Tokyo, Ginza: Tempura at Tenichi 天一

Tokyo, Ginza: Tempura at Tenichi 天一

Fact #1: Deep-fried food is wonderful when done right. Fact #2: Where food is concerned, the Japanese ALWAYS do it right. And then some. Our tempura meal at Tenichi was something of a life-changing experience, not least because I’d previously…

Tokyo: Gyutan (beef tongue) at 仙台辺見

Tokyo: Gyutan (beef tongue) at 仙台辺見

Does anyone else remember the mentions of “cold tinned tongue” from the picnic descriptions in Enid Blyton’s school stories or Famous Five books? As a child, that particular picnic food always gave me pause. Everything else sounded so delicious (peaches in syrup! lemonade!…

Tokyo, Ginza: Shabusen

Tokyo, Ginza: Shabusen

Let’s just get this picture out of the way early: Shabusen is a pretty popular shabu-shabu place inside the Ginza Core building. So popular that it has one outlet on the 2nd floor and one in Basement 2. We’ve always…

Tokyo, Omotesando: 丸角

Tokyo, Omotesando: 丸角

Just a quick observation about the random lunch we ate in Omotesando. We stopped at the Gyre building which is known for its famous tenants like the MoMA Store and Ukai-Tei, a high-end restaurant. The place we picked was called 丸角,…

Tokyo: Ippudo Ramen and Hoshino Coffee

Tokyo: Ippudo Ramen and Hoshino Coffee

When James and I first visited Japan two years ago, we pooh-poohed the idea of eating at any of the chain eateries that also had outlets in Singapore. Why come all the way to Japan to eat what we can get back home, we…

Tokyo, Ginza: Teppanyaki Restaurant Yamato

Tokyo, Ginza: Teppanyaki Restaurant Yamato

We’re in Japan! We took the red-eye last night – I was falling down dead all over Changi Airport T3, struggling to stay awake till our midnight flight – which was turned out not that restful since I only fell asleep when we were…

Crafting While Katy Sleeps: The Upcycled Tank Top

Crafting While Katy Sleeps: The Upcycled Tank Top

It’s been a while since I completed a sewing project, and lately I’ve been itching for something to make that I could finish in an evening. Inspiration came to me – quite unexpectedly – when I was browing the Hanna Andersson…