I woke up really excited because today is the day we are going to the Ghibli Museum. I watched quite a few Ghibli films growing up so I was very grateful that we were able to get tickets to the museum this time. Again, the ever-reliable Bear Woman helped us book tickets 3 months in… Continue reading Japan 2.0: Day 9 (Tokyo)
You might have read my previous post re: Art-Is-In Bakery having the best sandwiches in Ottawa and as an update, it still holds true. I have often felt that it was a shame that they were only open during the day for brunch/lunch (when most people have work) and they tend to be very busy… Continue reading Art-Is-In Pizza Night!
We were craving ramen again and we really wanted to try Ichiran Ramen this trip, so we figured that having this first thing in the morning was a good idea. There is usually a long line for this famous chain, by going first thing in the morning, we were able to get seats for the 4 of us quite easily. Ordering was simple, you can order your ramen at the vending machine and then bring your tickets to your assigned cubicle. This is a meal for one, so expect to focus on your food instead of socializing with others. ...Continue reading
It was nice to be able to finally sleep in a little today. We decided to eat our Osaka specialties we fought very hard to acquire yesterday (the 551 Horai nikuman and the Uncle Rikuro cheesecake) for breakfast. It was unbelievable! ...Continue reading
A good day begins with a good breakfast, and we did not have to go very far, as breakfast is served at the ryokan. We headed upstairs to the banquet hall to be greeted with a table full of food once again. It was a traditional Japanese breakfast with its staple miso soup, rice, a raw egg, nori (seaweed) and fish. There are also various pickles and sides, a fish cake patty, a western-style salad and a pillowy tamago. Don’t forget the simple boiled tofu in the nabe. For drinks, we were served both a baby glass of milk as well as some green tea. It was a nice way to start the day, making me wish that all my days started with such a wholesome breakfast. ...Continue reading
It was a rainy day in Kyoto. We braved the rain, dragged our bags, and headed over to the car rental office to pick up our Subaru for the next leg of our trip. The plan was to head over to Kinosaki, but not before stopping by Amanohashidate on the way. ...Continue reading
It was a sleepless night for most of us as we were jet-lagged. We set off early at 8am to begin our journey in Kyoto. We wanted something quick and easy, so we stopped by Matsuya for some breakfast. Because I just had the traditional Japanese breakfast yesterday, I decided to have the beef and egg rice bowl instead. It was alright. Definitely not the best gyudon I’ve had. ...Continue reading
Due to jetlag, we were able to wake up quite early today without any issues. We leisurely packed up, checked out and then headed to Tsuta Japanese Soba Noodles, where one can eat the famous Michelin-Star ramen. But don’t expect a spontaneous walk-in kind of experience. ...Continue reading
Featured image: Cheese Chicken Galbi @ Alirang I am extremely happy that the most popular Korean restaurant in Ottawa, Alirang, now has a second location. In the past, I would often forgo its downtown restaurant because I did not want to wait for a table during their busy dinner hours. Now I can easy walk… Continue reading Alirang: Best Korean Food in Ottawa
Featured image: Beef brisket bao and the classic maple BBQ pork bao @ Gongfu Bao Having had some Gongfu Bao back in their food cart days at Confederation Park, I was pretty excited to hear that their shop on Bank Street has open. The shop itself is not super big but the decor is very interesting with… Continue reading Quickie Nom Noms: Gong Fu Bao – Now serving both familiar and new tastes.