Monday, July 17, 2017

Yummies in Tokyo

I relied a lot on my sister's recommendations on what to eat in Tokyo as I did not do much research myself as I did not want to stress myself out.

I get stressed out pretty easily. Maybe I should rephrase that - I actually get easily disappointed when I have set my mind to do something (ie. trying out a particular restaurant) but fail to do it! Haha.

However, meals that weren't planned were very disappointing. 

Walking into a random shop for meals in Tokyo did not satisfy our tummies as much as going to places that have been recommended by others (provided that you have similar tastes as the one recommending). Haha.

Highly recommend the tempura bowl at Kaneko Hannosuke!

Everything was so fresh and so, so GOOD! 
We went there around 6 p.m. and there was already a queue! 
We had to wait for around half an hour for a seat.

When we were done eating, the queue double up!

Sashimi - tunaaaa

We headed to Tsukiji for this and walked inside a random shop because the streets were just way too packed and it was pretty hard to navigate through with a stroller.

Uni

I'm not that BIG on uni but I have enjoyed eating it a few times during Omakase meals.
However, when it's served like that in a bowl - my stomach can't handle it.
Plus, there's some funky smell coming from some of the sea urchin.



Most random meal ever - chicken rice in Ginza. Hahahaha.

Mike said that it's the "only thing" that Olivia would eat - which is RICE!

During the whole trip, all she ate was plain rice for meals or baby cereal (that we ran out of during the few last days of our trip). And finding baby food in Japan is like finding a needle in a haystack.

You need to go to really specific places to get instant baby food. We went to so many malls and couldn't find any at the grocery. Thank God for Takashimaya! They had a couple of jars of instant baby food there and we stocked up our baby food. However, Olivia didn't like it at all.

Looking back in hindsight, I really should have brought my Electric Lunch Box to cook Olivia's meals in Japan. 

We were thinking that we had nothing to worry about in a first world country but we were wrong. They don't have any infant cereals stocked up at all! 

I had a newfound appreciation of infant cereals when I came back from Japan - I just felt an innate need to stock up my house with boxes of cereal after trying to hunt for them in Tokyo but couldn't find a single box. I realised how wonderful Cerelac is and how I've been taking it for granted. Hahahahaha. 

Sorry, just being overly dramatic here as I am thinking back on our challenge in finding food for Olivia in Tokyo. You have no idea how stressful it was.

The famous pancakes at Gram! Missing it already although I regretted not sharing with Mike. It's so fluffy yet so filling.

Parfaits at Takano Fruit Parlour.

Just a random observation - most of the diners here were solo mid aged to old ladies. 

I found it pretty interesting because dessert parlours are usually frequented by families or the younger crowd. But then again, I'm also not young myself. Haha. 

If I lived in Tokyo, I might be one of those oldies sitting there enjoying her parfait. Hee hee.

Dog Heart, Tokyo

Olivia adores dogs. Every day she will be asking us to bring her to see dogs !

"DOG DOG DOG DOG."

Even until now, that she's 18 months old, she still keeps wanting to see dogs.

Every time she's outside the house, she will want to peek into our neighbour's house and will get extremely excited to see their dogs.

As Tokyo is famous for various animal cafes, we did a quick search on Google and visited Dog Heart in Shibuya which is supposed to be a dog cafe.

I envisioned a cafe where we could sit down and have some tea/coffee with dogs roaming around the place.

However, I was so surprised when we walked into the place to just see an empty space with dogs walking freely and humans sitting at around. 

When I got to the place, I felt like making a U-turn because of the totally different expectations that I had.

Olivia, on the other hand was SO HAPPY and could not wait to get past the gate.
Since we were already there, we paid for a half an hour session just to "play with dogs". 

It wasn't cheap.
After conversion, it was like RM90 for the 3 of us.




We had to control Olivia as she wanted to go around hugging each and every dog.


I will always remember how she did her happy excited stomp so many times in the room.
That face of true joy and love.

Here is Olivia trying to release herself from Mike's grip.




All the dogs were well behaved except for this annoying chi hua hua who kept barking at Olivia for God knows what reason. WHAT A MEANIE!

Olivia was so scared of this dog.
Just look at her expression!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Nishiki Market

We took a bus to Nishiki market and spent around 2 hours at the market.
It was tough pushing a stroller in the market as it was pretty crowded.




Near the entrance of the market where we entered from, there was a restaurant selling fresh oysters.

We were seated right at the entrance of the shop as we had a stroller and there was no place for us inside the restaurant to park our stroller.

Olivia was also napping in the stroller and that gave us the perfect opportunity to eat in peace!

Trying the various styles of oysters prepared - raw, grilled and boiled.

We also had a huge scallop !

Had some soy milk ice cream with brown sugar. Tasted exactly like tow fu fa in ice cream form.

Didn't quite like it as the ice cream was pretty icy.
I expected it to be creamy.

There's a Snoopy shop in the market too.

We decided to walk from the market to the nearest ramen store that we found on Google.

Can't recall the name but I did not quite enjoy it. 
Maybe it was because I was too stuffed from all the stuff I ate at the market.

However, this ramen shop had one small table in the store hence we could sit down and eat with Olivia seated beside me on the chair. The rest were counter stools.


We took a cab to Gion after that to eat ice cream and buy green tea powder at Tsujiri.

Basically, the highlight of my trip this time around was the food  :)