Today's dinner.  Cooked omelet rice.  A little overcooked, yet tasty enough.

Watch this video.  I tried to follow this.  The cat is WATCHING the whole process.

So cute.



500 yen Pizza

I forgot to bring my smart phone, so could not take any photo there.

This Pizzeria " Pizza Forno Cafe" in Nakameguro is located closed to FLATMATE where I sometimes provide English training.

After the class of this afternoon, I had Margerita, which was 500 yen, which is small, yet big enough for one person.

Fluffy pizza and fresh tomato, basil.   There were families, couples, singles....
You can walk in and order at the cashier then wait for 10 min. or so.

Somehow, Nakameguro has several top rated pizza places.  Why?


I organized a round table talk today: How I Acquired My English in Japan.
After the two hour session, 4 of us went to Bistro Eureka in Shimokitazawa.

Everything was heavenly, but this was unique and such a delicacy.

The white creamy thing is turnip mousse.  Then consomme jelly and sea urchin
was put over that.  Several herbs such as dill, fennel and Italian parsley were added as toppings.

We discussed politics, challenges Japan was facing, falling birthdate, post-retirement years, work etc.etc....

Fun and profound talk by various backgrounds' women.  Invaluable. 


I'm back.

It's been for a while.  The last posting was 2014.

Well, there were things I had to give a thought to.    Someday I might write, but for now, I shouldn't.  I do not remember anything special on that day I stopped writing in 2014, but definitely the March 11,2011 and Tsunami was something which affected me in many ways...... Tsunami, Earthquake, Nuke Plant, Radiation, Contamination etc. etc....

You might say, " it was 2011! and you kept writing through 2014 and then stopped!".  Yes, but there were things around me and .... hard to write.

Around 2014 I guess it became difficult for me to keep writing.

However, my life is limited ( don't worry, I have not been diagnosed as cancer or anything!  I should say - Our lives are limited! ) , which I just realized after some friend's death again, so will do whatever I can while I am still alive.


The Rainy Season is Over ...... Summary Rice Soup from Miyazaki Prefecture

The rainy season is over now, which was announced by meteorological bureau yesterday.  Ha!  We are now starting to enjoy non-stop over 30 degree days!

It's about 33 degrees with high humidity today, tomorrow will be quite similar....

I made this, a typical summer food for breakfast.   There seem to be about three regions eating this and there are styles of each region.  Those are Miyazaki, Yamagata and Saitama.  Although, Saitama is the closest to Tokyo, I did not know that they had this.

What I have been enjoying seems to be the one from Miyazaki, though I often make easy, modified, pseudo ones, for often I don't find all the ingredients in my fridge.

This morning, I put 1/2 cucumber ( thinly sliced ), 1 piece of myoga ( thinly sliced) , 3 leaves of Shiso ( Japanese basil chopped ) into the miso soup, which I chilled with several ice cubes.  Then put some rice into it.

Yum, yum.   Soothing for hot summer morning.  I did not put any tofu this morning, yet it felt like nutritious enough with miso and herby vegetables.

When I was a child, I did not know of these local foods from different regions.
There are so-called antenna shop from each region introducing their specialty.... you can find these shops in central Tokyo area.  Oh, I have not written much about them.  Oh, right!

Will try to write about them also.  Good that I realized that today.  Thanks for reading. 


Komeda Coffee in Kichijoji

Fillet Cutlet Mini Plate (670 yen)
Toasted Mix Sandwich (560 yen )

I love Komeda Coffee and was excited to find it in Kichijoji.  This is a chain restaurant which came from Nagoya area originally.  Once a friend of mine or sempai took me there in Tsukuba City ( Ibaraki Prefecture) and I fully enjoyed their cutlet sandwich and big coffee, which comes in a mug. 

The quality of food is pretty good and that is amazing that they can offer these plates for this reasonable price.  Remember, in Japan, you do not have to tip!    One of their specialties is a dessert called Cilo Noir.... I wonder what it means....  It's a danish with white whipped ice cream topping.... Check out their website and you can see it here..... ! 


New Spanish Restaurant in Shimokitazawa ATICODOS

While some restaurants are gone, new restaurants are also coming to Shimokitazawa.  This newly opened Spanish restaurant is highly recommended.

I just had lunch the other day, which was excellent, the price was also excellent.
For this, 980 yen.  Baked chicken, salad and sardine  plus saffron rice.

Come to west exit of Shimokitazawa Station.  ( through platform of Inokashira Line ) and take a left.  Come up to the ground floor and turn left.  You will see convenience store Lawson on your left.  Go on and take the next left.  You'll find this place right away on your right.

I can't wait to try their dinner and wine next time.

Lunch 11:30- 3 P.M.
Dinner  5 P.M. - 11 P.M.