Thursday night after the Westboro Baptist Church counter-protest, myself and two of my friends went out to dinner at Sansu Japanese restaurant in East Lansing. We didn’t go there much when I was actually a student since it was pretty far away from our dorms and seemed more expensive than the closer Japanese restaurants. The prices didn’t seem that bad this time (maybe they’ve changed?) or maybe I just have more money now than when I was 18. They seemed normal for the same type of restaurant in Ann Arbor.
This was my first time attempting to eat vegetarian at a Japanese restaurant. It was hard not to just order the eel and avocado roll (the eel sauce is all I want really…). Yes, I am ignoring whatever is used in the broth for the miso soup. There is probably dashi stock in it, but LA LA LA LA LA I CAN’T HEAR YOU. I was very surprised to see green veggie gyoza, but they were very good… although I think they were deep fried and not pan-fried like I am used to. The egg sushi was very good (although there was probably dashi in that too). I was really happy about the grapes and oranges (?) with the gyoza, they made a nice little dessert instead of having to order anything else.
The Westboro Baptist Church decided to come and make their rounds in Michigan yesterday and one of their stops was at East Lansing High School. According to the flyer for the protest it was brought on by some ELHS students that wrote to the church about their disdain for their activities. Only 3 members of the “church” showed up, but then again there are only about 75 members total, if I recall correctly.
I got invited to a couple of different counter-protest activities on Facebook last week and finally decided that I should just take the day off and go up there. There ended up being a HUGE event co-sponsored by the All-Saints Episcopalian Church and its next-door neighbor, a Unitarian church, held in the All-Saints parking lot on Abbot road.
There was a lot of food, supplies to create your own signs, a DJ booth, and about 600 or so people hanging out and having a good time. It doesn’t matter than there were only 3 people total from the WBC- the main threat with a group like that is not their physical presence, but the ideology that they represent.
I tried to get pictures of the signs that I enjoyed the most, particularly the “God hates socks + sandals” sign (which is very very true). There were some other great ones too:
-“I like tea, and you’re kind of ruining it”
-“Isn’t this the line for Justin Bieber tickets?” next to “Baby, baby, baby, ohhhhh”
-“God hates Voldemort”
-“Jesus hung out with 12 dudes and a prostitute. He was more like us than you.”
-“If God hates fags then why did then why did he make us so cute?”
Today, I took the day off work to go up to East Lansing. The Westboro Baptist Church is picketing outside of East Lansing High School this afternoon (along with some other Michigan locations)…. There is counter-protest of course, which seems to be pretty big, so I am heading up for that. Gotta take this chance to see some of the crazies in person. This is East Lansing though, so of course if the WBC gets rowdy the ELPD may tear gas them. It’s been a long time since I had a chance to exercise my right to assemble and I am pumped about it (hey I was partially a political science major after all!)
Hanging out at Espresso Royale makes me feel like I am a freshman again. I went to MSU for three and a half years and I really liked it up here. I’m glad I got a day to go back up during the normal work week since that’s when class is happening like normal. Usually when I come up it is only on the weekends and for Phi Sigma Pi events. I wouldn’t say that I miss university, but it is just nice to sit here and pretend. Some people revisit university by coming up and partying…. I sit in a coffee shop. Sweet.
I do have some meals to catch up on writing about, so I figure there is no better time than now.
I love the fact that I was able to find Romanesco Cauliflower at the Farmers Market. I told the person at the stand exactly how happy I was that she was selling it, so hopefully she will have it more often next year.
This morning I decided to do a little breakfast experiment, to break away from my normal blueberry yogurt, strawberry granola, and half slice of banana bread. Normally I don’t have much time in the morning but today I did! This made-up breakfast was better than I had imagined. No pictures, since it looks not too appetizing…. but looks aren’t everything with food. Right?
One Leftover Bean Burger
1/4 cup pizza sauce
1/3 cup frozen corn
1/3 cup brown rice
Cut up bean burger into little cubes. Put a little bit of olive oil in a pan and warm up bean burger a bit. Then add pizza sauce, 1/4 cup water, corn, and brown rice. Mix together and basically just warm everything up. It won’t take long for the corn to thaw and heat up. When that is done, whisk the egg and pour it over everything in the pan. Stir until egg is cooked.
It is sort of like a Mexican rice (stickier though) or maybe like the filling you would use for stuffed peppers or cabbage rolls (both staples often cooked by my grandma that I never ever touched). It would’ve tasted good a little bit spicier but we didn’t have any open salsa. Maybe I’ll try it in a tortilla next time?
Also, I got to try something new yesterday at work! I’m not sure if this really needs an exclamation point o not, since I am not too sure how I feel about this…. Wasabi Kit-Kat. Straight from the minds of Japanese food chemists to my tummy.
It is a very calming green color and if I hadn’t known it was wasabi I would’ve thought maybe key lime. But no. Definitely wasabi. Not that too much wasabi on the sushi burning your nostrils sort-of feeling… it is sweet and vanilla-y at first and then after it gets chewed a bit. UGH. UNCALLED FOR. I am not a chili powder in my chocolate person and apparently I am not a wasabi in my Kit-kat person either.