Sumikko Gurashi Cafe

Sumikko Gurashi Cafe

Finally visited the Sumikko Gurashi cafekirakira

Sumikko Gurashi Cafe

Character cafes are usually impossible to go to because they always get clogged with people queuing for hours, but by some miracle I got a table right away at this one. Probably because it was a weekday afternoon, and an hour away from central Tokyo by train.

Sumikko Gurashi Cafe

It was worth the long journeygoodThey really did put a lot of effort into decorating; there wasn’t a single corner of the place that didn’t have Sumikko Gurashi on it. And that was great, because I adore every one of them.

Sumikko Gurashi Cafe

They were surrounding us while we atelove

Sumikko Gurashi Cafe

Big props to the people who decorated the cafe. They even had a big screen on one end playing Sumikko Gurashi cartoons. I didn’t even know they did cartoons, and the characters just kind of quietly bob around and bump into each other, but it was entertaining to watch.

Sumikko Gurashi Cafe

And of course the food was cute too, even if it was just printed wafers stuck inside sandwichessmileThe wafers didn’t taste of anything so they were really just decoration. But at least it did look a lot more interesting with the characters sitting in between slices of bread.

Sumikko Gurashi Cafe

To their credit they did try hard with their pancakes. The stack was completely doused with cream, which was all they needed to shape it into the white bearbear

Sumikko Gurashi Cafe

This might have been one of my best experiences at a character cafe, mostly because it was nice and empty and I didn’t have to wait for anything (I will never forget the six hour queue at the Kanahei cafe in Shibuya). But the atmosphere was adorable too, complete with giant Sumikko Gurashi characters accompanying you at the tables.

It just steals your heart (and money)girl love

My Taiwan Travel Diary

Taiwan Milk Tea

I’m back in Japan! I can finally catch up with my bloghappyIt’s been a month since I returned, but I wanted to share pictures from my trip to Taiwan while it’s still summer. It was a four day trip but we saw and ate enough to fill several gb of pictures and videos.

Taiwan Hello Kitty Plane

Our airplane surprised us by being decked out in Hello Kitty. I mean everything was Hello Kitty—the plane meal, the seat cushions, the safety pamphlets and even the barf bag. I’m not a big fan of Hello Kitty, but I fully appreciate how much effort the EVA Air put in to looking cute.

Taiwan Castella

Taiwan in general is full of cute things like this bear castella I ate on a day trip to Shifen.

Taiwan Lightbulb Milk Tea

And sometimes they’re borderline hipster too, when they put their milk tea in a lightbulb.

Aside from all that there were also lots of traditional food and desserts which I lovedlove girlI lost count of how many bowls of douhua I had—bean curd with taro balls and tapioca and shaved ice. (I liked the taro balls so much I brought a pack home, but then forgot to eat them before they expired)

Taiwan Peanut Ice Cream Roll

We went all out at the night markets and spent whole nights eating any street food we liked the look of. So. Much. Food! Before I went I’d always wanted to try the ice cream roll with coriander and peanut shavings—it was even stranger but nicer than expected. Honestly whoever thought of this was a genius for making so many curious people want to try it.

Taiwan Breakfast

Local breakfast every daygirlSometimes it was egg rolls, sometimes it was noodles, sometimes it was 50-cent buns from a street vendor. And I always had cold soy milk just to treat myself in the morning.

Taiwan Jiufen

A break from the food pictures! Taiwan is beautiful. My favourite parts were the traditional buildings and streets (which was most of it anyway). On one day we took a day trip to a small town outside the city, and it was literally called Jiufen Old Street. Kind of like going back in time, with red lanterns and old shops everywhere.

Taiwan Jiufen

It seems to be pretty well-known, but apparently this place was the inspiration for the Ghibli movie Spirited Away. I never thought I’d find a place outside Japan that reminded me of Ghibli (just how many times have I referenced it on this blog now?), but this might’ve been the most impressive of all. Just look at that mountain!

Taiwan Jiufen

At night everything lit up and I got my postcard shot.

Taiwan Jiufen

It really was like getting cut and pasted into Spirited Away, completed with dark tunnels.

Taiwan

After appreciating nature for a day we went back to the city and did our shoppinghurhurAnd met this puppy in one of the shops. There were dogs everywhere in Taiwan.

