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.

Monday, October 08, 2018

curry no ongaeshi

dry curry❤︎many areas still without power...hoping they get back on the grid soon...AND yet another typhoon approaching in the coming days...stay strong ・ ・ ・ #カレーの恩返し #ドライカレー #米 #ナス #オクラ #トマト #パプリカ #東京 #curry #drycurry #rice #eggplant #okra #tomato I recently came across this at a bookstore...Curry no Ongaeshi.

Ongaeshi is "to show gratitude for something", "to repay someone for something"....not too sure what the concept behind this product is but inside the package is a spice mixture for curry.

You add a little to "enhance" your curry, to make it even better.

I made a dry curry (curry without liquid)...I thought it was a little bland by itself, but Satoshi said he liked it, still, the next time I use this I'm going to mix it with the S & B curry powder that I always use.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

sandwich marco

found a (new to me) tiny sandwich shop near the DIY store❤︎spicy chicken & super crisp veggies ・ ・ ・ #サンドウイッチ #千鳥 #東京 #スパイシーチキン #隠れ店 #sandwichesmarco #chidori #tokyo #japan #hiddengem #spicychicken #sandwich #サンド #昼ごはん #昼食 #lunch #武蔵新田 #musashinitta Found a tiny sandwich shop near the DIY store...Sandwich Marco.

This shop was tucked away in an alley...super hidden from sight.

I tried the spicy chicken sandwich.

Fried chicken with a spicy coating.

The veggies were super crisp.

I love how there was just a little mayo so that the bread didn't get mushy.

I hope to try more of their sandwiches.

They open really early, so hopefully when I go, they will still have some sandwiches left...I'll be back.

Sandwich Marco
2-35-4 Chidori
Ota, Tokyo
Phone: 03.3756.5100
Closed Mondays
Hours: Tuesdays-Fridays 7:30-18:00 (earlier if they sell out), Saturdays & Sundays 7:30-14:00

Saturday, October 06, 2018

saba tartare-style

saba tartare-style❤︎this would’ve been better with baguette ・ ・ ・ #鯖缶 #ナス #トマト #ケッパー #バルサミコ酢 #紫玉ねぎ #ニンニク #ハッピー豆 #久米仙 #泡盛 #水割り #東京 #mackerel #eggplant #tomato #capers #balsamic #levain ##ルヴァン #クラッカー #awamori #kumesen #crackers #edamame #redonion I was recently watching a program and just knew their recipe would be tasty.

They call it saba (mackerel) tartare-style...If I am not mistaken, tartare is usually raw but this version is cooked.

Saba Tartare Style : about 4 servings : Recipe from NHK Gogonama

1 can water packed mackerel, drained
1 eggplant, diced
10 cherry tomatoes, diced
1 clove garlic, grated
1/2 onion, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons capers, crushed
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
salt, pepper to taste

In a pan, heat the oil to medium and add the garlic and onions
When the onions get transparent, add the eggplant, cooking it until it starts to gets soft and has some color
Add the tomatoes, capers and then the mackerel, breaking the fish up with a wooden spoon
Add the vinegar and cook until most of the liquid evaporates
Salt and pepper to taste
If serving warm or cold, add the parsley before serving

NOTES: During the program they mentioned that this time of year we can get the end of summer veggies along with the start of autumn veggies, so this was a nice way to cook with both.

This appetizer was good warm and chilled.

I had this with crackers but think it would be even better with toasted baguette.

Super simple and this would be nice with a dry white wine.

I'm making this again.

Friday, October 05, 2018

d button

Untitled We've not had a flat screen digital television until we moved to Tokyo, so figuring out the remote control has been interesting...

There is a "D" button on there, which when pressed accesses you to "data".

Untitled It brings the television program to a smaller screen and the rest of the screen is filled with items like weather, train & airport info as well as other things.

The day after the typhoon, we used the train data to see if the trains that Satoshi needed to ride to work were running.

Since we live in a rather convenient area where there are different train lines running, he decided to take a couple of different train lines to work and ended up just a little late to work in comparison to others who didn't have the option of taking other lines and were SUPER late...there was an article in English here.

