Wednesday, March 21, 2018


gmh3 Do you remember this post?

Well, Friday we got "that" notice and Satoshi will be transferred to Tokyo.

My anxiety is through the roof and thinking about all the things that need to be done so he can be there by April 2nd...eep!

Of course, moving away from MIL, my host family and many friends will be hard.

But the hardest will be to find a reasonably priced place with enough square footage for us while also considering the time for Satoshi's commute to work.

We were definitely spoiled to be able to live in such a reasonably priced, convenient & "spacious" apartment (600 square feet) with lots of storage space here in Osaka for the past 17 years!

At least we'll be able to keep the place we are living in until the end of April or so, so I am visualizing the actual move during Golden Week (at the end of April).

I do need to also start going through the fridge and freezer...don't want to have to throw anything out.

It is a new adventure and I know I should be excited but I am definitely more worried about finding a place and the move.

Satoshi's company will pay the rent and the deposits BUT they have a set amount, if we supplement, then the company will stop paying and we would be responsible for the full amount...eep!

I really don't want Satoshi to have to commute too long just so that we can have a bigger space to live in but I am coming to the conclusion that if he doesn’t, we'll have to make the move without any belongings(furniture and such)...the properties are THAT teeny and expensive.

I do have a couple of posts lined up but it may be quiet around here after that, just thought I should let you know in advance...

Be well everyone!

Monday, March 19, 2018


butter chicken curry❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #バターチキンカレー #オキシモロン #カレー #北浜 #大阪 #butterchickencurry #curry #oxymoron #kitahama #osaka #japan After my second dental appointment, I was lucky to be able to eat, so I went to Oxymoron.

They are a curry shop and have several shops mostly in the East Japan area, this is the first shop in Kansai.

When I got there most seats were filled, luckily I was able to grab their last seat at the counter.

After ordering they told me that I may have to wait 30 minutes for my meal because they serve each customer in the order that they receive the orders.

Luckily I had a book with me.

The butter chicken curry was delicious and especially hit the spot on this rainy Friday.

Untitled They also give you some caramelized walnuts as a palate cleanser.

I have a couple more appointments before this root canal is done with, I am glad I got to try this place and hope to be back.

1-1-22 Kitahama
Chuo, Osaka
Phone: 06.6227.8544
Closed Wednesdays
Lunch: 11:30-15:00, Dinner: 17:00-21:00 (weekdays)
(weekends) 11:00-19:00

Sunday, March 18, 2018

foodie thursday in kyoto

Untitled Thursday I went to Kyoto with my host-brother's wife, Kazumi.

She works so we don't get to hang out too often.

I've been wanting to try Awomb.

They have several shops scattered around Kyoto.

This particular shop takes reservations, the others don't.

The lunch at this shop serves only one thing teaezushi which means literally means hand dressed sushi.

From the various dishes you take toppings like fish, veggies and condiments like wasabi, jelled shoyu, place everything on sushi rice and eat it with thinly sliced egg that is colored green with matcha.

Add some dashi from the dobbinmushi (earthen teapot) to change things to a chazuke.

It was fun eating all the different things, making different combos.

At 2970 yen (tax included) it isn't somewhere you would go everyday, but it is a nice place when you want to bring friends/family from out of town or for a special occasion.

(Click on the photo to see the video of the different foods)

Untitled Thank goodness I went to see where this place was, boy was it hidden from the street!

Untitled The jinchoge (daphne) are blooming, love the fragrance!

Strong like tuberose.

Untitled We had sweets and some tea at Gion Tokuya.

After the projectile warabi mochi...I am a bit traumatized, so I ordered their uji matcha kintoki shaved ice.

Too bad I cut off the top of the shaved ice in the could've seen some of the gold leaf flakes they had sprinkled!

It also had some soft mochi and sweet bean paste on the bottom.

There was also some sweetened matcha syrup and if that wasn't sweet enough, you could use the clear syrup that they also served.

1st shaved ice for the year...

Untitled We also went to Kyoto Takashimaya to get some sweets for Kazumi to take home.

I purchased two of these sakura manju by Taneya.

It was a nice sunny and semi-warm day.

I hope Kazumi had a nice time.

