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.   

1/01/2018

Happy New Year! The first posting of 2018

My Osechi of 2018 
Happy New Year, my friends on earth!

This year, basically same osechi ( Japan's new year feast ) from same place, but I placed them in plates.

The far right is Ozoni I made.
Ozoni or Zoni is a kind of stew for new year.   It has vegetables and mochi= rice cake.

I haven't written any messages in Japanese yet.   Wanted to free myself from Japanese and was reading a book in English.   What a relief!    I enjoy my work and do appreciate my clients giving me great opportunities, but you know. 

One whole day, I spent for myself quietly.    ( Oh, I know many of you are surrounded by children, families, all the time and very busy..... sorry for saying this, but you know what I mean.  )     It is a kind of lonely, but it is also called positve solitude. 

I would enjoy partying for new year, of course!    It should be nice.

This year, though I needed a kind of solitude.   Being alone, being myself.
Quiet reading for my soul.   

Enjoyed the new year food ( some of them are only eaten during this festive season  such as seasoned herring roe. ) .

I feel so blessed, too.    Thanks to my cheerleaders.    Some, probably I know directly.   Some people are like secretly cheerleading..... I can sense that.

Thanks to you all.    I am wishing everybody's happiness. 

12/10/2017

NEGI or Scallion from a friend of mine.......

Cod, Scalioon and Tofu Nabe
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Apology for my lazy work..... not lazy, just couldn't have enough time to write a nice blog!  ( excuse, excuse....)

I love all forms of eating as you know, so I love eating at restaurants, joints or friends house etc.. as well as cooking at home... and buying ingredients, of course!   But..... one of the joy I enjoy encountering unexpected is!

To get some food gifts from friends..... I am just blessed or they know me so well, that is why they give me food?      Or they probably know I need food and money!  ( LOL )      Nice friends I have, I am grateful anyways.

What I got today is scallions.    Fukaya city, Saitama prefecture is known for their scallion.    A married friend ( his wife is also my friend, such a nice couple ) brought probably from his home town and left several stalks at the co-working space I often use.    To be shared.    We did!      I brought them ( I got two! ) home and used 2/3 of a stalk for this nabe ( hot pot ). 

Slice of cod, cut scallion and tofu.    It is finally getting cold and wintery here, so perfect!   I used some Yuzu flavored ponzu and grated ginger to taste. 

When I eat Nabe, I feel grateful being Japanese.   Nothing special, simple ingredients, but friendship, thoughtfulness, kindness of friends added extra flavor and it made my heart warm to overcome this cold weather. 

12/03/2017

Trattoria Ciao Tokyo @ Shiodome / Shimbashi

I forgot to take photos of the foods.

It was a farewell, memorial service to say goodbye to a cousin today.

She was diagnosed  as a cancer this spring and survived through November although the doctor initially said " for a few more weeks".
She was really a strong woman.  Having lived in Japan, US and back in Japan again.   Enjoyed conversation with people recalling  nice good memoirs of her.

She was always smiling, or I should say, when it is tough, she had tears in her eyes, but still was smiling I remember.

Being proud of her cousin.   I should smile following her style.... even tough times.
The buffet was casual.   Cozy restaurant, but to fully enjoy their regular dishes, I need to go back there again.   Thanks to Trattoria Ciao Tokyo for having us.

10/29/2017

Typhoon Season in Japan ..... I don't hate it....

Open Source Cafe Shimokitazawa 
It's been rainy summer-end and fall this year.    During real rainy season in late June and July, we didn't have enough rain.   Now almost every week, we have rains. 

It is a kind of depressing to see dark sky everyday, but I kind of enjoy quiet, rainy days..... I can enjoy listening to music, readings, sipping coffees ( or wines ! ) .....     

No food photo for now since I am thinking about this joint near here....... TONSUI, I think I wrote about this place before..... operated by a couple.... they have been running for 45 years.   Tiny place.... not stylish at all, but it has homey, welcoming ambience with their smile and hospitality.        They are closing this month. 
The place's owner decided to rebuild the place to taller building. 

The couple tried to find similar place w/ similar space where they can immediately move in and start, meaning kitchen is there etc..... but they couldn't find any place.
So...... sad.... I already wrote a Thank You card to them.    I wonder if they are still open today.....   Need to try their chicken cheese cutlet one more time.......

10/25/2017

Basement of Department Store in Japan

 I have perhaps written about Japanese department stores.   If you haven't been to the basement, please do.    This one was discounted 50 % since it was already around 6p.m. and they wanted to sell before it gets spoiled.   After the discount,
it was 294 yen.....about  US$3.00 , cheaper than " reasonable"!!   

Underneath there is vinegar-flavored rice.   I just made spinach miso soup.
You will enjoy trying all kinds of food and sweets at our department stores.

Not all of them, but there are many "samples" you can taste.   This is from Tokyu Department Store in Shibuya.   There are two Tokyu Department Stores in Shibuya.   One is about 5 min. from the station, which is the main store.   This one I bought this seafood bowl is located in the station building.   Easy to go down.

Take the escalator to down stairs.    

Seafood Bowl & Miso Soup