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Monday, 31 August 2015


Last night Kim decided to make some sushi it is very time consuming but tasted better than the franchises.

The ingredients you need are Sushi rice and Seaweed for Sushi, the rice has a different texture and taste to normal rice and sticks together a lot better. Also buy a sushi mat which costs $2 to help shape the sushi and pickled ginger if you want. Once you cook the rice you need to let it cool down so it does not make the seaweed mushy.

  You slice up carrots and cucumber, i mixed tuna with mayonnaise. We also had packaged smoky salmon.

Put a layer of rice with the vegetables then a thin layer of tuna or salmon strips. You can put what ever you want on it. Use the mat to roll the sushi then you end up with long sushi rolls. Cut it to the size you want.

Put some soy sauce and wasabi in a small bowl and add pickled ginger on top. Next time we make it i will buy some roasted duck and pork.
Would you try to make it?

Kind E-gards
Dale Stewart


Sunday, 30 August 2015

Cafflano Klassic - My New Travel Buddy

Cafflano Klassic - My New Travel Buddy

When i go on holiday i would normally take my Hario v60 or Aeropress,  my hand grinder and my scale but this time it was different as i had seen the Cafflano online and i really wanted one so i contacted them and found out i could get some in Seoul.  The company was amazing and organised some to get delivered to my accommodation as i was buying a few for friends and family The unit ways about 600 grams so it is light. The great thing is it is B.P.A free so you won't get all those nasty chemicals from plastic bottles.  I did not know what to expect from this unit as i read and watched some reviews on it. I used it everyday for 3 weeks and was happy with the results.  I will also do a video in coming weeks but i wanted to do this one now.

The thing i love about this is it is a all-in-one unit which there is no other like it.

The lid is the pourer and it has a removable lid in the top. Under the lid is the grinder which folds into itself and locks into the tumbler for easy grinding.

Under the grinder is the mesh filter.

The filter sits in the tumbler. I tried using it without filter paper but cleaning it took a while so i use a paper filter in it.  I put the filter in it then rinse it with hot water. After it is wet the paper folds down the side then the grinder twists and locks in place and holds the paper down.

I used 13 grams of coffee but there is lines on the side as measurements.

It takes a few minutes to grind but the burr grinder does a good job and i am happy with its consistency.

I am still working on the grams to seconds but it is roughly 30 grams of water to 30 seconds. If there is any water at the 2 minute mark i use the rest.  I use 250mls of water in total.

It takes about 3 minutes to do the full filter but i am extremely happy with the results.

The coffee was full bodied and had no bitterness.

It is such a great little unit and i will take it overseas from now on.
Do you have one and what do you think?
Kind regards
Dale Stewart

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Tokyo - Day 20 Fuji Q Last Day

Tokyo - Day 20 Fuji Q Last Day
Our friends hotel was next to a shrine so i got some photos then we got to their hotel at 7:30am and headed out to pick up the car.

The traffic was terrible and took ages, we finally arrive at 11am and headed straight in.

The one attraction we had to do was the Haunted Hospital which we had been excited to see

After i went on some rides we did Evangelion World.

Kim wanted to get some glasses so our friends dropped us at Higashi-kitazawa and we found a Jins right next to the station. The area had amazing local arts and crafts and small cafe's. 

We realised we had not had Takoyaki since we had been here and we saw a small place that made them. It was $5.50 for 15 so we shared some. It had bonito flakes and mayonnaise. If you have not had takoyaki is a wheat flour batter that has octopus inside it. We ate and walked to the train station.

We got to the hotel the freshened up and went for one last walk to get dessert.

After dessert Kim went home and relaxed and i caught up with a friend and went and had some beers , whiskies and cocktails . We had an amazing time at code name MIXOLOGY and i wish we found it sooner because it was the best bar we went to in Tokyo. I got to bed at 2am to get some sleep before heading off to the airport.

We had an amazing holiday that we had the chances to try different food and drinks. Every city is completely different and we loved every moment of it. We will be back soon.
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Dale Stewart