Friday, December 06, 2019

grey friday

Last night they shut off our water from 23:00 until 6:00 to work on the water mains in our area.

Just before 6:00 I heard everyone in our building using their water, so I knew that the work was done and we had water once again.

I usually wake up at 5:30 to make Satoshi's bento, but since we couldn't use the water until 6:00, I got to sleep 30 more minutes...whoo!

Today was grey and cold..single digits..9C (49F)...there is talk of maybe some snow or flurries this weekend.

I went to check out the new Pig and the Lady restaurant that opened up in Ebisu.

I was asked if I had reservations upon entering.

I didn't and was glad I was able to get a table for lunch.

The menu has some of the popular items that the Hawaii restaurant has, but since it was fahreezing, I ordered a bowl of pho ga (chicken).

It was delicious, the chicken tender and hit the spot.

Hope to bring Satoshi here, so he can try their food too.

I noticed this line of ginkgo trees near the station.

The yellow really brightened up the grey and gloom.

Hope you have a nice weekend.

Pig and the Lady
1-4-15 Ebisuminami, Ebisu Ginza Cross 2F
Shibuya, Tokyo
Phone: 050.1743.1650
Hours: Weekdays lunch 11:00-14:00, dinner 17:00-23:00, Weekends & Holidays 11:00-23:00

Thursday, December 05, 2019


Recently came across red-purple daikon at the market.

In Japanese, they called it "aka daikon" on the package, literally red daikon...but this looked more purple to me, especially when I cut into it.

On the package, there was a recipe for amazuzuke which is literally sweet vinegar pickles.

I had used some daikon for salad, so I didn't have the total weight of daikon....if you'd like to try the "marinade" for pickles, here it is...

600 grams daikon, thinly sliced
100 cc vinegar
5 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Let everything marinate for at least half a day...enjoy!

NOTES: the flavors were light when we tried it for breakfast this morning, but the daikon stays crunchy.

I love the purple color!

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

shinjuku gyoen

Sunday I went to Shinjuku to do a little shopping.

Since I got there before the department stores opened, I walked over to Shinjuku Gyoen to check out the fall colors.

It was pretty early, so there weren't the krazy crowds.

There was a man pulling leaves off the tree branches that were "interrupting" his shot of this pond...ahem!

Most of the leaves were yellowish-brownish in color.

The reddish ones were only at the very tippy tops of the trees.

Still, I'm glad I got to bond with nature a little.

If you'd like to see more pictures/videos, check here.

Monday, December 02, 2019

antica osteria gondoletta

We finally got a chance to try Gondoletta, a tiny Italian restaurant nearby.

(I would recommend making reservations because both times we tried to eat here they were packed!)

We started off with this half portion of mussels and clams cooked in a light broth.

Delicious with some bread to mop up the broth...Japan needs to learn more about bread mopping up broth/gravy...

1 roll cut into 4 pieces definitely wasn't enough (we ended up ordering another order of the roll)...

We also ordered their warm vegetables which on this day was asparagus.

After the asparagus is cooked, they slice it and put cheese shavings on it.

While it tasted good, we were bummed by the teeny portion (two "sticks" of asparagus) of this dish.

Another dish we ordered was the filet.

This was grilled and tender!

It was served with a oozy truffle egg (top left), pepper oil (bottom left) and red wine butter (bottoms right).

Each topping was delicious with the grilled beef.

The amuse bouche (things you pay for but do not order) was a teeny bottle of mineral water...

Everything was delicious, though the portions were kind of on the small side.

We want to try their lunch menu, we'll be back.

Antica Osteria Gondoletta
7-50-4 Nishi Kamata
Ota, Tokyo
Phone: 050.5869.3747
Hours: 11:30-14:00 (lunch), 17:00-24:00 (dinner)

Friday, November 29, 2019


I've been to Pariya twice, they have several locations around Japan and their desserts are more popular on social media...

The first time was after my physical check-up last year (but I didn't blog about it)...can't remember exactly what I chose, but their bento was quite filling.

The other day after my dental check-up, I went to eat lunch at a different location of Pariya.

This bento had fried onion and takana (mustard cabbage) rice, natto pork (not stinky), pumpkin and renkon (lotus root) and pickles.

If you eat-in, they also offer you all you can drink tea or coffee and a cup of soup.

Each location has different choices and their menus change weekly.

You can get your bento without rice if you wish and the "fancier" the rice the higher the price of the bento.

The soup was a little too salty for me, but I enjoyed the foods I chose and herbal tea...I'll be back.

3-13-8 Yanagikoji-Minami
Setagaya, Tokyo
Phone: 03.6447.9825
Hours: 11:30-22:00

Thursday, November 28, 2019

thanks for today

Thankful for...enough food to eat.

A roof over our heads.

(relatively) Good health.

Friends and Family.

Hoping you all have a delicious Thanksgiving, and a great start to the Holidays.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

lady salad

Recently came across this pink radish at the market.

Apparently this is grown in the Miura Penninsula area of Kanagawa.

I sliced it thin and marinated it with some red onion and lemon using this marinade recipe.

This morning I grated some for our grilled salmon.

I like this pretty pink color...tastewise it tastes the same as daikon (long radish).

It is cheaper than daikon these days so I hope to pick this up again at the market.