Archive for December, 2015

It’s Christmas!

Christmas

The day has come—merry Christmas! A day to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ the Lord, God’s gift of love to everyonekirakiraSuch a warm and fuzzy season. I hope everyone enjoys it with lots of love and goodwill, no matter who you spend it withsmile

By the way, I made these snowman pancakes a couple days ago! The snowman is made of ice cream mochi, and I stuck pocky sticks in to make little twiggy arms after propping it up on my pile of buttery pancakes. That actually took me a considerable amount of time to constructhurhurAnd by the time I was done my mochi snowman was literally starting to melt, which is why it’s not standing up very straight at all. Still, I think I made my breakfast more festive than usual so that was funChristmas

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Thank you for reading the last blog post of the year! I wish everyone a happy, happy Christmas and a new year full of joykiss girl

The Second Best Freshly Baked Melon Pan in the World

During the weekend I went to Jiyugaoka! It’s another charming neighbourhood in Tokyo, just ten minutes or so away from Shibuya and totally worth the trip. There were lots of cute food shops and small streets, and even a mini Venice complete with a bridge and gondola (it was a little shopping area called La Vita).

Als0! I ate the world’s second most delicious melon pan.

Melonpan

That’s what they call themselves—Sekai de Nibanme ni Oishii Yakitate Meronpan Aisu (世界で2番目においしい焼きたてメロンパンアイス). Even without the credentials I’d still eat it anyway haha.

There was creamy vanilla ice cream stuffed into a huge melon pan that was crispy on the outside and so soft and fluffy inside. I never knew how important a combination this waslove

Melonpan

They made it for me on the spot at the counter, so I could watch the girl scoop out a big chunk of ice cream and sandwich it in between the hot melon pan. Then she put the whole thing into my hands for me to eat right awaylove girlWell, not literally immediately. You know how long I take to take photos.

All I can say is, I’m grateful to the cold weather for keeping the ice cream from melting away. I didn’t even mind when the freezing wind came while I was eating it. It could blow me away and I’d probably still be eating my melon pan ice cream because it’s that goodhurhur

A Day at Yokohama: Dim Sum and Illuminations

Yokohama

I went to Yokohama for a day! It’s only an hour or so away from Tokyo, so it’s a convenient destination when you want a getaway that’s just a train ride away. There’re lots of things to do and places to visit, and you get a pretty different vibe from Tokyo even though they’re just next to each other. So today’s blog is like taking you for a walk on my day in Yokohama (except for the two and a half hours of sitting at an all-you-can-eat restaurant)girl love

Yokohama Chinatown

First we headed to Chuukagai (中華街), Yokohama’s Chinatown and apparently the biggest in Japan! I was impressed. And I think you’d be too, because it feels like a festival all along the streets. I can only imagine what it’ll be like during Chinese New Yearhmm

There are so many street snack stalls and restaurants and souvenir shops that you wouldn’t have any trouble at all finding something to eat (more likely the trouble is deciding when to stop eating).

Chinatown Yokohama

Naturally, there are a lot of panda-themed mascots and decorations and souvenirs everywhere. I guess it just has that very quintessential Chinese impression on peoplepanda

Yokohama Chinatown

This was one of many stalls that sold dim sum to go. I used to eat dim sum a lot back home, but in Tokyo I never found any…which is why coming to this part of Yokohama was such a joy, except it’s a bit unfortunate I’d have to take an hour just to come here and eat my favourite soup dumplings on a sticksad

Yokohama Chinatown

Another thing that’s everywhere in Chinatown is all-you-can-eat restaurants. Pretty much every street you turn into will have restaurants advertising tabehoudai (食べ放題), and a lot of them actually have decent deals! We went to one called Kyakumandou, and we got the 130-dish unlimited menu for ¥1880.

Yokohama Chinatown

So of course we had to eat our fill of dim sum and Chinese disheskirakira

Yokohama Chinatown

No really, we ate a lot haha. These photos are only some of the dishes that we ordered and shared between the two of us. I thought we were kind of amazing, to be honest.

Yokohama Chinatown

Har gowkiraGot my favourite crystal shrimp dumplings! Okay so technically my favourite is the salted egg custard bun, but they didn’t have that on the menu so the har gow acted as the deputy.

Yokohama Chinatown

Even if you’re full, there’s always a separate stomach for dessert. Betsubara comes in real handy sometimeseat

2.5 hours and 18 dishes later, we decided we needed a long, long walk to appease our conscience. It was dark by the time we finally got out of the restaurant (ha-ha), so we headed to Minato Mirai to look at the illuminations!

Yokohama Minato Mirai

There’s the iconic ferris wheel in the backgroundkirakiraWe basically spent all our time here taking pictures with the illuminations.

Yokohama Taiyaki Parfait

On the way to our next stop we came across a taiyaki parfait shop! So of course we had to stop here too and get one.

Yokohama

There were a lot of flavours and all of them looked good, but since they were having a Christmas season special parfait with a little strawberry santa sitting in the taiyaki’s mouth, I went for the festive option. It didn’t come with ice cream so it was just hot, fluffy taiyaki with warm cream and red bean inside, which was just as well because the outside was freezing.

