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Tuesday, April 17 2012

Once you've decided to take a trip around the world, one of the places you shouldn't miss out on is Japan. It's a land filled to the brim with culture and innovation, blending old school traditions with modern technology. This place offers quite a remarkable experience for any tourist from any part of the globe. One thing that you have to look forward to as well is the food. Japanese dishes are bursting with flavor, although not everyone gets to appreciate it a whole lot mainly due to the idea of having to consume raw food. Yet, that is a generalization and you will want to actually try it out before you come to a conclusion. Below are just some of the dishes you need to try upon traveling to Japan.

Sushi - This is one delicious dish, although the concept of eating raw fish is something that can be off-putting to some people. However, it's definitely hard not to appreciate it once you've tried it. You will want to give yourself a chance with this, especially when you have a wide array of choices as to what you can put in it besides raw fish. There's also crab sticks, mangoes, cucumber slices and a whole lot more. It's definitely one of the tastiest foods you can ever try.

Gyoza - The Chinese have their wanton dumplings, while the Japanese have gyoza. It's not considered as a dish in the strictest sense, although it's certainly a delicacy among the local folk. It's essentially a blend of ground pork, cabbage and garlic stuffed inside a wanton wrapping. When served deep fried, this is certainly something to savor, as the crispiness of the wrapping accentuates that flavors bursting from the inside.

Shabushabu - This is practically the same as a Chinese hot pot, where you get to dip thinly cut meat slices in broth, or even boiling water. Afterwards, you get to dip it in flavored sauce and consume as much to your heart's content.

Ramen - Next to sushi, this is one of the more famous Japanese dishes. It's not instant ramen, though. You get a nice serving of fresh noodles served with toppings such as pork slices, or even some egg and a whole lot of veggies. The soup base would be totally dependent on your preferences, whether you'd opt for miso or even a spicier variant.

These are just four of the many other great dishes to try in Japan. If you're a bit adventurous, you can also take a shot at the very popular "Dancing Squid Rice Bowl". From the name itself dancing, we are talking about now just raw, but the live thing served in a bowl!

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Tuesday, April 03 2012
The first item you will need is a good, basic tool box, to allow you to make minor repairs on the road. Tools should include a hammer, crescent wrenches, a dual purpose screwdriver (Phillips/slot), a set of box wrenches, several sizes of C clamps and hose clamps, duct tape and an assortment of screws, nails and bolts. An electric drill is also a handy item.

Your RV probably came with the items you will need, to hook up your utilities, when you get to your destination. Check what you have and add those items you need by visiting your closest RV store. Quantity 2, 3" x 8' sewer hoses, with connector fittings. A 25' 30 amp or 50 amp electrical cable. An 8' fresh water hose and a pressure regulator. Lastly, a 25' cable for your cable TV connection.

If entertainment is as important to you as it is to me, you may wish to purchase the following equipment to enhance your TV viewing experience. If your rig does not have a centrally located TV (ours has a 20" CRT set), I would suggest a flat screen LCD or Plasma. Make sure the set you purchase is rated for use in an RV. A worthwhile upgrade is a remote control mounting that fits flush with the ceiling and deploys to view, at the press of a button. Either Dish or Direct TV offers satellite viewing at a reasonable price. We just move our 2nd receiver from our bedroom to the RV, when we leave. You can either invest in a roof mount dish or Camping World offers an inexpensive portable cube. Finish your system off with a DVD player, A/V receiver and surround sound speakers and a compact sub-woofer.

My wife would contend that outfitting the kitchen is much more important than entertainment media. So in deference to Jackie and my enjoyment of cooking and eating well, while on the road, here is a partial list of recommended appliances and utensils: Coffee maker, small mixer, toaster, an electric fry pan that can be used inside or out and a small crock pot comes in handy. Flat-ware, dishes, coffee mugs and glasses (service for 8). A selection of various sized pots and pans. You will also need a can opener, wine opener, mixing and serving spoons, storage containers, bowls, etc. It is best to use plastic and dishes by Corning, for weight and durability considerations. Place paper plates between dishes and use non skid material in storage cabinets, to keep things in place.
In conclusion, there is much to consider when selecting items to include in your on board inventory, such as utility, weight and storage space requirements. It is wise to keep a journal where you can make notes about all the items you wanted to have with you, but did not include on your provisioning list. After you have taken a trip or 2 you will refine your list. The next article will continue with outfitting your RV and some great dining experiences that we enjoyed during our travels.

Jackie and her husband Whit have over 40 years of camping and RV experience. The next article will complete the outfitting of your RV and share our memorable experience of attending the New Orleans School of cooking. You will able enjoy some of the recipes on our website.

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