Komagome Korean BBQ (明翠園)

明翠園
Apparently right opposite the popular smoky Korean BBQ is also another popular BBQ patronised by many people who live in the area. They also provided a lot of “free” items too.

明翠園
Sushi san loves kimchi too.

明翠園
The meat are sliced much thinner compared to their competitor opposite

明翠園
Beef slices seasoned with spring onions.

明翠園
Galbi served seasoned in a earthen pot.

明翠園
Too much meat by now?

明翠園
We prefer this place as it is not as smoky and the thinner sliced meat is much more easier to BBQ

明翠園
My first try with fresh egg as a sauce condiment for my meats…….only in japan! ;)

Address:Komagome Korean BBQ (明翠園)東京都豊島区駒込1-19-2 アイビーホームズ 1F

Yataira, Takadanobaba (鷹流 高田馬場店)

鷹流 高田馬場店
I thought that the chicken ramen at this place was good but my friend told me this is much better.

鷹流 高田馬場店
I tried the chicken tsukemen recommended by my friend but the quantity was to large for me (at 260g)

鷹流 高田馬場店
The soup base was clear chicken soup with a thick layer of oil on top to ensure that the soup would remain hot. We can also request for some rice to be added in after you are done with your noodles so that you can finish up the soup. The flavor is definitely different from the milk white soup from Kageyama

鷹流 高田馬場店
All ladies and students who visit this store would receive this card that is printed like a monthly pass suica, that would allow you to get get serving of dessert, or extra rice.

鷹流 高田馬場店
Hair ties were also provided on the counter for ladies to tie up their hair. Nice boss!

Address:Yataira, Takadanobaba (鷹流 高田馬場店)東京都新宿区高田馬場4-17-17 高田馬場プリンスマンション 1F

East Village Ikebukuro (イーストヴィレッジ)

East Village
A little burger joint in a secluded corner in Ikebukuro near Sunshine City.

East Village
Pretty high ratings for their burgers as they claimed to use fresh meat patties. Burgers are also made fresh after order.

East Village
After you place your order, you move upstairs to their really really small seating area that can hold a maximum of 7-8 patrons.

East Village
So what do you think?

East Village
Close up pic of the burger

East Village
I liked it that they always give the wrapping paper for your burgers in Japan. Ladies try not to let people see their moving mouths when they eat but it is to make sure that the sauce doesn’t drip all over me.

Address:East Village Ikebukuro (イーストヴィレッジ)東京都豊島区東池袋1-13-1 栄町通り

DEMODE R

Demode Shinjuku
Setagaya, another hippie area off Shinjuku. Much more quieter, dotted with interesting cafés.

Demode Shinjuku
Friend wanted to check out this place so we headed out here. The cafe is actually a men’s clothing store with a cafe attached. Minimalist decorations with open air concept.

Demode Shinjuku
Lunch was either a choice of sandwiches or hot dog, drinking a drink and soup. The drink was served in a large pitcher unlike some places which are served in a small cup.

Demode Shinjuku
Sauce choices

Demode Shinjuku
The hot dog selection

Demode Shinjuku
The sandwich selection. Food was average but it was nice to go to a local place with no tourists.

Address:DEMODE R 三宿店東京都世田谷区下馬2-44-11

Beef Katsu Motomura (牛かつ もと村) / ChaTei Hatou (茶亭 羽當)

牛かつ もと村
For my quest to check out the lunched in Shibuya, this place comes up top place. Firstly, when we talk about Katsu….pork will usually pop up in our head but this place served BEEF katsu. We had to wait in line for around 20 minutes in a crowd full of men. I guess anything that is too much meat is usually more appealing to the men?

牛かつ もと村
Finally, we got to get our lunch set.

See, crispy on the outside but a little rare in the middle. The bread crumbs that is used to coat the meat was flavorful too. The overall combination went really well and it was a filling lunch. It wasn’t too greasy either. Definitely highly recommended.

茶亭 羽當
After a short walk to walk off our lunch, we headed to this really popular cafe in shibuya.

茶亭 羽當
You know how crowded it is in Shibuya and too much concrete jungle but walking into the cafe would make you forget that you are in the middle of the crowded concrete jungle. The atmosphere was very relaxing with lots of artsworks dotted around.

茶亭 羽當
Paintings, woodcrafts and china wear. It was all country and a little fancy too.

茶亭 羽當
Drinks here are not cheap thought, going for 600JPY for a class but the coffee are grinded on the spot and that is why the cafe was aromatically filled with coffee grounds smell. Definitely a nice place to chill from the hot summer heat!

Address:Beef Katsu Motomura (牛かつ もと村)東京都渋谷区渋谷3-18-10 大野ビル2号館  B1F

Address:ChaTei Hatou (茶亭 羽當)東京都渋谷区渋谷1-15-19 二葉ビル 2F

Shin Yakitori (鷆 東新宿)

Yakitori
This has been sitting in my draft for a super long time, why? Cos I don’t know who to read the name of the shop. Finally got the chance to ask Sushi san and he just looked at it for 1 second and replied “Shin”….*growl*

Yakitori
Not only the name was a difficult kanji, the location was a little out of the way too. Unless you are in the east side of Shinjuku else you likely won’t come to this area. Since we were in the area, we decided to check out the popular eatery in this area. First up would be the “adult” potato salad which had a generous share of bacon added in.

Yakitori
Of course, yakitori! I love how they are served individually right off the grill so it is glistening with oil when served.

Yakitori
Japanese do not waste any food, so the chicken skin is chopped up with lots of scallions and ponzu and sold as a side dish.

Yakitori
Ok, the vegetable for the night.

Yakitori
Chicken ochazuke, boiling hot tea boiled over the raw chicken cooked the outer layer. I guess only in Japan that you can eat raw chicken ;)

Address:Shin Yakitori (鷆 東新宿)東京都新宿区新宿6-20-6 小山ビル1F

Hot Summer, Hot insects

One great thing about living in a country with 4 seasons would be that you don’t need to deal with insects issues till the weather warms up. Of course, when we hit summer where it gets all hot and humid, we have problems of mold growth in our bathrooms, rooms etc. We also have to deal with insect issues. My problem isn’t that bad compared to people who stayed in house since I live in a high rise apartment but we still get our share of random mosquitoes and insects which I simply don’t like. So I bought this insect repellent to be placed outside the door which is supposedly to deter the insects away. Anyway, don’t you think that it is so cute? They even have it in Snoopy shape etc.

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Of course, there would the fair share of insect deterrent products on the market like this jelly that you can place at your kitchen sink to trap those tiny houseflies. The smell is of vinegar and shaoxing wine so it is supposed to be suitable for the kitchen?

insectkill1
This CM cracks me up when I saw it. You need the help of the ice ghost to help you kill off the cockroaches that might had crept up on you. You can watch the CM from youtube too.

Desktop
This is a new product that was just released this summer. It is supposed to freeze the cockroach immediately since the cockroach might still wriggle or take its last few steps if you spray the normal insecticide. So no more screaming from the ladies, since they will die on the spot.

insectkill3
Of course, the famous smoking insect deterrent that you can smoke your whole house. Read the details from Danny Choo’s entry.





mosquito_bracelet
Of course, cute mosquito repellent coils for the adults and kids since most peple would like to spend much time at the outdoors during summer.

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