Friday, February 24, 2017

Konakara (こなから 新丸ビル店) & Aoyama Itchome autumn leaves

Lunch date with A san at Konakara, which is a restaurant that specialises in oden in Shin-maru building (こなから 新丸ビル店).


They have this grand set up in the centre.


I ordered their lunch set that came with 4 oden of choice and chicken soboro gohan.

While the daikon was delicious, I made a mistake by ordering the wrong chikuwa. I wanted the yaki chikuwa and not this soft non-chewy one. I have another seafood ball behind the daikon which was also soft and non-chewy.....not exactly a texture that I like.

My last one is this really dense dango which tasted like there's pumpkin in it.

The rice, which I though was the only other delicious item.


My pretty lunch partner

Overall, I prefer the oden at Oden Kashimin (おでん かしみん) at Marunouchi Iiyo that I visited a few months back. (http://melissa1311.blogspot.jp/2016/12/nihombashi-and-marunouchi.html)




Spotted this Xmas trees after lunch


As the weather was lovely that day, I decided to head over to Aoyama Itchome to catch the beautiful yellow leaves from the ginko trees there.


There were sooo many people there as it was a Sunday


So glad I made the trip because the view was absolutely breathtaking.


Yup, one day, I shall return with a special someone.


Even the fallen leaves look beautiful


A super long queue in front of the Shake Shack


After that, I took the train to Yoyogi and managed to catch some Autumn leaves there too :D

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Steamboat with colleagues

Steamboat is the best on a cold in November,

We had the xiao fei yang steamboat at a colleague's place and it was nice. Hot food in a warm room, as we chat away~

Unfortunately, the food was not enough for the 3 of us because we're such big eaters.....2 of us decided to order pizza~!!!

We ordered 2 medium pizza that came in 4 flavours each to be shared among the 2 of us. My first time having pizza hut in Japan and it was delicious because they have flavours that I've never heard nor tasted before.

My colleague and I exchanged 4 pizzas so that we each got a piece of all the 8 flavours and it was great because I got to try 8 different flavours. 

To be honest, all of them are good while I did enjoy the seafood ones more.

There were left-over pizzas, so I ate the rest for breakfast and lunch the next day.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Soranoiro & early snow

Dinner with Moon at my fav. vegetable ramen place

Moon didn't order the veg ramen and ordered a pork based one instead.

My favourite....with yuzu spice~!!! Love this~ I always empty the bowl! This time I got the normal noodles and while the texture is still different from normal ramen noodles, it has a better texture than the one I ordered previously.

It was set to know that day.....The earliest snow Tokyo has seen in 54 years, on 24/11/16.

What a surprise it was to see snow when I opened by door the next morning. While the snow did not settle, it was an exciting scene for a tropical girl like me.

And because it was sooo cold that night, I had pizza for dinner~!! My convenient frozen 4 cheese pizza on a cold night. :)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI paris, Marunouchi

pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI paris



I was really excited to visit pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI paris because I have read about this before and had always wanted to visit.

I'm really happy to be able to try the cakes here because they're just soooo elegant and DELICIOUS!

サヤ (Saya)

<3 this cake~ the biscuit base with the different layers of strawberry and pistache creme~  The cake is not too sweet and it has a pretty colour!

バンブー (Bamboo)

Aoki's matcha endition of the opera cake. I chocolate and matcha flavours marry well in this cake.

フォレ ノワーレ (Foret Noire)

This is their special from Sept to Nov. This is like the adult version of the black forest cake. While I've never been a fan of the black forest cake, I enjoyed the small bite that I got from this cake.


Us, enjoying our cakes~

While they're expensive, I highly recommend the cakes at pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI paris. I would definitely come back for more of those delicious cakes.


After that it was more walking to hunt for Moon's sweets~


Laduree's macaron's.... So pretty~ I have to revisit to get some when I'm less high on sugar.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Eating Japan - Snack series 10

1. StyleONE kaisen mirin age

Kinda reminds me of a kinds of Malaysian keropok. The chips are sightly sticky and sweet on the outside. Yummy~


2. Royal Beauty Kiregummy

The packaging definitely looks a lot better than the actual taste of the gummies. Won't be buying a second pack.


3. Pure gummy - Juicy grape gummy

Love the texture of these gummies. Plus they're sugar coated so you get that extra 'crunch'. If that's not good enough, they're packed with collagen and Vitamin C! 


4. Fujiya home pie in butter and chocolate flavour

I really enjoy the texture of this, as I've mentioned before. I purchased their normal one previously and this time I bought their Halloween edition that came in chocolate flavour too and I like it more than the butter one.


5. Umaibo mentai flavour

You can never go wrong with mentai flavour~! When in doubt, just grab it!


6. QBB baby cheese in black pepper

Don't underestimate this! It's packed with black pepper and is very flavourful! 


7. BAKE chocolat fondue au

While this is good, it wasn't as melty in the centre as I thought it would be.

8. Hachimitsu to Karin nodokan

This one here uses black sugar from Okinawa and it is delicious~


9. galbo hokkori maron

Really enjoy these chestnut flavoured mini galbo. Super good~


10. Pure collagen 4500mg for inner support

As I said before above, I love the texture of gummies from pure. The best part of all is that they're packed with collagen. So you get to enjoy gummy and be healthy!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Maison Kayser Paris & 町村農場丸の内店 (Machimura Farm)

We were excited to grab some cakes at Maison Kayser Paris, Marunouchi but we met with disappointments from the bad service. 




We opted to dine in and it took forever for us to get some service. We were seated for a long time, no one came to ask us what cakes we wanted and no one served us table water. They should at least brief us on what's the standard protocol for service there!

So I just walked up to the counter to order some cakes!



The cakes were just ok. Nothing to shout about. We seriously couldn't understand the reason for the bad service or lack of service at this place!







After that, we tried to walk off the calories around Marunouchi area and walked into 町村農場丸の内店 (Machimura Farm)  where Mish and Moon increased their calorie intake with some very yummy milk products.






Moon opted for a sundae and Mish for a yoghurt drink~


After that, we walked toward the Imperial Palace to catch these beautiful ginko trees.




There was even a couple there shooting their wedding pictures.


Mish, very happily photobombing!




Nature is amazing~