Friday, December 15, 2017

fahreezing

cappuccino cuteness❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #カフェラ #カプチーノ #梅田大丸 #大阪 #caffera #daimaru #umeda #osaka #japan #cappuccino #かわいい #cute We had a light dusting when we woke up yesterday.

The wind was icy and the snow melted quickly.

Usually January is when I talk about flurries and stuff but it is definitely early this year...(I think the stink bug superstition thingy might be spot on)

It's been awhile since I ran into a cute cappuccino...I thought this was perfect for the season.

Have a nice weekend...10 days until Christmas, are you ready?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

things I'm liking

matcha opera❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #ハーゲンダッツ #抹茶オペラ #大阪 #haagendazs #matcha #opera #icecream #osaka #japan #アイス Been awhile since I've done a post like this...

Haagen-Dazs' Matcha Opera...bitter green tea ice cream, almond sauce, cookies, a blonde chocolate ice cream and topped with a sweet dark chocolate...nice balance.

Untitled Haagen-Dazs' Crisp Chip Chocolate...milk chocolate ice cream with bits of chocolate chips and I think crushed wafers.

chocolate truffle filled with matcha ice cream❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #濃厚生チョコ #宇治抹茶 #コンビニ #大阪 #アイス #chocolatetruffle #matchaicecream #conveniencestore #osaka #japan #lotte Lotte's Chocolate Truffle filled with matcha ice cream and a matcha chocolate sauce...apparently this is only sold at 7-eleven.

Untitled Saba (mackerel) sushi wrapped with takana (mustard cabbage) and filled with egg, cucumber, hijiki and crunchy ume...wish I had bought more pieces!

Untitled The Loaf's cream stew bread and pannetone.

Since I filled up a certain amount of stamps on my card, I received a drip coffee pack from them.

And I was also able to pick up some of their cheese cookies, will have these with some wine soon!

gingerbread latte + chocolate syrup...FTW❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #ジンジャーブレッドラテ #チョコシロップ #スタバ #大阪 #gingerbreadlatte #chocolatesyrup #osaka #japan #starbucks 1st time adding some chocolate syrup to my gingerbread latte, so glad I did! Also am enjoying their cacao nuts.

What are you enjoying these days?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

the procrastinator

gloomy weather...staying indoors, working on holiday cards and listening to christmas music❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #年賀状 #大阪 #holidaycards #osaka #japan The other day, the weather was gloomy, so I worked on the holiday cards to be sent to family and friends overseas.

Then, over the weekend, I told Satoshi he should work on his.

Thought he might work on it on Saturday after his German class...nope, what a procrastinator...

Every year it is the same routine...

Digging his heels in, watching tv...anything than having to work on it.

He claims there is a "pace" to working on them...blah blah blah

Sunday it was a beautiful day but we didn't go anywhere because I wanted him to finish addressing his cards...but no, just more procrastinating and moaning.

Seriously thinking about not sending out cards to friends and relatives in Japan next year so I don't have to deal with all the whining and groaning...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

spiced mixed nuts

was reminded by @shewhoeats post that I needed to make a batch of @davidlebovitz spice mixed nuts...let the holiday snacking begin❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #spicemixednuts #davidlebovitz #snack #nuts #pretzels #osaka #japan #ナッツ #プレッツェル #おつまみ #大阪 Back in 2014, I tried David Lebovitz's recipe for Spiced Mixed Nuts.

I had used coconut oil then, but didn't like the end result...

Recently, I re-tried it and this time used butter and added pretzels like his recipe instructs...so delicious!

I am thinking to make a small batch again soon...

Monday, December 11, 2017

takibi bakery stollen

@takibibakery stollen morning❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #シュトーレン #柿 #ヨーグルト #かぼちゃの種 #珈琲 #nakayamacoffeeroastery #takibibakery #stollen #persimmon #yogurt #pumpkinseed #coffee #osaka #japan #chillchill #almond #blackbean #soy #powder #アーモンド #黒豆 #きな粉 We recently started eating our stollen from Takibi Bakery.

The type I had purchased before had marzipan in the middle.

This one had lots of chestnut chunks in it.

Love!

p.s. on Saturday, we had a little dusting of snow on the mountains...brr!

Saturday, December 09, 2017

udon bo

1st time trying udon bo’s olive pork tsukemen❤︎delicious with lots of ginger ・ ・ ・ #オリーブ豚のつけ麺 #うどん棒 #大阪 #西梅田 #udonbo #olivepork #tsukemen #udon #osaka #japan #latergram Recently tried Udon Bo.

Their main shop is in Takamatsu, Shikoku and they also have a shop in Umeda (Osaka).

There is always a line for this place but the seating moves fast.

They ask you to pre-order when you stand in line and when you are seated, your order comes out piping hot.

Satoshi had their curry udon while I chose the Olive Pork Tsukemen.

Thinly sliced pork belly, the pork is raised in Shodoshima, which is known for olives.

The soup is shoyu based rich and garnished with slightly fried eggplant, thinly sliced ginger, green onion and sesame seeds.

Satoshi said his curry was super spicy, but super delicious...boy, was he perspiring like crazy!

I really enjoyed my choice, though I want to try their cold noodles next time.

We'll be back.

Udon Bo
Osaka Ekimae Dai-San Building B2F
Umeda, Osaka
Phone: 06.6458.5518
Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Weekdays), 11:00-20:00 (Saturdays), 11:00-16:00 (Sundays)

Friday, December 08, 2017

smart coffee

Untitled Have been wanting to try Smart Coffee for some time now and finally got to a couple of weeks ago.

They are well known for their hot cakes, but I ordered their egg sandwich.

Most egg sandwiches in Japan are the boiled egg with mayo type...egg salad, but the type we usually see in Kansai is a warm omelette type.

This was delicious.

A little dashi (stock) in the egg while making the omelette and butter on the bread.

I really enjoyed their coffee too.

I want to try their lunch menu next...I'll be back.

Smart Coffee
537 Teramachi-Sanjo
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Phone: 075.231.6547
Hours: 8:00-19:00