Not everyone has access to internet, so this type of access to information is great.

Untitled One thing you should know...If there is a typhoon, they usually broadcast in the corner of the screen where the typhoon is.

Also, if there is an earthquake, they also use a corner of the screen to show affected areas.

Untitled At the bottom of our remote there are 4 colored buttons, sometimes programs have quizzes and you can participate by putting in your answers according to these colors.

We've not yet won any of the prizes that have been offered for these quizzes, but hopefully, we will one day.

Untitled Changing the subject a little, my phone went off on Sunday night alerting us of evacuations in the Kawasaki area, the weird thing was that Satoshi's phone didn't go off at all.

Untitled And then the other night, my earthquake alert went off...luckily, we didn't shake with the earthquake in Chiba, BUT we were shaken up by the loud alert...

It's the start of yet another 3-day weekend for us, BUT there is a typhoon (#25) approaching, they say that we'll get some wind and rain, but not sure as to how strong everything will be...hoping it won't be as krazy as Typhoon 24.

There are still many areas all around Japan trying to recover from the almost weekly natural disasters...send us all good thoughts.

Have a nice weekend.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

good town doughnuts

the ‘tude of the guy at the register was meh...too bad because the doughnut was good❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #グッドタウンドーナツ #表参道 #ドーナツ #東京 #goodtowndonuts #omotesando #tokyo #japan #レジの人が態度悪い Tried Good Town Doughnuts recently.

I think they may be related to a shop in California.

Anyway, when I went, there weren't many seats available.

The guy taking my order either woke up on the wrong side of the bed or was in some kind of mood.

While he was taking my order he said if I wanted to eat in, I needed to take the only seat available which was facing the wall.

I agreed and in the process of ordering and paying, several seats opened up.

A table in the back of the shop and two seats facing outside (good for people watching).

I asked if I could sit at the table in the back...nope, it was for a party of 3 not just for 1...

Then I asked if I could sit facing outside (which meant he'd have to clear up the dishes left from those customers)...

There was a sigh and then he cleared the seat facing outside.'s not like there was a line of people waiting to get in to eat...

After bringing out my order, he mumbled something and then walked away.

As I started to eat, he then says, "you can use the table in the back"...

"thanks but no thanks" I told him.

Even the doughnut & iced coffee was good, I don't think I'll be back here, there are just too many other places to try to tolerate this type of customer service.

Good Town Doughnuts
6-12-6 Jingumae
Shibuya, Tokyo
Phone: 03.5485.8827
Hours: 10:00-20:00

Wednesday, October 03, 2018


Untitled Last Tuesday, I went to help a friend with her Japanese language class in Sakurashinmachi which is about 54 minutes away by train.

Her class involved teaching some professional rugby players (men & women) from New Zealand, Australia, Tonga and Spain.

It was fun and I think the players learned some new phrases.

Untitled As for Sakurashinmachi, if you are familiar with some of the animation/manga characters of Japan, you may know Sazae-san.

If I am not mistaken, the characters of this manga all have seafood/ocean related names.

Apparently Sakurashinmachi was the home of the author of Sazae-san, Hasegawa Machiko.

There is a museum named after the author near the station but since it was the day after a holiday, it was closed.

Hopefully I'll be able to go back to check it out.

Untitled After class, we had lunch at Natural Stance.

We both had the Deli Plate...choose 3 items from their menu and your meal comes with rice and some soup.

I chose the duck with balsamic sauce, pork shogayaki (pork ginger) and prosciutto cesar salad.

I enjoyed all the items I chose though the rice was kind of dry and hard.

It was a (cold) rainy Tuesday, but I'm glad I was able to help out a friend and learn of a new place to explore.

Hasegawa Machiko Museum
1-30-6 Sakurashinmachi
Setagaya, Tokyo
Phone: 03.3701.8766
Closed on Mondays (closed on Tuesdays when a holiday falls on a Monday)
Hours: 10:00-17:00

Natural Stance
2-10-3 Sakurashinmachi, Okuno Building 2F
Setagaya, Tokyo
Phone: 03.6804.4151
Hours: 11:00-23:00