Wednesday, May 27, 2015

rococo

IMG_1797 Way back when I first starting discovering different chocolates, I heard about Rococo, a chocolatier in the U.K.

When I met up with Tamakikat, she was kind enough to share some chocolates with me...from Rococo!

IMG_1798 Their Superior Seagull Salted Caramel Eggs...rich salted caramel center coated with milk chocolate and a thin shell. This was really good but one was enough!

IMG_1825 Their bee bars, 20 grams of 65% dark chocolate. Our favorite was Earl Grey.

I hope they bring a shop to Japan soon, thanks again for sharing Tamakikat!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

foodie saturday in osaka

breakfast @ tsutaya with @cycling_walking_eating_talking #breakfast #lucua1100 #tsutaya Met up with Tamakikat in Osaka before her appointment.

I had this croque monsieur thingy while she had a green smoothie.

Always nice catching up with her, she was also nice to share some Rococo chocolates (more about those later!) (Thank you!)

south swell burger♡ #southswellcafe #osaka #japan #lunch After Satoshi's German class, he wanted to go meet up with some classmates for a study session, so first we had lunch at South Swell Cafe.

The burgers are huge here! but the prices are super reasonable...800 yen. I had the South Swell Burger which came with bacon, bbq sauce and I think cheese.

Plus 200 yen and it came with a drink, I chose coke...

Satoshi ordered their Avocado Burger...900 yen and with 200 yen plus he added coffee.

rose festa @ utsubo park #rose #utsubopark #osaka #japan While I waited for him, I checked out the Utsubo Park Rose Festa and read my book.

There were tons of families with kids all itching to play in the fountains...

There were also tons of furry kids!!

brooklyn roasting coldbrew @ nakanoshima rose park #nakanoshima #rose #coldbrew #brooklynroasting #kitahama #osaka #nofilter After Satoshi's study session, we walked to Nakanoshima Rose Park.

On the way, we bought some coffees and sat in the park.

mexican! @ herradura #nakazakicho #umeda #osaka #mexican #japan #dinner It was dinner time. We checked out this mexican place I had bookmarked, Herradura.

We tried their guac with chips and ordered two orders of tacos (one with shrimp and the other with chile con carne). An order comes with two tacos.

Their food is quite good. We especially liked their chips which are fried to order.

We also had their queso con chile (melted cheese with tomato) and chips.

Their strawberry margaritas were meh. But we want to go back to try their plates.

It was quite a long day, but the weather is still quite nice.

Have a nice week!

South Swell Cafe
2-1-1 Nishihonmachi
Nishi-ku, Osaka
Phone: 0.6535.8852
Open 9:00-20:00 (weekdays), 10:00-20:00 (weekends)

Herradura
2-2-13 Nakazaki-nishi
Kita-ku, Osaka
Phone: 06.6361.1011
Open 17:00-3:00 (Monday-Friday), 17:00-5:00 (Saturday)

Monday, May 25, 2015

ému cafe

sorry you can't call it "taco rice"...was just bolognese meat sauce & without cheese! #émucafe #minoo #osaka #lunch #nottacorice Went to check out ému cafe on Friday.

I've past this place many times and had always wanted to have lunch here.

Their lunch service starts at 11:30, so I timed arriving at that time...the place was already packed!

I was seated at their counter.

After my order was taken I was given some chilled vichyssoise (potato soup).

Then the taco rice I ordered came out...

This had no temperature spiciness to it. Nor did it have any cheese.

Very disappointing.

had to wait a LONG time for this iced George Cannon peche thé�� #thé #peche #émucafe #minoo #osaka #georgecannonthés When I ordered, I also asked that my drink come out at the same time as my meal.

Well, after being served, I ate my lunch, and no iced tea.

I finished eating, the waitress took my dish away and said, "I'll bring out your drink"...

and then 30 minutes later it finally came out..WT?!

Dunno that I'll be back to this place, service seems a bit off.

ému cafe
3-5-8 Makiochi
Phone: 072.796.3455
Hours: 11:30-15:00 lunch, 18:00-22:00 dinner
Closed Mondays and the last Tuesday of the month

Sunday, May 24, 2015

cafe noto coffee

cafe noto coffee Have been wanting to try Cafe Noto Coffee but since my appointments in this area are usually on a Tuesday, and they are closed, I haven't been able to, until this past Wednesday.

According to Tabelog, their lunch time starts at 11:00, so I tried to get there about that time.

Well, they no longer serve lunch...boo!

They do have sandwiches on their menu but service for them are at 11:30...boo!

So, I ordered a pizza toast and iced coffee.

Everything is made to order so be prepared to wait.

This place has a nice vibe. Lots of light and their music comes off of a record player.

The pizza toast was good! I liked the sauce and toppings which were bacon, some red onion and lots of cheese (and parsley).

The iced coffee was nice too, probably a dark roast.

I'll come back to try their sandwiches and baked goods.

Cafe Noto Coffee
1-6-4 Uemachi
Chuo, Osaka
Phone: 06.4304.2630
Hours: 9:00-18:00
Closed Tuesday and the 3rd Monday

Saturday, May 23, 2015

max brenner chocolate bar

max brenner chocolate chunk pizza Max Brenner recently opened up a chocolate bar in Lucua 1100.

The line is krazy for this place.

Tuesday, I met up with a friend for lunch.

And since the line for this place wasn't too krazy at lunchtime, we tried the chocolate chunk pizza.

Milk & white chocolate with toasted marshmallows on top.

max brenner chocolate chunk pizza Talk about sugar coma! and thank goodness for black coffee...

Needless to say we were full after this, so we did lots of walking and window shopping.

I'm glad we tried this but probably would go for their fondue or crepe items instead.

Max Brenner Chocolate Bar
Lucua 1100, 2F
Hours: 10:00-21:00, open when Lucua 1100 is.
Phone: 06.6147.7440

Friday, May 22, 2015

mucho aloha

mucho aloha hpa pale ale Tried this Mucho Aloha HPA Pale Ale recently.

Kinda fruity, easy to drink.

Bummed that it isn't really made in Hawaii though.

goya champuru, gyoza, calamari & @muchoaloha beer #dinner #goyachampuru #gyoza #calamari #beer #muchoaloha #japan I had this with some goya champuru, fried gyoza and calamari.

Dunno that I would buy this one again but I'm glad I tried it.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

pannell

pannell There is a bakery in the Takarazuka area that is super popular, Pannell.

They often sell their bread at department stores and the lines for them are usually really long.

Recently I stumbled upon one of their shops in Nakayama.

They don't let you take photos in the store, so I'll just have to tell you about their amazing cash register. It scans the bread and shows you exactly what you bought on the screen.

Now, the cashier can't ring you up wrongly, as is sometimes the case at other places.

I like how their receipts tell you exactly what you bought too.

Their maple donut...chock full of walnuts.

pannell The bacon asparagus bread...which had more bacon than asparagus.

pannell And their fruit milk bread was delicious too! I'm thinking of making french toast with the rest of this loaf.

I'm glad we got to try these and that they have a close location for us to visit more often.

Pannell Grande
5-3-1 Nakasuji
Takarazuka, Hyogo
Phone: 0797.89.8823
Closed Mondays and 2 Tuesdays, check their website for more details (Japanese only).