Wrapping Up 2016

31 12 2016

My short trip to Penang, Malaysia was over as of December 30th in time for me to be back in Tokyo for the new year celebration, the most important of the holidays and very much a family event in Japan.  The Penang report will continue later but here is a post to wrap up the year 2016 with scenes from my monthly “eating around the world” get-together with a couple of very good friends.  The rule we try to keep is that we go to a place managed by someone from the region (not always possible but we manage for the most part) and we try not to repeat the same region.

Here we go.

January:  Paraguay

February, nao’s birthday month:  Hong Kong

March:  Moldova

April:  Afghanistan

May:  Kenya

June:  Palestine

July:  Spain, the first time to repeat a country though in a good way to celebrate taka’s birthday

August:  Pakistan

September:  Tibet

October:  Basque Country, my birthday month

November:  As with every year, this month is saved for “Beaujolais Nouveau”

December:  Christmas which we save for French or Italian dining every year and try to choose a restaurant where we are not forced to eat a Christmas menu.  Italian it was for 2016 managed by a chef from the south of Italy.

Happy new year’s eve!!


One More Birthday Bash

6 11 2016

For the October version of “eating around the world” my friends and I chose the “Basque Country“, one of the areas I really want to visit for real as do my friends.  We talked about going next summer over my birthday celebration.  🙂

Both of my friends got me the same cookware, only in different sizes!! LOL

Both of my friends got me the same cookware, only in different sizes!! LOL


A Spanish Birthday Night Out

30 07 2016

One of my besties had her birthday in July and the three of us in our little “club” that explores a new regional cuisine every month got together for her birthday. Spain was the theme as we have pretty much exhausted new regions to visit amongst Tokyo restaurants and decided that though it would be somewhat repetitious in the choice of region it was the appropriate country because of our friend’s love for Spain and the Spanish language so much so that she lived and studied in Spain twice on language programs.

We chose just the right resto in Daikanyama for the occasion.


The best Spanish omelette ever

The best Spanish omelette ever

Very nice seafood and chicken paellja

Very nice seafood and chicken paellja

Happy happy

A Spanish Night Out in Daikanyama

23 02 2016

Went out with a colleague last week to a newish Spanish restaurant in Daikanyama, not too far away from our office.  I wanted to try it because I had read it was co-owned by the son of the Spanish proprietor of another old Spanish restaurant, one of the most authentic in Tokyo, to which I have been many times.



Loved it.

Arroceria Sal y Amor


Fresh Oysters and Fried Shirako

7 03 2015

Went out with two of my staff after work and was introduced to a casual wine-and-dine oyster hang in Shinsen.

We ordered four different kinds of fresh oysters, all creamy and nice, but I so do not remember their names or where they came from.




And towards the end we had fried “shirako” or “milt” or soft roe.  Tastes so good but it’s a similar feeling to when you eat fresh “uni”, sea urchin.  High cholesterol etc. ^^



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