kimuraya

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Since my foodie partner had to leave for the airport in the morning, we bought breakfast bread the night before. Just a few red bean breads from Kimuraya. (An old bakery that has been around Tokyo for over a century.) When it was time to split ways, I tagged along to the transferring station to make sure my partner got on the right train. Good thing I did or it could have been another long day spent on the train! Although he arrived at the airport early with time to spare, since he can’t read Japanese, he ended up ordering udon with yuzu which he doesn’t like…

I headed back to the hotel to spend the remaining few hours with my dad before heading to my grandparents. Since the timing was awkward, we decided to check out Tsukiji even though it was a Sunday. It was too early to eat lunch and full of tourists so we only browsed a little before walking over to the river.  After my dad took a bunch of boring photos, he headed for lunch in Ginza while I was bound for my flight to Kagawa.


彼氏はお昼出発だったの、昨夜木村屋であんぱんを買っておきました。出かける時、私は彼と一緒に乗り換えの駅まで付いて行きました。多分付いて行かなかったら、また大変な事になってました!空港に早く着いたけど、日本語が読めないので、お昼に柚子入りうどん。韓国は柚子を使う時いつも甘いので、彼は食事に柚子風味は苦手。

私はホテルに戻り、残り時間はお父さんと過ごしました。時間が中途半端だったので、近くの築地に行きました。お昼には早すぎず、観光客だらけで、ちょっと歩いてから、近くの川に行きました。お父さんが一生懸命写真を撮った後、銀座でお昼ご飯を探し、私は羽田に向かいました。

centre the bakery

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Even though we had an unfortunate dinner the night before, our breakfast the next day was much better. We planned to shop in Yurakucho during the late morning so my foodie partner found a bakery for breakfast nearby called Centre the Bakery. Reviews raved about the delicious shokupan that people would wait in line for before the store even opened. When we arrived, there was a long line for the bakery but luckily open a few people waiting for the cafe. The lunch menu is more popular because it includes sandwiches so the people waiting outside were actually waiting for lunch!

We were quickly seated inside where we could choose 3 different set menus. A. Jam Set, B. Butter set, C. Jam & Butter set. There were 3 different types of bread where you had to choose 2. I chose the Jam set with the Yamagata and Hokkaido bread, while my foodie partner chose the Jam & Butter set with Hokkaido and Japan bread. The fun thing about this bakery was you had to choose a toaster from the front of the store. It was a bit intimidating and confusing at first though. But in the end, the bread makes all the difference not the toaster! I think this was the best shokupan I’ve ever had in my life. Crispy and fluffy at the same time. I can understand the long lines now. Their jam offerings were pretty great too although the chocolate nut butters are different at each table. If you want a different one, you might have to ask a table to switch. The butters in my foodie partners set were also surprisingly good. You could actually taste the difference.

After a satisfying breakfast, we had a long day of shopping, meeting my mom’s friends and one last dinner with my parents before we all parted ways the next morning.


昨夜は残念な夜ご飯だったけど、次の朝はとても美味しかった。午前中は有楽町で買い物の予定だったので、彼氏はパン屋を検索してセントラルザ・ベーカリーに決定。パン屋に着いたらレビュー通り、外にはすでに行列!カフェは別列で人もまだ2〜3人しか並んでなかったので二人でホッとしました。しかもその人達はランチ待ちだった。ランチメニューはサンドイッチもあるので、人気で人は早くから並ぶみたいですね。

朝ごはんのメニューはセット3種類。A.ジャムセットB.バターセットC.ジャム+バターセット。そして3種類の食パンから2週類を選ぶ食べ比べ。私はジャムセットで山形と北海道食パン。彼はジャム+バターセットで北海道と国産食パン。このパン屋は面白いことにトースターも選びます。でもトースターの種類が多いのでちょっと戸惑います。結局食パンはトースターじゃなく食パンで味が全然違う!人生で一番美味し食パンかも。トーストしたらパリっ&ふわっと。行列の理由が納得。ジャムの種類も結構よかった。でもチョコナッツバターは各テーブル違うので、欲しいのがあったら、他のお客さんと交換できないか聞かないといけないかもしれませんw。彼氏のバターも結構美味しく、味の違いもわかります。

