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POZ Road Noms: Set Your Goals (Japan)

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 22, 2012

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We’re wrapping up Dan Coddaire of Set Your Goals Road Noms journey to Asia today with the band’s trip to Japan. It’s been a fun week of posts, and we can’t wait to keep pushing forward with the band’s journeys through America. Check out the final Asia update below!

We spent the last five days and four shows of our trip in Japan. Since this was our fourth time to Japan we’ve come to know what to expect and where to go to get what we want. Nothing too crazy went down, but everything I ate was for sure delicious.
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A nice simple dish of oyako donburi, poached chicken with scrambled eggs and onions on rice. It was about 2 in the morning in Osaka when I went out to get this so I wasn’t looking for anything complicated. Hit the spot.

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A merry-go-round/boat style sushi spot in Osaka Mikey and I found after a bit of a search. Well-worth it though. I didn’t take any pictures because you know what sushi looks like, although I did have a piece of pork belly sushi which was pretty cool. Each dish cost around $1 each. So we spent roughly $10-12 to get completely stuffed on sushi. Perfect. 

Cool photobomb in this pic, btw.

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In Nagoya a bunch of us got these hearty bowls of ramen. I got mine spicy and with extra pork. So good.

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POZ Road Noms: Set Your Goals (Indonesia)

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 20, 2012

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Dan Coddaire of Set Your Goals is back for his third Road Noms entry from the band’s recent trip to Asia. In his new entry, Dan tackles the band’s trip to Indonesia and was brave enough to recap his adventure with King Cobra blood (not joking), among many other lovely delicacies. Check it all out and try not to get too big of an appetite below!

After the Philippines we spent a few days and played a couple of shows in Indonesia. In that time I ate some things I never thought I would try in my life. And it was awesome.

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We stopped at this place in Jakarta, King Cobra, which specializes in all things snake-related, for a quick refreshment. 

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Our man here picks out a cobra.

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He lays it on a chopping block.

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And next thing you know he’s holding a headless snake!

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Fill ‘er up.

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A cup of cobra blood. And a mint for after.

So yeah a bunch of us drank that and it was ok. They added arrack, a palm liquor, to it and it kind of ended up tasting like a shot of alcoholic soy sauce. The funniest part though was that we were told not to drink any coffee or tea for 4 hours. Apparently the blood gives you some sort of stimulant which won’t react well with caffeine and sugar? And they also said eating durian fruit afterwards can be deadly. Yeah, all I had for those 4 hours was water.

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POZ Road Noms: Set Your Goals

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 18, 2012

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He’s back…and more courageous than ever? We kicked off Road Noms last week with Dan Coddaire of Set Your Goals, and he’s checking back in with his recent food escapades in the Philippines. If you’re curious about what balut (half-incubated duck) tastes like, don’t miss out on reading up below!

The second stop on our Asian tour was Manila in The Philippines. Although I didn’t get a chance to go out and discover any cool spots to eat, the rad people at Pulp Live brought us some traditional Filipino food that was really good, and slightly scary.

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This was basically a mixed grill that included fish, chicken, clams, oysters and there’s even a crab sticking its claw out there. Tasty.

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Some carnitas-style pork. Loved it.

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I don’t honestly remember what was in the container on the left, but that shrimp noodle dish was good. The container on the right was a stew with a creamy, spicy broth and large slices of tripe. I had a slice and it was pretty good actually. 

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PropertyOfZack Road Noms : : Set Your Goals

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 15, 2012

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It seems like we’ve been working on this forever, but boy was it worth the wait. PropertyOfZack is incredibly excited to welcome in Dan Coddaire of Set Your Goals for our new Road Noms feature. Road Noms was a blog that Dan ran to update fans on his wild food adventures as he traveled throughout the world with Set Your Goals. Dan is moving Road Noms to PropertyOfZack now, and we are kicking it all off with Dan’s..should we say, interesting trip to Asia. Over the next week we’ll bringing you entries from Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, and Japan. For now check out Dan’s Noms journey in Thailand and try not to get too grossed out by his love for duck bills!

Hey there! Since you’re reading this right now you’re one of two kinds of people: you’ve read my blog before and you’re checking me out for the first time on Propertyofzack.com, in which case I say thank you for visiting the new home of Road Noms!
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You’ve never read my blog before and just stumbled across this entry on POZ.com. If that’s the case all I have to say is you have no idea what you’re about to get into. I don’t fuck around when it comes to trying out new food, friend. Read on to see the proof. 

So anyways, it’s been a while since I’ve Road Nom’ed. I haven’t been on tour with Set Your Goals too much lately because my dad is still in the hospital but I did recently join up with my band for a two week run in Southeast Asia and Japan. I knew I would be able to get down on some crazy food out there and I’m glad to say that’s exactly what I did. 

Our first stop was Bangkok, Thailand. After a 20 hour trip to get there, I was starving so our friend Aun showed me to a row of street carts selling a variety of simple, homemade foods like stews and soups. 

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I was in the mood for a noodle soup and this lady was serving it up fresh.

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I had this tasty beef noodle soup. It was nice and hearty; exactly what I wanted. I ended up dropping in a lot of chili powder to spice it up and it was perfect. The humidity and spiciness of the soup made me sweat off a few pounds easily. 

The next day we went a couple hours of outside of Bangkok to ride elephants and check out the market on the water. Afterwards we stopped at a little roadside restaurant and had a good lunch.

We started off with some fried rice and some egg pancake. Limes and cucumber for garnish.

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Along with a some coconut curry soup and a fish dish that got snatched up before I could get a picture we had a couple really good shrimp dishes. The top one had a nice thick garlic sauce and some good greens. The other was a really spicy one and it was perfect. Probably should have had more.

Alright so I’ll admit things aren’t too crazy yet. My first couple of meals were tame, I know. But after our show things started to get a bit nuts. 

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