Rue Favart Cafe (リュ・ファヴァー 恵比寿)

Rue Favart
[Throwback September] If you are looking for a place to take a short break and not want to drink beer at the Yebisu Beer Museum, just right across the road would be this small cafe.

Rue Favart
A 2 level small cafe painted with bright red flowers.

Rue Favart
Looks really artistic too.

Rue Favart
Some people were just sleeping at their tables (likely from the hot weather)

Rue Favart
Fret not as the menu comes with photographs!

Rue Favart
A quiet afternoon gateaway for us ladies in Ebisu.

Address:Rue Favart Cafe東京都渋谷区恵比寿3-28-12

Singapore embassy reception for National Day.

Tokyo Singapore embassy National Day reception
[Throwback September] On September 11, we had a belated National Holiday celebration for Singaporeans in Tokyo. 2 such events are organised annually and this one is the more “atas” one held in Imperial Hotel, Tokyo.

Tokyo Singapore embassy National Day reception
This year we had Miss Grace Fu as our guest of honor.

Tokyo Singapore embassy National Day reception
Cutting our birthday cake for Singapore.

Tokyo Singapore embassy National Day reception
Place where Singaporeans and their spouses mingle.

Tokyo Singapore embassy National Day reception
They had 2 famous sushi shops invited over, but it ran out too fast that I didn’t have time to eat any.

Tokyo Singapore embassy National Day reception
Managed to get some photos from my friends’ plates though.

Tokyo Singapore embassy National Day reception
The usual Singapore treats, chicken rice, laksa and satay which had everyone waiting in line just for a whiff to remind us of our home in Singapore. Thank you Singapore! ^^

Henri Charpentier Ginza

Henri Charpentier
By this time, the Singapore Henri Charpentier has already opened its branch in Singapore. (Would eventually check it out soon)

Henri Charpentier
I met up a friend for a weekend lunch sometime back since both our husbands were working. Since we had an early lunch, it quite a perfect time to head over Henri Charpentier at 130pm since the crowd usually would come in at around 3pm.

Henri Charpentier
Do you know that the toilet entrance is just behind this faux bookcase.

Henri Charpentier
The contemporary purple and black theme was pretty grand.

Henri Charpentier
We ordered the most famous item from their menu, their Crêpe Suzette which is prepared right before your eyes with a copper pan with Butter, orange juice and liqueur

Henri Charpentier

Henri Charpentier
The start of the performance of cooking the crepe right in front of you.

Henri Charpentier
Can’t wait to taste this. Flavorful sauce with the plain crepe.

Henri Charpentier
Chocolate dessert platter, the theme for autumn.

Ginza Streets
Do you know that the main Ginza streets is a pedestrian’s heaven during weekends? No vehicles are allowed and the city would place tables and seats in the middle of the street for shoppers to take a break.

Ginza Streets
Too bad it was so hot in September, would love to sit there when the weather cools down.

Address:HENRI CHARPENTIER東京都中央区銀座2-8-20 ヨネイビル 1F・B1F

Akiba Fukurou (Owl Cafe)

There is a recent uptrend for furry cafes in Tokyo. After cats and rabbits cafe, we know have a few owl cafes sprouting around Tokyo. I visited Akiba Fukurou, the pioneer shop for this type of cafes in Akihabara

Aki Fukurou
Just 5 minutes away from Akihabara, in a small alley, lie this small owl cafe shop. You have a to make a reservation in advance either online, or you can just pick up a time slot card in front of their shop. You can’t see what is going inside as they have all the curtains down. Each time slot has about 12 guests each time and 1 time slot is about 1 hour each. You pay 1500JPY for this hour where you can pet and take photos with the owls in the cafe. Even though, we say that it is a cafe but no food/drinks are served. You only get a bottle of mineral water in return.

Aki Fukurou
Here is the time slot card which you can pick up assuming you did not make any reservations online.

Aki Fukurou
15 minutes before your time slot, staff would come out to distribute the manner booklet for you to go through so you know what are the dos and don’t. Rule of thumb is never to place a smaller owl near the bigger ones as it would attack them. NO loud voice or screaming as it would agitate the owls.

Aki Fukurou
Once it is your time, the staff would lead everyone in and you pay upon entry and you would be asked to find a seat.

Aki Fukurou
There seems to be at least 20 owls in this tiny cafe.

Aki Fukurou
Wonder if they are tired with all these humans coming to stroke and pet them.

Aki Fukurou
But I managed to catch a cheeky one!

Aki Fukurou
The biggest owl in this room is this owl from Osaka called Takoyaki. He is so big that we cannot put him on our arms for photos.

Aki Fukurou
Sleepy owls.

Aki Fukurou
why you want to take photos of me?

Aki Fukurou
The second biggest owl in the cafe but this little guy is pretty feisty too.

Aki Fukurou
The more mild owls in the room.

Aki Fukurou
Fully grown but really tiny owl.

Aki Fukurou
Easier to take photos with the smaller sized ones but they get scared easier so they would keep pooing on your hands. How you know they are going to poo on your hands? You feel a gust of warm air on your hand, and oh no! Staff would provide you with wet tissues to wipe the shit off so don’t worry.

Aki Fukurou
The star of the whole breed, Snow owl. Looks off a scene in Harry Potter?

Aki Fukurou
Everyone wants to take a photo with him too.

Aki Fukurou
Ignoring the humans for some cuddles.

Aki Fukurou
Love this photo taken by my friend.

Aki Fukurou
Most of the decoration in the tiny room was owl themed too.

