Tempura and Toy Cars

by Stefani on 14-November-2007

Kiddie Chips

Why settle for one dinner date, when you can have five?

Husband’s boss was in town earlier this week, all the way from Japan, and was kind enough to take ALL of us out for dinner.

When he heard that my guys had never been to a Japanese steakhouse, his mind was made up. It was… little boys fighting over the last piece of tempura shrimp, oohs and ahhs over flying knives, Daddy catching fried egg in his mouth, young men hiding under the table afraid of the big flames, the steaming onion locomotive trick, delicious in every imaginable way.

Just when I thought that Mr. Suzuki was the most wonderful boss in the world, he out did himself… out came little Hot Wheel sized remote control cars. One for each boy. He thought ahead, bought toys in Japan, and brought them half way across the world just for the delight of watching little boys play.

He has two college aged daughters, you see, and I think he’s pining for grandsons in a few years 🙂

My men did not dissapoint. They love their cars, sleep with them under their pillows, and have constructed a small town for them, from our scrap bin.

Let me give you a little tour:


There’s the “Gaz Station”

You can choose your flavor: orange, blueberry, kiwi or lemon.

Next stop, the Drive In Theater.

It's a Drive In, Of Course

We came across this drive in on our recent road trip, and they’ve been thinking on it ever since. In their version, you can drive your car right inside the building, get your snack, then drive out back for the show.

You might want to swing by Whole Foods on your way home from the movies. They must have very wide aisles.

Drive Through Whole Foods

After your busy evening, you might need a little tune up. You know, a massage, a fruity drink. I’m not sure that’s what they had in mind when they made this service station out of the aforementioned TV parts, but that’s what I’d want in a machine shop, if I were a car.

The Machine Shop

They said it was to “pimp their rides.” What? I am not kidding, and I am not impressed. I AM very glad that the TV is in pieces, and the satellite service is gone. Sheesh. Pimp their ride.

So anyhow, after you’re all pimped, you can head for home through the “Chunnel” (we are fascinated lately with the Chunnel. I don’t really know why.). Each of the cars has their own digs (built post photo shoot), but if you’re just visiting for a while, there’s a high rise hotel too. It has a glass elevator inside, and they serve Shirley Temples there. So says the staff.


Thanks, Mr. Suzuki.

You do know the way to the hearts of my men.

Sarah Jackson November 14, 2007 at 8:23 pm

Wow!!! So much fun! Japanese food is our default family meal when we go out because it makes everyone happy.

Love those cars and the little city they built. Were there teeny tiny apples at Whole Foods?

kristin November 14, 2007 at 8:27 pm

i want one of those cars…that small and remote control? dang.

Jade November 14, 2007 at 8:31 pm

How creative! And what a lovely boss to take out the family. By the way, got the barn from Costco a couple of winters ago. It’s Parents brand so you might be able to find it online. It’s a great, great toy. Everything is wood, even the animals! Missed reading your blog. Glad to be home!

sarah November 14, 2007 at 9:34 pm

those are the greatest little cars! what a thoughtful boss.

and props to the boys for the little town! very thorough.

i know it’s disgusting that our little one’s know tv’s colloquialisms. but i have to admit, imagining a little voice saying “pimp my ride” made me laugh.

leslie November 14, 2007 at 9:39 pm

oh my gosh stef! so funny! i know all about the “pimping” of your ride…when the step boys visit my girls get more tv lingo than i can handle. spongebob and family guy (oops!) to boot.


Ellie November 14, 2007 at 10:15 pm

I love so much that your boys are ever creative and inventive. Given something that many boys would just race around the floor, your boys are builders, architects, inventors, and “pimpers”. What a fun, well-planned town to live!
Oh… tempura, yum yum.

Ali November 15, 2007 at 3:16 am

What a fantastic level of appreciation for a gift. You have wonderful boys.

Lori November 15, 2007 at 4:31 am

awesome! we have hot wheel-size remote control cars we got at radio shack .. can’t think of the name .. they are so much fun.

love your martha stewart-style car world. :^)

randi November 15, 2007 at 5:14 am

How neat that your hubby’s boss brought such cool toys for your guys. I LOVE their Whole Foods Market. Cute!

Diane November 15, 2007 at 5:20 am

So excellent! Do they let ladies take pictures of apples at their Whole Foods market?! Hey, I could go for a Shirley Temple myself!

emily November 15, 2007 at 5:35 am

um, dream boss?

Jessica Hood November 15, 2007 at 6:00 am

your kids rock!

amanda November 15, 2007 at 12:30 pm

I love this! So much better than buying a storebought service station. I bet they had tons of fun brainstorming thing to make for their cars. Your husband’s boss sounds like a very thoughtful man who knows how to have fun 🙂

Bluebirdbaby November 15, 2007 at 12:37 pm

This is just the cutest post! I remember doing things like this as a child. I still could if I had the time 🙂 I love the pictures, so vivid and colorful!!

emily ruth November 15, 2007 at 2:07 pm

so so awesome! i love boys! i never knew a thing about them until i had one (yes you can say ‘your poor husband’ now) & now it’s a whole new world & i love it!

lina November 15, 2007 at 3:28 pm

He he! The pimp my ride bit made me snort my tea. Too funny. Isn’t great when they do this stuff by themselves?

lina November 15, 2007 at 4:30 pm

I meant the playing by the way. Not pimping their rides!!!

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