Dalloyau Ginza (ダロワイヨ 銀座本店)

dalloyau
Ginza is the place to go to for your high end shopping spree but it is also the go to place for sweets/cakes from famous French brands. I think you don’t really need to go to France for your cakes as most of the big names from France are located in various locations in Tokyo especially in Ginza.

dalloyau
All these cakes tempting me.

dalloyau
[Throwback September] Enjoying one of my favorite activities in Tokyo, a cup of tea with a slice of cake and an afternoon of catching up with friends.

dalloyau
My friend order some sandwiches as she was starving.

Whereas I got myself a Mont Blanc Chestnut cake since Autumn is the time for delicious chestnuts. Seriously speaking, this Mont Blanc is one of the best I tried in Tokyo.

dalloyau
She got herself a Opera Chocolate cake.

dalloyau
I think Japanese really love their macaroons! Almost every sweet shops sell macaroons!

Address:Dalloyau Ginza東京都中央区銀座6-9-3

Muji Cafe / Zenon Cafe in Kijijoji

吉祥寺
A popular spot for young people in tokyo as it is only 15 minutes away from Shinjuku toward the west and filled with lots of shops and restaurants. It is also crowded on a weekday afternoon.

吉祥寺 muji cafe
Muji Cafe is recommended for patrons with young children as they not only have healthy menus for mothers but also provided Stokkes high chairs for young children. We arrived at 1130 when they just opened, by 1230 the whole restaurant was mixed with mothers with their young children out for lunch. I guess it is really popular with mothers with kids. List of various Muji Cafes in Tokyo

吉祥寺 cafe zenon
Meal selections comes with either 3 mains or 4 mains (at 850JPY/1000JPY respectively). Portions are considered small as I am quite a big eater but I guess all for the reason for HEALTH :) You can also top up for miso soup or desserts.

Address:Muji Cafe東京都武蔵野市吉祥寺南町1-7-1 丸井吉祥寺店 7F

吉祥寺 cafe zenon
1 of the favorite activities in Tokyo for me is the after meal desserts. Gasp! (looking at my thickening waist line) I never had a sweet tooth till I came to Japan and marveled and impressed by their cakes and desserts which was not too sweet and flavorful. I think I ate too much sweets after arriving in Tokyo.

吉祥寺 cafe zenon
This cafe is pretty popular in Kijijoji due to their wonky decorations. Lots of cartoonish goldfish arts and books as their chandeliers.

吉祥寺 cafe zenon
And famous for their coffee art which can be requested upon requests for special ocassions (at an additional cost, of course)

吉祥寺 cafe zenon
Didn’t we just had lunch?

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The play crowd at the kids’ play area on a weekday afternoon. Stark difference as I am used to weekend play crowds in Singapore. I guess that is because of the higher number of full time mothers in Japan. Sometimes I do wonder the pros and cons of a full time mother versus working mother. The perils of a modern women…..

Address:Cafe Zenon東京都武蔵野市吉祥寺南町2-11-3

Received this pretty Luduree mini flower blush from my friends which is too pretty for me to start using.

Attending a Japanese Okinawa Themed Wedding

Japan Okinawa Themed Wedding
[Throwback September] Japanese wedding always impressed me.

Japan Okinawa Themed Wedding
This was the first formal wedding I attended after my own wedding in Tokyo after almost 2 years.

Japan Okinawa Themed Wedding
We attended his college friend’s wedding which was held in a Japanese style wedding hall. In Japan, you can choose to have your wedding held in hotels, restaurants or wedding halls. Leave your wedding in the hands of professionals who organise weddings on a daily basis.

Japan Okinawa Themed Wedding
The theme was black and red. Lots of the prints was Okinawa design.

Japan Okinawa Themed Wedding
We were asked to start off with our starters while waiting for the bride and groom to make their grand entrance.

Japan Okinawa Themed Wedding
The second dish was actually a western and chinese fusion, chinese bamboo and mushroom soup served with bread crust on top.

Japan Okinawa Themed Wedding
Stone grill beef cubes. Place our beef cubes on the swizzling hot stone and grill it to how we want it done.

Japan Okinawa Themed Wedding
Foie gras on top of mashed potato.

Japan Okinawa Themed Wedding
Dessert was jelly, fruits with a slice from the wedding cake.

Japan Okinawa Themed Wedding
When we were done with dinner, the servers came out with plastic bags and place all the floral table arrangements into plastics bags and the guests from the tables would pick the floral pieces they like to bring home. This surprised me alot as this was the first time I see this.

Japan Okinawa Themed Wedding
Apprently, this is pretty common at some weddings in Japan. You can bring back the table arrangements.

The couple also hired the traditional lion dance from Okinawa to dance in their wedding. If the lion came forward to you and place its mouth over your head, it means you would have good luck. I guess I was lucky to be eaten up by the lion.

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Okinawa people are really a passionate and warm group maybe due to the tropical weather in their islands. They all started dancing away when the Okinawa musicians played the Okinawa tunes.

Japan Okinawa Themed Wedding
Guess where is this? It is the female rest room in the wedding hall! You have to cross the bridge to get to your cubicles.

