Monday, December 11, 2017

takibi bakery stollen

@takibibakery stollen morning❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #シュトーレン #柿 #ヨーグルト #かぼちゃの種 #珈琲 #nakayamacoffeeroastery #takibibakery #stollen #persimmon #yogurt #pumpkinseed #coffee #osaka #japan #chillchill #almond #blackbean #soy #powder #アーモンド #黒豆 #きな粉 We recently started eating our stollen from Takibi Bakery.

The type I had purchased before had marzipan in the middle.

This one had lots of chestnut chunks in it.


p.s. on Saturday, we had a little dusting of snow on the mountains...brr!

Saturday, December 09, 2017

udon bo

1st time trying udon bo’s olive pork tsukemen❤︎delicious with lots of ginger ・ ・ ・ #オリーブ豚のつけ麺 #うどん棒 #大阪 #西梅田 #udonbo #olivepork #tsukemen #udon #osaka #japan #latergram Recently tried Udon Bo.

Their main shop is in Takamatsu, Shikoku and they also have a shop in Umeda (Osaka).

There is always a line for this place but the seating moves fast.

They ask you to pre-order when you stand in line and when you are seated, your order comes out piping hot.

Satoshi had their curry udon while I chose the Olive Pork Tsukemen.

Thinly sliced pork belly, the pork is raised in Shodoshima, which is known for olives.

The soup is shoyu based rich and garnished with slightly fried eggplant, thinly sliced ginger, green onion and sesame seeds.

Satoshi said his curry was super spicy, but super delicious...boy, was he perspiring like crazy!

I really enjoyed my choice, though I want to try their cold noodles next time.

We'll be back.

Udon Bo
Osaka Ekimae Dai-San Building B2F
Umeda, Osaka
Phone: 06.6458.5518
Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Weekdays), 11:00-20:00 (Saturdays), 11:00-16:00 (Sundays)

Friday, December 08, 2017

smart coffee

Untitled Have been wanting to try Smart Coffee for some time now and finally got to a couple of weeks ago.

They are well known for their hot cakes, but I ordered their egg sandwich.

Most egg sandwiches in Japan are the boiled egg with mayo type...egg salad, but the type we usually see in Kansai is a warm omelette type.

This was delicious.

A little dashi (stock) in the egg while making the omelette and butter on the bread.

I really enjoyed their coffee too.

I want to try their lunch menu next...I'll be back.

Smart Coffee
537 Teramachi-Sanjo
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Phone: 075.231.6547
Hours: 8:00-19:00

Thursday, December 07, 2017

patisserie s

Untitled A couple of weeks back, I went to try Patisserie S.

While the cake (chocolat classique) that I tried was rich and delicious, I thought their customer service was rather cold and kind of robot-like.

Dunno that I would go back.

Patisserie S
300-1 Takatsuji-dori, Kannon Muromachi Shijo 1F
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Phone: 075.361.5521
Hours: 11:00-19:00
Closed Wednesdays & Thursdays

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

anzu shiso fuumi

tohoku fair❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #いぶりがっこ #あんずしそ風味#米沢牛 #弁当 #海峡サーモン #青森 #山形 #秋田 #きむらや #刈谷食品 #阪急梅田本店 #大阪 #departmentstore #hankyu #umeda #tohokufair #yamagata #akita #kohakudo #琥珀堂 #yonezawabeef #kaikyosalmon #apricot #perilla #smoked #daikon Recently Hankyu Department Store had a Tohoku fair.

We picked up some bento for dinner (Yonezawa beef for me and salmon for Satoshi), iburigakko and anzu shiso fuumi.

If you recall, the iburigakko is a smoked pickle from Akita.

The anzu shiso fuumi (literally means perilla flavored apricot) and is a sweet-sour pickle/jam of sorts.

The taste reminds me of prune mui, a preserve we have in Hawaii.

We first tried this in Aomori, and reconnected with it at the fair.

