Monday, June 17, 2024


We've been wanting to try Spajio's wagyu hitsumabushi after seeing it on tv.

Order, pay and remove your shoes before being seated upstairs

you can listen to jazz while you wait


I ordered the kuroge wagyu hitsumabushi without miso soup...1400 yen (tax included)

This comes with beef tendon soup, and a little yakiniku sauce, you can also eat the beef with wasabi and salt.
Add the beef tendon soup and eat with the rice and beef...delicious
Satoshi ordered the Poseidon...2200 yen (tax included) his meal had ikura (salmon roe), uni (sea urchin), negitoro (minced fatty tuna) and a raw egg on top of the kuroge wagyu

be careful going down the steep steps

we stumbled on a Sailor Moon manhole cover
and a 1969 camaro (I think)
Tokyo Tower as we crossed Japan National Route 1
Keio University Campus
So pretty
most universities in Tokyo are high rise buildings, so it was nice to actually see “a campus”
the library
objet depicting Saigo Takamori and Katsu Kaishu's meeting before the attack on Edo Castle, JR Tamachi Station
monument of Saigo Takamori and Katsu Kaishu's meeting before the attack on Edo Castle near JR Tamachi Station
It was blazing and humid but we were happy to be able to try the wagyu hitsumabushi and see Keio University.

2-24-13 Shiba
Minato, Tokyo
Hours: 11:30-14:30 (lunch), 17:00-21:00 (dinner)
*check their social media for days off
*cash only

Sunday, June 16, 2024


To "cheer myself" up after my experience in Kita Kamakura, I booked myself entrance to Hasedera in Kamakura

By booking online, you don't have to stand in line to pay for your entrance and you can "fast pass" your way in to see the ajisai (hydrangea)

It was crowded in the ajisai area, but not krazy like Kita Kamakura was.

It was also blazing and humid

There were so many different types of ajisai.

It was worth the extra admission (400 yen for entrance to the temple, 500 yen for the ajisai = 900 yen total)
Nearby was this bamboo vase hanging from a window outside of a Japanese inn (photos uploaded wonky)
It was nice to see all the jizoson (protectors of children and travellers) around the property too
I stopped in at Ebisuya, which has been in business for over 250 years
I purchased their mamemochi, kusamochi and a dorayaki...660 yen (tax included)

Satoshi enjoyed the mamemochi and kusamochi

The dorayaki was small but it was filled to the gills with sweet bean paste and the outer "pancake" was light and airy...would get this one again!
For "lunch" I went to Iwata Coffee Shop, which has been in business since 1945

Luckily I got there before 11:00 and only had to wait maybe 10 minutes or so for a table
I ordered their Hot cake set with iced coffee...1660 yen (tax included)

this had a super crisp crust and the inside was so airy

Worth the 20 to 30 minute wait to make and it comes out piping hot

I want to try their club house sandwich next time

Afterwards as I was looking for a bakery and I stumbled upon the Farmers Market.

They only had a couple of vendors selling veggies and flowers, the other side of the market are mortar and brick type of shops/cafes
I bought this golden beet and regular beet...400 yen (tax included)

After roasting, the golden beet was super yellow! glad we got to try these
Kibiya Bakery has been in business since 1948, and we've tried their breads before when they participated in a Bread Festival in Tokyo 
I purchased some "protein" since I didn't have any with "lunch"...curry dog 370 yen (tax included), nice snap from the weiner and lots of curry flavor mixed into the bread
It was a blazing day, but I'm glad I was able to check out more ajisai and explore a little of Kamakura without too much kraziness.

2-14-26 Hase
Kamakura, Kanagawa
Closed Thursdays
Hours: 9:00-17:30

Iwata Coffee Shop
1-5-7 Komachi
Kamakura, Kanagawa
Closed Tuesdays
Hours: 9:00-18:00

Kamakura Farmers Market
1-13-10 Komachi
Kamakura, Kanagawa
Open daily 8:00-17:00

Saturday, June 15, 2024

spice cafe

Finally got to check out Spice Cafe.

I've had their recipe book since 2016 and have tried making their crispy spice oil and their aaloo masala

This cafe has been in business since 2003 and has been on Michelin's Bib Gourmand list twice.

Just look for the house with the jungle around it...

This time of year there are lots of mosquitos
But I love how you step into another world

On this day, there were 8 different curries to choose from: rasam (south India moong dal (mung bean) curry), lamb keema, shrimp (sri lankan curry), sambal (vegetarian curry), garlic chicken, coconut, pork vindaloo and dry curry

You can order 1 (1300 yen (tax included) or 2 (1600 yen (tax included)

This also comes with a small dessert and coffee or tea afterwards.

I chose the lamb keema, it came with dal mash, aaloo masala (mashed potatoes), not sure what type of minced greens this was and some marinated cabbage.

A lot of what was served is in their recipe book.

You can also have more rice and sides if you wish.
The lamb keema was super flavorful, lots of spices and not spicy.

Loved the sides too.
The dessert was a caramel mousse, the caramel drizzle was a little bitter, but I loved this too.

And the iced coffee hit the spot

I'm glad I got to try this place, next time I will try to bring Satoshi so we can try more curries...I'll be back

Spice Cafe
1-6-10 Bunka
Sumida, Tokyo
Closed: Mondays & Tuesdays
Hours: 11:30-15:00 (lunch), 18:00-22:30 (dinner)
*cash only

Friday, June 14, 2024

this and that

ginbaika (myrtus communis), thought this plant was interesting looking 

thought this peony would bloom but it never did...

if you know you know
Tokyo People: the rail workers
Tokyo People: the line drawers

got to try the real deal croongji

this was imported from Korea
this wasn't sweet and seemed more like a cracker...105 yen (tax included)

glad I got to try this.

after seeing Jalna's banana bread, wanted to try this flavor combo, so I put in coconut, chocolate and bananas into my go-to muffin recipe...should've defrosted some nuts to put in, but this was still delicious
"someone" went to Hokkaido on Sunday afternoon to escort a tour group from Tokyo to Sapporo.

He went on his own to Otaru afterwards.
his breakfast on Monday.
the sunset, I think this was Monday...

Have a safe weekend.