満足した朝ごはんの後、買い物をし、お母さんのお友達と会い、両親とこの旅の最後の夜ご飯。

mont blanc

mogumogu_112516xx.jpgSince we still had time after returning from Kamakura, I wanted to check out Jiyugaoka – famous for dessert shops. But since it was already around 4pm, tea time was ending and many of the popular cakes were gone at the shops I wanted to try. So we headed to Mont Blanc which supposedly was the first cake shop in Japan to serve mont blanc cake. My foodie partner and I shared the chestnut tart with tea. I thought it was ok but my partner thought it was pretty good. We rested for a while at the cafe which has a large seating area but later this turned out to be a mistake. When we decided to head out for dinner, we first stopped by a baking store further delaying our time. By the time we started looking, all the restaurants were full with reservations! I think we walked around for almost an hour in the cold. Going back to the hotel would have taken too long but now I know, there’s almost nowhere to eat in Jiyugaoka! We should’ve just bought food from a grocery store or convenience store instead. Instead, we had a sad dinner at a kaitenzushi restaurant. Not good…


鎌倉から戻った時、時間にまだ余裕があったので、ずっと行って見たかった自由が丘に。でもついた時には4時過ぎだったので、人気のケーキ屋さんは品切れ間近。最終的にモンブランに行くことにしました。季節限定の利平栗タルトを頼み、彼と半分こ。下のタルトはサクサクで美味しかったけど、私的には栗ペーストの量がちょっと物足りないかな〜。彼は満足していましたけど。カフェは席が多いので、絵本のアイディアを考えながらゆっくりしてたが、これが間違えでした。夜ご飯を探しに行こうと思ったら、cuocaにも寄ったので、時間が余計遅くりました。その後どのレストランに入っても、予約で満席!1時間近く寒い中歩き回ってました。ホテルに戻るのには時間がかかりすぎるから自由が丘で探そうとしたのに、食べるところがない!スーパーかコンビニで何か買えばよかったのに、回転寿しでイマイチな夜ご飯を食べてしまった…

akimoto kamakura

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The second day with my foodie partner, we headed down to Kamakura for sightseeing and nama shirasu (raw whitebait). We boarded the train after a disappointing hotel breakfast and over an hour later, we were in Kamakura. We got off a stop early to walk around Enkakuji with other tourists. Then we decided to walk instead of taking the train again into the town center. At one end of the center is the Tsurugaoia Hachiman-gu which we decided to check out before eating lunch. It was a good choice since we got to see the end of a traditional Japanese wedding. Everyone was whispering how beautiful the bride was.

We quickly walked to the restaurant I found beforehand since I knew a line would be forming soon. When we arrived, many groups were already waiting but figured everywhere would be the same. After an hour wait, we were finally seated. Apparently the wait was long because one of the set menus include tempura which would take 30minutes! Luckily, we were able to eat the nama shirasu don (raw and boiled whitebait over rice) which is a seasonal dish but can also depend on the day’s catch. It wasn’t mind-blowing but still delicious with the two different textures. I would want to eat it again if it was readily available.

One embarrassing thing happened where I spilled my miso soup on the floor. The lady next to me kept apologizing for not being able to help. oh.. only in Japan 🙂


彼氏との二日目は鎌倉探検。ホテルのイマイチな朝ごはんビュッフェを食べ終え、電車に乗り1時間後鎌倉に到着。一駅前で降り、他の観光客と円覚寺を歩き回りました。その後、電車に乗らず鎌倉駅まで歩くことにしました。小町通を歩く前、鶴岡八幡宮により、偶然神前式が終わるところでした。新婦はとても綺麗な方で、周りの人達はひそひそと綺麗だねと言ってましたw。

もうお昼時だったので急いでレストランに向かいました。事前に調べといた生しらす丼のレストランであいにく着いたら既に外で待ってる人がたくさん。どこ行っても同じだと思い待つことにしました。1時間後、やっと座れて生しらす丼もゲット!待ち時間が長かったのは、天ぷら付きの定食は注文してから作り、30分もかかるそう。生しらす丼は圧倒されるほど美味しくはないけど、生しらすと茹でたしらすの食感と味は美味しいので人気の理由は納得します。また食べたいとは思いました。

恥ずかしいことに、食べ始めた時、味噌汁を床に落としてしまいした。隣のおばさんは親切でティッシュを渡してくれて、その後何度も役に立てずすみませんと謝っていました。私がこぼしたのに…日本だけだ… 🙂

gelateria marghera

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My foodie partner arrived Thursday noon but suffered the consequences of Tokyo’s confusing train system. After 3 hours (what should have been an hour and a half) on the train, he finally arrived at the hotel. It was a cold day with November snow for the first time in over 40 years in Tokyo!

Our first stop and main reason for going to Tokyo again was to order rings. Last summer we found rings we liked and I found that the designer had her own atelier in Ebisu. We headed to the area and after some debating chose a design we liked. Since there were a couple of hours before dinner, we did some shopping at the department store before looking for a restaurant. Unfortunately, many of the restaurants we tried were full with reservations but we found a slightly fancy yakitori place with open seats. After my foodie partner experienced his first yakitori izakaya, dessert time!

