Monday, October 15, 2018


Untitled Living in Tokyo, we are next door neighbors to Chiba prefecture.

Which means that we are able to get fresh peanuts from there.

The price of peanuts from Chiba are a bit pricey but I like that we can get fresh types.

Most that I'd seen in Osaka were already roasted to protect them from spoilage.

Also most of the reasonably priced types are from China.

fresh HUGE peanuts from Chiba...turning into chinese boiled peanuts soon❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #落花生 #ピーナツ #千葉産 #peanuts #chiba #boiledpeanuts #tokyo #japan #東京 The first thing I noticed about these peanuts were that they were HUGE

On the package it says that the variety is called "oomasari".

Apparently it is a hybrid of the "Nakate Yutaka" and "Jenkins Jumbo".

I am assuming that "Nakate Yutaka" is the name of the founder of this special peanut variety.

To prepare these peanuts I used this easy recipe.

Untitled The peanuts inside are almost 1 inch in length.

They are a little sweet.

Since they apparently do not last very long, I froze some for us to eat during the winter.

I'm glad we got to try this variety.

Sunday, October 14, 2018


1st time eating soba in Tokyo and was shocked at the dark tsuyu(sauce) that they use...definitely not like what we’ve had in Osaka❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #更科 #蕎麦 #大森 #東京 #sarashina #soba #omori #tokyo #japan #布恒更科 It was our first time having cold soba with a thick dipping sauce in Tokyo.

We were shocked by this huge bowl of tsuyu (sauce) that I received. (In Osaka, usually tsuyu is served in a cup and isn't so thick)

It was like they poured it straight out of the thick, so black.

Talk about culture shock.

Even though I was served grated daikon, I refused to put it straight into that thick, black tsuyu and ended up eating most of my soba without tsuyu.

Dunno if we'll be back, but I'm glad I experienced Kanto style soba.

3-18-8 Minami-ooi
Shinagawa, Tokyo
Phone: 03.3761.7373
Closed Sundays
Hours: 11:30-15:00, 17:00-20:00

Saturday, October 13, 2018


Untitled There is a bakery I have had bookmarked for awhile now...Pelican.

They only make rolls and loaves of bread.

On the day that I went, it was quite late in the day and I expected them to be sold out.

Luckily, they had both loaves of bread and rolls.

I chose their medium sized rolls (package of 5).

a little cooler this morning❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #ペリカンロールパン #スクランブルエッグ #ベビーリーフ #キューピー #ヨーグルト #グラノーラ #珈琲 #ラフランス #洋梨 #東京 #朝ごはん #pelican #roll #scrambledegg #babyleaf #kewpiemayo #yogurt #granola #coffee #lafrance #pear #tokyo #japan #breakfast I filled some with scrambled egg for our breakfast.

I want to go back to buy their smaller rolls (package of 10) and a loaf of their bread.

They also have a cafe down the street which I want to try too...I'll be back.

4-7-4 Kotobuki
Taito, Tokyo
Phone: 03.3841.4686
Closed Sunday
Hours: 8:00-17:00

Friday, October 12, 2018


Untitled There is a tiny steak house near Hasunuma Station, Bikkuri-tei.

We've tried to eat here, but they were only taking people with reservations on that particular evening.

Luckily, they had a table open on Sunday.

We often choose the prix fixe (set menu) whenever we try a restaurant for the first time, so we can get a feel of their dishes.

We both chose the tako (octopus) carpaccio and salad. (They had 4 other choices and I should've chose something else so we could have shared)

Untitled I had their filet.

Satoshi chose their sirloin.

Both cooked to your liking.

Rice or bread, we both chose rice, but will choose bread next time (they serve toasted baguette).

Untitled After dinner, I chose their pear tarte while Satoshi had their raspberry sorbet.

Coffee to end.

Great service.