This version is made by Kariya Shokuhin from Akita.

The owner, Mr Kariya, was a very friendly and good salesman.

Untitled So far, we've eaten it as is with breakfast and also chopped it up and added it to yogurt.

These apricot are also grown by Mr Kariya and he makes these with honey and shiso (perilla).

I think the syrup might be good on ice cream or pancakes.

What are you enjoying these days?

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

pb m&m's

stores have finally brought pb m&m’s to this part of the world❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #ピーナツバター #大阪 #kaldi #plaza #peanutbutter #mandms #osaka #japan #エムアンドエムズ #よしや I really like peanut butter.

But, it can be hard to find here because it isn't too popular.

So, I was really stoked to find some stores bringing in Peanut Butter M&M's...whoo.

I think I've bought 10 of these single serving bags already...eep!

Monday, December 04, 2017

onsen tamago

Untitled It's amazing what things you come across from the department store food floors...

I recently bought a bibimbap bento and it came with a onsen tamago (soft boiled egg).

I couldn't believe they had a special package for the egg.

pizza toast topped with onsen tamago(soft boiled egg)❤︎have a good week! ・ ・ ・ #ピザトースト #温泉卵 #あんぽ柿 #珈琲 #大阪 #pizzatoast #swisschard #redonion #スイスシャード #紫玉ねぎ #softboiledegg #anpogaki #coffee #osaka #japan Since we had our quota of egg intake for the day, I used it to top our pizza toasts instead the next morning...

It amazed me when I cracked it, it plopped out with the yolk intact.

Since it had been in the refridge overnight, I nuked the egg for about 20 seconds and it was still oozy.

By the way, onsen (hot springs) often have tamago (egg) sitting in the hot spring waters, the temperature of the hot springs are perfect for creating these eggs thus the name.

I have often said these were soft boiled but will change that since they are more like poached eggs.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

loaf bakery

Untitled Recently discovered the cookies at Loaf Bakery.

Apparently they have 3 types and I tried their assortment...cheese, coconut & cocoa.

I think the cheese cookie would be nice with wine.

I hope they have these the next time I visit.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

white bird coffee stand

brunch biscuit @whitebirdcoffeestand ❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #whitebirdcoffeestand #osaka #japan #coffee #biscuitsandgravy #ブランチ#ビスケット #珈琲 #ホワイトバードコーヒースタンド #大阪 #latergram Recently had my biennial ob-gyn (pap smear) appointment.

According to the doctor, everything looked okay except that I may have a fibroid.

She says there is nothing to worry about, but that I should still wait until all the results are back.

Lunch was at Whitebird Coffee Stand which was near the doctor's office.

They recently had biscuits and gravy on their menu, so I gave that I try.

Comfort food.

The gravy could've been warmer and a little less thick, but I enjoyed this.

Friday, December 01, 2017


huge beet❤︎gonna roast it! ・ ・ ・ #ビーツ #前鹿 #井口堂 #池田 #大阪 #beet #maeshika #ikeda #iguchido #osaka #japan Recently came across another bambucha (huge) vegetable.

A beet at Maeshika.

I roasted it and we have been adding it to salads and eating it with a little mayo.

Have a nice weekend.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

culture shock

Untitled Recently we spotted this taxi in Kyoto waiting for the bride and groom to be whisked off to their wedding ceremony.

On the front of the taxi there was a fan and the kanji (chinese characters) for kotobuki (celebration).

Inside the taxi, there were also artificial flowers on the rear deck near the back window.

The back left wheel was covered with a white cloth, I didn't know why, but think that maybe it was so that the bride's kimono/dress wouldn't get dirty getting in and out of the car.

Too bad we didn't get a glimpse of the soon to be newlyweds, but I'm glad we got to see this unique taxi.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

kyosaimi nomura

Untitled Kyosaimi Nomura is a shop I stumbled upon while surfing Tabelog (kind of like Yelp but mainly for restaurants).