It was nice to spend some time with her and to be out and about.

Awomb Gion Yasaka
463-8 Shimo-Kawaramachi
Higashiyama, Kyoto
Phone: 075.204.3564
Lunch: 11:30-15:00, Dinner: 18:00-20:30
Days off so call before going

Friday, March 16, 2018

freedom kitchen

went to check out freedom kitchen’s new shop❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #お弁当 #フリーダムキッチン #箕面 #牧落 #昼ごはん #昼食 #lunch #bento #freedomkitchen #minoo #makiochi #osaka #japan #大阪 Recently Freedom Kitchen moved.

They are apparently renovating the place on their own, so it is taking some time.

I was able to pick up a bento from them the other day.

The woman at the register said they will have a place to eat upstairs after their renovations are over.

I am glad they didn't move too far from their old address.

I'll be back.

Freedom Kitchen
1-16-28 Sakura
Minoo, Osaka
Phone: 072.725.0621
Hours: 11:00-17:00
Closed Sundays and some Saturdays

Thursday, March 15, 2018

fizzy sakura green tea

lupicia’s sakura vert cold brewed in carbonated water...delicious❤︎temps not quite warm enough for cold beverages though ・ ・ ・ #ルピシア #桜ヴェール #お茶 #大阪 #炭酸水 #lupicia #sakuravert #tea #osaka #carbonatedwater #japan #beverages #coldbrew #水出し Lupicia's Sakura Vert (green tea with cherry blossom leaves) cold brewed in carbonated delicious!

Had to be careful opening up the bottle...

Still a little too nippy for cold drinks but I look forward to having this combo again.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


bummer this place lost its laid back atmosphere❤︎too bad because the food is delicious ・ ・ ・ #タロコーヒー #落ち着けない場所になちゃった #残念 #上本町 #大阪 #カフェ #talocoffee #uehonmachi #nevergoingback #osaka #japan #cafe It's been about a year since my last visit to Talo Coffee.

If you remember, it wasn't a very pleasant one.

Fast forward to Monday.

I had intended to have lunch at a Chinese restaurant, but they took an unexpected day

The udon shop that I had bookmarked, which is next door to the Chinese restaurant already had a krazy

So, I decided to give Talo Coffee another try which was just up the road.

Usually I don't give places another chance, because there are just too many other places to try out there...

Anyway, I went into Talo and the place was kind of packed, which I should've taken as a sign.

They did have a table reserved and a table to seat 4 open, but since I was alone, I was told I needed to wait until a table opened up.

So I did.

While I waited I was instructed to look at the menu and decide what I wanted to order.

I ordered the cheese omelette rice (omurice) topped with fried shrimp.

While I waited for my food, a couple left so their table opened up.

I was reseated there and within minutes a salad and my order came out.

As I was eating the same tension like the one during my previous visit was in the air...trying to turn tables when there really weren't people waiting for them.

In fact, as I was eating, the waitress came to clear the empty plate that my salad was on.

I had a couple more bites of omurice and she was trying to clear that plate too! WT?!

Another unpleasant experience...

Bummer because their food is delicious.

Never going back though.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

me time

Untitled I often have a lot of me time, but recently I've had more than usual.

Satoshi has been helping with a little league tournament, and he's had drinking thingies with various school baseball alumni so he's been MIA many weeknights and the past two weekends.

Anyway, since the ume was blooming at Hattori Ryokuchi, I decided to check it out on Saturday.

Untitled Finding where the ume was blooming in the park was tricky as the map of the park does not specifically indicate "ume forest" or anything like that.

So I was walking towards the Japanese garden where I thought it might be but stumbled upon the trees in their "round flower bed" area....

Untitled Click on this photo to see the short video.

Untitled It was definitely nice to get out and about.

Especially since we've had dreary rainy weather and the temps dropped back down to single digits.

Even with the sun out, the wind was still very icy.

The weather dude says that we will have warmer "almost summer-like" temps next week...which I hope he is wrong because the sakura (cherry blossoms) will start blooming and then we really will nose dive into summer...

Untitled Lunch was at Zenigata.

The only thing I order here is their keema curry udon.

I forgot how spicy it was...and it is still delicious.

Almost halfway through March...too fast!