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eating all the food here in tokyo!

my lovely, awesome, and super talented friend and fellow YA writer ellen oh (PROPHECY) asked if i’d be up for putting together a post consisting of food pics. i’ve been tweeting them off and on (#tokyofoodpics on twitter), but those only skim the surface. because the thing is, we’ve been eating A LOT ever since we arrived here in tokyo. and apart from manga and books (see my previous camera-happy post here), i love taking pics of food most of all.

zaru soba with a side of tororo (a kind of grated yam).

kitsune udon with a side of curry rice.

melon soda at kfc. the flavour is as popular as cola back home!

salted and spicy chicken yakitori.

salmon onigiri.

ramune (soda) flavoured alcohol!

tamago maki.

smooth chocolate (all melty from all the heat) infused with individual salt crystals…

…the pocky on the left is milk chocolate salty! really good, too.

hot matcha and sweet azuki beans with fresh mochi.

huge selection of onigiri for take-out from a shop at the ueno train station!

an assorted bento for lunch!

panda buns!

chilled matcha latte from the vending machine.

hot ramen from the vending machine. comes complete with plastic fork!

best guess to the kit kat flavour? black molasses.

choice of tempura toppings for udon noodles.

curry rice with a soft-boiled egg.

umeboshi flavoured potato chips!

beef bowl with grilled tofu. this is available as fast food in japan.

royal milk tea is delicious, and a favourite from the vending machine. it’s what i miss most about no longer eating dairy.

udon noodles are eaten for breakfast as well as lunch and dinner here.

a beef and salmon lunch set. miso and coleslaw sides.

cold soba noodles, done double decker style. YES I ATE IT ALL.

oden (stew) from the vending machine.

chicken karaage with grated radish and mayo on the side.

fried meats of all kinds! snacks on sticks make up so much of the street and festival food here.

chilled and bottled iced coffee at the continental breakfast buffet at the hotel.

beef and salmon breakfast set. with miso and pickle sides.

belgian style waffles are popular here! i miss the iced green tea ones they had last time, though…

…iced chocolate belgian style waffles…

…some of the flavours: chocolate, honey apple, maple, cookies and cream, plain.

hamburg steak with omelette rice.

take out meals available at the 7-11. LOVE the 7-11s here…

…selection of onigiri at the local 7-11…

…more to-go meals at 7-11.

cold soba salad.

both salty and sweet (caramel) popcorn are available at the movie theatre. melon fountain soda, too…

…you can also eat a pork rib sandwich while watching a movie…

…or even a spicy tomato curry hot dog!

fried savoury rice snacks on a stick!

this shop specializes in boxed confectionaries for gift-giving. omiyage (souvenirs) are a big deal here…

…but we ate these souvenir buns ourselves 🙂 best filled buns ever…

…azuki and lotus seed bun fillings.

salt and lychee drink.

grilled vegetable skewers.

cold tanuki soba.

i need to try the yellow watermelon before going home!

fried pork gyoza.

takoyaki flavoured crackers!

vegetable soba. there were fiddleheads in there, first time i’ve ever had them.

grilled pork on rice.

japanese bakeries are really wonderful. the buns on the top left are sakura buns and swirled with pink colouring.

inari with assorted fillings.

raspberry cream kakigoori (shaved ice).

eating okonomiyaki (savoury pancake) at the festival.

sushi, kaiten style. i wish we had more conveyor belt sushi places back home!

taiyaki! check out the cool pans…

…almost too cute to eat. ALMOST…

…the best taiyuki we’ve ever had was in sendai. azuki filling.

tokyo soup stock is this trendy chain restaurant that would fit in perfectly in vancouver.

sake in juice box form!

ingredients for frying our own okonomiyaki at our table grill.

frying up some yakisoba.

konpeito. eating this sugar candy makes me think of the anime stellvia each and every time.

dried kiwi slices from a street vendor in ameyoko.

assorted sausages served on sticks and piled into cups for carrying around during a festival.

more street food. grilled squid, assorted meats.

we’re pretty sure this is konnyaku, a flavourless jelly. here it’s been flavoured with a savoury sauce.

umeboshi onigiri!

chicken sashimi. yes, it’s possible…

platter of marinated meat for yakiniku, which is similar to korean barbecue.

konnyaku squares dusted with kinako (soybean) and green tea powders…


fried mochi on sticks. they tasted like fresh chinese donuts.

iced bananas!

beef bowl with raw egg.

eggplant nigiri topped with bonito flakes.

pork ramen with a soft-boiled egg.

whole grilled fish on a stick!

cold soba ready to be dipped.

assorted yakitori.

azuki and mochi balls on agar cubes to be topped with brown sugar syrup.

sliced mochi topped with kinako and brown sugar syrup.

pork soumen with egg.

silken tofu prepared with cream and sake.

a take-out bento of kalbi beef on rice for lunch on the bullet train.

soba set for breakfast.

green tea pastries.

azuki bean buns.

melon buns! these always make me think of the anime yakitate japan!

fruit and cream sandwiches.

chicken curry buns.

a platter of vegetables ready for us to grill.

skewers of fruit are another popular street food.

novelty ramune flavours: these are squid and kimchee…

…wasabi and tako flavours…

…and curry!

negitoro maki. the biggest difference (apart from freshness) is how less dense the fish seems to be here.

ebi and broccoli sandwich from the bakery!

