Posts under ‘Food’

Take-out Heaven

Okay I admit it – one of the things I miss about NYC is the abundance of delivery menu options! How I took it for granted when I was just too tired (or lazy) to cook dinner, knowing I could look through the pile of menus or go to the good old reliable Chinese take-out. […]

Today’s Lunch…

is something I no longer need to really think about, except on the weekends. Fortunately, hoikuen provides lunch and snacks for the kids. Normally I’d be worried about what school lunches are, but I am amazed at Japanese school lunches. I don’t know what is served in Elementary schools here, but New York City school […]

Rice Cracker!

Keiji and his giant shrimp rice cracker

Matsuri Treats

Some やたい (yatai) food stalls you can always find at Japanese festivals: Jagabata じゃがバター Steamed potato with butter Yaki ikaやきいか Grilled squid Okonomiyaki おこのみやきJapanese style pan-fried “pizza” with ingredients such as cabbage, pork, shrimp, octopus, squid (okonomi means “what you like” and yaki means “grilled”) Takoyaki たこやきPan-fried balls with octopus pieces and veggies inside, usually topped […]

Sweets Forest

  There’s a place in Jiyugaoka called Sweets Forest. It’s like a cute little food court decorated as forest with fake trees, but there are only dessert stalls. We tried this lovely concoction of strawberry ice cream similar to Cold Stone Creamery on top of a fresh mini waffle from Mixn Mixream. I wish I […]

Peking Duck is Good

One of my favorite restaurants in NY is Peking Duck House on Mott Street in Chinatown. My family has taken me here since I was an elementary school student. Back then it was a dingy Chinatown hole in the wall restaurant but we didn’t care since the peking duck was so damn good. It’s got […]

What’s for Brunch?

The Popover Cafe, New York City I miss brunch. I can eat Eggs Benedict, waffles with sausage, or a stack of pancakes at any time of the day. But I do love a hearty breakfast served at noon. On our last weekend in NYC, my family took the kids and I to a yummy Sunday […]

Holiday Memories

The end of last year went by like a whirlwind. My folks were in town and Keiji and Arisa always enjoy quality time with their grandparents. Soon after they left we had to prepare for our trip and deal with boring things like getting my re-entry permit at Immigration office. It’s really only now that […]

Melon Pan

Melon pan is a popular Japanese sweet bread with a crunchy sugary topping. It’s named so because it looks like a canteloupe melon, not because it is actually melon-flavored. Keiji loves melon pan. It’s usually made the size of his head but he can eat the whole thing. This small coffee shop in Asakusa in […]

The New O1O1

If you’re not from Japan and you see the bright red neon O1O1 sign, chances are you will call this store oi oi, or maybe even o one o one or zero one zero one. This is actually the logo of Marui department store and they’ve just opened up a new fancy branch in the […]