Showing posts with label eat and drink. Show all posts
Showing posts with label eat and drink. Show all posts

Thursday, 18 July 2013




coffee and zines




rose bakery



I feel like some really good coffee now. I haven't had one for a while I realize. I thought I'd do another coffee post, most of these photos and cafe infos have been shared here before but now you can see them all in one post :)

01. cafe ohanaya - one of my favourite cafes in Jiyugaoka. they do lovely lunch using fresh vegetables from Kamakura. Italian style food and coffee, good selection of organic wines. Vey cosy and lovely but mostly packed with people especially busy hours like 12-3pm.
2-14-20 Jiyugaoka Meguro-ku (google map)
3-4 minutes from Jiyugaoka Station. Closed on Wednesdays and 2nd/3rd Tuesdays

Always so so good. See the previous post for details -->

03. Cafe 6-chome
Not that the coffee is amazing but the atmosphere and the food is really good.
Near Jiyugaoka. See the previous post -->

04. Cafe ikanika
You might have heard too much of it here if you are reading my blog for a while...
I'm missing their beautiful cheesecake!! See the previous post -->

05. Amameria Espresso
Musashikoyama may not be the area many of who visit Tokyo would go to, but they make great coffee.
If you are staying in Claska, it would be nice to take a morning walk to Musashikoyama (about 20mins) and also you can take a lovely forest walk in the Rinshi-no-mori Park on the way!
3-6-15 Koyama Shinagawa-ku (google map)
3-4 mins from Musashikoyama station (Meguro/Namboku Line), 1 stop from JR Yamanote Meguro Station.

06. Lo Spazio
Not the best, but one of not so many places to get Italian style espresso in the Gakugeidaigaku area.
3-3-5 Takaban Meguro-ku  2mins from Gakugeidaigaku station.

07. Pan to Espresso to (Bread, Espresso, &)
Cute cafe near Gaienmae/Omotesando.
3-4-9 Jingumae Shibuya-ku (google map)

08. Rose Bakery
They now have 4 cafes in Tokyo! I've only been to the one in Marunouchi and Ginza but Kichijoji one looks really nice.
See previous post -->

09. Taste & Sense
Lovely cafe to have in the neighborhood for coffee and lunch!
See previous post-->

10. Coffee at Home
We enjoy hand drip coffee on the weekend. We buy fresh coffee beans from Voila Coffee in Kagoshima, actually many of the great coffee places in Tokyo buy beans from them. They don't ship internationally but if live in Tokyo I recommend shopping from their online store :)

So, I feel like some really good coffee even more now.
Where is your favourite place for a really good cup of coffee in your city?

Hope you are enjoying summer, here it's boiling.... Keep cool!

Wednesday, 12 June 2013


oktoberfest in komazawa park
After closing my shop on Sunday, we rushed to Komazawa Park where Oktoberfest German beer festival had been held. I know it's not October, and there has been just too many Oktoberfest happening in Tokyo almost all year round. I must say when I first heard about another one to be in Komazawa Park I thought Noooooo. But it was actually quite nice, really nice. The weather was just perfect for beer outside in the dusk. Even walking home was all fun, fatigue was gone.

The above instagram shot reminded me of this photo I took of another beer evening in Melbourne, about 5 years ago... That was also a good fun! I wonder if this place is still there?
little creature dining hall

Friday, 15 March 2013


My latest favourite lunch and coffee place in Nakameguro is TASTE & SENSE which is tucked inside a lovely store 1LDK aparments. I love taking a walk to this place from my house when I feel like having a good cup of coffee :)

1F 1-7-13 Kamimeguro Meguro-ku Tokyo 153-0051 (google map)

Monday, 2 July 2012

Craft Beer -Microbrewery- in Ginza


I photographed for a beer bar newly opened in Ginza last month for work. The place is called beer lupulin and they serve Japanese craft beer (microbrewery) which is booming in Japan right now. The space is so lovely and cozy, nice and casual being in the heart of Ginza which is known as an expensive area to do anything. Their food is great too, but the kakigoori (shaved ice) they serve is something very special to mention - they use ice made of natural water from Nikko (天然氷)and today there are only a handful of places where you can have this kind of shaved ice in Tokyo. The ice is so fine and fluffy, it is remarkably delicious especially with the handmade Japanese ume plum sauce...! If you are in Ginza do drop by for some great beer and kakigoori, it's on the third floor of a building right in front of Dover Street Market - the very cool and much talked-about new spot in Ginza (if you love COMME des GARÇONS you must go check, rose bakery also on the 7th floor!).

Monday, 12 December 2011

Berkeley & Chez Panisse

I think you'd all have a place or two (or more) where you really wish you can visit one day in your lifetime. I too have some. In this holiday, I actually made it to the 3 places of my dreams, I feel so fortunate. Chez Panisse was one of them. I had been dreaming of going there for quite some time, I knew it was somewhere in California but didn't know where exactly it is and when it turned out that most flights going to Mexico from Japan goes via west coast of the US, it came to my mind the possibility of stopping over somewhere in California to go visit my dream restaurant. When I found out that it is in Berkeley, that it is near San Francisco, and that there are available flights that goes via San Francisco, my heart went wild. - somewhere that felt so so far away that it seemed like it will never happen but only in my dreams. I can not explain the excitement I felt, but soon we decided to stay in Berkeley within a walking distance from this dream place so that we can fully enjoy being there and that is how we ended up staying in Berkeley and not seeing enough of San Francisco.

Berkeley is only about 20 minutes or so from San Francisco on the subway, which I felt a little nervous at first but soon got used to and found very convenient. We probably could still stay in San Francisco and travel to and from Chez Panisse, but I'm glad we stayed in Berkeley. It's a charming little town, everything seemed to move slowly there which I enjoyed. And the dream restaurant? It.was.marvelous! I just loved the food, wine, the service, atmosphere..., everything. We ended up going there twice while we were in Berkeley (which was only for 3 nights), but still couldn't get enough of it! I would go back to Berkeley just for this place, seriously! It is the kind of place that we would never find in Tokyo, no matter how hard anyone tries to make the similar place. It can only happen there, it is just perfect. So perfect.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Tokyo Summer Days 01

beer afternoon
beer time
pain perdu @ haru haru
pain perdu
celebrating friend's birthday @ A to Z
on the fifth floor
on the fifth floor
mexican dinner
mexican dinner
"after-hour salary-man"
afterhour salaryman

thank you so much for those who bought my zine!!!!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Hawaii Trip #02: American Breakfast

We went to this coffee house one morning which almost everything I saw in there looked really American to me, it was like what I'd seen in many old American movies. I didn't see any other Japanese tourists in there (miraculously), we were the two aliens. It was exciting! It was "the" family restaurant (or famiresu in Japan), very authentic famiresu indeed. We have these American style restaurants in Japan everywhere like Denny's, but when they come to Japan they become too Japanese, if you know what I mean at all.... It's not the same. Waiters are too polite and robot-like in Japanese family restaurants.

Anyway, I do not know if this would be a typical American breakfast, but to me it seemed it was. It was HUGE (like everything else is) and was far too much for me I felt bad. But I surely did enjoy being in the American breakfast scene. It was cool, really cool.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Good Cafe Days

lunch at d
lunch at d

japanese tea time

vietnamese cafe

photos1&2* my favourite jiyugaoka lunch place - cafe ohanaya,
3&4* D&Department Dining Tokyo,
5&6* fabulous little darling cafe margo in yutenji,
7* japanese cafe - cocoocen,
8* cafe&antique, cafe 6-chome,
10* vietnamese cafe in kamata
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