Archive for July, 2015

Hattifnatt Cafe, somewhere in a storybook

Happy Friday! It’s been a profoundly tiring week and I am yawning with all the grace of a grizzly bear as I write this. Also if you haven’t noticed I’ve been surreptitiously nudging my blog updates to the end of each week.

The weekend calls for some relaxing (read: a euphemism for being lazy), so I’m here with another post about a Tokyo cafe!

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Which easily makes you fall in love on first sightnekoThe only hitch is that it may well take you a long time before you actually see it. It took me forever to navigate the narrow streets of Kouenji, and when I finally did arrive I walked right past it because it was hiding in the row of shops.

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Every single wall is painted with bright colours and fuzzy animals, kind of like being in a giant book of nursery rhymes. You have to be there to really feel it while being surrounded by all these dreamy artgirl loveBut I think you can get a decent glimpse of what it’s like here!

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All of their menus are handmadekiraThey have pretty standard cafe fare like baked rice and pizzas, but you all know what I’m here for…

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DessertsloveThis is more or less a mountain of cream crowned with strawberry slices. It’s such a huge pile it practically smothers the crust below it. By the way, the name of this one is Ichigo-chanstrawberry

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More cakes covered with cream (a never-ending supply in the kitchen?) and given a smiley face to make you more emotionally invested into the dessert you’re about to eatsmileThis one was chocolate cake on the inside, so when I took a scoop out came the most glorious chunk of that chocolatey stuff)

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This is the cutest room decoration I’ve laid eyes on. Definitely would use this idea for the next time I get to redecorate my bedroom, if I were ever capable enough of painting acceptable-looking woodland creatures onto my wall.

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Be sure to visit it when you go to Tokyo! I don’t think you should trust me with directions, so the best I can do is to leave the addressgirl tongue

kira kiraTokyo, Suginami-ku, Kouenji-kita 2-18-10kira kira

Totoro Sushi

Hello! I made special sushi today.

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It’s Totoro!

By now I’ve made kazari makizushi a couple of times, but this is the hardest one yet. It was hard to roll the rice the right way and not end up squashing Totoro into a grainy blobnekoBut I think I was successful enough that you can at least recognise it! (Though admittedly I put the tiny Totoro behind for some visual aid)

Totter’s one of my favourite characters, so I worked hard to make it into good-looking sushi. I ate one right away, and it was tastygood

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Anyway, this week I’m taking a break from all the Japan travel posts I’ve been doing latelydiet nekoIt’s been a busy couple of weeks, because this month I just started my job. I’m doing an internship until university starts so I guess this’ll keep me busy till then. The work is full-time and I spent the usual long hours, but since I love what I’m doing now I’m kind of happykira kira

Lots of new things are coming! I’ll talk about them eventually, but for now please enjoy some Totoro sushi.

Cafe Breakfasts in Japan

Hello! Today’s post is a collection of breakfasts I ate. Everyone knows Starbucks, but in Japan there are a lot of other cafe chains. They all pretty much serve the same thing, but have their own different surprises here and there.

All these cafes serve breakfast sets every morning which are fairly affordable; they give you a sandwich and a drink (coffee or tea, as always) for a couple hundred yen.

Moriva Coffee

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Starting off with my favourite—my goal when I came in the spring was to eat a sakura chiffon cake, which had to be pink and covered with cream. Thanks, Morivahehe rabbitThe set also came with a sakura ice blended drink, just to complete all that attractive pink goodness.

Doutor Coffee

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A no-frills toast set at Doutor! I thought it was cute how they gave me something called Toast Fresh to spread over the slices. It turned out to just be butter, but it was good butter.

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They also have a lot of small snacks at the counter, like cookies and scones and tiny cakes. This is a baked sweet potato confectionerylove girlIt’s golden and soft and tastes like a dream.

St. Marc Cafe

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This chain is known for their bakery menu, and the Chococro chocolate croissant is their trademark item! They usually have other flavours too, like matcha and almond. During the spring season I got to try the strawberry ChococrostrawberryEven the paper wrapper is cute!

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Honolulu Coffee

Off to Hawaii for the morningkirakiraOr at least, a Hawaii-born cafe that looks like a trendy island shack and smells like roasted beans. This ended up being a slightly more indulgent breakfast—I tried the malasada, which are basically sugared donuts, in both vanilla and cinnamon. They’re Hawaiian treats and very fluffyhappy girl

Excelsior Caffé

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And this place is my dad’s favourite! He always gets the same kind of ham sandwich. But since I like sweets right from the get-go I got the french toast to start my morningheart

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Matcha, sweet azuki and cream in one blissful cupgirl love

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Another sakura-flavoured cake! This was a simpler pound cake and considerably less fancy, but still pink nonetheless and therefore something I had to try.

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I’ll leave the savoury food to my dadgirlThey call this a pizza avvolte. It’s basically wrapped up dough with pizza filling, tucked up nice and snug inside. Kind of like a hot, toasty pocket.

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Well then, till next time—when I can round up more breakfast reports in Japan!

Bunny Parfaits at Nicolas Charles Cafe

What sound does a rabbit make?

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In Omotesando there’s an adorable cafe that celebrates bunnies by serving them as desserts. At the Nicolas Charles Cafe, everything—food, decorations, waiters—is dressed up as bunnies. Customers complete the experience when they put on the bunny ears provided at the entrancerabbit wave

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The cafe is especially famous for their desserts, but they don’t just have sweets on the menu. Their lunch plate is a luxurious combo of meat, salad and a happy rabbit made of rice. It looks like something out of a kid’s menu, but don’t be fooled—it costs ¥1,800. In fact they call it the “Children’s Lunch for Adults”hurhur

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And this is what I came for. Their sweetslove rabbitThe rabbit cream puffs are classic bestsellers and come in a lot of flavours and colours. This one is a strawberry and rose jelly cream puff, but it was a limited edition that came with a face.

There’re also the other regular flavours like this whipped cream and custard.

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And raspberry apple, with the cutest heart pattern printed over the chocolate.

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I got a rabbit parfait for sharinggirl loveThis is the kuromitsu mochi parfait (¥1,030), with crunchy choux rusks as the base, cream, feuillantine chocolate, coffee jelly, custard pudding, and topped with choux pastry and a scoop of caramel ice cream for the bunny head.

That is a tall order…literally.

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Not everything is adorned with rabbit ears—this elaborate french toast set is perfect just the way it is. Soft toast crowned with a pillowy heap of cream and juicy berries, yumlove

I couldn’t get a good picture, but my mom had this jar salad with quinoa and smoked salmon. It was layered with cream cheese and vegetables, and she really liked it. If you need a break from all that sugar, have some health in a jarkirakira

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There’re balloons bobbing about at the top! They cover every part of the ceiling, and you can pull one down and let it float back up again anytime. The whole cafe is just whimsical like that; there are cute ornaments from France and bunny figurines propped up around the tables.

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You can buy tiny merchandise at the entrance like these fuzzy key chains too.

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I ended up getting one of the cream puffs to gogirl loveAs much as I wish I could go back and buy one of everything on the menu to try, the Nicolas Charles cafe is pretty pricey. It has a French menu designed by a famous patissier in intensely kawaii fashion—well worth the price paid but probably best savoured as an occasional special treat.


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