Ask for "Hamburg" Restaurant - WOODSTOCK-

 Went to WOODSTOCK located in Musashi Koganei.

Recommended by my student, this was the place I was looking forward to visit.

Finally!   Visited with local friends.

On Saturdays, they open at 11 a.m.

We left our town around 10 a.m. and got there around a little past 11.

Yay!   There were seats.  We were lucky.   After we got seated, it was full.
People who came later had to wait for 30min.  

This place is known for its juicy HAMBURG.   We took a taxi from the station.
The driver knew it.  It is near Musashi Koganei Park, but not close to the entrance actually.  Probably 10 min. walk.

So, our decision to take a cab was right!   We shared the combination salad.
Ordered " recommended" set menu.   I had Hamburg and Duck combination.
Other friends ordered " Spicy Sausage and Hamburg" and " Herb Sausage and Hamburg".    It came in a shape of straw bag.    Immediately after delivering the plate, the waiter starts flatting the hamburgs.  ( there are two on the hot plate. )

Then the sauce is poured.   I chose Garlic.   Other friends had Grated Daikon & Soy Sauce ,  Demiglace Sauce.  Sizzling sound follows!

Not just delicious, it is entertaining.   Worth trying once.   Actually, all of us decided to come back.

The soup, coffee ( or tea, OJ ) is also included in this set menu.  A little over 2000 yen.   Still feels reasonable.

After this happy lunch, we headed to Tokyo Metropolitan Library which is known for a wide variety of magazine stock.   I enjoyed reading " Architectural Digest", " In Style " " Cosmopolitan " and " Monocle".   ( Monocle is actually my favorite! )

This library is located near Nishi Kokubunji Station.   7 min. walk from the station.

Japanese magazines and Foreign magazines are there and anybody can enter the library.   Newly opened, so clean and well designed.


How The TV Series was Produced

Broiled Conger Eel 
It was a pleasure to meet Mr. L on Friday.

He is the executive producer of the notable TV series.

I felt honored to be a part of his dinner company.

We went to this Sushi- Sashimi restaurant in Tokyu Plaza Ginza.

Current Los Angeles, TV series, How Blake Lively was finally selected for this series etc. etc....

Always enjoy talking with Hollywood producers.     They are so passionate to create good " contents" which impact people, encourage people.

Food was good, of course.   They have various sake, too.


Nanakusa Gayu ----- Rice Porridge of Seven Herbs , Traditional Ritual on Jan. 7

This year again, I made this porridge for breakfast.   This is our ritual after holiday season.  During new year's celebration, we keep eating, drinking..... the stomach is exhausted by now.  So, this is supposed to help care of your stomach....mild, light porridge.  Also, these herbs are supposed to work to cleanse your internal organs.

We eat this wishing state of perfect health for new year.   So light.
It felt like digested within in hour :-)   That was perhaps good for the stomach.

Wishing you a healthy year for 2017!
Nanakusa (Seven Herbs )Gayu (Rice Porridge)


Osechi --- New Year's Feast..... Not so big, but still Enjoyed Ritual

Happy New Year!

Wishing you a happy 2017 and food-full year ( !) !

Small, yet still traditional osechi.

Feeling blessed having this ritual this year again.

Will be back again soon.  Last year, didn't write much I realized.    This year, I will write more.   Thanks for stopping by.


Reunion with a friend from NY then, Hawaii, now in Tokyo

 A friend from US is now living in Japan.   She is also an ex-coworker.

The last time I saw her was perhaps on a flight either to or from New York.

Almost 20 years ago!?     We were both excited to catch up with each other having these delicious Spanish lunch.
Atico Dos is a minute from Shimokitazawa Station.

We shared these and paid for around 1200 yen, which is such a good deal.
You will also enjoy their dinner.  Small, not snooty ambiance is a typical example of Shimokitazawa restaurant.

Turned out that this friend lives fairly close to my place.

Looking forward to more outings with her.


Rice or Bread?

Haven't written for a while, so quick posting for now.

Do you eat bread for breakfast?   For us, Japanese, we have options.

Rice or bread?   If it's rice, rice, some small dishes plus miso soup.

I am thinking right now.   Do I want rice or bread?   In winter, I like something soupy for breakfast.  I can go with bread, and then carrot soup or something.

Or, I can have rice, spicy cod roe and grated radish, nikujaga, which is potato, carrot, onion and beef, cooked in sugar, soy sauce and sweet rice wine etc.

When I get up, I will see how cold it is and ask my stomach and decide.

Good night.


Reunion @ Bistro Eureka in Shimokitazawa

 A week ago, a former boss, his current colleagues came to Shimokitazawa.

I made a reservation at this cozy, bistro.   Feels like " you are in Paris."

Enjoyed catching up with him....

Funny part is he still talks about our Paris trip.   That's almost 7, 8 years ago?    We were working on some government's projects and needed to visit several schools there.   One of the famous schools is FEMIS, an elite film producers school.

While staying in Paris, I was able to see some friends living there, my boss and I enjoyed local cuisine, some free time......  just before our departure, we finally discovered "authentic"  fish soup..... Soup de Poisson.   When we left the restaurant, we were satisfied and literally full.

But!  At the airport, I wanted to have some palate cleanser.... but didn't want to mention that.... I was already known by my boss as a " big eater" and I wanted to put some chunks of sugared lemon/ginger peels into my mouth.

He went to the bathroom.  "  OK, now!  "  I put some into my mouth.... while I was busy putting more into my mouth..... he came back and found me.

"......... I can't believe you are eating again......"   He was taken aback....

Oh, well..... since then, he tells everybody this story.... over and over....Thank you very much!  LOL.

Last week, he was telling other people this story..... so?    I love eating!!!
Great Amberjack Carpaccio 

Cooked Beef