Shake Shack Ebisu & Conrad Tokyo

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August was a special month, as part of the Baby M’s birthday celebration we booked a room with Conrad Tokyo just because Mummy loves the place (more for myself) I wanted a place to chill for 2 nights and a good hot bath soak. Not that I don’t love staying with my in law but still I would love to get out of bed and just leave the room to come back with everything cleaned and packed away nicely and lots of SPACE. Thanks to Baby M’s charm, we got a free fruit platter from reception just because they knew it was her birthday.

shake shack
Always wanted to try out Shake Shack that came from NYC but the wait line is always about 2 hours at their main branch in Jingju Maen so I was happy to hear that they opened a 100 seater branch near to Ebisu Station.

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Here we go, it was full house at 530pm on a Saturday evening.

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Checking the menu

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Waiting in line to buy our burgers.

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Fret not, the menu is in English and Japanese.

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After placing our order, we were given a buzzer and headed to the other side of the restaurant to wait in line to be assigned a seat.

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Finally, I got to try this after months of waiting. Beer with burger – YUMMY! Plus catching pokemon go!

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Shake shack originally started as a hot dog food truck so of course we must try it too.

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Cheese fries. Loved the food but the portions were really small so I would recommend getting more if you want to fill your tummy up but we were planning to go for 2nd helping with other food so we were fine with what we had. The overall wait at the Ebisu branch was not more than 20minutes but we were early at 530pm.

Address:<a href="https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1303/A130302/13194431/東京都渋谷区恵比寿南1-6-1 アトレ恵比寿西館 1F

Conrad
The humor from the Conrad team with their turn down service with Baby M’s snuggly toy and blanket.

Jojoen (叙々苑 新宿小田急ハルク店)

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Jojoen is a famous high end Korean BBQ chain in Japan and received much following amongst the salarymen and Taiwanese tourists.

jojoen
I had always wanted to check out this place as it seems to be the in the must go to eat list amongst all my Taiwanese friends and finally I got the chance to go my last Tokyo trip.

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We went to the Shinjuku Odakyu departmental store branch when it opened at 530pm as I was due to go back to take over babysitting by 8pm. It takes about 1 hour for me to go back to my in law’s home so it was actually quite a rushed dinner. I would recommend to go eat here only if you have the luxury of time for dinner as the place gets crowded by 630pm with the dinner crowd and the service become extremely slow.

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Kimchi appetizer plate.

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My friend got premium set so raw beef with egg was part of the set.

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Urban sky dinning, eating our dinner while watching the crowd in Shinjuku.

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This was the normal cut beef and shrimp set.

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Premium cut beef and lobster set. Surprisingly it was really filling and I have to admit the the beef from the premium cut was really good.

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We chose the abalone congee over the udon as we were really full but unfortunately we were unable to eat our dessert from our set as it was already 730pm and I was in a rush to get home. So, if you ever decide to try out this place please make sure you have the luxury of time!

Address: <a href="https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13011894/東京都新宿区西新宿1-5-1 新宿西口ハルク 8F
Link to Jojoen website: http://www.jojoen.co.jp/

Akomeya (アコメヤ厨房)

akomeya
This supermarket/restaurants transforms to an expensive dinner place when the sun sets so the lunch set is considerably affordable at about 2200JPY.

akomeya
They are famous for selling tasty rice so you can also buy back some of the popular rice grains or prefecture limited groceries home after you are done with your meals.

akomeya
No wonder this place is popular with the ladies in Ginza area as the portions though small are filling and yet so appetizing to the eyes too.

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Would I recommend you on going if you are in the Ginza area? Yes! I would love to go again and this was a perfect place for my girlfriends get together as we were enjoying healthy food, while catching up on our different lives in Tokyo and Singapore sans baby 🙂

Address: 東京都中央区銀座2-2-6 1F

Sado Island – Day 2(c)

Sado Island Sunset
We returned to our onsen hotel at around 4pm as we were all dying from the heat and baby wasn’t too happy too. Chilled in the room with family, watched the sun set and headed for dinner after a soak in the hot spring.

Onsen Dinner Day 2
Dinner for day 2, was still a lot of food.

Onsen Dinner Day 2
The cold appetizers

Onsen Dinner Day 2
Grilled beef saald.

