Tuesday, May 07, 2019

golden week (first half)

How have you been?

Hope you haven't forgotten about us.

I've broken up this post into two parts...are you ready?!

Saturday, April 27, we went to visit MIL.

Before landing in Kyoto, we stopped in at Hikone, to visit the family grave, where MIL's brother was laid to rest.

We also had some coffee and sweets at Micro-Lady Coffee Stand, glad they are still in business.

Then we headed to Kyoto and had lunch at Dragon Burger.

We've been wanting to try this place every time we've gone to visit the family grave near Sennyuji.

Satoshi had the Wasabi Burger...he felt this one could've had more kick.

I had the Cacao BBQ Burger, the first bite was awesome, loved the BBQ sauce...after that, the texture of the burger seemed weird...chunky in places.

Still, I'm glad we got to try them.

After lunch, we visited the family grave and also went to visit Satoshi's Grandma's grave.

Dinner was an assortment of things, especially this impressive sashimi platter from a fish shop near MIL's called Kawaharu.

Sunday, April 28, we went to check out the fuji (wisteria) at the Toba Water Treatment Plant located in the southern part of Kyoto.

They had buses that ran from the Kyoto Station or Takeda Station to the plant for 100 yen one way.

It was great to see lots of wisteria blooming.

Monday, April 29, we got together with Hiromi and her family in Osaka.

Lunch was a buffet at Chedi Luang, a Thai restaurant which had lots to try.

There was also soft shell crab and egg curry...delicious!

It was nice to spend the afternoon with them and we were happy that they had some time to meet up. (Thank you!)

Tuesday, April 30, it was nice spending some time with MIL, we headed back to Tokyo after breakfast...everything on television was like a countdown to the new year, it was interesting to see the ceremonies that were performed for the outgoing emperor...Thank you Heisei!

Wednesday, May 1...Reiwa starts...it was neat to see the streets lined with flags congratulating the incoming emperor.

We tried the Denny's in our neighborhood for the first time.

Their cheese galette was delicious and less carbs than the original breakfast I was going to order.

After buying some groceries, we went to Nippori and had lunch at Bazoku.

They have hand pulled noodles and use handmade gyoza wrappers.

Their Sapkota curry noodles were delicious...if I remember correctly, this shop is owned by a Nepalese and this dish is named after him.

The curry wasn't too spicy and the noodles were quite thick, still I enjoyed this.

Satoshi had their tan tan men and gyoza.

He said he enjoyed this.

He is super picky about gyoza and didn't like these thick gyoza wrappers.

Me, I liked how it was crisp on the outside! and had a little chew to them.

After lunch we walked to Nezu Shrine to check out the azaleas, so pretty.

If you have time, pay the 200 yen admission to the azalea area, so worth it!

If you want to see more photos, please look here...I'll wrap up the rest of Golden Week tomorrow!

Chedi Luang
4-7-28 Kitahama
Chuo, Osaka
Phone: 06.6209.2000
Hours: 11:30-14:30 (Lunch), 17:30-23:00 (Dinner)

2-18-2 Nishi-Nippori
Arakawa, Tokyo
Phone: 03.3805.2430
Hours: 11:00-23:30


Anonymous said...

yay! you're back! with beautiful pictures and food, as usual.
Funny thing-my sister was at Nezu shrine to see the azaleas, I think on the same day you went!
she had gone to Japan to see wisteria and takachiho gorge in Kysushu then back to Tokyo and went to see wisteria asahikaga (can't remember the name even though I want to get there one day) and Nezu Shrine. She said kitakysushu wisteria wasn't blooming so big disappointment.

K and S said...

oh em gee V, that would've been so cool to see her at Nezu Shrine! We were thinking about going to Ashikaga Flower Park but weren't sure how the wisteria were blooming (mixed info), so we didn't go. Bummer the Kitakyushu wisteria wasn't blooming, I think Jalna's friend, Les, tried to see them too one year and was disappointed too.

Take care.

KirkK said...

Lovely photos and lots of eating!

jalna said...

Welcome back! Beautiful photos of flowers and food. I think I woulda liked the thick-skinned gyoza.

K and S said...

Thanks Kirk :) definitely lot of eating!

Thanks Jalna! I think you might like these gyoza too :)

Take care you two.

Rowena said...

glad that I'm not the only one that went off-grid for awhile (with the exception of ig). you guys must've had a ton of fun!

K and S said...

Rowena, MIL's doesn't get any cell coverage (she's in-between 2 big buildings, so we usually are off the grid whenever we visit her.

Take care!