Sunday night I was returning back from Tacoma and dropped by the International District for dinner at Kau Kau.
I'm not entirely sure why—perhaps it's the bean sprouts—but Kau Kau's pork fried rice is perfect. I hate places that serve fried rice with frozen peas and carrots. Frozen vegetables seem pretty phony in Chinese dishes. I recommend you order the fried rice with roast duck or chicken and a vegetable dish like gai lan. Their veggies come with tons of garlic so beware.
Post meal I stopped by Uwajimaya and picked up two items: fish and tofu dessert. Just two. And yet, as per usual, the checkout woman put each item in separate plastic bags. Everytime I go there, Hitomi and I notice you almost nearly receive one bag per two or three items.
I suspect the much hotly debated "bag tax" coming to Seattle will have an big impact at Uwajimaya where customers will demand less bags be used. We do reuse almost every plastic bag at home for garbage bags or wrapping food, so we will have to start buying kitchen bags, but then maybe I'll start a compost bin in the back for food waste, which is a good part of our kitchen waste.
I appreciate what local governments are trying to do and I hope a similar tax is passed statewide. Probably it'll never catch on everywhere, but we stopped indoor smoking at restaurants, and don't most agree it was a good thing?