Link to cafe: http://akiba2960.com/

Orenofenchi, Akasaka (俺のフレンチ 赤阪) / Saryoutsujiri (茶寮都路里 大丸東京店)

Ore no French
My 3rd visit to this popular and wallet friendly chain which serves upscale food at public friendly prices. We arrived 1 hour before it opened on a weekday and since Akasaka is mainly comprising of offices, the crowd is much less in the afternoons. We were lucky to be offered the last table available as someone had cancelled their reservation. Yeah! This is the first time I get to sit down to eat here as most of the time they only have their standing tables available. We waited in a near Mcdonald’s until it was 11:25am, this was already the lunch time line for their 11:30 opening.

Ore no French
The restaurant was filled up when it opened and there was a never ending stream of customers till we left at 1pm.

Ore no French
No doubt, always go for their limited dishes! Some of the more expensive menus are available on a limited basis and once sold out you cannot order it. So 1st things of course was their lobster pasta in tomato sauce (1680JPY)

Ore no French
Akasaka limited steak with a layer of grated radish. The meat was a little tough in my opinion. In a land of miniture food, the portion served by Orenofenchi is always huge so it would the place to go to if you go in a group.

Ore no French
Since this eatery is a French/Italian branch, they also offere pizza and pastas in their menus. This onsen egg cheese pizza is highly recommended. They served the half boiled eggs right up to you and mixed it up before cutting the pizza. IT was sooooooooooo GOOD!

Ore no French
Our all time favorite – steak with foe gras. The steak was done just nice which was soft and tender.

Ore no French
Tiramisu was great too…Just by typing this post, I am getting hungry for their food again.

Address:俺のフレンチ・イタリアン AKASAKA東京都港区赤坂3-10-1 対翠館ビル 1F

都路里
Next, we headed to this traditional dessert shop that originated from Kyoto for our dessert. They have a branch in Daimaru Tokyo Station. My Taiwan friends raved about how good the green tea desserts are.

都路里
If you love Japanese tea, this would be the place for you but I think the prices here are little high.

都路里
I got a cup of of maccha tea float with green tea ice cream. The green tea was really thick and very green tea-y.

都路里
Daimaru Autumn limited edition parfait, looks really overwhelming.

都路里
Shaved ice with green tea syrup, you can request for half half which means only one side is green tea for the the shaved ice.

Address:茶寮都路里 大丸東京店東京都千代田区丸の内1-9-1 大丸東京店 10F

There is a big mural of Hello Kitty at Tokyo Station. I guess by this time, the whole world would have know that Hello Kitty is not a cat but a girl? (laugh)

Kasouyo Japanese Cafe (花想容)

花想容Cafe
Who would expect a Kimono shop/ cafe would be nestled in this quiet Mejiro neighborhood of residential area. Surprise hidings in Tokyo!

花想容Cafe
This is actually a kimono shop/ kimono wearing school.

花想容Cafe
which transfer to a cafe for 3 days a week.

花想容Cafe
I visited in late August so it was a little warm as there was not much ventilation in this house but I think it would nice when the weather cools down for kimono fabric lovers where you can admire the kimono fabrices and accessories while you enjoy your tea.

花想容Cafe
My friend got the maccha and egg plant bun set for 850JPY.

花想容Cafe
I just got myself a cup of maccha to sip on while we catch up over small talk. The biscuit munchies was so cute.

花想容Cafe

花想容Cafe
If you are into traditional Japanese style, this cafe would be worth a visit since it was so quiet but it is a little out of the way in Mejiro.

Address:花想容東京都新宿区下落合2-19-21

Korean skincare

Etude House
A trip to Korea won’t be completed without stocking up your beauty products. I think I have much more self control now compared to how much I bought in the past. However, I am already keen to check out new stuff. Etude House hauls, pretty much love the Darling snail masks after my friend introduced it to me. The rest of the items were just random pick up just because I want to try it out.

Innisfree
My friend also raved about the Innisfree volanic pore mask so I decided to get one to try it out. 2 Chinese ladies was asking the sales lady to bring out whatever Innisfree second skin sheet masks that was available in the shop as they wanted a minimum of 100 pieces each. Upon hearing it, I grabbed a few pieces of it before it is all gone. It doesn’t come cheap, about 4500KRW per sheet but it is so thin that it really adheres to your skin like second skin. The quality of the sheet mask paper was almost the same as the Sulwhasoo’s innerise complete mask but at half the price of it so I figured it would be a good replacement buy compared to Sulwhasoo.

Sulwhasoo

Sulwhasoo
My Sulwhasoo haul, eversince I started my Sulwhasoo regime in April this year. There is no return back as the products are slightly cheaper compared to the more high end Japanese brands, plenty of free samples and I love anything Ginseng. This time I picked up the Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil which could easily remove waterproof eye make up too, Snowise EX Whitening Fluid, Essential Revitalizing Serum, Snowise_EX_Whitening_Spot_Serum, Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream (love the ginseng smell, but this is kinda rich so I would recommend it on older women so I bought this for my mum) and my favorite moisturizer from them, Renodigm_EX_Dual_Care_Cream

Hera
Same other HERA products, I really like their UV Mist cushion but it wasn’t too suitable for warm and humid weather. This trip, I managed to get their long stay version which was sold during summer. I felt this would be good for Singapore wear, can’t wait to try it out.

Hera Homme
Finally, some Homme products from Hera for Sushi else it would be unfair that we got nothing for him right *wink*

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