i’ll admit it, i loved summer break as a kid. summer meant making nachos everyday in the microwave, playing video games, and frolicking outside until i got so sunburned my skin started to peel. ah, memories.
but looking back, i never truly appreciated summer for what it was when i was a kid. it was just a long period of time without school, which made it inherently good. i could have spent my summers in a junkyard or on the sub-zero front lawn of a gulag and i probably still would have had a blast.
in other words, summer isn’t for the kids. it is for the teachers.
here’s a quick list (in no particular order) of what i did this summer vacation.
- hopped on a plane and went to the good old usa
- saw my family for the first time in six months
- spent as much time as i could with my best friend/love of my life
- drank cheap beer
- enjoyed top-notch missouri humidity
- ate a truly appalling amount of meat and starch
- evened out my heinous farmer’s tan
- played with my cats
- fired up the smoker
and so, as summer draws to a close here in japan, i figured i would cook a tremendous (see: over-sized, far to big for one human to finish) meal to celebrate all the good times i had. and here’s what i came up with.