Just shocking ---- For future humans, good news!?!?!?

I do not dare to put the photo / video here.   I just saw some short clip introducing new innovation ---- Bread made of cockroach flour.......developed by Brazilian researchers.     No thank you.     At least for now.    I respect those researchers though.   They are concerned about food crisis, I believe. 


Natto & Kimchi Japanese & Korean Combination @ Sendai-ya Natto Atelier

Although I cannot cook these days, I have been eating, of course!

So, there are many pics.

Let me show you this rice bowl....with natto and kimchi.

I have introduced this natto ( fermented soy beans ) shop before, I think.

Sendai-ya is the name.   They used to locate near my place ,but moved to Ichiban-Gai ( 1st Avenue ) in Shimokitazawa.  http://www.sendainatto.jp/shoplist/#04

Now they have eat-in space.   Their specialty is a set menu, all natto you can eat.
You can try all kinds of natto with this set menu.   Basically rice and miso soup and then natto.   ( For me, though, 3 packs of natto is the max! )

The above photo is a rice bowl menu, which I tried the other day.

I love both natto and kimchi.    Yes, they are both smelly, fermented foods, which is supposed to be good for you in many ways, for your beauty, for cleansing your blood vessels..... I am not a nutrition specialist, so please google.

I always explain ...they are like..... blue cheese.    Tasty, yet smelly!

I felt full after eating this, ( I asked for small size rice, yet! ) still did not feel bad.

My excuse is...... it is healthy, good for me!   


Kumey's / Wine + Tea Cozy Wine Bar/ Restaurant across Kitazawa Post Office

 Haven't uploaded for a while.

Yes, I have been eating, thanks.   The reason I feel a little uncomfortable about writing this is...... have not been well organized.    My room is a bit messy..... actually quite messy.....   

Therefore, I haven't cooked much lately.   Oh well, started organizing gradually.....  little by little....  So, for a while, you will not see " home-cooking", ( although it is much more money-saving and healthier..... at the moment, I don't have a choice.    Trying not to stretch myself too much. )   Thanks for your understanding! 

So, let me introduce this tiny, yet cozy restaurant newly opened in Shimokitazawa.
Mr. Kumey used to work for ministries.... mainly for Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.     Adding to that, he had some ( I won't go into too much personal information) experience of  that " good food / organic food works! ".

He quit the ministry and started working in private restaurants and then finally came to open this place.     You will enjoy glasses of selected good wines ( mainly Japanese and French ) and good food.    Good means tasty and delicious.

I tried their liver paste.   Yes, it is so nice.   Try it, please.   Their lunch sandwiches are also good deal.   I have not tried much of their dinner menu yet.    Will go back there soon.     If you share with friends / families, not too expensive, still if you are wine lover, not cheap.    You can party here with a group of friends or stop by for a glass of wine to refresh yourself before going home. 


Anthony Bourdain----- Have to Watch Your Videos

RIP, Anthony Bourdain---- Food is important, but you are important, too.

To be honest with you, I have not watched his programs much.

But I knew he had a kind of unique life and came to his TV program which attracted many viewers.

I agree with many of his quotes.    Food makes me smile, Fun to share with friends, gives me power to live.......... But, it's not good if you are gone.



If you have not read MONOCLE!


One of my favorite magazines.    Well balanced and well edited articles from UK.

Now they are ready for food and drink!? 

Cannot miss it.


Tempura Lunch Box @ Tempura Yamanoue on 13F of Ginza Six

Ginza Six is a fancy shopping mall opened a year ago.

Not like other Tokyoites, lately I try to avoid crowds, long lines.  Therefore, this was the first time to visit this place.

Yes, this lunch box is a bit luxury for me, but this was special lunch gathering with some friends from the states.   Their tempura is famous, but for lunch, it is too pricey for me and we thought course menu would be too much for all of us.

Some of us ordered this lunch box menu, some others ordered tempura bowls.
Enjoyed this boxed food and the rice.   When the menu said Kakiage ( mixed tempura with seafood and vegetables ), I thought it would come separately, but instead it came mixed in rice as shown here.  ( Rice with fava beans and shrimp)

 This lacquer ware had so many small items.... trout, several kinds of seaweeds ( mozuku, hijiki etc. ),  egg roll, tuna etc......   delicately prepared and delicious.   Even after explained, when you pick the item with your chopsticks, there is some kind of excitement like " What is this!?  "

Enjoyed catching up with friends...... starting from how the work is going to US politics, trends etc...... 

We also enjoyed exploring the shops in here.    It was actually nicer than I thought.... expected all the expensive brand shops which I would not buy ( or I should say, I cannot afford!? ) .... but there were some nice gift shops especially carrying something good for gifts and souvenir from Japan.....plus some were reasonable enough.

I have some translation project during this Golden Week ( Japanese long holiday season from the end of April through first week of May ), but blocked this day to enjoy this precious time.

Once in a while, I need to relax and enjoy meeting friends....... w/ good food!


Celebrated Career Change of A Friend of Mine

 Time flies!   April 8 already.    Went to Las Chikas for the first time in a few years...... much more spacious now. 

Used to be quite casual, but now there are many tables inside. 

They changed menu?   As you can imagine from the name , ( Spanish ) you would expect some Mexican or Spanish cuisine.....  checking their dinner/ bar menu, sounds like Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern..... international.     This brunch was American ?     In order to celebrate this friend's career change, three of us ordered brunch plates.    So fulfilling and I still feel I probably wouldn't need any dinner.   Cost effective, surely.