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My favorite Pizza place in Tokyo – Napule

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I and my husband went to Omotesando to take maternity photo on the other day, so we went to my favorite restaurant Napule afterward.
If you love napoli pizza, you should try here :)

http://napule-pizza.com/minamiaoyama/

They have branch in Tokyo midtown and also close to Omotesand station.
You can make reservation only for dinner, and it’s better to book in advance especially for weekend or friday night.

They have very good deal set Lunch only on weekday, so when you don’t have work, it’s nice to try there on weekday, you can get wonderful pizza or pasta with under 1500JPY.

We ordered and shared pizza set and pasta set.

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small salad

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pizza (tomato sauce, anchovy, mozzarella, herb)

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pasta(salmon, sprinach, cream sauce)

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They have several choices of pizza/pasta and everyday it’s different.

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There’re much more variety at dinner time, hope you enjoy there :)

Napule
address 東京都港区南青山5-6-24
1minute from Omotesando station
03-3797-3790
11:30-14:30 / 18:00-22:00

And now I’m on 37weeks of pregnancy, a little bit nervous but so excited!

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Great Japanese-Italian restaurant in Karuizawa – En boca

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We just had a short vacation to Karuizawa, which is licated at Nagano prefecture and famous as vacation place.

Before we went there, I asked several friends who traveled Karuizawa recently where I should go and all of them said “En boca”.

http://www.enboca.jp/karuizawa/karuizawa_2.html

This is Italian restaurant but they try to use the local ingredients as much as possible, so it’s not traditinal Italian food and it’s something make
them different.

Today’s soup (pumpkin)
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I heard their pizza is so amazing so we choose
Renkon (Lotus root) with genovese sauce
and
Nozawana with sesame Tofu
(Nozawana is green vegetable pickles which is the speciality in Nagano)

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Margarita
and
Mushroom with cream sauce

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My favorite was Nozawana, suprisingly the pickles and sesame Tofu is so nice with the great pizza dough!

It’s super cold there in this season, but you can also enjoy snow sports.

Please try this restaurant if you have a chance to go to Karuizawa :)

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Great Oyako-don restaurant at Tsukiji – Toritoh 鳥藤

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Tsukiji market is famous for seafood for tourist, but actually there’re very good quality meat and vegetable there because many professionals come here to buy all the ingredients.

鳥藤 ( Toritoh) is famous as chicken store, you can buy all parts of chicken and they’re all good quality.

Toritoh also has tiny chicken restaurant at Tsukiji outer market and inner market, and the food tastes so nice of course.

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There’re only several menus, which all based on chicken.
Oyako-don, Teriyaki-don etc..

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We ordered Chicken Kara-age for side dish.

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For the main dishes, Oyako- don and Oyako curry ( Oyako-don and curry combined together on the rice).
All the menus cost under 1000JPY.

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It’s famous and popular store for Japanese people so always there’re line in front of the restaurant (not so much tourist) but it’s worth to line up :)

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My brother’s organic restaurant in Tokyo – Kitchen Watarigarasu

Somehow, I haven’t introduced my brother’s tiny restaurant in Tokyo yet in my blog.
One of the reason is, it’s too close to me, I often eat there ( or even sometimes help his kitchen) and don’t take much pictures.. :)

He doesn’t cook traditional Japanese, it’s kind of fusion food based on seasonal organic veggies, and organic wines.

He doesn’t have the same menu, since he cooks besed on whatever he has on that day which organic farmers sent him.

On the other day’s Omakase course.. (Today’s special course)

Some kinds of vegetable appetizer
(spagetti squash etc)

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Deep-fried bitter cucumber

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We had baby squid tomato glatin, and octopus carpaccio, home-made baguette etc, but I forgot to take pictures again..
We asked him non-meat Omakase because my friends are vegetarian, but usually you have pork putty or simmered beaf with red wine or something as well.

Scallop with Ratatouille with croquette and grilled potatoes

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You will have seasonal pasta or something at this point, but we’re too full and just asked him to stop spoiling us too much.

Home-made ice cream

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If you like seasonal ingredients, please try them :)
He cooks everything from scratch, including sausage or bacon for example.
He’s only the chef there (very tiny restaurant) so it takes more time to prepare the food than the others, but you can taste very natural flavor :)

Kitchen Watarigarasu
キッチンわたりがらす
渋谷区東3-24-14
3-24-14, Higashi, Shibuya
No Sun
you can walk from Ebisu station, JR Yamanote-line fr Hibiya-line

With my great company :)

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My favorite Unagi ( eel) restaurant in Tokyo 宮川本店

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If you come to Japan, or live in Japan, one of the things you must eat is Unagi!
Most of the eel in the supermarket or at the regular restaurant, is imported eel and very oily texture because they’re cultivated.

