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5/4/2016 Japanese food

It's finals week, which means lot of grading, but also means that it's just a few more days until the end of the semester. My MFA program started up again though so, combined with that ongoing issue and I'm still going to be pretty busy, at least for now. But, we'll see what happens...

I mentioned a restaurant review, so let's get that out of the way and get to the last couple travelogue entries on Friday.

Restaurant Review: Osaka Teppanyaki Kawano
Type: Japanese
Location: McCully Plaza
I pass by McCully pretty often, and I eat a lot of Japanese food, so it was only a matter of time before I stopped at Kawano. It's a fairly small bar and restaurant, with only a handful of tables. I've never seen it overly busy, but that might just be my timing. While the restaurant is neat and clean, it's not heavy on the atmosphere.
But anyway, the menu consists primarily of teppanyaki style grilled plates and fried items, such as tempura, yakisoba, okonomiyaki, and a handful of other entrees, along with some appetizers. While the selection may not be huge, most people should be able to find something they're happy with. And the prices are surprisingly good, especially for the area, with most entrees costing only $7 - $10 (though rice and other sides may add to that). I'm also happy to say that the price isn't the only thing Kawano has going for it. The teppanyaki, tempura, and okonomiyaki are all great and even the salmon ikura bowl is surprisingly good, loaded with slices of raw salmon in addition to the ikura. My personal favorites so far are the shabu shabu teppanyaki and the modanyaki (an okonomiyaki variation which includes noodles). The fact that they offer beef okonomiyaki, which can be tough to find sometimes, is also a big plus for me.
Connie I liked Kawano enough on our first visit that we actually went back and ate there again the next day. The combination of good food, low prices, and a convenient location is hard to beat and I'm sure I'll be back again soon.


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Speaking of writing things, at this point I've got two travelogue entries and a restaurant review left to go to get totally caught up in that area. I was going to do some of that tonight, but I was running late to begin with and then my web editor decided to crash repeatedly while I worked on this update, delaying things even further. At this point, it's really late and I'm really tired so any more writing will have to wait.

See you Wednesday!


4/29/2016 Con time

It's Friday, so vote to see the new bonus comic! And now for more travelogue...

April 8 - 10 (Fri - Sun): Kawaii Kon
Kawaii Kon is the main anime convention in Hawaii. It was my second year attending, but Connie's first. Actually, it was her first time at any anime convention and she enjoyed it. Since I wrote about Kawaii Kon last year, I'll focus more on the highlights. The main thing to know is that it's a medium size con that, thanks to the location, tends to attract a pretty impressive guest list. This year was no exception, though a couple of the guests I wanted to see only had sessions at times I couldn't go. Aside from introducing Connie to the con scene, the main highlight for me this year was Garnidelia, a J-Pop group known for doing one of the Kill la Kill openings, among other things. They had a concert and I was also able to get an autograph. They didn't allow video, but Joe Inoue (known for a Naruto theme) did. All in all, it was a pretty great con. Well organized, lots of vendors, good guest lineup, and always plenty of things to do. I'm already looking forward to next year (assuming I'm around).

Have a good weekend!


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