I already knew what I wanted since I had been eyeing this gelato place since my last summer visit. They serve gelato but also ice cream sandwiches half dipped in chocolate. I debated between the marron and pistachio but chose the marron since it’s a limited seasonal flavor. The cookie was crunchy and slightly flakey like a digest biscuit. And the ice cream was chock full of marron pieces. So delicious.. I would like one right now.


木曜日のお昼頃、彼氏は東京に到着したが電車が複雑でホテルまで1時間半のはずが3時間になってしまいました。その日はとても寒く40年ぶりに11月に東京に雪が降りました!

今回また東京に来た理由は指輪の注文。去年の夏はIdeeで好きなデザインの指輪を見つけ、調べたらデザイナーは恵比寿でアトリエを持っていました。直接デザイナーから注文したいと思い、アトリエに向かい、迷いながら指輪のデザインを決めました。夜ご飯まで少し時間があったので、駅近くのデパートで買い物をしました。残念ながら、近くの美味しそうなレストランはほとんど予約済みだったけど、おしゃれな焼き鳥屋で空席がありました。彼氏が初めての焼き鳥屋を体験した後デザート!

以前から食べてみたかったジェラト屋に速攻GO〜!ここはジェラトだけじゃなく、ジェラトアイスケーキやアイスサンドを売っています。マロンとピスタチオで迷ったけど、期間限定のマロンをチョイス。クッキーはサクサクでダイジェストビスケットっぽい。アイスも栗がゴロゴロ。美味しかった…今食べたい。

gontran cherrier

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My second night in Tokyo, I met a good friend from college who now works in Tokyo. We ate dinner at a vegetable based izakaya in Shinjuku that was delicious. (I tried to go again at a different location but it was completely reserved) After dessert at a nearby cafe, I needed to look for a bakery to buy breakfast for my dad and I. I first planned to try  Joël Robuchon but my friend and I couldn’t find it for some reason! So I went to my second choice Gontran Cherrier which was obviously placed in front of Shinjuku station (east exit).

An almond croissant for my dad, a matcha white chocolate scone for me, and a mont blanc croissant to share. The scone had the perfect crispy outside but soft inside texture. The croissant was pretty good too. The only thing with the mont blanc croissant was that the chestnut paste was at the bottom with nothing near the top. Still a delicious bakery. I went around closing time so most of the goods were gone but it looked like they offered many kinds of breads and pastries! They have a couple locations of this bakery in Seoul too so I’m looking forward to trying it soon.


東京の二日目は大学時代の友達と夜ごはんを食べに行きました。新宿駅近くの野菜中心居酒屋に行きました。美味しくて、みかん酒もありました!(また自由が丘店舗に行こうとしたが予約で満席でした。)ルミネのカフェでデザートを食べ終えたら、お父さんと私の朝ごはんを買うためパン屋を探しに行きました。ジョエル・ロブションに行きたかったけど、友達と探しても全然見つからず2番目のゴントランシェリエに行きました。

お父さんにアーモンドクロワッサン。私は抹茶ホワイトチョコスコーン。モンブランクロワッサンをシェア。スコーンは甘すぎず、外側がサクサクで中が柔らかめのいい食感でした。クロワッサンも悪くなかった。ただモンブランクロワッサンの栗ペーストは全部下にあり、巻いた形が少し食べずらかった。私は閉店間近に寄ったので、商品はほとんど残ってなかったが、色んなパンを置いてそうです。ソウルにもいくつか店舗があるので、ここのも試してみよう。

 

 

kanda yabu soba

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My dad and I spent a day shopping at Kappabashi (a street filled with kitchen supply stores) near Asakusa during our stay in Tokyo. Unfortunately it was a holiday but many of the shops I wanted to go to were still open that day. We had a successful couple hours gathering kitchen supplies and before we knew it, it was already 1pm. My dad used to live in Tokyo for a few years so he suggested looking for something in the Kanda area.

I did a quick search on my phone and we found the area had many soba restaurants. Our first choice had a line out the door even though it was already 2pm. But there was another popular place around the corner. The restaurant was already crowded but we came at good timing and got a table right away. I ordered the yamakake soba (grated yam and soy sauce over soba) while my dad ordered classic soba (seirou soba) with aiyaki (duck and green onion pan fried). I’m not a big soba fan but this was delicious and the noodles were easy to eat. Maybe I was really hungry too. The portions might be considered on the small side but  it was a good choice for a late meal since it wasn’t too heavy.


