Saturday, January 30, 2016

Exploring Yokosuka

After working each Saturday since we've been here, I told my boss I was taking the day off.  No plans, no traveling...just relaxing around town.  Joe wanted to go to the Yokohama craft brewers festival, so off he went and Logan and I had our fun.  

We had a play date with a friend in the building for a while in the morning..it was still a little rainy and windy out, which made for good timing.  After nap, we were ready to hit the town and see how far we could go!

Our first order of business was Starbucks for hot cocoa and a cookie. They have a nice little toy area too, so Logan could mix it up and get some playing in while he was enjoying his treat.  These are pics from our last hot cocoa date while Joe was working....



And, off we went.  I had a couple places in particular to go...a convenience store that supposedly has funky candy, a food basement to look for evaporated milk...and the ¥100 for plastic sleds for the park.  

The Picasso convenience store in Yokosuka was a bust....we could a few small pieces of candy, but nothing crazy (no banana m&ms). I did find this beauty, but resisted....




Darn...the food basement was also a bust, but we had an awesome time looking at all the food.  Logan has watched Masterchef Junior a little bit and one of the episodes had the kids opening and cleaning scallops from their shells, then cooking with them.  Scallops are relatively to open and clean for little hands, since you can use a butter knife and spoon. And in the food basement, they had scallops in their shells, so we probably spent 10 minutes talking about them and looking at the packaging.  

We kept wandering and found ourselves at Mikasa Park, at the far end of the main downtown from where we are.  There were all kinds things to jump over and around...a big old Japanese warship...fountains, a playground, water...tons of fun.  It'll be much nicer when it's a title warmer..





By this point, we were over by the Yokosuka Port Market, a place I've been wanting to visit for some time.  Logan and I wandered over there and I picked up some bean sprouts, mizuna greens and filled pancakes...one with chocolate and one with...??? Still waiting to find out.  Prices were fair.. ¥46 for bean sprouts feel like a great steal.  

Now it was time to head back home.  I asked Logan if he wanted ramen with potstickers or conveyer belt sushi....




Yes, this is meatball sushi.  I could try to force the issue more and have him try salmon, shrimp, etc.  his big adventure this time were the tiny little roe that they put on top of some of the sushi pieces.  And he loved them.  Little by little, I don't mind getting him to try more. Plus, this was a double win as he actually ate the rice and seaweed that the meatballs came with.  

In all, we walked something like 3+ miles this afternoon.  With no complaining, request for picking up, etc.  it was awesome.  We just took our time, ran when we needed to (lights changing color) and chilled...is this the solution?  Time will tell...

Big plans for Sunday...Kannonzaki Roller Slides....woohoo....





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