Taiwan Liquid Nitrogen

And we carried on eating our way through the night marketseatThis was the craziest—some sort of liquid nitrogen ice chips that absolutely made you smoke like a dragon when you popped it into your mouth. (It didn’t actually have any taste, we just ate it for the photos)

Taiwan Mango Juice

When I remember Taiwan I think of street food and old towns and mango juice—we might have averaged two cups a day just because they were so cheap and big and exactly what we needed during the hot summer. It wasn’t just the heat, but Taiwan reminded me of Singapore in some ways and I did kind of feel at home while I was therenekoWe were only there for four days, but Taiwan didn’t need long to charm the socks right off me.

Cute things to make with pink soba

Hello! Recently I’ve been busy travelling and going home; I wanted to blog about my short trip to Taiwan so I’ll do that when I’m back in Japan. For now here’s a post about what I made with pink soba.

Pink Alpaca Soba

I got this way back in spring when I went to Kawaguchiko and everything was sakura-flavoured (hence the pink), but this pack of soba noodles only expired in September which is why I waited so long to use themdiet nekoI couldn’t bear to use them and held off until final exams came around and I was trapped at home with little else to eat. And so this pink alpaca was first born (and eaten on the spot).

Pink Cat Soba

I thought it’d be a waste if I had pink noodles and just used them as noodles, so I spent a long time googling inspiration for pink animals or anything remotely decorative. (I tried so hard.) Eventually I just ended up with a remake of my walletneko

They don’t have to be pink, so if you ever have a pack of soba noodles lying around go ahead and get creative with themkirakira

Cute Packaging in Japan

I talk about how much I like packaging in Japan in every other blog post, so this time I put a bunch of my favourites together in one. There’s always a reason to buy something even if you don’t really need it just because it’s cute.

Packaging in Japan

Last year I tried the first of the Pocky-Gogo no Kocha collaboration series; it took me forever to find the prince to my princess but eventually I did and got a nice picture out of it. This year they also released a new version pairing lemon-flavoured pocky and Teagurt (tea yogurt, apparently), and that’s how I ended up buying them all over again. Always falling for Japan’s marketing. Every! Single! Time!

Packaging in Japan

This box of apples was too pretty to pass up—they were little apple-shaped cakes stuffed into a cardboard box and tied up to look like a real packing box of fruits. They’re a Nagano specialty that I got when I went to Karuizawa and they have other fruits in the series too.

Packaging in Japan

If I didn’t know better I’d never doubt they were actual fruitsdiet neko

Packaging in Japan

The Moomin shop released a pudding series in little bottles with different illustrations on each one. I love getting sweets when I can save the containers they came in and use them again elsewhere—there’s a whole assortment of jars collected from the puddings and cakes I bought in my kitchen.

Packaging in Japan

During the season of Tanabata (Star Festival) I found these Little Twin Stars cheese crackers in my supermarket and got it since they only cost a little over ¥200. I don’t even eat cheese crackers that oftenneko

Packaging in Japan

But they’re individually packed in purple Little Twin Stars wrappers and good for sharing, so in it went into my basket (practically sailed into it).

Packaging in Japan

I think we know by this point that basically adding any character to the wrapper will make it cute. Here’s Pompompurin on a custard crepe during its 20th anniversary celebrationpompompurin

Next to taiyaki and cherry blossoms and the four seasons, packaging is right up there in my list of Japan’s best things.

Alice in Wonderland Restaurant

Alice in Wonderland Cafe Tokyo

I finally visited an Alice in Wonderland restaurant! They have a bunch around Tokyo and they all have their own unique theme, but I went to the one in Ikebukuro first (Alice in an Old Castle).

Alice in Wonderland Cafe Tokyo

We walked down to the basement and stepped into a storybook.

Alice in Wonderland Cafe Tokyo

The waitress was walking around dressed like Alice in her blue dress. She was so in character too, talking to us about making friends with the Mad Hatter and shrinking and one spell or another over the menu.

Alice in Wonderland Cafe Tokyo

We had a nice table all to ourselves and sat in these small alcoves with big fancy curtains for some extra privacy.

Alice in Wonderland Cafe Tokyo

The restaurant had a cover charge, but it came with a starter of bread and pâté. Cheshire Cat-shaped pâté! You know you’re somewhere good when your starter already looks this good.