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

The Red Brick Warehouse was having a Christmas Market, complete with trees and food stalls and loud jolly musicChristmasIt had some kind of European atmosphere to it, which reminded me of the Christmas markets I went to when I visited Germany. So if you want to feel some holiday spirit this is a good place to go togood

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

It’s cold, but there’re lots of hot drinks and treats to warm you up.

Yokohama Snapshot

Yokohama was such a fun place I’d most certainly want to go againsmileOne of the best parts of living in Japan is being able to travel to different regions, which are so different from each other you might as well be going somewhere far away. And a lot of it is accessible by train! I mean, if I wanted to I could get on a bullet train and be in Hokkaido in seven hours.

There’s a lot more of this country to exploresmile

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Pancake Men at the MR.FRIENDLY Cafe

When life gives you Saturday class…

Mr Friendly Cafe

…you seize the rest of the day and go do something cute like eating pancake men at a cafe and taking a few hundred pictures of them.

Manatsu and I set out right after class to track down the place we wanted to go to! We’d done our research, so we were going to go to the MR.FRIENDLY Cafe (they stylise it with capitals, I’m not just being overly enthusiastic and shouting it out at you)kirakira

Mr Friendly Cafe

You won’t miss it, because the sign’s a mishmash of colours and even fonts (which I usually don’t like very much, but somehow they made it cute and completely forgivable).

The cafe’s in Daikanyama, which is a part of Shibuya. It’s very chic and classy, and I’m pretty sure it’s an expensive neighbourhood to live in (but visiting is free so that doesn’t matter haha).

Mr Friendly Cafe

The cafe even has a takeout window at the side where you can get your pancakes and drinks to take away! Not that I saw anyone actually using it, and neither were the staff paying attention to that little counter. I can’t actually imagine many people buying food there—like “I’m running late and need to rush, give me six pancake men to go.”

Mr Friendly Cafe

I got a tiramisu parfaitsmile

We took our time (almost two hours, actually…) and had a nice, easy-going lunch of pancakes and more pancakes. MR.FRIENDLY only has sweet treats and drinks (of which are all sweet, naturally), so just a heads up if you’re the kind of person who needs a savoury prelude to your dessert. You can get a sandwich from around the corner beforehandsmile

Mr Friendly Cafe

Around the 50th picture the ice cream started to melt, but that’s the sacrifice you make for a good picture. (Food doesn’t last forever but a jpeg does)

Mr Friendly Cafe

Highlight of the meal! At this cafe the big dessert is your main course and the smaller dessert is the actually dessert haha.

Anyway, this is the pancake plate with a whole family of pancake people and a pile of apples and cream on the side, and you get your name written in chocolate sauce. Plus a little motivational message about being happy from Mr. Friendly. It’s such a simple service, but makes all the difference in your food. Honestly, all restaurants should just invest in a chocolate pen to keep handy for decorating their customers’ plateneko

Mr Friendly Cafe

When you’re done and happy with your meal, there’s a whole bunch of goods in front of the counter like cookies and mugs and postcardsgood

Mr Friendly Cafe

Or if you just really liked the pancakes, you can bring them home too. They come in different flavours like plain or cocoa or honey, and are bite-sized which makes them the perfect size for souvenirs. I’m guessing they sell like hotcakes.

(…I had to)

Since a box of seven was just around 300 yen, I bought one to take homegirl loveThey’re actually really tiny and adorable.

Mr Friendly Cafe

Here’s a picture for size reference: big Mr. Friendly and little Mr. Friendlykira kira

Mr Friendly Cafe

Big Mr. Friendly is almost human size. He sat with us at our table (more like I carried him over after asking the waitress) and was very festive with his Santa hat next to the Christmas tree. Friendly reminder that it’s already Decemberheart

The cafe was extra cosy and chill and I loved that it was as friendly as its whole brand identity claimed to be. Mr. Friendly does his job wellgood

Mr Friendly Cafe

Even the doormat has so much positivity! Which people probably just step on and don’t notice71112(what I did the first time, basically). You could probably just stand in the doorway and read it all, as long as no one else tries to walk in.

Mr Friendly Cafe

You can check out what’s on the menu if you think you’ve got the heart for Mr. Friendly and his pancakes!

Mr Friendly Cafe

The mini pancake people look cute on my plate. I got the honey flavour and it’s delicioushappyI’m trying to eat them slowly because they’re so small and easy to eat. And also convenient for bringing them to places.

Mr Friendly Cafe

Like my oatmeal. Why are you in my oatmeal? Right, because I thought it was cute to stick Mr. Friendly in and give him a bath. You could practically play doll house with these.

Mr Friendly Cafe

Maybe you can tell from the 16 pictures I just threw up here, but I had a really good time at this cafe. I don’t even mind going to school on Saturday (not much, anyway…) when I can go to places with Manatsu and have fun with food and our camerasheart

It’s going to be Monday and the start of a new week of classes and assignments. But it’ll be Saturday again soon enoughnekoMr.Friendly has too much positivity and I think some of it rubbed off on me.


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