Yamanashi Grape Picking

Yamanashi Lunch
[Throwback September] In Japan, seasons are well differentiated with the change of fashion and food too! In August and September, it means grape picking or loads of grapes for you to stuff till you are full. Since some of the famous grapes come from Yamanashi which is only 1.5 hours drive away from Tokyo (with no traffic), the same group of us rented a car this time after our summer cherry picking adventure.

Yamanashi Lunch
Unfortunately, we were caught in bad traffic due to the long weekend and arrived at our lunch destination after a 3 hours of drive.

Yamanashi Lunch
This bistro is quite popular is in this region, we were lucky to get the last big table for lunch. Table pieces was vases filled with grapes. Interesting.

Yamanashi Lunch
Window seats for the lucky couple.

Yamanashi Lunch
Recommended drink was their peach or grapes juice soda. I highly recommend the peach one as it tasted much better. :P

Yamanashi Lunch
Love salads in Japan as the greens are always served fresh and you can really get the crunch out of the vegetables.

Yamanashi Lunch
When autumn arrives, we also get to eat a lot of delicious pumpkins so this cold pumpkin cream soup was yummy too.

Yamanashi Lunch
Beef steak in red wine sauce.

Yamanashi Lunch
Pork chop sauteed with grapes.

Yamanashi Lunch
Grilled salmon with white cream sauce.

Address:ビストロ・ミル・プランタン山梨県甲州市勝沼町下岩崎2097-1

Yamanashi Grape Picking
With a full stomach we still headed on for our eat all you can grape picking at Miharashi Fruit Orchard.

Yamanashi Grape Picking
Beautiful grapes season!

Yamanashi Grape Picking
You can also buy some back home if you are still hungry for more grapes.

Yamanashi Grape Picking
After a short introduction of the rules, we were each given a bucket and a pair of scissors and off we went to “hunt” for our grapes.

Yamanashi Grape Picking
The vines were built low and so all of us had to walk hunched back. The shaded tables were all full.

Yamanashi Grape Picking
So we initially just squatted down to eat our grapes but it was a little taxing on our knees.

Yamanashi Grape Picking
Delicious Kyoho grapes

Yamanashi Grape Picking
Piece of advice for fruit picking, try to be there as early as possible. We did’t have too many good looking grapes when we went at 3pm as most of the good ones were gone (in someone else’s tummies)

Yamanashi Grape Picking
Only a few bunches of good looking ones were still around.

Yamanashi Grape Picking
I am so going to miss all these fruits from Japan.

Yamanashi Grape Picking
A shade of green and purple grapes.

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Yamanashi view!

Ruji Water Shaved Ice
We rushed down to this shaved ice shop before its closing time of 5pm but it was already closed when we arrived. Apparently, they close their shop once they sell out their shaved ice. This shop is popular for their shaved ice as they are supposed to use Mount Fuji water to make their shaved ice. Saving this location, hopefully have the chance to visit it in future.

Address:信水堂山梨県南都留郡富士河口湖町船津7673-1

Yamanashi Giant grape
Though we ate a lot of grapes.

Yamanashi Giant grape
But we can’t resist not buying this giant grapes for 1600JPY a bunch. See how big it is !

Yamanshi Hotou
Since we didn’t get the chance to have shaved ice, we decided to have an early dinner instead and since you can’t leave Yamanashi without eating some of their famous houto (thick flat udon)

Yamanshi Hotou
This restaurant offers alot of ways to cook the houto, like in chakon style which is sumo hot spot style. Our guy friend who was ordered it felt it was too filling as he could only eat half.

Yamanshi Hotou
The mushroom houto was very delicious as it was filled with different types of local mushrooms.

Yamanshi Hotou
I still need to figure out how to make a thick and flavorful miso soup….We concluded that our trip was a eating trip as we never stopped eating after arriving in Yamanashi. *patting tummy*

Address:小作 河口湖店山梨県南都留郡富士河口湖町船津1638-1

Odaiba Bills

Bills Odaiba
[Throwback September] Still warm in the day but cool in the night in mid September.

Bills Odaiba
Made it to Bills again, this time to their Odaiba location on a weekday. The line at Omotesando is too long and unless you are willing to wait for 2 hours, it is probably more advisable to go to their other locations.

Bills Odaiba
Their interior is always so spacious like other their other locations (So far, I have visited their Omotesando and Yokohama locations)

Bills Odaiba
Their sofa seats.

Bills Odaiba
Their bookcase seating.

Bills Odaiba
Yeah! The great Aussie breakfast that I wanted to check out all these while.

Bills Odaiba
Finally, on my 3rd visit. I get to try their famous scrambled eggs. Cooked on the outside but still runny inside, add a dash of pepper and it is all eggy and fluffy still.

Bills Odaiba
LOL, the waitress was so worried that we couldn’t finish off a full breakfast followed by their pancakes. We were having it for brunch so I guess, eating for 2 meals. We had a hearty meal indeed.

Bills Odaiba
Perfect day out at the bays.

Hello Kitty Goods
They have a lot of shops with goods catered for tourists.

Hello Kitty Goods
So we have this shop with lots of Hello Kitty products, including a hello kitty backpack :)

Address:Odaiba Bills東京都港区台場1-6-1 デックス東京ビーチ シーサイドモール 3F

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! ^^

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