2/19/2011

Dinner in Asagaya

I met very old friend of mine tonight. Last time I saw her was more than 15 years ago in New York..... Time flies.
Very nice re-union. Will write about it tomorrow. Also found the last person who we kept trying to find.... re-union season.

2/18/2011

Giovanni's Garlic Shrimp Truck in Kahuku, Hawaii



Wedding pics are over, but I still have some to show from Hawai'i. Famous Garlic Shrimp.
IT's not Honolulu, but for now, let me just use " Dining Out---Honolulu" Label.

Thank you.

2/17/2011

Short Post Today ---High School Basketball

I am bit behind the schedule, so let me write quickly today. ( If you have noticed, yes, this year, I am trying to write everyday.... or more often. )

Today's theme is sports club @ high school. Did you do any sports during high school ? I played basketball for 5 years... both junior high and senior high. My school was not very strong, but I practiced everyday, ran everyday, it was hard, but it was fun.

Not just basketball, sports itself, I learned a lot there.... team work, team play, what you can do now, what you should do now for the team.. for your teammate.... think what you can do.... although it didn't change me immediately, things the coach, senior people said stayed in my mind forever and after I graduated, there were scenes that reminded me those words.... valuable lessons.

Thanks to Ms. Endo , our head coach, again, she passed away last December.... now in April, we... all of the basketball club members are gathering.

I am still trying to find one teammate who we cannot find the contact in my class..... hope we can find her and she can come join us.

I am sure it sounds "old", " aging", hahaha.. probably we are aging... good old days... we have been living all different lives, but it's surely nice to see each other and look back our young days. ( Oh, I was so young in many ways !!! I am little better now though. my face wrinkles are not so welcomed ,but probably I got some good wrinkles in my brain ! )

I thought about old teammates once in a while, but didn't do any.. sometimes, god creates this kind of opportunity, I am feeling.

Thanks for reading ! Oh, my, it's not short at all.

Short Post Today

I am bit behind the schedule, so let me write quickly today. ( If you have noticed, yes, this year, I am trying to write everyday.... or more often. )

Today's theme is sports club @ high school. Did you do any sports during high school ? I played basketball for 5 years... both junior high and senior high. My school was not very strong, but I practiced everyday, ran everyday, it was hard, but it was fun.

Not just basketball, sports itself, I learned a lot there.... team work, team play, what you can do now, what you should do now for the team.. for your teammate.... think what you can do.... although it didn't change me immediately, things the coach, senior people said stayed in my mind forever and after I graduated, there were scenes that reminded me those words.... valuable lessons.

Thanks to Ms. Endo , our head coach, again, she passed away last December.... now in April, we... all of the basketball club members are gathering.

I am still trying to find one teammate who we cannot find the contact in my class..... hope we can find her and she can come join us.

I am sure it sounds "old", " aging", hahaha.. probably we are aging... good old days... we have been living all different lives, but it's surely nice to see each other and look back our young days. ( Oh, I was so young in many ways !!! I am little better now though. Instead of my face wrinkles, probably I got some good wrinkles in my brain ! )

I thought about old teammates once in a while, but didn't do any.. sometimes, god creates this kind of opportunity, I am feeling.

Thanks for reading !

2/16/2011

"Samurai " Akasaka




Last night, I had this dinner ( there were actually more dishes ) with somebody in the industry.

Wonderful dishes. Fish was very fresh, no fishy smell at all. You can see it from photo, maybe ? Sashimi is shining.
The ambience is casual, yet not too quiet, not too noisy, perfect to enjoy conversation. Small , but not too small.
Their cuisine is Fukuoka's specialties. The two fish pieces are Sardine with / spiced cod roe. ( Iwashi-Mentai )

Yes, there are gourmet information, website and I often use them, but when you are there with somebody's recommendation, that's the best !

Samurai :

Open for Dinner : 17:00-04:00
( Saturday : 17:00- 23:00 )
Closed on Sundays, Holidays

TEL:03-3584-1150
Address: New Royal Bldg. 2F, 3-6-18 Akasaka, Minato-Ku , Tokyo
I took Chiyoda line and got off at Akasaka Station, exit 1A. 2, 3 min. from there.

Happiness to You !




This will be a last post of the wedding in Hawaii. Thanks for reading this. I am so happy for them.
Do you feel the same ? When I was there for my friends and with my friends, happiness came to me also.
I felt so lucky being with them there. Some kind of luck came to me. Back in Tokyo, I still feel happy from that.

Probably happiness is contagious. Hope this happy feeling goes to you, too !

Dinner of the Reception / Hawaii Wedding



Just wanted to explain about this dinner since it was delicious.

Salad:
Mixed Wainamalo Green Salad

Entree:
Pepper Steak, Mahi Mahi Chardonnay

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Stir Fry Vegetables

Dessert:

Wedding Cake
Yellow Butter Cake with Lilikoi Cream
Guava Cake with Guava Cream

Beard Papa's Cream Puffs

Hawaiian Trio
Lilikoi Bars, Guava Bars, Coconut Macaroons, Served with Lilikoi Sorbet

Yum.

