Monday, November 23, 2015


yesterday in Sakamoto   #hieisakamoto #shiga #比叡三九良 #比叡坂本 #滋賀 #latergram Saturday, after Satoshi's German class, we went back to Sakamoto to check out their fall foliage. The forecast was "migoro" meaning the peak of viewing.

Unfortunately with the warm days and sparse cool nights, the leaves have not changed much, in fact, most have just dried up and fallen. We even waited for dusk to see the light-up at Hiyoshi Shrine, but that was a bust also.

No trees that had reddish leaves to be lit up...

We did enjoy some yomogi mochi at Sankuro though.

earlier at sanshikisaido...colors kind of muted this year  #osaka #suita #sanshikisaido #大阪 #吹田 #三色彩道 Sunday, we headed over to Sanshikisaido to see their fall colors. It was pretty but a bit muted.

the leaves were really blah, so we sat on the terrace and shared a beer & hot dog♡  #minoo #osaka #japan So we headed to see the fall colors on the trail to the Minoo Falls...major disappointment.

Barely any trees have changed and like in Sakamoto, most leaves have just dried up and fallen.

We cheered ourselves up by sharing a Minoh beer and a sausage that was filled with bits of yuzu.

The weather dude has been saying that Autumn will be longer...Satoshi is happy with this as it prolongs him suffering with the cold weather, me I'm ready for flurries.

Have a nice week!

Friday, November 20, 2015

carrot ginger miso soup

carrot ginger miso soup to brighten up today's dreary clouds...piece of fig cake (just figs, almonds & cinnamon) and some @micheletaugustin gorgonzola walnut crackers♡tomorrow is friday...whoo!  #dinner #japan #soup The past couple of days were kinda gloomy.

One day, it rained

Yesterday it was just cloudy, so I got out and about and went to pick up a few groceries.

As I was walking to the store, I was thinking of soup, but wanted some color too.

I made this soup up...carrot ginger miso soup.

Make some dashi (I used one of those "tea bag" types)

Add some carrots (cook until soft)

Add some ginger (grated)

Then turn off the heat add some miso and whizz with food processor.

This really hit the spot with the color and flavor.

I'm making this again.

We have a 3-day weekend but the weather is supposed to be kinda iffy, hope we get a chance to see some fall foliage.

Hope you have a nice weekend.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

akakabu pickles

The other day at the market we came across akakabu (red turnips). If I'm not mistaken this variety is usually found in the Northern parts of Japan.

Satoshi likes these as tsukemono (pickles), so I bought one to try making some.

akakabu pickles When I cut it, I was surprised by the light pink and white insides.

I used this recipe and doubled it. In place of the salt I instead used a seasoned salt (salt, rosemary, chili, parsley and oregano).

I put everything into a ziploc bag and let it sit in the refridge for a couple of hours.

akakabu pickles I love the deep pinkish color.

We tried this with breakfast the next day and these passed the Satoshi test.

If I come across akakabu at the market again, I'm making this.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


le goûter: pain au chocolat, egg danish(think custard pie in flaky puff pastry), marron danish & curry pain. trying a relatively new bakery called croissant. the owner/baker used to be the pastry chef at epinard, a local sweets shop in minoo. everything i We tried a relatively new bakery called Croissant.

The owner/baker used to be the pastry chef at Epinard, which I've written about, here.

Most of the baked items use butter which I'm happy about because with the price of it getting higher, a lot of bakeries have switched to margarine...

I tried the pain au chocolat and egg danish, while Satoshi went with the curry pan and marron danish.

The egg danish was like a custard pie with a flaky puff pastry!

The pain au chocolat had a nice ratio of chocolate.

Satoshi enjoyed his choices too. The marron danish was impressive with large chestnuts on top.

I'm glad we finally got to try this place, every time I've gone past they weren't open.

We'll be back.

6-1-21 Minoo
Minoo, Osaka
Phone: 072.721.9603
Hours: 10:00-17:00
Closed Wednesdays & Thursdays

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

cafe de 10-ban

pasta of the day & "A" lunch♡now if they would make the place non-smoking it would be even better  #cafede10番 #minoo #osaka #箕面#大阪 #カフェド10番 There is another election coming next week and it always happens on a Sunday.

Since this past Sunday was rainy, Satoshi went to vote absentee.

It's crazy, they don't need to show ID when they vote, just the card that comes in the mail and they have to go to the city office to vote absentee.

After voting we headed across the street to Cafe de 10-ban.

This cozy cafe serves mainly pasta dishes and yoshoku (western) type foods.

Satoshi had their "A" lunch, an array of different items...1180 yen (tax included)

I chose the "pasta of the day" which was a genovese topped with fresh tomato and proscuitto...930 yen (tax included).

Both lunches come with an onion consomme and my lunch also came with a salad.

I wish they would make this place non-smoking, but I'm glad we tried this place.

We may be back when no one else is around.

Cafe de 10-ban
5-4-15 Nishishoji
Minoo, Osaka
Phone: 072.722.0510
Closed on the 10th of each month
Hours: 9:00-21:00

Monday, November 16, 2015

kujaku curry

chicken katsu bigger than the bread♡  #chickenkatsu #kujakucurry #ishibashi #osaka #クジャクカリー #石橋 #大阪 #チキンカツサンド #sandwich Went to try Kujaku Curry's chicken katsu sandwich, which came out recently.

The piece of chicken katsu was huge!

Unfortunately, this was a bit dry.

The tartar sauce was too chunky for my liking and it didn't really match the sandwich.

I again ate this with a knife and fork.

I'm glad I tried this though but will stick with the tonkatsu sandwich here.

Friday, November 13, 2015


the sakura leaves are in autumn mode   #minoo #walk #japan #autumn It's almost the middle of November and the daytimes are still pretty warm. It has kept me wondering how to dress.

It's a catch-22, without a light scarf it is cold, with it you perspire...

Anyway, the sakura (cherry) tree leaves have changed colors.

A lot of higher elevation areas have their momiji (maple) leaves already starting...

Hopefully the weather will turn around, the weekdays have been sunny while the weekends have been rainy.

Not too fun to get out and about.

How have your walks been?

Enjoy the weekend.