October 12, 2005
Trip to Hiroshima, do I have to change this website to FuguTabeta.com??
On Tuesday evening I took a train from Tsu to Nagoya, and from Nagoya to Hiroshima on a Hikari Shinkansen. The picture is actually of a Kodama Rail Star train from Hiroshima because the shot I got of my Nozomi 700 Series Shinkansen from Hiroshima to Tokyo didn't turn out well.
On arriving at Hiroshima, I met with Professor Hidetsugu Nanba (難波 英嗣 先生) for a very, very nice dinner. We ate at a place called きっ川, proprieter 吉川 修平 (Kikkawa Shyuuhei). It was a fresh seafood restaurant, small, and with a very nice personable atmosphere. Every dish is described and explained by Mr. Kikkawa before you eat it. I really enjoyed the dinner, it was just excellent. We also had a nice local Sake with the dinner, 雨後の月 (Ugono Tsuki).
The first course was a nice Sashimi, and then there was a baked fish and a stewed fish? There was a great tempura course, and as Mr. Kikkawa explained, the anago (conger eel) was caught earlier that morning by Mr. Tiger, a famous Anago fisherman in Hiroshima that has been catching them for 40 years. It is said that he catches the most delicious Anago. It certainly was delicious.
The next course was a soup with many interesting things, mostly mushrooms and oysters, but there was also Fugu. Yes, Fugu. The namesake of this site, which I've been running since about 2000, but of course I've wanted to try Fugu for much longer than that. Maybe I first heard of it in 1996, in my first long trip to Japan. So, I had the Fugu, and it was delicious. Now, do I have to buy the domain FuguTabeta.com?? (FuguTabetai means "I want to eat Fugu", FuguTabeta would mean "I ate Fugu".)
So if you are ever in Hiroshima, I highly recommend Kikkawa. The phone number there is (082) 241-0002, but you had better know Japanese if you call there. It is a small place, so reservations are recommended.
September 3, 2005
Job hunting in Japan, blog softwareI arrived in Japan August 24th, 2005 to start my job hunting activities. I also installed bBlog on FuguTabetai.com, and I think it is quite nice software. I should be able to post a bunch more because this automates a lot of what I was doing by hand.
May 20, 2005
Successful Thesis DefenseOn Friday, I successfully defended my PhD thesis at Columbia University. Oh yeah.
November 25, 2004
Evans Siblings ThanksgivingThanksgiving at my place. I even cooked a Turkey, since both of my sisters came here!
October 31, 2004
Internet Halloween PartyCarl Sable had an Internet-themed Halloween Party. Click on the thumbnail to check out my pictures.
October 24, 2004
DeVilla VanNoy WeddingMy best friends Ron and Michelle got married at Princeton University October 23rd, 2004. I have the pictures here to prove it.
July 16, 2004
Treo 600 as a modem in linux (Fedora Core 2)I haven't had much interesting to talk about lately, but I did today get my Treo 600 phone working as a modem on my linux Fedora Core 2 install. If you are interested, check out the amazingly simple things I had to do to get my Treo 600 working as a modem on my Fedora Core 2 linux install.
April 9, 2004
Macy's Flower ShowSix years in the city, and this is the first time I've ever been to the annual Macy's Flower Show. Pretty amazing actually.
November 13, 2003
Happy Birthday11/13/2003 Hunkabutta.com has some really cool pics from Japan. I like it. Oh, and happy birthday to me. 29 years young.
November 1, 2003
2003 Halloween11/1/2003 Pictures from Halloween 2003, "A Very Strongbad Halloween".
February 1, 2003
Karaoke Party!2/1/2003. We had a Karaoke Party! Man, that new Japas over at 38th is pretty cool!
January 12, 2003
December 14, 2002
Jana's graduation ceramics showMy younger sister graduates from SMU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in pottery. She had her first solo show, and then was in the graduation ceremony.
December 6, 2002
Thesis proposal defense12/06/2002. No pictures. I defended my thesis proposal: "Identifying Similarity in Multilingual Text: Analysis for Summarization." I can finally get back to living life a little. :)
October 31, 2002
2002 Halloween Party10/31/2002. Halloween came and went. The Sable's put on a fun party, as usual.
September 21, 2002
ChinatownWent down to Chinatown with Y.I. and her family for a nice dim sum brunch, and ice cream afterwards. Otherwise, just busy. working. busy.
September 10, 2002
September 6, 2002
Basketball at SMUPlayed BBall back at SMU in Dallas a few times. Lots of fun to be had.
September 1, 2002
Hanging around Austin9/1/2002 - Alana and Thon got up and ran at 8:00am. I didn't go; I sprained my ankle playing basketball last week. At about noon we went out to get brunch at Las Manitas Avenue Cafe, my sister's favorite place downtown. It's a mexican place. I got a Plato de Churrizo, which is basically refreid beans, and churrizo with egg. Put all that stuff in a tortilla, and it is some pretty good eating. Of course, it didn't feel right having that for breakfast, but still...
Barton Springs In the afternoon, we went to Barton Springs. It's a part of the Austin city parks, basically a few blocks from downtown Austin. It's a natural spring that flows up from limestone which Austin built a nice little park around. The water is always a chilly 68 degrees, so it's pretty cool to go out there on a hot day and relax on the grass, popping in and out of the water. Of course, it was pretty crowded since a lot of Austin seemed to have had the same idea that we did...
For dinner, we went to Mangia, which has the best pizza in Austin, according to my sister. They make a Chicago style deep dish pizza there. The owner is a die-hard runner, and wanted to have a "healthy" pizza, so he created a deep dish spinach double stuffed pizza on whole wheat bread. That is what Alana and Thon ordered, while Dad and I got a double stuffed mushroom, smoked bacon and pineapple pizza on a white crust. It was actually very good. Afterwards, we headed home, and mom and dad took the Allante back to Dallas. Thon, Alana and I headed out to a nearby park with a view of "bat bridge." This is a bridge that has tens of thousands of bats living under it, and at sunset, the bats come out and fly around. We took a seat on a dock near the UT-owned boat house, and settled down to watch. Unfortunately, bat season is just about coming to an end - the bats are migratory and head to Mexico for the winter, and there were not too many out for us to see. On the way back, we stopped at Amy's Ice Cream again, and I got another chocolate (dark chocolate this time) with strawberries and hot fudge, "sundae style" (so the strawberries weren't pounded in to the ice cream.) That improved it, but still it wasn't up to Halo Pub standards.
At home, we watched a few episodes of the Simpsons from the newly acquired season 2 DVD that Thon picked up, and then played a game of scrabble to the Director's cut of Aliens (which Alana has amazingly, never seen before.) I got completely trounced by both Thon and Alana, and we finished off the movie. I'll have to play more scrabble...
August 31, 2002
Amy's Ice Cream in AustinDrove down to Austin today. It took about 4 and a half hours - going the speed limit the whole way. Which is how I usually drive. Anyway, came out here to visit my sister and her boyfriend. They took us to a really nice dinner. The food wasn't so amazing - standard tourist spot type fare - but the view was just great. The place was called "Oasis", and it was up on the top of a hill overlooking Lake Travis. We got a great view of the sunset. Highly recommended.
After dinner we met up with dad, and went down to Amy's ice cream. It was really good, but not as good as Halo Pub.
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