Alice in Wonderland Cafe Tokyo

The drinks all looked good and they had such elaborate names it was hard to choose (“The White Rabbit who Forgot about Time or Talking Flowers’ Milky Symphony? Wait what’s even in those”) so we took forever to order. I think I eventually got The White Rabbit who Forgot about Time.

Alice in Wonderland Cafe Tokyo

And then I had the white rabbit again for my main course, but as bacon and salmon cream spaghetti. This was actually good! Usually I don’t have high expectations for food in themed restaurants, but I guess you can’t go wrong with pasta.

Alice in Wonderland Cafe Tokyo

The Cheshire Cat was our dessertCheshire CatA very decorated berry parfait complete with a sugar heart and a crunchy biscuit tail at the back. There were a bunch of other desserts on the menu too, but we just had the cutest one.

But everything in that restaurant was cute, so we really enjoyed the whole dinner a lot. It’s not crazy expensive even though they put so much work into the details (but of course), so I think I could definitely try a few more Alice restaurants in other parts of Tokyokirakira

Penguin Buns

Panya no Pingouin

In the corner of a street in Sangenjaya, Tokyo, there’s a bakery whose owners like penguins so much they made them the face of their shopPenguin It works well on people like me who’d go all the way there just for these little custard-stuffed penguins.

Panya no Pingouin

In Japanese it’s Panya no Panguwan (ぱんやのパングワン), translated from La boulangerie pingouin. Basically, The Bakery Penguin haha. The bakery comes with a cafe too so you can sit inside and have a drink after buying some yummy bread.

Panya no Pingouin

This bakery has been around for over a hundred years—amazing, I know—so they have a lot of old school bread that they’ve kept around for a long time. Like these red bean donuts they’ve been making for 80 yearswow

Panya no Pingouin

And then there’s the Siberia, a red bean jelly sandwich kind of cake that’s old-fashioned but yummy and very geometrically attractive in my eyes.

Panya no Pingouin

There was a big variety of bread including a lot of animal ones! This basket was full of soft kitty paws filled with white chocolate and mochi and jamneko

Panya no Pingouin

And another basket of penguin cookies.

Panya no Pingouin

But the main attraction here is the penguin bun. There were three types on the counter that day, including a special series of blueberry penguins with tiny flowers on their head.

Panya no Pingouin

They really like penguins. Even in the tiniest corners there were random penguins peeking out from behind the bread.

Panya no Pingouin

In the end I got two penguins—the classic custard and a green tea one! They were really popular, because by the time I went to the bakery toward the evening almost all of them were sold out. So I scooped these two up quickhappy

Panya no Pingouin

The inside is so soft—mochi wedged between the bread and matcha. And the penguin’s eye is a delicious cookie, so that’s some extra information.

A cute bakery in a cute neighbourhood—Sangenjaya’s just a train down from Shibuya, so this is a good place to go for cute bread in Tokyo!

Hawaiian Pancake Factory

Long time no blog! Exams are over, vacation has started, and I just went on my first trip of the summer all within a week. And I’m getting ready to go back to Singapore tomorrow. Basically it’s all a bit of a rush. A mad rush!

Hawaiian Pancake Factory

But first, here are some pancakes I had at the Hawaiian Pancake Factory a while ago haha. Japan seems to really like everything from Hawaii, and especially now that it’s summer everyone’s in the mood for beaches and pancakes and acai bowls.

Hawaiian Pancake Factory

Even their window display is all about that Hawaii resort mood! They have a lot of tropical flavours and fruit juices, which generally sounds pretty good to me in this hot weather.

Hawaiian Pancake Factory

I had pancakes with yummy mangos and coconut shavingsgirl loveThere was no better combination. Plus they had coconut sauce on the side, so I poured those on too and had a total coconut fest on my plate. But the best part was the mangos, which came in big frozen chunks.

Hawaiian Pancake Factory

My friend had the pineapple one! I’d never seen pineapples with pancakes before, so that was fun to try. We both had very yellow/orange plates and it was all nice and summerykirakira

Hawaiian Pancake Factory is at the Mylord department store right at Shinjuku station, by the way!

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Excuse me for the short blog post todaycryLess than 10 hours till I need to be at the airport, and I’m still not done packing and sorting out thing. But tomorrow at this time I’m going to be in my own bed back home!


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