It was Sunny during daytime, then got cloudy, then toward the end of dinner, it started raining and then became like a storm !
I am sure that all these will be a good memory ( It already makes me smile... ).

It is always nice to be at Wedding Ceremony and Party, Reception.... Such a happy occasion. Thanks for having me there !

2/15/2011

I had Nice Dinner @ Japanese Restaurant Today

Fukuoka dishes.... very nice. will show you tomorrow . Japanese food .... there are many local specialties. Fukuoka region has fresh, tasty fish and flavorful foods !

Wedding / Reception / Table Setting



Table setting was also nicely arranged. Will try to show you some food and the menu.
Tomorrow, I hope.

Wedding Venue in Aina Haina III



Lilicoi Cocktail and Flower. All these items, decorations were cute and stylish.

Wedding Venue in Aina Haina II



It was good that the weather was OK during the ceremony. I don't remember when.... probably after main course was served... started rain... very heavy.

2/14/2011

Wedding Venue in Aina Haina



This beautiful setting is located about 20 min. drive from Waikiki Area. Very romantic.
Will try to show you little more of the place and the food !

Sweets from Roy's



OK, the wedding pics are almost there.

Roy's, Waikiki




Roy's is well known Pacific Cuisine place... I have been to one in Maui, two in Tokyo's..... what happened to Tokyo ones...?
The first Roy's I have been to was Yoga. Years ago, when I had their chocolate souffle, it melted me...mmm. Yum !
I had it again !

Anyways, we ordered appetizers and then this convenient plate which has all the assortment. Especially, I enjoyed fusion norimaki roll and barbecue rib.

It's on Lewers Street. Minutes from our hotel.

Malasada --- Portuguese Sweets



We were pretty good at schedule..... we had more time, so decided to finish what we were supposed to do at Waikele Outlet.
It really depends... last time I was there, I think I was happy to find good items....this time, not much.

The ( probably ) the best surprise was that we found a truck which sells Malasadas....

Just one plain Malasada for each.... we were sipping coffees @ Starbucks.... Perfect snack before dinner.

Malasada is originally from Portugal.... donut like sweets, but more fluffy texture.... mmm. yummy.

Alamoana Shopping Center




You can stay there for days or weeks if you try to see everything.... there were just several shops we needed to check out.
We finished our shopping quickly. I noticed J CREW has more sophisticated designs now... unfortunately, no J CREW in Japan.

I checked Ann Taylor also. Unfortunately, not much to buy.... probably because of the season.... it was sort of in between Winter and Spring.

Out big hit was Gilly and Hicks.... the sister brand of Abercrombie & Fitch.

Happy Valentine's Day to You !



This is from Crispy Cream Donut / Shinjuku Shop.  " Rich Strawberry Heart "

Happy Happy Valentine's Day to You All !

Will come back later again.

******Correction: Krispy Kream Donut--- " K " instead of " C".

2/13/2011

Main Purpose of Visiting Hawaii was.... Friends' Wedding

You probably think, " Oh , you were there for vacation, shopping, eating food !? ". no, no, no.... of course, we were there to celebrate our friends' wedding and attend the ceremony and the reception :-) . It's very rare to travel to Hawaii, considering tickets, accommodation etc. etc. we should make the most of it.... here in blog, I need to respect friends' privacy, but will try to show you some pics from the ceremony also. Thank you for reading my blog !

Need to Work on Diet / Weight Loss from now....



This is ASAI Bowl we had @ some coffee stand on 3rd floor in Alamoana Shopping Mall. There were things we were asked to buy and we also needed buy something for us while the exchange rate is good.

Both my friend and I gained over 2 kilo grams during this trip. We are now working on weight loss..... mmm.
This lunch was quite healthy though. Full of cereals / vitamin c. Light enough. Good for skin etc.....

If You Love Marine Sports....



This swim suit boutique is located in the tiny, cute arcade of The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel.
My friend used to be serious diving athlete and she says their suit is good for serious water sports fans.
Their design is super cute, and their functionality is also excellent. They don't stir from movement.

Check it out. Also, you can make your own combination, select a top and select your own matching bottom.

Hau Tree Lanai @ The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel II




Another Pic from Hau Tree Lanai....

Hau Tree Lanai @ The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel

Girls' guide book has this place, it seems. This seaside, ocean view, cozy lanai restaurant is located in The New Otani Hotel.
Located at the end of Waikiki Beach, we almost missed it, so remember to bring the address with you. You can find it from their website.

Eggs Benedict.... if you are hungry, you can finish two, but we split. They were kind enough to prepare them on two plates.
Very nice. In the morning, you can enjoy, but probably during the sunset, it should be beautiful, too.