Onsen Dinner Day 2
Smoked salmon salad

Onsen Dinner Day 2
Fish stew with radish

Onsen Dinner Day 2
6 cuts of sashimi

Onsen Dinner Day 2
Steamed meat dish

Onsen Dinner Day 2
Grilled fish

Onsen Dinner Day 2
Cold noodles and missing are the miso soup and steamed rice. TOO MUCH!

Ferry ride back to Tokyo
On our jet boat back to the main city of Niigata.

Sado deep sea water
Good bye, Sado Island!

Sado Island – Day 1(b)

Sado Island

Setting off from the bus station for our 45 minutes bus journey to Aikawa from Ryotsu port.

Sado Island
Almost empty streets, shutters down on most of the shops and everything just oozed of 80s feel.

Sado Island

That weekend was the Tanabata Festival celebrations, some places in Japan still follows the lunar calendar for some festivals. Some families were preparing the bamboo for hanging the wishing stars.

Sado Island
View from our onsen hotel, Mancho in Aikawa.

crawly baby

Gone are the days where you can just lie down and be a vegetable when you check in. We still have to entertain an active baby who was crawling non stop and exploring many places.

Niigata Sake
Just how much drinks we had that night with our family. I think the reason they gave was “we have to try the different Niigata flavors”

Onsen Dinner Day 1
The tip of the ice berg of how much we were to eat.

Onsen Dinner Day 1
The grilled dish

Onsen Dinner Day 1
The cold cooked dish – crab legs

Onsen Dinner Day 1
The sashimi

Onsen Dinner Day 1
The grilled beef cubes.

Onsen Dinner Day 1
Another grilled fish with sauce

Onsen Dinner Day 1
Deep fried dish of vegetable tempura and local fish head

Onsen Dinner Day 1
The hot plate dish of abalone slices with butter. Yes, Japanese love to eat the intestine of the abalone too.

Onsen Dinner Day 1

Squid ink steamed rice.

Onsen Dinner Day 1
Amond jelly with orange for dessert. Too much food right? I was super super stuffed.

Sado Island
Took a walk around the hotel

Sado traditional dance
nightly Entertainment from the hotel with traditional Sado dances.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay – Asaya Hotel Meals

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
My favorite when I stay in Japanese onsen hotels……the inclusive meals.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Getting ready for dinner.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
The appetizers.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel

jelly made with clear soup with some fish and bamboo shreds inside. The other one was marinated fish jelly.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
At that time which was winter, so soy bean soup based hot pot was a popular tummy warming staple.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Soup in a teapot.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
My favorite would be Sashimi with fresh wasbai (nothing chemical)

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Grilled fish.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Cold noodles.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Gosh, there is more? Clam steam rice with miso soup.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Definitely some room for dessert.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Woke up in the morning for breakfast, we chose in room dining for this trip as it was more convenient to eat in the comfort of our room with a baby. Although you have to pay more for this option but I much more prefer this.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Hot tofu cooked in water and you dip it into the saucer with soy sauce for taste.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Breakfast condiments to go with your rice.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Grilled salted salmon.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Breakfast desserts.

Address:Japan, 〒321-2526 Tochigi Prefecture, Nikko, 鬼怒川温泉滝 813

Tokyo Food Randomess

Tokyo Food
I didn’t get much chance to explore the Tokyo food scene the last trip as we have a very young baby with us so we stayed for home cooked meals most of the times but I still got to eat whenever I can I can.

Not to be missed, are desserts in Tokyo. I was never a sweets kind of person until I went to Japan. I like how fresh the fruits are, how light the cakes would be and not to forget the choices we can get for desserts.

Tokyo Food
1 of my favorite dessert places in Japan – HARBS but they are really getting more and more expensive.

Tokyo Food
I love the Mont Blanc in Japan too!

Tokyo Food
Seafood don for only 1200JPY from Daimaru.

Tokyo Food
Some green tea matcha dessert while we met up with some friends in Skytree.

Tokyo Food
No way, I can wait in line for 1.5 hours at one of my favorite Ramen place in Tokyo station – Rokurinsha Ramen. Since we were catching a train at 9am so here we are at 8am in the morning to have some ramen. I realised that the broth from the morning session is much lighter than the ones served after 11am but nevertheless it was still quite yummy.

Tokyo Food
I thought I had a chance to eat at Shake Shack that just opened in 2015 Summer but the wait line on a MONDAY opening hour was still 2 hours so I have to give it a miss..BOO

Tokyo Food
But still it was great to come breathe some fresh air baby wearing.

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