Just wow.

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“Say no to plastic; say yes to pasta”

Banning plastic straws is something more and more restaurants and shops are doing in the U.S. New York City is the latest to consider a ban. On this morning’s NHK news, one segment focused on Malibu, California’s new ban, which begins in January. Some restaurants are moving to paper straws, and one is trying pasta straws.

It seems at least one place in Bristol, England is also doing this too: (image links to video on BBC)

Here’s an article from USA Today about these and other alternatives:

“Glass straws? Straw straws? Here are some eco-friendly alternatives to plastic”

Fish waffles?

Sometimes, you just need to watch people make taiyaki.

Compare those cute little ones to these giant ones.

At the beginning of the semester we talked about how  “Japanese pancake” is not really the best way to describe okonomiyaki. Similarly, if you said “fish pancakes” or “fish waffles” you’d probably get this kind of face in return: 😫 Even worse? “Fish pancakes with sweet red bean paste.”

Here’s a little piece about this popular street food, and its predecessor imagawayaki,  in English from Atlas Obscura.

And here’s a recipe for imagawayaki and obanyaki, if you want to try it at home.