5/11/2018

If you have not read MONOCLE!


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One of my favorite magazines.    Well balanced and well edited articles from UK.

Now they are ready for food and drink!? 

Cannot miss it.

5/02/2018

Tempura Lunch Box @ Tempura Yamanoue on 13F of Ginza Six


Ginza Six is a fancy shopping mall opened a year ago.

Not like other Tokyoites, lately I try to avoid crowds, long lines.  Therefore, this was the first time to visit this place.



Yes, this lunch box is a bit luxury for me, but this was special lunch gathering with some friends from the states.   Their tempura is famous, but for lunch, it is too pricey for me and we thought course menu would be too much for all of us.

Some of us ordered this lunch box menu, some others ordered tempura bowls.
Enjoyed this boxed food and the rice.   When the menu said Kakiage ( mixed tempura with seafood and vegetables ), I thought it would come separately, but instead it came mixed in rice as shown here.  ( Rice with fava beans and shrimp)


 This lacquer ware had so many small items.... trout, several kinds of seaweeds ( mozuku, hijiki etc. ),  egg roll, tuna etc......   delicately prepared and delicious.   Even after explained, when you pick the item with your chopsticks, there is some kind of excitement like " What is this!?  "

Enjoyed catching up with friends...... starting from how the work is going to US politics, trends etc...... 

We also enjoyed exploring the shops in here.    It was actually nicer than I thought.... expected all the expensive brand shops which I would not buy ( or I should say, I cannot afford!? ) .... but there were some nice gift shops especially carrying something good for gifts and souvenir from Japan.....plus some were reasonable enough.

I have some translation project during this Golden Week ( Japanese long holiday season from the end of April through first week of May ), but blocked this day to enjoy this precious time.

Once in a while, I need to relax and enjoy meeting friends....... w/ good food!


4/08/2018

Celebrated Career Change of A Friend of Mine

 Time flies!   April 8 already.    Went to Las Chikas for the first time in a few years...... much more spacious now. 

Used to be quite casual, but now there are many tables inside. 

They changed menu?   As you can imagine from the name , ( Spanish ) you would expect some Mexican or Spanish cuisine.....  checking their dinner/ bar menu, sounds like Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern..... international.     This brunch was American ?     In order to celebrate this friend's career change, three of us ordered brunch plates.    So fulfilling and I still feel I probably wouldn't need any dinner.   Cost effective, surely.     

3/01/2018

Natto- Fermented Soy Beans Sendai-Ya

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They used to be located near my place.    Now their shop is a little bigger with eat-in space.

Do you like natto?    Have you tried it?    I always say " it is like a kind of Japanese blue cheese."   Smelly, but healthy and tasty.  ( Tasty part is up to you...... )

They have several set menus and I tried all you can eat Natto Teishoku.  ( set menu)     Sesame natto and Edamame natto.    When I finished two packages of the mentioned natto, the lady came up to me and asked " a few more? "

I was already full.   Thank you.   Beans taste different here, I feel.
Better than regular one.   Of course. 

Look at this rice.    It was big enough.  ( For this a bowl of rice also, she asked me, " we can give you more if you like, is this enough?   ,,,,,,,  Am I a horse ?   :-) )

It comes with a fresh raw egg.  I cracked open the egg and mixed some into natto.    There is a bottle of soy sauce, but I prefer special sauce which comes in a small packet.      Less than 800 yen, I enjoyed healthy lunch.

They have other items such as the grilled salmon w/ natto etc....

It is on Ichibangai or 1st Avenue in Shimokitazawa now. 



2/08/2018

Obon de Gohan ( = Meal w/ a Tray ) @ Tokyo Dome City

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 This set menu is from  a few weeks ago.

The sliced great amberjack rice bowl.
The orange ones are flying fish roe.
( I didn't ask, but I believe.)

Cut cucumber, thinly sliced kelp some other vegetables were also there.

small salad, miso soup and a tiny pickles dish are included.   Around 1,000 yen.

This place is called " Obon de Gohan".  They have about 40 shops at the moment mainly in Tokyo area.    What I like about them is they often change the menu depending on the season.   Still basic style is this tray set.   Healthy, reasonable and you can walk-in and have dinner alone or with your family, friends and/or co-workers.   

Comes with Miso Soup 

1/18/2018

Tokyo Dome ----- Through This Sunday Jan. 21st


Enjoy Local Food @ Tokyo Dome!

Hoping I can find some time to visit........    I heard this is quite popular.

Cannot write much now, but just wanted to publish to let you know!

Thanks for visiting !

1/13/2018

Thai Restaurant in Yoyogi / Minami-Shinjuku Somtum Der

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A little re-union with some friends of mine.     

Thanks to a Thailand connoisseur friend.   She booked this place for this gathering and the dishes were amazingly delicious!   

This dining is originally from Bangkok and then in New York they were selected by Michelin.

This was lunch set.   You can choose spiciness from 0 to 4 ( 4 is Thai Authentic Level) .  I made it 2 as a beginner..... I am modest !   :-)

The best was this salad called Somtum, papaya salad.    Crunchy, refreshing with lime juice.   Yum!      The dishes are great, but I enjoyed their lovely presentation and the decor as well.....

3 min. from both Yoyogi Station of JR or Minami-Shinjuku Station of Odakyu Line.
I have to go back there pretty soon.