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Pancake @ Harajuku

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I visited the Harajuku area. Harajuku is located at the west side of Tokyo and next to Shibuya. Harajuku is famous for the subculture and fashion. What is more, it’s the competitive area for sweets and food!

These days, cup cake shops, pancake shops and popcorn shops from overseas are opening their stores in this small cozy area. And people line up and make a cue for long hours. I heard that the longest cue for the pancake shop was 8 hours!!!

To know the taste of famous pancake, I visited one of the famous pancake shop, the Maena cafe. (This is the shop that musician Justin Beaver came to visit spontaneously last week. ) I ordered the cinnamon pancake topped with cheese cream and Maui coffee. The combination of cinnamon sugar and coffee was amazing! I will try to recreate at home! ;-)♡

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Popcorn shops are also popular in Harajuku area!


Autumn leaves in Tokyo

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20151201.jpgDecember, the last month of 2015 has begun! 
And today, my son became 6 months old♡

I visited the Gotokuji temple near my place with my son.
Colored leaves were about to start and they were so beautiful♡ 

Since it’s already December but it’s still not so cold here in Tokyo.
I think you can enjoy the autumn leaves a little bit more this year!!!

KYODO : Yo-shoku BAL Ultra

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Dear Foodies, do you know there are western-style Japanese meals in Japan? It is called “Yo-shoku”. (By the way, “Washoku” means Japanese meals!riceball)



For example, Hamburger, “Tonkatsu” (pork cutlet), Curry and rice, Croquette, Fried shrimp, “Omu-rice” (omelet with a filling of ketchup-seasoned fried rice), Pilaf and so on.
There is one of my favorite restaurant in Kyodo area. The name of the restaurant is called “Ultra” and located just a few minutes walk from the Kyodo station.
When you enter the restaurant, you can see the big counter table. I like to sit near the counter table and watch chefs do cooking.

There are several fixed menus on lunch time. My recommend menus are hamburger, fried shrimp and fried chicken with vinegar and tartar sauce.

This time, I ordered the hamburger. It always comes with Miso soup and Japanese rice.
(Don’t you think it’s really western-style Japanese meal? I think so!)

When you cut the meat, you can see and taste the juicy sauce from the hamburger! Yummy!!


Hamburger course also has pasta and cabbage salad on a same plate. Plus, Miso soup and Japanese rice. [850 yen]


Special Lunch menu for the day : Fried chicken with vinegar and tartar sauce course.[850 yen]

Yo-shoku BAL Ultra

Address : 1-19-2, Kyodo, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Tel : 03-6413-9326
Hours : MON-SAT 11:00-15:00/18:00-24:00
Access : 2 minutes walk from Kyodo station, Odakyu-line

KYODO : Ramen-ya Yashigeru

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Dear Foodies, I like Ramen. I sometimes go to Ramen shops by myself and enjoy sipping! noodle



My neighborhood Kyodo area is famous for ‘Ramen’. It’s one of the competitive area for Ramen shop owners since a lot of students, families and Foodies(like us!) live in this area.

I recently visited the new Ramen shop “Ramen-ya Yashigeru”. The shop is located just a few minutes walk from the Kyodo station. As a landmark, you can find a small billboard on the right side of the Suzuran street. In the shop, there are only 7 seats as you see the photo.

Their Ramen soup is based on “Niboshi” (dried fish) and the fish are all burnt! So you can taste really rich flavor from the soup. Once you sip the soup, you might feel that condensed calcium liquid would be soaked into all of your body!

I usually make my own soup stock mixing with “Kombu”(dried kelp) and “Katsuobushi” (dried bonito flakes). So personally, I felt it’s really new and liked the burnt dried fish based soup. I will definitely go there again!


‘Burnt Niboshi Ramen’ [800 yen] has chopped onion, spinach, bamboo shoots, roasted pork fillet on top.
Ramen-ya Yashigeru

Address : Dom Kyodo 1F, 3-12-3, Miyasaka, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Tel : 03-3425-8651
Hours : TUE-FRI  11:30-15:00/18:00-22:00
           SAT-SUN 11:30-21:00
Access : 2 minutes walk from Kyodo station, Odakyu-line

Cooking session with Geheime Schnatterei

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1118_1.jpgToday, I had a creative cooking session with Geheime Schnatterei (food activist, chef, book author and food journalist) from Austria! We tried tempura, Hot Pot and some desserts with using green banana and red bean paste.


Bianca (Her real name) is friendly and open-minded and fun to talk with. She is also talented chef and has strong passion for food. She’s been doing her own project to visit many countries for a year. For more detail about her and her projects, please check either her weblog and her facebook page!


We enjoyed the food with Tatenokawa’s sake. It was really a fun day!!
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