Shonan Club in Shimokitazawa

Sautéed Corn

Flavorful Fish Head 
Nice dinner with a friend of mine and also a business associate.

Both of us live in same area and actually our places are just 3 min. apart.    Naturally, we chose somewhere close...

Food was excellent!

Shonan Club- Garden Kitchen is a cozy, small restaurant where you can enjoy green garden from big windows.

Since we had typhoon yesterday, they didn't show up, but when it's clear, a family of raccoon come visit their garden.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Cheese Risotto

Nectarine and Prosciutto
The wife of the owner speaks English. They have English menu also.

When you come to Shimokitazawa, come out of West Exit.  Take a right and come up to the ground floor.

You will see 7/11, convenience store on your right.

Take a left at the first corner.

At the end of the street, you will see this restaurant.

Their cuisine is Italian and Japanese.
Compared to those places located in central area in Tokyo, I would say, their prices are quite reasonable and you will enjoy their homey, warm hospitality.


Try Japanese Peach!

Peach Sandwich
I love seasonal fruits.

Japanese peaches are big and juicy.
Perfect for hot summer.

You could use prosciutto, grilled bacon instead of mozzarella.

The photo is today's breakfast.
Mozzarella cheese, basil and peach.   Since mozzarella is not salty enough, sprinkle some salt and pepper.   Yummy!


Light Dinner and Drinks after Sit-Down Comedy

Friends invited me to a sit-down comedy or RAKUGO last night.

The photo places are located under the JR railroad.  All these small diners are inexpensive, casual and not sophisticated at all!

These are so-called B kyuh gourmet....meaning not A class.... B class....food or foodies.

I enjoy all aspects of Tokyo food scenes from A class famous places to these casual places.....in a way, these places are homey....it feels like this ambience could bring people closer...technically the places are pretty small and physically close, too!

The invite was available for two guests so I invited a friend of mine who is a professional translator.

Laughed a lot......I am not a connoisseur of RAKUGO, just enjoy it several times a year.   Four plus one warm-up comedians' story telling technique was exquisite.  I love all those storytellers' voice, change of tones, silly acts.....  RAKUGO encompasses our stupidity, vanity, empathy and express those in a funny stories...
and people in the stories are stupid, funny, but there is a kind of sense which accepts people just the way they are, sentiment which I feel people are losing lately.

After the show, we went to a small diner in this area and discussed it including our own stupid, sad, funny stories.    Good Saturday night.

Yurakucho--- Underpass Diners


Hugo Desnoyer in Ebisu


When you go upstairs, it feels like you are invited to somebody's home.

This is from my seat and behind me there was a bookshelf whose decoration was homey yet sophisticated... something like you would see in Architectural Digest.

Must Eat - Cutlet Sandwich

If you like "meat", you will enjoy this place in Ebisu.

This is my new favorite place.

Suggested by a friend of mine, we had lunch there.   All the dishes were very French....sophisticated, authentic, innovative ( sounds a little inconsistent ) , delicate, flavorful, delicious.

Especially their cutlet sandwich was soooo good... scrumptious.
I don't go to fancy restaurants usually ( although I enjoy fancy, upscale places also considering myself and prices, I don't go those places often! ) and this place is moderate.   The decor is.... very French.   Will try to upload the pics later.


Eating Early Dinner before Research Work

Steamed Mackerel & Veggies 
Some research work has started last Monday and it seems like they are going to give me additional work for tonight.

Before they send me the assignment, I cooked this quickly and ate.

Well, the weather here is sticky and not so pleasant, but blue sky was beautiful this morning.     When I have time, I would love to go swimming..... don't know when I can.    


Guacamole and White Wine ---- Summery Afternoon

Meiji Shrine --- Sangubashi Side
 Such a refreshing Saturday afternoon.   One session in the morning, then did some chores at home.

After lunch, headed for Sangubashi....it's like a backyard of Meiji Shrine.. say, if the main gate of this shrine is Harajuku side.

This side is more quiet... like a quiet picnic place... always relaxing.

Bought 3 big avocados which are from Peru ( usually avocados sold in stores are Mexican, so it was unusual.  ) .   Enjoyed guacamole with chilled white wine.

Hope you have a nice weekend !

Guacamole and Chips