Our only peeve was their wine carafe, with less than 2 cups worth of wine in it and teeny wine glasses to pour it into (teeny glasses does not make it more wine)...3 times the price compared to a glass of wine...

As we saw by the customers around us, ordering wine by the glass (larger than the glasses we received) or by the bottle is the way to go.

Still, we'll be back when we are in the mood for steak.

7-12-12 Nishikamata
Ota, Tokyo
Phone: 03.3737.1576
Closed Tuesdays
Hours: 11:30-14:30, 17:00-21:00

Thursday, October 11, 2018


breakfast at misojyu❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #万顔寺唐辛子 #冬瓜 #油揚げ #梅 #味玉 #昆布 #みそじゅう #浅草 #朝ごはん #manganjipepper #tougan #aburaage #misosoup #味噌汁 #ume #ajitama #konbu #misojyu #asakusa #tokyo #japan #breakfast Sunday the weather was blazing.

We started our day with a simple breakfast at Misojyu.

Choose your miso soup, a musubi.

All breakfast sets come with an aji tama (seasoned egg), konbu and a glass of iced cold brew green tea.

I chose their ume musubi and miso soup with togan (wintermelon) and manganji togarashi (a type of bell pepper).

Satoshi chose their salmon musubi and miso soup with chives and daikon (long radish).

Untitled After checking out, we searched for the Kabuki statue of Ichikawa Danjuro, which was located at the very edge of Sensoji.

And on the way to the Sky Tree, we got to catch a glimpse of a wedding party on their way to their reception...see the video here

Untitled We crossed the Sumida river over one of the many bridges and got some pictures of Tokyo Sky Tree.

Untitled We caught a community bus to the Mukojima area and had lunch at Santini.

It was nice to get out of the heat for a bit.

Lunch was eggplant with meat sauce pasta, while Satoshi had their seafood pasta.

The owner had a reservation called in and asked us to move tables.

It was no problem as we hadn't even been served our lunches yet.

They felt bad about moving us and gave us iced nice!

Untitled Next to Santini is Mukojima Hyakkaen, one of the nine metropolitan gardens in Tokyo.

Not many flowers in bloom this time of year...though there were these gourds...hebiuri (snake gourd)

Untitled And this type of gourd.

Untitled We caught the community bus down to the Ryogoku area and checked out the sumo sights along the Sumida River.

Untitled There are different objet that decorate the railings depicting the various throws in sumo.

Untitled We also stumbled upon the Tokitsukaze stable, one of the many in the area.

It was a blazing Sunday, I think they said the temps went up to 32C (89F)?!

I'm glad we got to explore this area, though I wish the weather wasn't still so summery.

1-7-5 Asakusa
Taito, Tokyo
Phone: 03.5830.3101
Hours: 8:30-19:00
Closed Mondays

3-29-10 Higashi Mukojima
Sumida, Tokyo
Phone: 03.3610.1323
Closed Mondays
Hours: 11:30-14:00 (lunch), 17:30-21:00 (dinner)

Mukojima Hyakkaen
3-18-3 Higashi Mukojima
Sumida, Tokyo
Phone: 03.3611.8705
Hours: 9:00-17:00

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Untitled Instead of traveling outside of Tokyo for the 3-day weekend, we decided to stay in Asakusa.

Walking from Ueno to Asakusa, we passed Kappabashi, where they have all sorts of gadgets and equipment for the kitchen.

I noticed this building that had cups for cute!

Kappabashi was also having their big sale, so it was krazy crowded!

Untitled We've been trying to eat at Yoshikami, a well known yoshoku (western) shop, but there was always a long wait.

This time we got there just before they opened, the line in front of us got the first seating and we ended up waiting about 30 minutes for a table.

Satoshi had their fried shrimp, which he felt were "just okay"...he already wants to come back to try their katsu next time.

super rich beef stew @ yoshikami ❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #ヨシカミ #洋食 #ビーフシチュー #浅草 #東京 #yoshikami #beefstew #asakusa #tokyo #japan I tried their recommended beef melt in your mouth tender pieces of beef, rich demi-glace sauce and super soft veggies.

