Thursday, January 29, 2015

le bois

pâté lunch & cake salé♡ #lunch #kitahama #café #lebois #pâté #cakesalé #japan #osaka Yesterday I had an errand to run so I was in the Kitahama area. I stopped into Le Bois for lunch.

It had been nearly a year since my last visit.

I really like this cafe, super quiet. (well, until a group of chatty women came in...)

I ordered their pâté lunch...1080 yen (tax included).

This came with a piece of their cake salé (savory cake) with olives, hazelnuts and a little ham.

The plate came filled with a tiny cup of their cream soup, some pickles, their potato salad, three large slices of sourdough bread and two slabs of their pâté.

I was quite full after the first slab of pâté, so I asked the waitress if I could take the rest home. She wrapped up my leftover pâté, a slice of bread and the potato salad.

To end the meal they gave me a hazelnut cookie with my espresso.

I froze the pâté and will use it in bánh mì another day.

This place definitely doesn't disappoint.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


e.a.t.(egg avocado toast) for breakfast adapted from @lafujimama 's good! #breakfast #avocado #overeasyegg #strawberry #banana #toast #walnutraisin #japan #coffee Recently the fruit/vegetable stand I go to had beautiful avocados from Mexico. Usually at the big supermarkets we pay 100 yen or so for a teeny orb, but this time the fruit/veggie stand was selling 2 for 250 yen and they were at least 2 times bigger!

I got this idea from Rachel's blog, La Fuji Mama.

Take a piece of bread and toast it.

Mash up an avocado with some lemon juice.

Top it with an egg cooked to your liking.

Breakfast, lunch or dinner is served.

NOTES: so simple but so delicious! I mashed my avocado with some lemon juice and a little balsamic vinaigrette. I also added a little ground black pepper. I topped my toast with an over-easy egg. And the bread I used was a walnut raisin. I have to admit I added a little too much lemon juice, so it was puckery, but for breakfast, it really woke me up!

What have you been eating?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

pop gourmet popcorn

I'm glad this @popgourmet infused chocolate caramel with sea salt popcorn was a single serving, after tasting a couple, I wasn't about to share♡ #popcorn #caramel #chocolate #seasalt #popgourmetpopcorn #japan I wrote about Pop! Gourmet popcorn previously here and here.

Since Valentine's is coming up, some stores brought in a new flavor, their infused chocolate caramel with sea salt.

Love this one!

The chocolate coating is infused with caramel (or is it the other way around?!) making it more like a toffee coating. And there is just the right of sea salt sprinkled on each piece.

Like I said when I posted this on Instagram..."I'm glad it was a single serving, after tasting a couple, I wasn't about to share"

I'm really glad I got to try this one.

How is your week going?

Monday, January 26, 2015


zabon-zuke After coming back from Shimabara, I mentioned that besides the mikan-zuke there was also zabon-zuke made from pomelo.

During January and part of February, the train line that we ride, Hankyu, is having a Nagasaki fair inside of the Umeda station.

Last week was Shimabara and it gave us a chance to pick up the zabon-zuke.

zabon-zuke This one was made by a different confectioner called Buntando.

The texture of the zabon-zuke reminded me of tong guo, the candied fruits and veggies for Chinese New Year, but boy was this bitter!

I'm glad we got to try this but will stick to buying mikan-zuke.

13 Shimokawajiri-machi
Shimabara, Nagasaki
Phone: 0957.62.2088 (toll free number: 0120.62.2085)

Friday, January 23, 2015

chicken (meatball) soup for the soul

chicken meatball soup...with lots of ginger, veggies & a little chili oil♡ #homemade #soup #veggies #japan #dinner It's been quite rainy and gloomy the past couple of days.

I usually plan ahead and stock up beforehand so that I don't have to go out in the bad weather, but didn't get a chance to do so this time around.

So I walked in the rain to the market, thinking about what to make for dinner.

It had to be soup I thought...then meatballs popped into my head.

I picked up some chicken breast and used the veggies that were in my fridge.

I whizzed the chicken with a nub of ginger and an egg.

Then I diced half a carrot, part of a red bell pepper, and some maitake.

I also chopped up a couple leaves of cabbage.

In a pot, I added 4 cups of water and a bouillon cube.

Then on medium heat, I cooked everything for about 5 minutes.

I then scooped out chicken meatballs into the pot and let them cook with the veggies, scraping the scum that formed on top.

After another 5 minutes, I checked to make sure that the meatballs were cooked and added a couple drops of chili oil and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil.

Then, just before serving I threw in some chopped frozen green onion.

Dinner was fast, easy and really comforting.

The addition of ginger to the chicken meatballs gave it a nice zing.

Hope the sun comes back soon and hope you have a nice weekend!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

foodie wednesday in osaka

earlier @ bindu...naan so big it didn't fit in the shot♡ #bindu #curry #umeda #keema #japan Got to meet up with Fiona yesterday for a late lunch.

It's been about a year since we last met, so there was lots to catch up on.

There's something about the cold weather that makes me crave spicy foods especially curry.

Bindu caught our eye so we tried their lunch.

We both got the B-set...1050 yen (tax included)

This comes with your choice of curry (I chose keema egg while Fiona chose their prawn curry)

You can also choose the amount of heat for your curry (I chose the regular amount while Fiona chose medium)

Lunch also comes with a salad, a piece of chicken tikka (super moist) and their kebab (nice flavors).

There was also some rice and a dollop of chutney/salsa that was really nice, not spicy but really fresh and flavorful.

The naan was HUGE, I liked the crisp parts and the airy-ness to it.

This was our first time here and everything was delicious!

shared with a friend earlier @ eikokuya #waffle #eikokuya #umeda #osaka #英國屋 #梅田 #大阪 #ワッフル After lunch, we took a little walk around to see what other restaurants were on the floor and then we went into Eikokuya for something sweet.

I've been to Eikokuya before but this one was nice because it looks out onto Osaka. Too bad the weather wasn't a little nicer, it was quite overcast.

We shared this waffle and had warm beverages (I had coffee while Fiona had ginger milk tea)...1950 yen (tax included)

Despite the weather, it was a great day, lots of good food and lots of chatting.

It had been awhile since I've been to the Grand Building, so it was nice re-connecting with it.

Thanks for a great day Fiona!

Hankyu Grand Building 30F
Phone: 06.4709.0021
Open when Grand Building is

Hankyu Grand Building 30F
Phone: 06.6315.9213
Open when Grand Building i

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

tower of babil

tower of babil Tried a curry place yesterday called Tower of Babil.

Tiny shop located in the Tanimachi area.

Actually my first choice for lunch was closed, so I scrambled to find a place the sign!

lamb kalbi curry #towerofbabil #osaka #japan #curry #lamb They have 2 types of curry...a meat curry and a bean curry.

I chose the meat curry which was lamb kalbi...850 yen (tax included).

Lots of spices and the meat was super tender.

I appreciated that the owner/chef took our orders in the order that we entered the shop and also served us in that order too!

Next time I want to try their spice rice which is Thai rice flavored with spices.

You can also get half and half (half bean and half meat) though it will cost a little more.

Pickled cabbage and water are self-serve.

Share your table, since seats are limited...only 10 or 11 in the whole shop! Also, it's a "one-man" operation, so be prepared to wait for your lunch.

Cozy on a wintry day, I'll be back!

Tower of Babil
2-4-5 Tokui-cho, Excel Uchihonmachi Heights 1F
Chuo, Osaka
Phone: 090.6234.8264
Lunch only: 11:30-15:00 (sometimes they close earlier if they run out)
Closed Sundays & Holidays