The company specializes in pre-made foods that are sold online as well a used at various restaurants.

Satoshi and I both tried the Miyabi Gozen...1080 yen (tax included).

12 different items all presented in tiny glass bowls/cups on a wooden tray.

Untitled A huge yuba (bean curd skin) donburi (rice topped with yuba and a thick sauce) and a bowl of miso soup also comes with the meal.

Untitled I really liked all the items and the tiny bowls/cups were nice to look at too.

I think the next time we come to Kyoto early in the morning, we might try their breakfast...we'll be back.

Kyosaimi Nomura
224 Hashibenzen-cho
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Phone: 050.5589.7541
Hours: 7:00-20:00

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

okaffe kyoto

Untitled If you follow us on Instagram, you know we've been hanging around Kyoto more these days.

Satoshi's been checking out exhibits at various museums and me, I've be cafe crawling...

On Sunday though we went really early in the morning to have breakfast at Okaffe Kyoto.

I'm not too sure how I found out about this place but we were glad we checked out this place.

Untitled Satoshi had their pancake breakfast...salad, sunny side up egg and yogurt.

Untitled Me, I ordered their egg sandwich.

It comes with a green smoothie, yogurt and this super thick omelette sandwiched between pancakes.

Untitled Served with two sauces...a mustard mayo and a slightly sweet marscapone, this was delicious!

The pancakes aren't too sweet so it is perfect for the omelette.

I want to try their lunch here...we'll be back.

Okaffe Kyoto
235-2 Shinmei-cho
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Phone: 075.708.8162
Closed Tuesdays
Hours: 9:00-21:00

Monday, November 27, 2017


Untitled I mentioned in my previous post that is was a holiday on Thursday.

Earlier in the month when we visited MIL, we had planned to visit Satoshi's grandma's grave too, but since MIL had requested bento from the department store, we figured that we wouldn't be able to get to the department store and visit the grave, so we instead went to visit the grave this past Thursday.

On our way back to town we jumped off the bus at Kyoto Gyoen (the former Imperial Palace) and checked out the fall foliage.

Untitled Huge huge ginko tree.

Untitled Click on this photo to see a short video.

Untitled Across the street is Go-o Shrine.

Huge ginko tree here too.

Click on the photo to see the video.

IMG_2908 Lunch was at the Gyoza Ohsho on Oike Boulevard.

This one is fancy and serves a different menu from their other shops.

Apparently they are marketing target is the female population...

Of the different things we tried, we loved the fried rice with all sorts of Kyoto style tsukemono (pickles) in it.

(and they measure the amount of wine they give...whoo!)

Untitled There were also some trees to see along Oike boulevard as we walked to our train station.

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving and got great deals on Black Friday.

Can you believe there are only 5 weeks until the end of 2017?! Too fast.

Gyoza Ohsho
430 Tatsuike-cho (on Oike Boulevard, corner of Anekoji and Ryogaemachi)
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Phone: 075.251.0177
Monday-Saturdays 11:00-24:00, Sundays 11:00-22:00

Thursday, November 23, 2017

kinro kansha no hi

Untitled Today is Kinro Kansha no Hi, a national holiday that shows an appreciation for laborers and production, to me it is a combination of Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

Thinking of family and friends in the States and around the world too.

Hope you all have lots to eat and are able to spend some time with the special people in your lives.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

roi thai

Untitled Roi Thai is a brand that we have here for coconut milk.

Recently, as I was walking around Kaldi Coffee Farm (a shop that imports all sorts of foods), I noticed that they had an "instant" curry.

I picked up their Massaman, Green and Red.

Untitled Each box is 2 servings and you only need to cook the curry for a couple of minutes, so I precooked all the "stuff" I wanted to put in it...eggplant, red bell pepper, maitake and chicken.

We tried the green curry, because I thought "green" was not as hot as "red"...wrong.

It was super spicy!

But so good!