Japanese one is much light, and fluffy texture.
You can taste it only in Japan :)

My favorite restaurant is 宮川本店 (Miyagawa Honten) in Ginza area.

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The second floor is Tatami floore, and the restaurant has relaxing atmosphere..

They basically have only two menus as same as any professional eel restaurant, “Shira yaki” ( no sauce, you can dip it with soy sauce and Wasabi when you eat it) and “Kaba yaki” ( regular one).
And you can choose the size :)

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Only thing you have to be careful is, it takes about 30mins. to be served after you order the eel.
Because after they have the order, they start cooking eel and it normally takes time.

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宮川本店
1-4-6, Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo
東京都中央区築地1-4-6
11:30-14:00, 17:00-20:00
No Sat

you can take Tsukiji station, or Shintomicho station :)

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By the way, I watched the TV and fount out there’re “cucumber pickle bread” in a certain area in Japan.. (Kobe area)
It looks like a hot dog, but they just Japanese pickle instead of sausage..
and I heard the taste is nice.
I wanna try it, but it’s not in Tokyo area..

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Hokkaido foods <3

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My mom originally from Hokkaido, so my cooking (food) roots is also from Hokkaido..
We use many kinds of northern seafood, lot of potatoes/pumpkins, kelp, daily for example :)
(You can think about the UK weather)

Most of the cheese are imported from other countries in the supermarket if you can find many kinds of them, but in Hokkaido, you can find these kinds of cheeses and all of them are made in Hokkaido!
If you know how poor Japanese cheese selection we have in Tokyo, it’s quite amazing.
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And every time I go back there, I go to this Sushi restaurant, “Hana-maru” in Sapporo city..
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The best bakery in Japan, “Ange”
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But east side of Hokkaido, you can find more deer meat.
We ate deer almost everyday, it’s like lean beef and so tasty :)
(The picture is at Ainu minority restaurant)
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And if you have any chance to go to Hokkaido, I suggest you to
– rent a car, it makes you much easier to travel! For example, it took us 8 hours to drive from Sapporo to east side of Hokkaido, but we enjoyed the small cities on a way and there’re only one train a day..
-stay in a pension, which is normally owned by one couple and is like small regular house. They offer you Home-made Dinner and breakfast, and the house is located in the nature often. You can taste better food than the restaurant, and they always have great hospitality so you can relax like at home!

This food is from the pension we stayed..
The owner (is usually chef) cooked Italian course, and this is the club meat pasta with tomato cream sauce, and he makes the fresh pasta with Hokkaido flour everyday.
We had Lasana, appetizer, dessert, meat, fish so on.
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Maybe I love Hokkaido too much, ( I wanna move there to have a small farm and pension in the future..) but I really want you to try there if you have chance, you will love the nature and the foods :)

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Tsukiji Bon Marche – My Favorite Restaurant in Tsukiji, Tokyo

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Today I want to introduce one of my favorite restaurant in Tsukiji (fish market) area.

Tsukiji fish market is the biggest fish market in the world and many tourists come here to see many kinds of seafood or enjoying Sushi- There’re a bunch of Sushi restaurants.

Sushi is very nice there since they use fresh ingredients of course, but I recommend you to have Italian-Japanese fusion restaurant in front of the market sometimes because you can get good Sushi everywhere in Japan :)!

Restaurant’s name is Bon Marche (ボンマルシェ) and they serve mainly Italian food like pasta, but use a lot of seafood including Sashimi pieces.

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I and my husband went there for Lunch on the other day, and we ordered Lunch A (regular pasta) and B set (fresh pasta) .

They served us assorted appetizer, pasta, dessert, and tea/coffee/green tea.

It cost 1700-1800JPY per person. (about 10 EURO) There’re other menus as well, so you can order the other menu if you want to have Tuna steak or some more main dishes plus basic Lunch course!

Really really nice focaccia with black salt

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Assorted appetizer (Sashimi with olive oil, some fresh vegetable etc)

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Fresh pasta with tomato cream sauce

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Pasta with Tuna tomato sauce

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Petit dessert

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Green tea with sweet

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This restaurant is located in front of Rawson (convenience store) at Tsukiji outer market.

Address: 4-7-5, Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 東京都中央区築地4-7-5    second floor (No Sunday)

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