The park serves delicious food for volunteers, guides and visitors ๐Ÿ˜‹

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How to Lower the Price of Plant-Based Meat

My thoughts: plant-based meat is still 2x more expensive than beef and 4x more expensive than chicken... but getting cheaper and growing in distribution across America, Europe and Asia.

Even if you're not vegetarian, please consider eating plant-based meat for its lower environmental impact. Choosing vegetarian food sometimes is still better than doing nothing.

by the way...

Meals based on vegetable protein sources (beans and peas) are more satiating than meals based on animal protein sources (veal and pork) - a randomized cross-over meal test study

I stopped by a restaurant and ordered the ใƒ˜ใƒซใ‚ทใƒผใ‚ปใƒƒใƒˆใƒŸใƒ‹ใƒ‡ใ‚ถใƒผใƒˆ (healthy set mini dessert).

And they gave me all this stuff! ๐Ÿคฉ

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The entrรฉe is a spaghetti (not due to butter, but they could also make it without it).

The sausage-looking rings are actually slices of pink cherie potato. The other veggies are yuzu (a citrus), scallion and celery (I think). Topped with nori flakes.

Gourmet food like this is uncommon in izakayas. I think I'll come again tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‹

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The second dish is a salad. But what a salad!

The base is purรฉe, and the veggies sticking out are purple potato, green beans and of course pumpkins for Halloween. I couldn't identify the white stuff, probably daikon?

Anyway, it's crunchy, colorful and fun to eat ๐Ÿ˜‹

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I'm at a friendly izakaya in Toyama. This is an ใŠ้€šใ— (otลshi), an obligatory appetizer served to all customers. This particular one costs ยฅ200 and is made with zucchini, mushrooms, sesame seeds, soy sauce and probably other ingredients I did not understand. The server said it's a Korean recipe.

And this is the monster I got served. Holy cow! ๐Ÿ˜จ

(good thing I had just 3 plums and one eclair for lunch)

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I'm having dinner at The Vegetarian Butcher in Toshima City (่ฑŠๅณถๅŒบ, which actually means Toshima Ward, so I'm a bit confused).

What shall I get? I think I'll go with the Holy Cow burger ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿด

buddha bowl with falafel and coffee, ยฅ1600.

Buddha would probably object that it's too fancy, but I don't mind ๐Ÿ˜‹

Fusion bento in the Japanese garden, with sunshine ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒ„

The nice lady at the bar talked me into trying ๅฒฉๆตท่‹”ใšใ— (iwanori zushi), rock seaweed sushi.

I quickly looked it up, and this description convinced me to go ahead and order:
"Iwanoriย is much more aromatic thanย nori. I would almost say that it's the veal ofย nori. It's greener and falls apart in your mouth quicker." ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Next up, ใ†ใฟใ‹ใœๆคŽ่Œธ (Umikaze Shiitake), another ๅ็‰ฉ (famous product) of ๅ…ซไธˆๅณถ (Hachijล-jima). ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Ashitaba is a famous local product (ๅ็‰ฉ) of Hachijล-jima.
They said it has a pungent smell and taste, but it tastes just like any regular green-leaf plant to me. It's packed with antioxidants.

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I don't quite remember if you were , vegan-curious or neither... but I'd recommend this minced faux meat even to those who want to limit red meat in their diet.

I left it in the freezer for weeks because I wasn't quite sure how to use it...

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