If you want rice or rolls, they are a la carte...also, if you want to pay by credit card, tell the staff before your order, so they can note it on your bill.

Lunch time can get a bit krazy here, but it is neat to watch everyone doing their part in the kitchen to get the food out fast.

Untitled After lunch, we bought Matsukaze (black sugar "cake" rolled with sweet bean paste in the middle) and Dorayaki from Kameju.

It was our first time trying these...both were so light and fluffy!

This place always has a line too, but so worth the wait.

Untitled After checking in, we took a cruise on the Sumida river.

I never realized how wide, long and deep the Sumida river was.

Also, there are many many bridges for everyone to get from one side to the other.

Saturday was the last day for Tsukiji.

They moved the fish market over to Toyosu on Sunday.

Many of the shops that are located outside of Tsukiji (Jo-gai) will remain where they are, but everything within the boundaries of the fish market itself have moved.

Since moving to Tokyo, we haven't had a chance to get back to Tsukiji and ended up taking a last glimpse of Tsukiji from the boat...If you'd like to see our last glimpse of Tsukiji, click the link here

Untitled Dinner was at Hatsuogawa.

They have been grilling unagi (eel) since 1907!

You start off with some unagi "crackers"...the back bone of the eel fried up...super crunchy and great with beer.

The menu is simple, unagi with or without rice...I went with the smaller portion without rice while Satoshi got the bigger portion.

Super rich!

I prefer the Kansai way of grilling unagi, which makes the skins get crispy.

If I am not mistaken, the Kanto way is to grill then steam the unagi, which "fluffs" it up.

grilling unagi since 1907❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #うなぎ #初小川 #浅草 #東京 #unagi #eel #hatsuogawa #asakusa #tokyo #japan Cash only here.

Not many tourists, mostly locals.

Even though I don't really like unagi, it is Satoshi's favorite and I'm glad we got to try this place and experience their history.

Untitled We explored Sensoji after dinner.

Have you ever looked underneath the huge chochin (lanterns)?

Untitled If you do, you'll see a dragon.

The weather was summery, a bit uncomfortable, but it was nice to be out and about.

1-41-4 Asakusa
Taito, Tokyo
Phone: 03.3841.1802
Hours: 11:45-22:30
Closed Thursdays

2-18-11 Asakusa
Taito, Tokyo
Phone: 03.3841.2210
Hours: 10:00-19:00

Tokyo Cruise
1-1-1 Hanawakado
Daito, Tokyo

Gate Hotel Kaminarimon
2-16-11 Kaminarimon
Taito, Tokyo
Phone: 03.5826.3877

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

blue and white (mostly)

Untitled Awhile back, Rowena mentioned that she wanted to see all the blue and white dishes I had...

Well, this is most of them...the rectangle ones are Delft patterns we got on our honeymoon.

Most of these are from the 100 yen shop.

Over the years, some are from MIL, from friends and from family.

Apparently the most blue and white dishes in circulation nowadays come from the Mino area of Gifu.

Most times when I buy, I buy 2, one for me, one for Satoshi...some still have their match, some do not.


Untitled The fish dish is from Iida's back when they were still around in Honolulu.



Untitled Same as the pasta dish which I got from Iida's before we moved to Japan in 2001.


Untitled I used to have 2 Snoopy dishes but one broke, so this is the only one left, which I got from the Sanrio store, many moons ago.

Untitled The white one with ume flowers are from my Mom's stash. It has metal in the design, so it isn't microwave friendly.

The reddish plate is from MIL and also has metal in the design, so it also isn't microwave friendly.

Untitled The Hello Kitty was also part of 2 but one broke, so this is the only one left.

Same goes for the dish that is "egg" shaped.

So that's the bulk of my "stash"...hope you enjoyed seeing it.