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so can i have a DUALED floor display for myself, please?

because it’s me and i’m lazy with fine print, i had no clue DUALED was going to be sold in australia as part of the deal for north america. so that was incredibly exciting to find out! but i think the best way was how i found out.

i came across this listing for a 9 copy floor display at angus & robertson, an australian bookstore! come february i don’t know if it can actually be ordered as it says, or even actually made, but if so i’ll most definitely try. because how fun would this be to have in the house? i’d rotate the book selection on a regular basis!

a brief link round up this week! DUALED was mentioned in Publisher’s Weekly Spring 2013 Sneak Previews, which was amazing! i was floored to be included with such talented authors. also, an interview i did was translated into romanian at i’m wide awake and fantasy books. english is here! thanks so much sabrina, laura, and ramona!

i only have a few days left until my first set of edits come in for DIVIDED, but since turning in the first draft to my editor, i’ve been madly working through my to-be-read pile (it’s still huge). i’m pretty careful with the books i choose just because of how little time i seem to have left for reading nowadays. this is what i’ve read recently and enjoyed:

ellen oh PROPHECY
shannon messenger LET THE SKY FALL
daniel marks VELVETEEN
patrick ness MONSTERS OF MEN
joshua c. cohen LEVERAGE
moira young BLOOD RED ROAD
lauren destefano WITHER
emma donoghue ROOM
patrick ness A MONSTER CALLS
rj palacio WONDER
huntley fitzpatrick MY LIFE NEXT DOOR

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prophecy and the madman’s daughter cover reveals!

there is nothing better than being able to celebrate with your friends when something fantastic happens. today, fellow YA authors, friday the thirteeners, AND lucky 13s ellen oh and megan shepherd both had cover reveals! ellen’s prophecy and megan’s the madman’s daughter will both be released in january 2013. buy them, read them, enjoy them!

and just look at these covers! they are gorgeous and mind-blowing and i couldn’t be happier for them! plus their books are pretty damn fantastic, too!

blog hopping: i’m over at fellow YA author, friday the thirteener, AND lucky 13 mindy mcginnis’s blog today. we’re hanging out and she gets to ask me questions about DUALED’s cover. come say hi!

DIVIDED: 70K and counting. and my first pass pages for DUALED are due next week. but there is light at the end of the tunnel, you guys, and waiting for me on the other side is summer vacation, a dirty house that needs to be cleaned, and a super massive to be read pile.

random: listening to snow patrol’s run. eating: take out every night for the last week and a half. feeling kind of gross about it.

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cover reveal aftermath and link round up

okay, so my little corner of the internet pretty much exploded on me yesterday. it was…amazing. i’m up after four hours of sleep and still buzzed. so here’s a little wrap-up post before it’s back to work!

the cover for DUALED finally went live! it’s pretty awesome:

i knew the cover going live would change things up a bit, as it would finally give a face to DUALED. but, whoa, you guys are incredible!!! it was surreal to see the adds on goodreads just keep climbing. thank you!

my hugest thanks to kari olson at a good addiction for hosting the reveal! and it’s the first cover for us over at friday the thirteeners, too! i really love you guys! special thanks to ellen oh for putting the post together.

DUALED also made waiting on wednesday‘s pick of the week for some very cool bloggers! this really kind of blew my mind–it’s going to be a very long time before i get used to seeing the book “out there”! kelsey (who actually worked on the earliest drafts of DUALED as an intern at random house! how cool is that?) at slush sleuth; brooke–just give me some teasers DUDE!–at brooke reports; ashelynn at gypsy book reviews; kristin at blood, sweat, and books; sarah at head stuck in a book; reut at reutreads; danya at a tapestry of words; and mitchii at aeropapers! thanks so much, you guys!

whew! and i still managed to get 1000 words down for DIVIDED yesterday. it was a FANTASTIC day, y’all! so now i’m going to shut up, disappear for a bit, and just write.

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vlog hopping (or, blog hopping #4)

yep, that’s no typo in the title! i’m over at friday the thirteeners today, answering a couple of writing truths for truth or dare via my first vlog ever. come say hi!

this week has been all about the hunger games. my reaction to the movie? love. what i think about some of the racist reactions to the casting of rue, thresh, and cinna? they are supposed to be dark-skinned. that’s how suzanne collins wrote the characters in the book. on that note, fellow YA author and blogger friend ellen oh is running a diversity in YA feature on her blog this week.

random stuff: listening to taylor swift’s safe & sound (the hunger games soundtrack); reading haruki murukami’s iq84

even more random stuff: i blogged about the duality (see what i did there?) of this adam lambert video a bit ago. the song’s still a total ear worm for me; check out this amazingly talented dance class, choreography (by Dejan Tubic & Janelle Ginestra) set to a very cool remix:

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