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 

Kamaboko & Chikuwa Fish Paste

Kamaboko - Fish Paste
Have you tried Kamaboko or Chikuwa?

Made of fish paste, you might have eaten it w/ Udon noodle, Ramen etc.

I had a privilege to try the course dinner last month.

According to this company, Yamasa Chikuwa, they change the fish depending on the season.  Didn't know that.

This was the starter of the course.  


Tokyo International Film Festival ---- AFURI's Ramen Noodle

Yuzushio Ramen @ AFURI
I would like to write about Chikuwa next since I was invited to a fabulous Chikuwa Dinner last week.

There are many pics and I'd like to take enough time for those....
Look forward to the report!

So, let me show you Ramen today.

AFURI has several shops in Tokyo and one in Kanagawa.  Ramen AFURI

Last night was opening of Tokyo International Film Festival --- TIFF.

A friend of mine got tickets for " Florence Foster Jenkins".   This title was official opening film for the festival.   I was told Meryl Streep was coming to greet to the audience!   Yes, I immediately responded.    She was beautiful, witty, charming.
There are much more adjectives to admire her.

Anyways, before the movie, we met at AFURI Roppongi Hills Branch and had this.
Yuzu flavored shio (salt ) ramen.   mmmmmm, yum!

The movie was excellent.  You can laugh and cry.  Heartwarming.


Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture

Banana Crepe
I think this is from the night of Sep. 29th.

There are many pics in my PC and I feel I am so behind!

At the end of last month, I went to Tsukuba, Ibaraki prefecture and stayed overnight.

This was for an international conference.  It was a kind of interpretation and help the inbound guests ( mostly professors / specialist of some IT industry's professionals/ researchers ).   Since the morning start was early and Tsukuba is far ( from my place, say, door to door is two hour trip.) , my client booked a hotel for me. ( Very kind! )

I have a friend who is studying there, so contacted her and we met at CoCo's that night.   CoCo's is a family restaurant and originally from US, I guess.  The menu is very different from the states, though.

She's been studying there for several years now and I believe eventually she will acquire PhD.

It was nice to catch up with her.  I am not familiar with academic world, so she explained how she is doing and what the challenges are.  Learned a lot.  She is a writer, journalist, but still writing academic report seems to be difficult.  Totally different approach, skill is required.

Anyway, I only took this pic, but what I enjoyed the most was their fried potatoes!
Shredded, crispy potatoes with salsa/ avocado/ sour cream was delicious!

While I was waiting for her arrival, I finished the whole plate!!!  ( Too much calories!)

With a glass of beer and enjoyable talk, I fell asleep immediately after I went back to my hotel room.  LOL.

Oh, and one thing I'd like to remember from that trip is " sometimes I need to expose my 5 or 6 senses to nature."

What happened was interesting.  I shouldn't do it again, but I walked from Tsukuba station to the business hotel for 15 minutes at night.  Usually , in Tokyo, it's no problem.  Safe enough.....at 8 p.m. or 9 p.m.

However, in Tsukuba area, it's totally dark.  If I took the easy way, took a main street, it would have been much easier.

Somehow, I relied on my Google navigation..   Kindly, Google suggested me the fastest way which was to go though a rice field..... which is very dark!

I didn't think it would be that long... but it took me about 20 min.!

It was dark, very dark.    It was scary.   Luckily, nothing happened to me, but I shouldn't do it again... Too risky.  Too dark.  Japan is safe, so nothing happened, but I should remember that I was just lucky.

However, I learned something different. at the same time    I was able to feel the nature.  Utter silence, quietness.   My senses were on the alert and became sharp.

In usual city life, I don't use it.  May sound funny, but I felt I should use these senses once in a while.   Like digging out sleeping senses.... waking them.

If I don't use it, they will become stale, dull.   It was a kind of awakening.
Instead of taking too much risk like walking dark rice field alone ( ! ), I should visit forests, mountains or lakes..... more often.


Chinese Yum Gratin for Late Night Dinner

Chinese Yum Gratin 
How can I describe it!?    It tastes a bit like Takoyaki....fluffy, marshmallow like texture.

Very easy to make.

Half stalk of Yum.... grate it.
Stir one egg in.    I used toaster oven.

Cook it for 15 min.   The surface turns brown.   Then put a cup of dried bonito flake on it.  Chopped green onion to cover it.   Add one table spoonful soy sauce.  Done!

Delicious gratin!       I couldn't resist having a cup of sake with it.


" Gods of Egypt" Experienced 4D movie for the first time.

Roasted Pork w/ Cranberry Sauce
This is SILVER WEEK in Japan.
Golden Week is a long holiday week in May.  Tomorrow and Friday are national holidays and now this is called Silver Week.

Nothing special for me, but since I had tickets for " Gods Of Egypt", decided to try 4D and upgraded the given 2D tickets to 4D.
Wow!   The seat moves.   Water is splashed onto your face.   You can smell things depending on the scene....   How can I describe it?    The combination of amusement park and movie.     Entertainment industry is trying to find the next generation of movies.   I enjoyed it.    You might feel a little tired after watching.... I actually felt a little sleepy..... like after exercise.    Went to a cafe in MARUI Shinuku.   Cook Cope Cafe.   Girly place.  They serve healthy, light meals.


Vichyssoise --- After All Day Interpretation

6 hour-interpretation today.

Basically I am always hungry and love eating.

Today, I had too much chocolate during the break. ( Interpretation requires so much concentration and brain activity.  That consumes glucose in our brain.  Chocolate helps activate brain activity and concentration.)   When I came home, I felt not so hungry, which is very rare for me :-)    Made this and that was enough for dinner.