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Am back!!!!   

Hello chit chatters

Summer came to sapporo at last. This year it was so cold.

I came back to chit chat and am having so much fun meeting a lot of new people and the old ones too.

I hope everybody is ok?

Do you guys have any plans for summer this year. Are you going camping? I love camping.

Damian (Malta)

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by chitchatcafe | 2013-05-31 15:32 | 子供 英会話 札幌

Empty Enchiladas   

It's been a couple months since my last entry, and looks as if a few others beat me to talking about spring time weather, sakura, etc., so I'll hit one into left field and talk about something totally different: foreign foods.

Since I came to Sapporo eleven months ago, I expected my diet to change…drastically. Of course as an American who doesn't--and never really did--like American food, it was a welcome change. However, a lot of the little things I took for granted are difficult, if not downright impossible to get here, especially when it comes to foreign foods. In America, because the population is thoroughly mixed when it comes to nationalities and cultures, we can always find lots of different countries' foods at any given time. That convenience is something--aside from family, maybe the ONLY thing--I genuinely miss about my life back home.

For example, I love Mexican food. Because of America's proximity to Mexico, we have a lot of it blended into our everyday lives. It was something I was good at making, and cooked it often for myself. But here in Sapporo, certain staples of Mexican cuisine such as sour cream, sharp cheddar cheese, taco sauce, black beans, refried beans are conspicuously absent. If I DO happen to find one somewhere, there certainly aren't any brand varieties to choose from, and the one option is often prohibitively expensive.

And of course many of the local Mexican recipes are…different, to put it politely.

However, I'm not one to back down from a challenge. I've managed to make some things from scratch, meaning they are not only cheaper, but fresher and more customised to my personal tastes. Tortillas, salsa, meat seasonings/spices, sauces, etc. are things I can whip up fairly authentically using normal ingredients from typical Japanese stores, but things like beans are still difficult to substitute. Someone suggested I try a type of yogurt to replace sour cream; a brilliant idea!

So I guess I'm wondering if there are any "authentic" Mexican restaurants here in Sapporo, or if anyone is a fan of that country's food, what are some of your recipes? Where do you get ingredients, or what do you use as substitutes for foreign recipes? Can you suggest anything else to help me abate my cravings? I'm going to be here in Japan a long time, so any ideas and recommendations are very welcome. Please stop by the cafe sometime and we can talk about it!

Aaron (USA)

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by chitchatcafe | 2013-05-22 17:06 | カフェ 英会話 札幌

My Japanese spring   

Ciao Chit chatters

How are you?
I'm good and hope you as well.
Are you enjoying the spring?

Yeah.. the spring... to me it seems to be still winter but.. it doesn't snow anymore, slowly cherry blossom are reaching the peak bloom and in the street I can see people wearing t-shirts.. so maybe summer is really coming!

For me it's a little bit strange becouse in Rome now we have 30 degrees or even more but we are in Hokkaido and that's the actractive part of it. I'm experiencing a new spring!:)

By the way, I went to Kansai last week and I spent 4 days in Osaka and visited Kyoto and Kobe too.

I was pretty lucky becouse the wheater was very good and spring is the perfect season to visit Kansai.
It was absolutely breathtaking..Just thinking about it again makes me want to go back.
The Kinkakuji, Ginkakuji, Nijo Castle and Osaka Castle.. wonderful.

I think Kansai is the best place I went until now.. Kyoto is really beautiful and I loved the atmosfhere in Osaka.

Maybe will be my next Japanese stop.. who knows!

And last but not least..takoyaki in Osaka were so good.. delicious! I ate them every night.. i just love takoyaki!

Then I'll be waiting for you in the CCC to talk about my trip, spring or takoyaki!

See you soon guys.

Silvia (Italy)

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by chitchatcafe | 2013-05-21 17:00 | マンツーマン 英会話 札幌

Santa Barbara   

Today I would like to tell you about Santa Barbara.

My friend who went to study in Santa Barbara, showed me the pictures an videos of this place. I felt like it looked so beautiful that I decided to go study there to improve my English and learn music.

For those who don't know, Santa Barbara is a small city (about 100 000 people) located in California in America. It is about 3 hours from Los Angeles.

It is a very calm and nice place. Also the weather is warm all year long. The beach is very animated. Some people like to run, walk or roller-skate along the beach or others enjoy having barbecues parties.

Most of the restaurants and shops are located in the main street called "State Street". At night we can hear music from many bars. Many bands go there and play music like blues, jazz or rock.

The food is very delicious. Home made taste burgers, Mexican food or fish and chips are very popular.

There are also a lot of beautiful parks. One of them is owned by the actor Michael Douglas.

So if you are planning to travel to America, I recommend you to stay in Santa Barbara for a few days. It really worth going there!

Beto (France)

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by chitchatcafe | 2013-05-16 18:25 | 札幌 英会話 国際