Friday, July 01, 2016


business class dinner & breakfast by yamada chikara for jal❤︎  #latergram #nofilter #yamadachikara #jal Yesterday, was a l-o-n-g day.

I travelled from Itami airport to Narita airport to Honolulu...

I'll be posting from here for awhile. The date will reflect Japan time.

It was funny, I was supposed to be in Economy Plus (wider seat or something), but they were overbooked, so they called me up to the counter at the gate and asked if I would be willing to be upgraded to business class...

Who would be krazy to turn that down?!

It was a cool experience that started off with champagne before the flight.

Dinner was by Yamada Chikara, who I am not familiar with, but is apparently rather well-known.

That filet of beef was cooked perfectly with an onion "jam" on top.

There were all sorts of delicious sides and tiny breads by Eric Kayser.

Highlight of the flight was being able to lay flat for some zzs, and to see part of the sunrise (I was on the right side of the plane, so I couldn't actually see the sun rise, just the colorful clouds).

Breakfast was a smoked salmon croissant (too bad the croissant was, the coconut mango "soup" was refreshing, as well as the salad.

Immigration has a krazy system now....although it does seem faster...

Overall, the weather is quite humid, but it is nice to be home.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

cold brew

IMG_6584 Recently, I saw this at the convenience store.

I usually don't buy coffee that comes in a can (unless I have to do some mc-gyver-ing) because I feel it has a "metal" taste to it.

Being it was a cold brew version, I wanted to try it.

It was good, smooth flavor.

I'd buy this one again.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


hubs fave❤︎ #kamizono #minoo #osaka #かみぞの #箕面 #大阪 #肉巻き #海老フライ #小鉢 #美味しい #野菜 This past Sunday, we went to Kamizono for lunch.

Satoshi loves the food there, especially the fried shrimp.

We love that they serve all sorts of different veggie side dishes.

They gave each of us different ones so we could share.

Satoshi ordered the fried shrimp, while I ordered the gobo wrapped beef.

I was intrigued by the tomatoes, they were soaked in a pickle sauce and when I asked the wife of the owner, she mentioned that she made a dashi vinegar sauce and put the tomatoes in, it was so fruity it kind of reminded me of an umeboshi (pickled apricot)...gotta try to re-create this.

Satoshi's favorite veggie dish was a rakkyo salad, sliced rakkyo, parboiled then mixed with some mayo, salt and pepper.

It was nice to re-connect with this restaurant.

We'll be back.

Monday, June 27, 2016


eep! should've ordered a mini...chicken katsu cheese curry & "mini" salad...hubs helped me finish❤︎ #かつれつ亭 #石橋 #大阪 #katsuretsutei #ishibashi #osaka Saturday, we reconnected with Katsuretsu-tei.

This tiny katsu (cutlet) shop was one of the first places we tried when we moved to Ishibashi in 2001 (pre-blog).

Yup, it's been THAT long since we went back...

Satoshi ordered their mix fry (an assortment of fried, shrimp & pork).

This came with a salad, miso soup and rice.

When the weather is warm, I don't really like soup, so I ordered the chicken katsu curry with cheese and a mini salad.

Man, that salad was huge! a whole cucumber and tons of cabbage.

The curry was huge too.

I don't remember the servings being that huge...I do have a feeling that it is due to the fact that we live near the Osaka University.

Most eateries like to cater to the students by giving a lot of food for a reasonable price.

While this was delicious, the katsu cooked perfectly and the cheese oozy. I realize that I enjoy a lighter batter coating.

Satoshi helped me eat most of this...we'll be back, but next time we're sharing...

1-1-11 Ishibashi
Ikeda, Osaka
Phone: 072.762.5751
Closed Sundays
Hours: 11:00-22:00

Thursday, June 23, 2016


drippy juicy peaches eaten over the sink & mini pain de mie avocado toast❤︎raining cats & dogs  #paindemie #avocadotoast #peach #coffee #yogurt #blueberry #japan The weather has been depressingly grey and super humid.

Poor Kyushu, they got a month's worth of rain in a couple of hours...

We've had some rain too, at times it rains in sheets.

It makes getting to the market a challenge for me, but I still try to get out so that I can get in a little walk.

We've been enjoying peaches.

The first couple of peaches were on the firm side but this morning the peach was perfectly ripe.

They are super sweet and juicy.

Satoshi and I stand over the kitchen sink eating them in the morning before sitting down to breakfast.

Summer is here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Untitled Whenever they have Hokkaido fairs in Osaka, I try to see if they carry Bocca's products because we love their yogurt drinks...super thick and not too sweet.

Recently though, we tried their puddings.

Untitled The white pudding comes with a caramel sauce.

Pop the balloon to release the pudding and then drizzle on the sauce.

Untitled I screamed a little when I popped the balloon.

The pudding was thick, rich and creamy.

Untitled The crème brûlée version was nice too with crushed caramel bits to sprinkle on top.

I'm glad we got to try these, if I see them in the markets, I'll be sure to get more.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

things I'm liking (disliking)

Untitled A few things I'm liking, disliking these days...this chocolate mint drink by Starbucks could've been mint-ier.

Untitled This honey lemonade by Orangina.

Super puckery, but good on these humid days.

Untitled curry spiced kakinotane by Kameda...super addicting and good with beer.

What have you been enjoying?