Monday, January 17, 2011

icy foodie anniversary

mosaickyoto (3) Saturday was our 11th wedding anniversary. The weekend was forecasted for snow.

We decided to spend it in Kyoto then go to visit MIL on Sunday.

For dinner, we tried to get into Moritaya, a great place for sukiyaki, but they had a long waiting list.

So, instead we went a couple of doors down to Tsukiji Sushi Kiyo. It wasn't like actually being at Tsukiji, but delicious all the same.

After dinner we got some Japanese sweets from Sentaro located on the food floor in Isetan.

The hotel we stayed at, Dormy Inn, offers a "midnight snack" (actually from 20:30-22:30)...ramen, and Satoshi had a bowl.

The hotel also offers a natural hot spring bath, the areas are separated for men and women, it was a nice way to unwind after all that food.

mosaickyoto The next morning, we woke to the snow coming down and the streets all white.

The breakfast buffet at Dormy Inn was mostly Japanese foods, though they did have some Western types of foods.

Though if you are staying in Kyoto, I would recommend Japanese food because they have some of the best locally grown veggies.

The top left photo is my tray and the bottom right is Satoshi's (he also went back 3 times!...I think his wife doesn't feed him enough at home...)

They also served zenzai...though it was toward the end of the buffet time and there was mostly shiratama(rice flour dumplings) left.

mosaickyoto (4) After checking out, we went to visit MIL, she caught us up with her week and had her lunch.

We were relieved to hear that her rehab is going well.

After visiting with her, we headed back to Shijo and had lunch at Tohkasaikan.

We've passed this building many many times and often wondered what kind of food they offer.

The building was built in 1921 and since Kyoto wasn't bombed during WWII, the restaurant started their business in 1946.

We ordered lettuce wraps, sweet sour pork, and shrimp in tomato sauce.

Everything was delicious.

mosaickyoto (2) We also ordered their fried gyoza. This was bad.

The skins were so gummy and thick, it was hard to finish 8 of them.

We also ordered their fried rice.

We actually had wanted some noodles in soup, but we were surprised they didn't have any noodles on their menu and wondered if maybe Beijing-style Chinese restaurants do not serve noodles??

Anyway, we are glad we tried them, for the most part, their food was good and the atmosphere is like stepping back in time, though we probably won't be back.

We are interested in trying some of the other Dormy Inns located around Japan to see if their breakfast and bath are just as spectacular.

It was a nice weekend, I got my snow, we visited with MIL and were able to celebrate our anniversary.

I hope your weekend was just as nice.

Tsukiji Sushi Kiyo
JR Isetan Kyoto 11F
Phone: 075.352.6223

Dormy Inn Kyoto Station
558-8 Higashi-shiokoji-cho
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Phone: 075.371.5489

Tohkasaikan
140-2 Saito-cho
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Phone: 075.221.1147

16 comments:

jalna said...

Happy Anniversary!!

Dennis K. said...

Wow, what a wonderful way to spend your anniversary!

KirkK said...

Hey KAt - Happy Anniversary! You sure did have a good one.... with snow even!

genkitummy said...

Happy Anniversary Kat! It sounds like you had a great way to spend it!

Hannah said...

Happy anniversary! How wonderful to have had such yummy days of eats to celebrate it :)

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

Happy anniversary! Sounds like you had some amazing food.

Japan Australia said...

Happy Anniversary!!

Sounds like a great way to spend it in Kyoto with great food and some snow.

K and S said...

Thank you for your wonderful wishes everyone :)

Take care.
Kat

Deb in Hawaii said...

Happy Anniversary--it sounds like a good one. I think more hotels should offer "midnight snacks." ;-)

K and S said...

I think it could be pretty dangerous if every hotel did this, Deb in Hawaii ;)

Take care.
Kat

Paz said...

11 years? Wow! Happy Anniversary!!!

Best,
Paz

Rowena... said...

Happy 11th! Sounds like a fab weekend with food and SNOW and hot spring baths? I'm envious!

Tamakikat said...

Happy Anniversary!

Sounds like you had a great break.

K and S said...

Thanks everyone :)

Take care.
Kat

manju said...

Belated best wishes for your anniversary, you two! Can't think of anything more romantic than a snowy day and a hot springs bath to come back to -- too sad that they were segregated!

K and S said...

I'm actually glad they are segregated Manju, if they were together, then we would be seeing all the men and all the women bathing...

Take care.
Kat