Toronto’s Ichiriki Review

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to have dinner with my Japanese class, classmates so we went to Ichiriki. Which is right on 120 Bloor, somewhat in between Sherbourne and Yonge.

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First I gotta announce that I think I finally mastered the art of the Chopstick ways. I was able to eat my meal solely using chopsticks! Well, OK, there may have been one or two things that I may have had to use my hands but we’ll just over look that.

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It’s a nice cozy restaurant with kawaii waitresses. 

I got a set with delicious salmon teriyaki, mouth watering Shrimp and Vege Tempura and Vegetable rolls.  Even if you’re not a fan of the greenie’s you can’t help but think that it tastes way better this way.

I also got rice and ice cream! Despite my laughable experience with Japanese Food, I’ve been noticing a growing theme of ending off a meal with macha ice cream.

And finally I present to you my dish:

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The idea of salmon is just enough to get me hungry, but look at how it is with that teriyaki sauce! Not a vegetarian meal so I’m definitely pleased. It also went so well with the bowl of rice they gave me. 

I like to believe that rice with meat is a big part of my own cultural (African)food. Japanese rice is way different from my own culture, but the rice is way different and even the set up of food is different. At home , we have everything practically put onto one plate and we eat with our hands. 

I’m not ashamed to say that I felt like I was in an anime character in some story , holding a bowl of rice in my left hand and trying to put the fish, seaweed and salad in my mouth along with the rice quick enough. Now it makes sense why most of these characters eat like pigs (Goku)! Ok maybe not exactly.

If anything I’d like to recommend the salmon teriyaki with rice, it just goes so well together. This is something I’d definitely go back for. That’s my first time saying that for any Japanese meal and I’m not a big fan of Japanese food (yet). 

I mentioned before that shrimp was good, and I’ll say it again: Shrimp is delicious. That tempura mix of Shrimp and Veges did not disappoint me.

Now on to more pressing matters

 

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I still can’t really find that inner sushi within me.

Not really liking this stuff even till now, but I can say I have made some progress with it. The first time I had it, it was a complete shock to my taste buds. Also it was probably too vege for me, and the other options were shrimp and raw tuna. So I went to try the shrimp one as well. While I was able to down it with less of a…reaction, if you will, I still didn’t like it too much. this has nothing to do with the cooking, it’s just that I’m not so fond of sushi to begin with. I’m glad that I was given the chance to try it once more.

So as I said, the night just had to end off with ice cream.

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Yet again I come across a new flavour; Ginger.  It tasted good, and I recommend you try it too, if you don’t mind little ginger pieces in it. Otherwise Macha is your best bet.

Well that’s it for this week! If you’re in the mood to eat some nice food, I’d recommend goning to Ichiriki.

Zehi ittemite kudasai.(Hope I wrote that correctly )

 

 

 

 

Anyway that’s that with chopstick journals. Sorry I couldn’t update last week. This dinner was set for a week after, and not to mentioned I was swamped with exams.

 

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GOIPEACE Essay Contest 2016

Hello guys!

It’s that time of the year again when the Youth from around the world , share their views and beliefs in what shapes a better world.

Yes it’s the Goipeace essay contest and it’s back this year as well!

This year’s theme is as follows:

“Education to Build a Better Future for All”
We live in a world with many complex problems, both local and global. What kind of education and learning would help us address these challenges and create a sustainable world and a better life for all? Describe your concrete ideas for an ideal education.

As long as you’re 25 years and under as of June 15th you’re pretty much good to enter. You can write it in English, French, German,  Spanish and of course Japanese.

While there is no entrance fee and there’s cool prizes, I’d like to suggest that when you write you write with the true intent rather than being Prize oriented. 

I’m no guru and I’m certainly not involved with the organization but the things I keep noticing about the winner’s essays is this:

They are personal.When you write your essay, you want it to be your own. Rather than writing on  how to deal with hypothetical issues and ideas. Your stories show what you faced and how you overcame your challenges to achieve some form of peace.

Some of the initiatives these youth have taken sounds pretty amazing. Presumably since this is your own ‘coming of age’ story you can show either the effects your experience has had on you and how it impacted the society around you. Although your experience doesn’t always translate to an outward community changer. I think I read one essay where the person showed they’re growth from an experience and their outlook on life.

 

Well Anyway what do I know. You should check it out yourself. This is a great essay contest that brings together a global community of Youth. You best believe I’ll be participating this year as well God willing.

 

 

 

 

Lion Standing in the Wind-JCCC

For some reasons I can’t find good Japanese Shows that I get addicted to and go around recommending. For starters it’s because I don’t watch much shows, but even when I do I can’t find something great enough for me to get overly obsessed with. When it comes to Japanese movies on the other hand,  I have a higher expectation.

Once the Japan foundation had a comedy Japanese movie screening, and I was a bit wary of that. When it’s called a comedy, it’s not always funny,but honestly the two movies I had seen were great, even though I missed 30 minutes of the beginning. So with these two previous experience in mind, I have a somewhat higher expectation of Japanese movies.

Next week, the JCCC will be airing a movie called “Lion Standing in the Wind”. To simply state it, it is about a Japanese doctor, providing health care in Kenya during a period of conflict. As you can tell, this by far does not sound like a comedy.

To be honest, what peeked my interest wasn’t so much about the story line, but rather the place it is set in, Kenya.  I have lived in Kenya for a few years, and have been studying Japanese for a few years. Combining these two different cultures into one movie sounds very interesting, and unusual so I really want to see it for myself.

I view the Kenyan culture, more like my own even though I’ve lived there for a few years. A vast majority of my family comes from there or has some sort of connection to it,like my parents.

Anyway, I thought  I’d let you know what’s up for the week. Tickets is $10  if you’re not a member, or $8 if you are.