Tuesday, February 20, 2018

What did I eat in Tokyo?

Of all the food posts I do, I'm surprised that I'm just now getting around to a post on what-I-eat-in-Tokyo.

This is list reflective of my most recent trip, but I have 15 years of history in Tokyo, so I have eaten a lot of food there. Although my tastes have changed a lot since I was a teenager, eating Coco's curry and Saizeriya pizza all the time. I wouldn't say my Tokyo palette is the most sophisticated, but it is one of the most complex. 

1. Food I wished I had but didn't: Freshness burger and Indian food, they were on my list, but I ran out of time
2. Food I had but wished I didn't: Western food, I was so tempted, but on this trip I realized that Japan’s seafood is so special I shouldn’t have anything else.
3. What should have been on the list: Tonkatsu! I was never interest in it until some friends took me to Tonki – a famous restaurant in Tokyo
4. Biggest surprise: raw chicken – not only is it possible to consume without getting salmonella, but it’s delicious! Just like sashimi.
5. Most delicious meal: fresh mocha made right before my eyes

Japanese food

Sushi don x 2 – no trip to Tokyo is complete without Wakasaya’s delicious and cheap kaisendon in Shinjuku 

Kaitensushi – in a tiny alley near Tsukiji fish market I had some of the best revolving sushi ever 

Izakaya seafood – I told my friend I wanted to go to an Izakaya and she wisely picked this upscale joint in Akihabara. We ate sea urchin, miso-fish 

Set seafood lunch – My other friends treated us to an amazing seafood lunch where I had sashimi and a host of other amazing things from the sea.

Ramen – ducked into a small shop on the street where we had never been 

Tofu – for some reason it’s amazing in Japan, and I can’t seem to find such soft and flavorful tofu anywhere else 

Yakitori – My first time at an actual yakitori restaurant and it was amazing. We ordered all the skewers and a side of raw chicken! It’s edible! 

raw chicken!

Tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet)– the dish I’ve only ever had with curry took on a new meaning that this restaurant that specialized in the most savory and delicious tonkatsu I’ve ever had. 

Mochi – not the kind from the package, this sweet confectionary makes it fresh by hand every day. Check out some of the videos of the mocha being made! 

Motsunabe - a new favorite from Fukuoka, we enjoyed this intestine soup from the 55th floor of Tokyo tower 

Ekiben - the bento boxes of train stations (eki). I snagged these at Tokyo station just before departing to Kyoto. 

Korean food

Bibimbap and  Dokkbokki – We stayed new Shin-Okubo which is the heart of Koreatown in Tokyo and I discovered some great eats there. 

Western food

World Breakfast all Day – it was Scandinavia day at this quaint little café that serves a rotating menu of world-themed brunches 

Afternoon Tea at Aman – the sleek all-black theme was very original. See my tea post, for more info. 

Vegetarian food at Flower care – a café/restaurant popular for its green ambiance.

Taco rice – my favorite Japanese/Mexican hybrid creation

Spaghetti – this could actually go in either Western or Japanese category, given that the flavors and ingredients are uniquely Japanese, like mentaiko and uni

Friday, February 16, 2018

Black Afternoon Tea at Hotel Aman

Everyone knows I'm obsessed with having afternoon tea everywhere I go, and even though I’ve technically already checked Tokyo off the list after spending an afternoon at Bulgari, I couldn’t resist the temptation to have the Black Afternoon Tea at Aman, one of Tokyo newest and chicest hotels.

Unlike the ultra modern western hotels in Tokyo, Aman is all about infusing contemporary technology with traditional Japanese aesthetics. This is evident in their lobby, which blends every organize element in nature, from the live tree growing in the center of a pool, to the stone floors, to the rocks laid out like a zen garden among the lobby, the tree stump tables, paper shoji.

The lobby upon first impression

seating area for tea

True to its name, in Black Afternoon Team, everything was black. 

black place setting

tea menu

food menu

black tea pots

I ordered Irish-Whisky Cream tea, and my partner ordered green tea

We enjoyed our seat by the window were we got a prime view of downtown Tokyo.

sweets on the middle layer, very seasonal with all the summer fruit

savories on the bottle layer, a unique medley of offerings

 The tea was splendid, and they obviously have a chocolatier on staff who prepared excellent chocolate sweets in the shape of shoes, a hat, and a pearl in oyster.

chocolate on the top layer

white chocolate hats over jelly!

green tea and traditional scones

jams, devonshire cream, and honey

The view of Tokyo from our window seat

Monday, February 12, 2018

Seattle Day Walk

Last time I wore this skirt was also in Seattle. The chocker I got at a gothic event and this was my first time wearing it out during the day. The jacket I found this afternoon and wore it at once because it was too cold to be out sleeveless. 

Jacket: thrifted from Crossroads
Skirt: H&M
Top: Target
Bag: vintage Coach
Bracelets: vintage from mama

Thursday, February 8, 2018

La outfit 3

Third day in LA I wore this very comfortable jersey dress with a vintage belt for this simple but classic look. I started the morning at the new bakery 189 by Dominique Ansel but the highlight of the afternoon was a trip to the famous Stahl house. 

Dress: Urban Outfitters
Belt: Vintage
Bag: Coach

What did I eat in Tokyo?

Of all the  food posts  I do, I'm surprised that I'm just now getting around to a post on what-I-eat-in-Tokyo. This is list reflec...