Early Father’s Day Lunch

20 06 2015

We were to go out to sushi last Sunday for an early Father’s Day lunch but our sushi joint was full. ¬†ūüė¶ ¬†Opted for unagi.

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Cannot tell from the pictures but my unagi in the box above Рhuge.  And yum.

Nihonbashi Isesada @ Tokyu Department Store Honten





A Lao Night Out

15 06 2015

There are so many Thai restaurants in Tokyo but not so for the neighboring country of Laos.  There are similar dishes between the two but I remember thinking there was something distinctively different between Lao and Thai food when I visited Vientiane, the capital of Laos, in 2001.

Anyway, my friends and I hadn’t tried Lao food for our “world eats in Tokyo” get-together yet and that’s what we chose for this month finding that there was a Lao/Thai restaurant in Kichijoji.

Situated on the second floor of a commercial building, it looks very inviting and friendly and it was.  Very nice people.

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Beerlao, lager and dark. I had the dark. Very nice.

The rice is different in Laos from Thailand. ¬†The Lao rice is sticky and you’re supposed to knead the rice in your palm.

My Lao rice basket I got in Vientiane.

My Lao rice basket I got in Vientiane which is bigger than the one from the restaurant above.

Lansang





Fancy and Highly Inconspicuous Yakitori in Ebisu

14 06 2015

There was no signage whatsoever outside revealing the existence of this one-menu only yakitori restaurant on the 5th floor of a commercial building in Ebisu, Tokyo. ¬†We were standing in front of the building at the right address but we had to call and be given directions. The food was superb. ¬†Creative and original and good yakitori in a traditional sense as well. IMG_3310 IMG_3330 I would have posted these as part of my “May Tokyo Eats!” post as this happened with a friend visiting home from Brussels last month but the photos went missing somehow when I was writing it so here we are. Nakameguro Iguchi Ebisu Branch¬†(site for all “Iguchi” group restaurants) shpocard02





Random Cannes and the Trip Home

13 06 2015

Three nights in Cannes was way too short but I had no choice due to other commitments back in the office.  June was different from January.  The look, the people, the vibe.  And hot.  Very hot that it almost felt like home.

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Going home.





Dining Out in Cannes (or Near It) #4

12 06 2015

So the dinner in La Napoule at this lovely seafood restaurant turned out to be another highlight of my trip to Cannes.

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Where we usually dine in the winter.

Where we usually dine in the winter.

The table I thought we were going to get as I saw our host's name on it.  We ended up at another table.

The table I thought we were going to get as I saw our host’s name on it. We ended up at another table.

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My vodka-soaked sorbet.

Group picture!

Group picture! L to R: German, Danish, Dutch, English, Japanese, English in Hong Kong & French. We are missing our Swedish, Norwegian & Canadian regulars.

With two of the guys went to a pool party to meet up with a friend, a client of one of the guys.

With two of the guys went to a pool party to meet up with an acquaintance, a client of one of them. We almost didn’t get in becuz of too many people and security giving us a hard time until the host of the party personally came out and rescued us.

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One more bar afterwards by which time I am dead tired and falling asleep.

One more bar afterwards by which time I was dead tired and falling asleep.

Rue d'Antibe, Cannes by night.

Rue d’Antibe, Cannes by night.

Le Boucanier








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