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.     


Natto- Fermented Soy Beans Sendai-Ya

Natto Set Menu
They used to be located near my place.    Now their shop is a little bigger with eat-in space.

Do you like natto?    Have you tried it?    I always say " it is like a kind of Japanese blue cheese."   Smelly, but healthy and tasty.  ( Tasty part is up to you...... )

They have several set menus and I tried all you can eat Natto Teishoku.  ( set menu)     Sesame natto and Edamame natto.    When I finished two packages of the mentioned natto, the lady came up to me and asked " a few more? "

I was already full.   Thank you.   Beans taste different here, I feel.
Better than regular one.   Of course. 

Look at this rice.    It was big enough.  ( For this a bowl of rice also, she asked me, " we can give you more if you like, is this enough?   ,,,,,,,  Am I a horse ?   :-) )

It comes with a fresh raw egg.  I cracked open the egg and mixed some into natto.    There is a bottle of soy sauce, but I prefer special sauce which comes in a small packet.      Less than 800 yen, I enjoyed healthy lunch.

They have other items such as the grilled salmon w/ natto etc....

It is on Ichibangai or 1st Avenue in Shimokitazawa now. 


Obon de Gohan ( = Meal w/ a Tray ) @ Tokyo Dome City

 This set menu is from  a few weeks ago.

The sliced great amberjack rice bowl.
The orange ones are flying fish roe.
( I didn't ask, but I believe.)

Cut cucumber, thinly sliced kelp some other vegetables were also there.

small salad, miso soup and a tiny pickles dish are included.   Around 1,000 yen.

This place is called " Obon de Gohan".  They have about 40 shops at the moment mainly in Tokyo area.    What I like about them is they often change the menu depending on the season.   Still basic style is this tray set.   Healthy, reasonable and you can walk-in and have dinner alone or with your family, friends and/or co-workers.   

Comes with Miso Soup 


Tokyo Dome ----- Through This Sunday Jan. 21st

Enjoy Local Food @ Tokyo Dome!

Hoping I can find some time to visit........    I heard this is quite popular.

Cannot write much now, but just wanted to publish to let you know!

Thanks for visiting !


Thai Restaurant in Yoyogi / Minami-Shinjuku Somtum Der

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A little re-union with some friends of mine.     

Thanks to a Thailand connoisseur friend.   She booked this place for this gathering and the dishes were amazingly delicious!   

This dining is originally from Bangkok and then in New York they were selected by Michelin.

This was lunch set.   You can choose spiciness from 0 to 4 ( 4 is Thai Authentic Level) .  I made it 2 as a beginner..... I am modest !   :-)

The best was this salad called Somtum, papaya salad.    Crunchy, refreshing with lime juice.   Yum!      The dishes are great, but I enjoyed their lovely presentation and the decor as well.....

3 min. from both Yoyogi Station of JR or Minami-Shinjuku Station of Odakyu Line.
I have to go back there pretty soon.   


Happy New Year! The first posting of 2018

My Osechi of 2018 
Happy New Year, my friends on earth!

This year, basically same osechi ( Japan's new year feast ) from same place, but I placed them in plates.

The far right is Ozoni I made.
Ozoni or Zoni is a kind of stew for new year.   It has vegetables and mochi= rice cake.

I haven't written any messages in Japanese yet.   Wanted to free myself from Japanese and was reading a book in English.   What a relief!    I enjoy my work and do appreciate my clients giving me great opportunities, but you know. 

One whole day, I spent for myself quietly.    ( Oh, I know many of you are surrounded by children, families, all the time and very busy..... sorry for saying this, but you know what I mean.  )     It is a kind of lonely, but it is also called positve solitude. 

I would enjoy partying for new year, of course!    It should be nice.

This year, though I needed a kind of solitude.   Being alone, being myself.
Quiet reading for my soul.   

Enjoyed the new year food ( some of them are only eaten during this festive season  such as seasoned herring roe. ) .

I feel so blessed, too.    Thanks to my cheerleaders.    Some, probably I know directly.   Some people are like secretly cheerleading..... I can sense that.

Thanks to you all.    I am wishing everybody's happiness. 


NEGI or Scallion from a friend of mine.......

Cod, Scalioon and Tofu Nabe
Thanks for visiting my blog!

Apology for my lazy work..... not lazy, just couldn't have enough time to write a nice blog!  ( excuse, excuse....)

I love all forms of eating as you know, so I love eating at restaurants, joints or friends house etc.. as well as cooking at home... and buying ingredients, of course!   But..... one of the joy I enjoy encountering unexpected is!

To get some food gifts from friends..... I am just blessed or they know me so well, that is why they give me food?      Or they probably know I need food and money!  ( LOL )      Nice friends I have, I am grateful anyways.

What I got today is scallions.    Fukaya city, Saitama prefecture is known for their scallion.    A married friend ( his wife is also my friend, such a nice couple ) brought probably from his home town and left several stalks at the co-working space I often use.    To be shared.    We did!      I brought them ( I got two! ) home and used 2/3 of a stalk for this nabe ( hot pot ). 

Slice of cod, cut scallion and tofu.    It is finally getting cold and wintery here, so perfect!   I used some Yuzu flavored ponzu and grated ginger to taste. 

When I eat Nabe, I feel grateful being Japanese.   Nothing special, simple ingredients, but friendship, thoughtfulness, kindness of friends added extra flavor and it made my heart warm to overcome this cold weather.