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07:02 pm: Agar: Not just for scientists anymore!
It seems to be a Japanese tradition to eat agar, particularly in the summer. You can dissolve it into pretty much any liquid to make a Jell-O-like snack that even vegetarians can eat. The Itou-ke no Shokutaku show had a suggestion to try mixing coconut milk with it, because the fat from the coconut milk will float to the top as it cools, giving a two-layer effect. I tried it this weekend, and it's not too bad. (I flavored mine with cocoa powder, which is why it looks brown.)

Today, despite the rain, I decided to make a trip to Kyoto to pick up a couple things. I had only intended to buy a few books and then stop in the sock store, but...well, it started when I went down the wrong street (again) and just had to stop in the fabric store while I was there anyway. One thing led to another, and by the time I finished my shopping at my last stop, the imported food store, I had bought way too much. You know how I can tell it was too much? I had to CARRY it all. It's a miracle I still have arms.

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From:firesign10
Date:July 3rd, 2005 07:00 am (UTC)
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All I think of when I think of agar is my dad using it to feed his fruit flies, back when he was a geneticist at the U of Iowa. It never occured to me that it was an actual food hehehehe.

Does the rain help with the heat at all, or just make it steamier? And what did you get at the fabric store? :-D
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 3rd, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
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It never occured to me that it was an actual food

It's really just seaweed extract. That sounds a lot more palatable than the mushed up animal hides/bones that go into gelatin. >_<

Usually it would just get steamier, but luckily it has been cooler with the rain. I haven't had to turn on my air conditioning for about three days now.

And what did you get at the fabric store?

Bunnies. <g> Actually, they had the absolute softest white fur fabric on display. I was really tempted to buy some just so I could pet it. I managed to resist.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:July 3rd, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Bunnies.

Yay! Is this for the BBQ BBB celebration? I think we need a bunny tablecloth.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 3rd, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC)
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Is this for the BBQ BBB celebration?

I hadn't really decided what to do with them, but it was a cute design. (They're apple bunny-type pictures.)

Also, I was looking for Independence Day stuff in the closet, and I found a set of bunny candles.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:July 3rd, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
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I found a set of bunny candles.

Are there 27 of them? ^_~
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 4th, 2005 03:32 am (UTC)
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Are there 27 of them?

Only 12...but they're pretty big.

We can use 9 candles and do "2" and "7"...
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:July 4th, 2005 06:44 am (UTC)
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Of course, if we're having a bunny cake, we might not want to muss up its face with a bunch of candles anyway. We can just have two very in love candles or something. XD
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From:mangaroo
Date:July 3rd, 2005 07:52 pm (UTC)
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the mushed up animal hides/bones that go into gelatin

Ewww. I may never have sugar-free Jello again.
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From:megory
Date:July 3rd, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)

Poor arms!

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I had to CARRY it all.

Wheels! Some kind of portable, lightweight, collapsible, tiny but strong wheels and a basket to put the things in. Who is going to invent it? Everything I have seen so far is bulky or heavy or awkward. Where is "Go, Go, Gadget" when you need him.

It's a miracle I still have arms.
And that's not saying anything about what is probably happening to your back.

I *do* wonder how you carry all that you do.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 3rd, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)

Re: Poor arms!

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Wheels!

If I had known I was going to buy so much, I would definitely have brought my carryon for wheeling things around.
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