5/21/2017

Lunch Box after Morning Session ---- Lovely Sunday

Open Source Cafe in Shimokitazawa

Bento Box from Nu Stand Deli 
It is over 30 degrees here today and feels hot.....

Having lunch sitting on this bench was pleasant though, feeling breeze on my face, looking up the blue sky.

On May 9th, Nu Stand Deli opened and from time to time, I buy their bento box, sandwiches etc..

Had two one-on-one sessions this morning, both were business persons at this co-working space, after that I headed to Nu Stand and got this.

You can choose three kinds from this delicatessen to make your bento.
The above is my selection today.   Top left is fried smelts in sweet and peppery vegetable sauce.   Smelt sounds unfamiliar?   It is small fish from ponds.  Usually deep-fried.   Top right is celery salad w/ citrus juice and pieces of orange.
Bottom right is pork ginger.    The box is made of paper material, which I prefer to plastics.    Comes with chopsticks, wet paper towel and paper serviette.

Including tax, this was a little less than 700 yen, equivalent to 6.3 US dollars.
( approximately, based on the forex as of May 21, 2017 )

I am quite happy to have this new delicatessen in our neighborhood.

5/06/2017

YYG Brewery located in Yoyogi

Yoyogi Amber Ale
From now on, it will be a good season to stop by this tiny brewery.

5 min. from Minami Shinjuku Station or several minutes from Shinjuku Station.

Google "YYG Brewery", you will soon find it.

For this small brewery, they have extensive line-ups.
As for food, they only have snacks, so simply enjoy beer on 1st floor, but they have Beer Kitchen where you can enjoy American French cuisine.

Sometime in the future, I would love to try the Kitchen also.

The inside has two tables w/ 8 seats, outside terrace has more seats..... maybe up to 15 ?
 Their place has been introduced in several magazines which I found on their bookshelf.

Apparently, the operating manager fell in love with British beer and studied it then was hired by this place.

This amber ale was brown and according to them, it's a bit American.

I am not a beer coonosier, so read Beer Bible which I also found on their book shelf.

A bit fruity, not so bitter, medium light.

One glass was enough for me.    Beer fills my stomach so quickly.   It was nice walk.     If you are in the area, try visit them!    

5/04/2017

Micro Brewery in Tokyo


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Have you been to this place?
This is located in quite central Tokyo.

Didn't know and happened to find it when I was searching.

It was a bit warm, early summer like weather and I felt like having a glass of beer.....

Only tried thier amber ale.

Will try something else next time.

This is a quiz.   Where would that be?

5/02/2017

BiColor Bowl --- Salmon and Adult Yellow Tail

Nishoku Don = Bicolor Bowl 
Golden Week has begun.   As usual, starting on April 29th, till May 5th or its weekend, this is probably the longest holiday season ( except for individual vacation ) in Japan.

My Golden Week has never been so glamorous.   Think about my past jobs.... Trading corporation.... too long ago...I don't remember... Airline interpreter..... airlines are usually busy when people travel....then film buyer.... this is just before Cannes Film Festival and Market.... always busy..... then sports rights buyer.....so on.... so, this year again, I am staying in Tokyo.    Besides, I don't like traveling when tickets are too expensive and too crowded.   So, I do some work  and enjoy some happy time with some friends.  

The above photo is nishoku don.... bicolor bowl or two color rice bowl.  This place is called UOKUNI located in Shimokitazawa.    Lunch is reasonable.  This set menu is 600 yen.    Healthy, too.   No tips are required here usually, so you do not have to worry about it.

4/22/2017

Cabbage Rice

Cabbage Rice and Miso Soup
I wanted to eat something healthy, simple and cheap.

I don't use rice cooker ( I used to have one.  When the old one was broken, I was looking for new one.  Nowadays Japanese rice cookers are so high-tech and also expensive.   Additionally they are too big for my small apartment.  I decided to go with donabe --- earthen pot.  You can use regular pot.  ) .   Used earthen pot.

Spring cabbage is sweet and juicy.   I wouldn't say it is super delicious, but it was savory.  

Ingredients: ( for two servings or one donabe )
Cabbage   two three big leaves  chopped
Carrot       1/2 or one small carrot   chopped
Parsley      Just to decorate, so a pinch ( chopped )
Deep fried tofu    1/2 cut  chopped
Maggi Soup Stock ( Consomme )    1 tea spoon   ( Granulated or 1 cube )   Any brand is fine.
Salt            a pinch
Pepper       To your taste
Butter       1 table spoon
Rice         1 cup
Water       3/4 cup  ( usually 1 cup.  But because of the water from cabbage, it's less )

How to make:
Wash rice and soak the rice in water for over 30 min.
Drain the water, add all the ingredients except parsley and 3/4 cup of water ( fresh water ).
Cover the lid, start cooking.   Bring it to boil.

When boiled, reduce heat to low. keep cooking.  Soon you will hear the spit-spat sound.   Till the sound stops, keep cooking, then turn off the heat.  Leave it for 20 min. or so to steam.    It will be ready.

Enjoy!

4/20/2017

Tofu and Cherry Blossoms

Restaurant Shonan Club

Near Shibuya Station

Cherry Blossom Flavored Tofu
I realized I hadn't uploaded cherry blossoms this year.

Didn't go to any "hanami" party, but still enjoyed them in town.

This tofu is from a Japanese restaurant located in Shibuya.   A Canadian friend living in the U.S. was staying in Japan for a while, so we enjoyed this tofu restaurant's Japanese food together.
Catching up with each other was fun.    Now somei yoshino ( the most popular cherry blossom) is over, the season is now for fresh greenery and double-petalled cherry blossoms whose pink stands out in green color.      Next time if you plan to come visit Tokyo, the end of March through 2nd week of April would be the best.

If you haven't seen  seen this beautiful pink flowers.   Of course, if you go up north, you can still enjoy cherry blossoms since the blooming timing starts from south to north.   I' ve probably written many times, but you can also enjoy various kinds of cherry blossom flavored foods and sweets during this season.

Tofu Restaurant Sorano
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Double Petalled Cherry Blossoms

4/19/2017

Kaisen Misakiko ----- Conveyer Belt Sushi Restaurant

Conveyer-Belt Sushi 
While there are luxurious, expensive sushi restaurants, you can also enjoy reasonable, easy to walk in places like this.

This shop is operated by Kyodaru, a company who operates wide range of sushi shops and restaurants.


This one is one of the most casual, reasonable ones.    They used to have workers, but now those workers, cooks are working in the kitchen which is hidden in the back.   There are seats around this counter and you order sushi by choosing your orders on the display located in front of your seats.

The prices, seasonal recommendations are all written there.   English Chinese and some other languages are available, if my memory is correct.

I was behind my schedule and wanted to have quick lunch.  So ordered only two plates each of which has two sushi pieces, that makes total 4 pieces.  I think I paid only 301 yen including tax.   One of the plate ( bonito sushi ) was discounted yesterday, so I was lucky!

After ordering, it took perhaps 7, 8 minutes, then the bullet train ( shaped carrier ) came and stopped in front of me.  How convenient!    Take the plates and eat.
Powdered green tea pot is also there, so you put the powder into your cop.
There is a hot water tap, you pour the hot water into the cop.  Self-made green tea.  

Often expensive, authentic places are scary to order because you don't know how much total it will costs. ( Some authentic places cost $200 or more per person. )

This is easy way to enjoy sushi PLUS it is casual and quick.  Are you alone?  No problem.     After eating, you ask for the check ( also on display ), the staff will come to your seat and make the bill.   Go to cashier and pay.