Friday, February 05, 2016

genti osier

thank you❤︎  #gentiosier #kobe #hyogo Yesterday, I got together with my host mom, host brother's wife and my host sister for lunch.

It's been awhile since my host sister has been able to join us.

While the food at Genti Osier wasn't too good, the dessert service was nice and it was nice to be able to catch up with everyone over lunch.

My host mom and I also celebrated our birthdays early.

I'm glad we've been able to keep in touch over the years. (Thank you!)

Have a nice weekend!

Genti Osier
2-8-9 Kitano-cho, Ijinkan club Part 2, 1F
Kobe, Hyogo
Phone: 078.231.2815
Closed Tuesdays
Hours: 11:30-22:00

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

freedom kitchen

1st time trying freedom kitchen's bento...delicious!  #bento #minoo #osaka #lunch #お弁当 #箕面 #大阪 #フリーダムキッチン箕面 I've passed Freedom Kitchen several times, just never when they were open.

I finally tried their bento...680 yen (tax included).

A salted musubi, one with nuts, and a slightly sweet miso musubi.

Rolled omelette, honey mustard sweet potato, papaya pickles.

A piece of grilled salted fish, spinach goma-ae and daikon kinpira

freedom kitchen I really enjoyed this bento.

Lots of different items. My favorite was the musubi with nuts.

Roasted and a little salt, a nice substitution in place of furikake.

I snapped a picture of the menu so that I would know what I was eating and so that I could blog about it.

I'll be back.

Freedom Kitchen
1-2-16 Sakura
Minoo, Osaka
Phone: 072.725.0621
Hours: 11:00-17:00
Closed Sundays and some Saturdays

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

la terrasse

la terasse Saturday we tried La Terrasse.

On the weekends, their lunch menu is actually their dinner menu.

Satoshi and I chose two items and shared.

This mixed fry...1300 yen (tax not included)...meh! what a rip off.

A piece of fish (fried to death), two pieces of calamari and two teeny shrimp.

la terasse The bacon mushroom pizza on the other hand was good!

And cheaper than that fried plate...1100 yen (tax not included).

We loved the crust.

We also added salads and coffees..300 yen (tax not included) per person.

Aside from the pizza, this place is probably more popular for their desserts.

We'll probably be back to try the desserts, not soon though.

La Terrasse
Grand Front Umekita B1
Umeda, Osaka
Phone: 06.6485.7788
Hours: 10:00-22:00
Open when Grand Front is

p.s. tomorrow is Setsubun, if you are celebrating and eating ehomaki, the direction this year is south-south-east.

Monday, February 01, 2016


top of the brussels sprouts When I was cooking the brussels sprouts, I had initially thrown the top into the garbage.

Then I looked online and realized you can eat the top too.

Luckily, there wasn't any garbage in my bin yet, so I fished it out.

After rinsing it and chopping it up, I added it to our vegetable soup the other night.

This was a bit tougher than "cabbage" more like kale.

A nice addition to our soup and now I know we can eat it too.

Friday, January 29, 2016


trigo Yesterday, I tried Trigo, a teeny bakery in between of the Itami airport and Hankyu Hotarugaike station.

Loved the chicken katsu sandwich...249 yen (tax included) Fried perfect.

The bread was a bit chewy but I think it needed to be so as not to get soggy with the katsu sauce and mayo.

trigo Pie manju...71 yen (left)

I thought it would be similar to the pie crust manju we have in Hawaii, but in Japan, "pie" means puff pastry...still delicious. Like a sweet bean filled croissant.

And their mochi donut...3 for 176 yen (right). Super chewy with bits of sweet potato in it. I gave Satoshi the other two.

They had so much to choose from, and although they are a bit out of the way of my usual market routes, I hope to go back soon.

Have a nice weekend.

1-26-5 Hotarugaikenishi-machi
Toyonaka, Osaka
Phone: 06.6857.7028
Hours: 7:00-20:30
Open daily

Thursday, January 28, 2016


love being in the right place at the right time❤︎first time seeing these being sold like this here  #osaka #japan #brusselsprouts #大阪 #芽キャベツ Stumbled upon this stalk of brussels sprouts today...258 yen (tax not included)

It was the first time I've seen them sold this way here.

Am thinking of cooking them this way tonight.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

culture shock

Heard a high pitched whistle thingy was the yaki imo (roasted sweet potato) man.

I've never bought from him though, kinda scared to.

Next time he comes around (and Satoshi's home), I'll be brave and check out the yaki imo man.