Honmura An – Best Soba in Tokyo

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Honmura An has long been one of my favorite restaurants in Tokyo.  It’s one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants here and specializes in handmade soba.  The soba here is sublime.  It’s the perfect smooth and chewy texture, and you can really taste a deep buckwheat flavor.  The dipping sauce is even more elegant here.  They serve a wide variety of soba on their menu – from plain soba served in a bamboo box or soba topped with uni. Continue reading

Marbled Pork at Tonkatsu Butagumi

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I can honestly say that I have never had good pork until I came to Japan.  Although Japan is famous for its beef, the pork is also high quality, marbled, juicy, full of flavor, and oh so tender.  There are many ways to eat pork in Japan, but one of the popular dishes is tonkatsu – a lightly breaded, fried pork cutlet.  I’ve been wanting to try Butagumi in Nishi Azabu for a long time.  It’s rated as one of the best places in Tokyo for tonkatsu, and I have to agree that it’s my favorite so far!

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Warayakiya: Bonito & Chicken

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Always busy and inviting with its outdoor patio, Warayakiya features food from Kouchi Prefecture – specifically charcoal-grilled bonito and chicken hot pot.  It’s always full of people who appreciate the quality of the food and the great atmosphere!  There are many locations all around Tokyo. Continue reading

Kohmen Ramen Shop

I’m so lucky to live in a place where I can step out of my house and have a new, tasty ramen every day!  Sorry.  Am I rubbing it in?  If I did do that, I would get incredibly fat. Does that make you feel better? :)

Kohmen Roppongi Tonkatsu Ramen by oh my omiyage

In my ‘hood, my favorite ramen shops are the popular ippudo and ichiran, but sometimes for a change, we go to Kohmen.  The Roppongi location especially caters towards foreign customers with an English menu and pictures galore.  My favorite is the plain jane tonkatsu ramen (pictured above).  Last time, my husband tried the tonkatsu ramen topped with bean sprouts and pork. Continue reading

Lately on Instagram…

Lately, my life has been filled with cooking, learning new crafts, and planning a party for this weekend! :)  Here’s some snapshots from this month:

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  1. Homemade BBQ Sauce for Valentine’s Day Gifts
  2. I came across this adorable book on kuttari that I couldn’t put down!
  3. A new ramen shop opened by my place
  4. Peach blossoms are in season and on sale – perfect for the upcoming Girl’s Day on March 3rd.
  5. Beautiful saucers from Kappabashi – I wish I could take them all home!
  6. I found a little smiley face on my wine glass.  I love this idea for casual place cards.

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Ombre & Dipped Pumpkins

Happy Halloween: Ombre & Dipped Painted Pumpkins by oh my omiyage

How did you decorate your pumpkins this Halloween?  I didn’t have time to duplicate the chevron look because of a last minute Halloween party I put together (more on that tomorrow!) so I went with my second love – ombre and polka dots!

Ombre & Dipped Pumpkins by oh my omiyage

Trick or treating hasn’t made it to Tokyo (although I’ve seen it in a few small neighborhoods), but Roppongi was filled with costumed club goers last weekend.  The costumes were so amazing – elaborate Darth Vaders, a whole group dressed in Kusama Yayoi costumes, and tons of Power Rangers!  But of course, I forgot my camera.

Polka Dot & Dressed Up Pumpkins by oh my omiyage

Today, I’ll be making candy for the first time in Halloween’s honor, but besides the inevitable sighs of exasperation from my kitchen, Halloween will be quiet and peaceful!

Ombre & Dipped Painted Pumpkins by oh my omiyage

How are you celebrating Halloween this year?  Did you dress up?