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I have been sick since before Xmas, I have stayed home for almost two week. I am getting better and I hope to be better in time for work.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Yaki Niku

Last night we had the pleasure of hanging out with the Butler family (Simon (my co-worker) his lovely wife Akane and their twin girls Hannah and Millie), Simon's friend Derek and a whole lot of delicious, succulent MEAT!!!

Yaki Niku as explained by the all knowing god Wikipedia ....
"In a yakiniku restaurant, diners order several types of prepared raw ingredients (either individually or as a set) which are brought to the table. The ingredients are cooked by the diners on a grill built into the table throughout the duration of the meal, several pieces at a time. The ingredients are then dipped in sauces known as tare before being eaten. The most common sauce is made of Japanese soy sauce mixed with sake, mirin, sugar, garlic, fruit juice and sesame [2]. Garlic-and-shallot or miso-based dips are sometimes used, and sometimes yakiniku is eaten seasoned only with salt. Soup, kimchi, nameul, bibimbap and other Korean-influenced dishes are sometimes served alongside."

In layman's terms... Meat + Fire = Good

The place they took us to is a local secret. There are no walk ins (at least not during vacation time and especially not on a weekend) and Akane stood in line at 10am in order to get us this table when the reservations opened up at noon. No phone calls will do. You actually have to go on down to the establishment and stand in line! Was all her suffering worth it??? YES, yes, yes!!!

Juan and I don't eat a lot of red meat (mostly because if we did, we would be broke). So, when an invitation came to do so we jumped at the chance and thank goodness we did. The meat was amazing!!! Juan and I both feel that the reason we had no hangover the next day was due to the healing properties of this delicious meat. Thanks go out to Derek, the Butler family and most importantly the cattle whose life was snatched away from them, for a wonderful evening.

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