東京にいた時、お父さんと合羽橋で調理器具とベーキング用品を探しに行きました。祝日だったけど、行きたい店はほとんど開いてました。数時間買い物をした後、気づいたらもう午後1時。お父さんは昔東京に住んでいたので、神田でお昼ごはんを探そうと言いました。

携帯で検索したら神田はカレーと蕎麦屋が多いそうです。二人とも夜ごはんの約束があったのでカレーよ軽い蕎麦を食べることにしました。最初に見つけた店は2時なのにまだ行列ですぐ近くにあったかんだやぶそばに。店は混んでたけど、タイミングよくすぐ座れました。私は山かけ蕎麦を注文しお父さんはせいろう蕎麦とあい焼き。蕎麦はあまり好きじゃないので普段食べないけど、とても美味しく麺も食べやすかった。

dashi chazuke en

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Even though our hotel in Shinjuku was nice, there was no breakfast included. So I looked for something near the station on my phone. There was an ochazuke place that seemed like a good breakfast option. It ended up being the type of place where you buy the food ticket from the vending machine before you enter. I ordered the grilled salmon ochazuke and you can choose the amount of rice from s, m, l size. For some reason, I chose the m size which was too much. Luckily, my dad was there to finish my food for me :p  The ochazuke came with pickled vegetables and a small piece of soft tofu. The dashi to pour over the rice is separate so you can control how much to add. Usually I’m skeptical of these restaurants but the food tasted much better than I expected. I ended up going here again (at a different location) for a light lunch with my foodie partner when he joined us in Tokyo.


新宿で泊まっとホテルは良かったけど、朝ごはんは付いてなかったので、携帯で駅周辺にある朝ごはんっぽいところを探しました。選択肢の中のお茶漬け屋がいいとお父さんが決め、そこに向かいました。食券食堂だったので私は内心少し戸惑いましたが、お茶漬けの種類も多く美味しそうでした。私は鮭茶漬けにしました。ごはんは小、中、大から選び、なぜか中を選んでしまった。結局ごはんの量が多すぎてお父さんが残りを食べてくれた。数日後軽いお昼を食べたかったので、また彼とここに来ました(違う店舗の)。

d47 shokudo

mogumogu_112216.jpgAfter my parents visit in Seoul, we all jumped on a plane to Japan. My dad and I spent a couple of days in Tokyo while my mom flew to my grandparents and my foodie partner to join later. My dad and I hurried to our hotel in Shinjuku to buy a sim card before meeting my uncle. The sim card was successfully set up but after we met my uncle it stopped working! I was planning to meet an old friend for dinner at her work at a gallery in Shibuya Hikarie but I couldn’t contact her. I headed towards the department store hoping I would find her easily. Luckily I did! And she had forgotten her phone so we couldn’t contact each other anyways!

We headed to the restaurant down the floor from the gallery called d47 Shokudo. It offers a monthly revolving menu of teishoku (meal set) using ingredients from the different prefectures of Japan. They have a sister household goods shop with the same concept on the same floor. I ordered the Shimane teishoku and my friend ordered the Nara teishoku. My meal included a salt baked fish with miso soup, rice, and pickled vegetables. It was very simple but delicious.

For dessert, I wanted to try their limited time chestnut parfait but it was sold out for the day. We headed to the basement but the stores were also closing so we headed back to the top floor. There was a cafe bar offering dessert so we settled on tiramisu and ice cake. It was good to see my friend since it had been 5 years since we last saw each other. Shibuya Hikarie seemed to have a good basement food floor so that will be for next time too.


両親のソウル観光を終え、3人で日本に向かいました。お母さんは先に実家に帰り、私とお父さんは東京で数日過ごすことにしました。おじさんと会う前に急いで渋谷に向かい、SIMカードを購入。インストールはうまくいったはずなのに、おじさんと合流した後、なぜかデータに繋がらない!夜ご飯は親友と約束していたのに連絡がつけない。急いで彼女の職場、渋谷ヒカリエにあるギャラリーに向かって、すぐ見つかることを願った。友達を探した後、何と彼女はその日携帯を忘れていた!どっちみち連絡つかないはずだった。

夜ご飯は同じ階にあるd47食堂。メニューは月ごとに変わり、色々な地域の食材を使った定食を出しています。すぐ近くに同じコンセプトの姉妹店の雑貨屋があります。私は島根定食を頼み、友達は奈良定食。島根定食は焼き魚でお味噌汁と漬物付き。素朴だけど美味しい。

デザートは期間限定の栗パフェを食べたかったけど、その日は売りけれ。デパ地下に下りたら、店は閉店間近で諦めた。一番上にあるカフェBARはデザートメニューがあったので、そこのティラミスとアイスケーキを食べました。5年も会ってなかった友達とゆっくり話せて楽しかったです。渋谷ヒカリエのデパ地下も美味しそうだったので、また行きたいですね。