I'm glad we tried this, and the next time I put chicken, I think I'm gonna try putting in minced chicken instead of chicken wings, so it will cook through faster.

Monday, November 20, 2017

muroji & hasedera

Untitled Sunday, we were heading out to Nara when Satoshi who has a bad habit of walking in front of me, took me out and I landed "kerplat" on the pavement.

I usually have a chance to "deflect" him, but this time he came out of nowhere....luckily it happened right in front of our place, so we headed back upstairs for me to clean my wounds...

Both palms have teeny asphalt holes (try washing dishes, showering, even putting on skincare....sting!)...both my knees have chin has a bump (hope it won't turn black and blue) and my lip looks like I have a huge cold sore on it...

On top of that, my arms and legs are sore probably from trying to brace my least I didn't break anything and didn't need to go to the hospital...

Untitled Anyway, from our place to Muroji it is about an hour an 45 minutes by train to Muroguchiono station, then by bus another 10 minutes or so.

Luckily during this time of year they have extra buses running, so we were able to get onto one as soon as we arrived at the station.

You need to walk in a bit from the bus stop but there are some shops to look at along the way.

Untitled From the entrance to Okunoin (the farthest inside temple), you need to climb stairs...lots of them and they go pretty much straight up...

I took my time going up and held onto the skinny rails that were almost all along the way up.

I also took my time coming down as it is quite steep and didn't want to fall "again"....

Untitled Treat while we waited for the bus to come...a slightly warm, yomogi (mugwort) mochi filled with sweet bean paste.

Untitled Also during this time of year there is a bus that takes you directly from Muroji to Hasedera...luckily we were able to catch one of these...

The ride is about 50 minutes through winding roads.

Untitled Once at Hasedera, there is a huge staircase to walk up to the temple.

Untitled It is quite peaceful and beautiful from up top.

If you have some time, pay the extra 1000 yen to go inside and see the Eleven Faced Kannon, it is 10 meters tall (about 32 feet high). You can walk around it about mouth open drop jaw moment...

Untitled And from Hasedera to the station it is about a 30 minute walk.

We were glad to check out some of fall foliage, though the weather was overcast and cold.

It seems we've been thrown head first into winter...maybe those stink bugs really know something yeah?!

Have a good week!

Friday, November 17, 2017

ikeda castle ruins park

Untitled This morning was 4C (39F)...brr!

On my way to the market, I went to check out the Ikeda Castle Ruins Park.

Untitled There weren't too many trees that had changed colors.

Untitled But, I'm glad the ones that had were my height, so I could get close enough to get some shots.


Untitled There were quite a bit of fallen leaves too.


Untitled They also had kiku (chrysanthemum) on display too.

Rain in the forecast for tomorrow, hope you have a nice weekend.

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Untitled Went to Saikoji today to check out the fall colors.

Only the leaves that the sunlight hit turned reddish.

Untitled The wind was strong and icy.

Untitled We're supposed to have year end temps tomorrow through the weekend...brr.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

thanks santa

thanks santa❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #シュトーレン #ロゼ #takibibakery #stollen #miraval #rosé #deananddeluca #osaka #japan #大阪 #latergram On Saturday, I saw these at Dean & Deluca and decided to pick them up...

Takibi Bakery's stollen and Miraval's Rosé.

We tried Takibi Bakery's stollen a couple of years ago.

And I first heard about the rosé from Rowena over the summer.

D & D also had a blanc made by Miraval, but the price for that one was a little too pricey.

Looking forward to trying the rosé with Christmas Eve dinner and having the stollen for several breakfasts in December.

Monday, November 13, 2017


Untitled Earlier this morning I went to Sanshikisaido. I love this street.

Untitled This year the leaves changed quickly, our mornings have been in the 40s(F)...brr while warming up by lunchtime, which is perfect for the leaves to change colors.


IMG_2692 Click on this photo to see a short video that I shot.

Untitled It is supposed to rain tomorrow, so I hope to get out later this week on more walks to see more fall foliage.