzarella-ish processed stuff, and "smoked cheese" which is probably just "mix cheese" with smoky flavor added, but more expensive because it's sold in individually wrapped bite-sized chunks like pieces of candy.

What I don't get is...they love yogurt and milk and ice cream, so it's not as if they never eat dairy products. (Although locating anything with less fat than whole milk is quite a challenge. I often have to settle for 1%, because skim milk is incredibly rare.)

If cheese weren't so heavy (and therefore expensive to mail), I would be begging for it constantly. As it is, it makes a wonderful luxury gift.
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From:photonrecycler
Date:July 26th, 2004 10:28 pm (UTC)
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Oh, they have cheese - it's just that it's made out of beans. Other than that, it's pretty much the same thing. I guess.
From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 9th, 2004 05:08 am (UTC)
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You know, I love tofu like crazy, but it does absolutely nothing to relieve a cheddar craving. ;_;
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 17th, 2004 07:47 am (UTC)
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You think you have good cheeses in the US. Jeez/cheez, it must be bad in Japan. Come to Europe and we'll show you what cheese is!

David Bertram (yes another one)
From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 18th, 2004 09:46 pm (UTC)
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I certainly hope to visit Europe, as soon as I've accumulated enough money to do so.
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