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Ethan Gorges Himself On: ALL THE RED BEANS EVER

You know what’s crazy? It’s been almost a year since I studied abroad in Japan, and I still never have uploaded any photos of my adventures in Japan to Facebook or anything. I remember how I kept telling myself that I basically upload everything to this blog so it’s totally okay, except the last time I posted anything on the blog was October 9th, 2014 — almost 2 months before I left Japan. What the hell was I doing for my last 2 months in Japan? I honestly don’t know.

What I do know is that I have a bunch of photos sitting around that the world needs to see: specifically, all the Ethan Gorges Himself On photos that I’ve yet to upload. I’ve already endured the pain and internalized the calories (a bit too well); it would be a dishonor to my weight gain if I didn’t even share what I put my mouth for the sake of science. So, for the duration of this blog post, please pretend like I’m still in Japan and that you are still interested in what crazy things I decided to gorge on.

Back before the end of summer 2014, I went on a trip all the way from Tokyo (center/east-ish Japan) to Fukuoka (western most tip of Japan) with my pals; on the way there we made a stop in Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital that houses a trillion beautiful temples where a gazillion important historical event happened. It was super exciting for a cultural and history freak like me to see all the places that I had only read about in books or saw in video games. What’s more interesting, however, was the myriad of super traditional Japanese food served in Kyoto’s restaurants that each had hundreds of years of history. What was the most impressive looking of them all? The sweets. All filled with delicious, delicious red bean filling.

Just look at these beauties.

Just look at these beauties.

LOOK AT IT.

LOOK AT IT.

I’ll confess: I’m not much of a sweet tooth: take me to brunch and I’ll pick savory over sweet 11/10 times. But these sweets are on another level. So, naturally I had to try one, and then another, and okay-Ethan-just-one-more, and seriously-bro-you-need-to-stop, and finally Jesus-Christ-fine-buy-all-15-of them.

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Ethan Gorges Himself on: Fried EVERYTHING

If you ask me where I go most often in Japan, I would tell you Gourmet City, a supermarket about a 10 minute bike ride away that sells really good Bento-boxes for only 4 bux. What’s more, their sushi boxes go 30-50% off after 7pm (because Sushi go bad easily), so if I go late enough I can usually get like 20 pieces of sushi for just 5 bux. So for a poor college student like me with no kitchen in my dorm, Gourmet City is pretty much the best place ever and a straight up blessing from the gods. The gods of affordable college living that is.

The place has a huge section dedicated just for various kinds of takeout food. Right next that section is an impressive display of the various fried things. You know how you go to Japanese restaurants and they have stuff like shrimp and broccoli tempura? Yea, that, but with a much more creative selection of things being fried. And by creative I mean just different kinds of seafood, because you know, Japan.

Exhibit A. Truly one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

Exhibit A. Truly one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.

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Ethan Gorges Himself on: Bakery

Sorry guys; I totally promised a blog post last week and then didn’t deliver… Summer class finals kinda got in the way, and I didn’t have too much free time (or fast speed internet for that matter) until now. So here is the new food post, finally.
On a random day a week or so ago, I randomly starting really craving some bakerythinking about what to do for the next post, so I strolled into the biggest supermarket in the area and bought 7 random pieces of baked goods that are commonly seen in Japan. Because it was just a normal bakery, I wasn’t able to get the exactly calorie and nutritional information of each piece. Judging from how most bread is 300-600 calories a piece though, this is probably going to be twice as what I had last time.
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Ethan Gorges Himself on: Icecream

I was walking through a 7-11 a week ago when I spotted some really weird ice creams. No, not matcha; that’s shit is normal as hell here. I’m talking about Carrot and Tomato flavored ice cream. Yes. Vegetable flavored ice cream, made by none other than Haagen-Dazs. I immediately decided that I need to try those, along with a bunch of other flavors that aren’t as common in the States. In the end I ended up getting 11 different kinds of ice cream, and ate them in one sitting, for your viewing pleasure.
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Ethan Gorges Himself on: Pudding

I know how much you foodies and brunch queens like food, and I know how much more you like taking and looking at pictures food (looking straight at you, Asian girls), so here is a blog post dedicated purely to food! “Ethan Gorges Himself On” will be a series where I stuff myself with copious amount of Japan-related food and blog about it. You can enjoy all the pictures of food safely behind your computer screen, away from all the calories, while I slowly develop diabetes.

Why does this sound like an excuse for you to eat a lot of unhealthy food at once…

Wh..Whaaaaaat? Nah….Don’t be ridiculous…That can’t be….No way….I eat mad healthy….Yea….This is entirely for..em…Science! Yes! I’m doing this for science!

Right. Science. I’m totally convinced.

Silly reader, we both know I’m eating those puddings whether you like it or not. Now, lets get started.
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