Japan 2016 Part 3: Kyoto, Hakone & Home

Day 7 (cont): The Pickle Market and An Excellent Pork Schnitty It was time to leave Hiroshima and get back onto the train to head north to our next stop: Kyoto. A 7-11 at Hiroshima Station provided us with sustenance: a karaage chicken noodle lunchbox, onigiri, and a Calpis soda – gosh I miss the…

Japan 2016 Part 1: Tokyo

It’s hard to believe that it’s been only three months or so since Night Owl and I returned from the glorious country of Japan. It’s the little moments like stepping into a tiny Japanese sushi house in Neutral Bay, hearing the “arigato gozaimasu” when I buy my Uncle Tetsu Cheesecake, the shock at seeing how expensive Japanese whiskey…

Toriciya

It’s three weeks now to my Japan trip and every time I experience something in Sydney that’s remotely Japanese I tend to do a little (or a big) squeal of excitement. It’s every-day things like stirring the instant miso for my afternoon pick-me-up or picking up two sushi rolls after my dance class on the…

Tokkuri

Ugh, Valentine’s Day. The price of flowers hikes up by 150 per cent, enormous teddy bears everywhere clutching love cushions, restaurants advertising their “Valentine’s Day Special Menu” as soon as New Year’s Eve is over. I saw it as the most revolting day during my single years, and even now that I’m in a relationship (which continues to…

Tamageta-Ya

I don’t think I’ve ever been this eager to have a four-day long weekend. On top of my regular work-play-gym-sleep-repeat routine, The Sister has requested that I make her wedding cake for the big event next month, which of course I was more than delighted to say yes to. Little did I know that this…

Sushi Samurai

This last year has been a little challenging for me. With a constant stream of assessments to juggle alongside full-time work and my dear hobby of blogging about my obsession with food, time is often short and I always breathe a sigh of relief when I’m one assessment down. It was a typically cold Sydney…

Akaneya

A craving for Japanese food and a positive response from Lara Croft had me frantically searching Urbanspoon for a restaurant around the main CBD one Tuesday evening after work. I try to visit somewhere new each time I eat out, despite my human instincts to go back to regular and tried favourite establishments. We arrived just before…

Makiato

It was the day of my graduation. And as graduations go, you generally have a celebratory meal with friends and/or family. Unfortunately on the day of mine, The Sister had an interstate flight for work in the afternoon, so dinner wasn’t possible. The whole family were in the mood for something light, perhaps Japanese, and…

Hinode Japanese Restaurant

It’s not uncommon knowledge that you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Asian cuisine in Chatswood. Fancy some BBQ duck or pork at one of the many kitchens along Victoria Avenue? Or do you feel like joining the throng of the crowd waiting outside yum cha while you stare at the seafood tanks? Or…

Umi Sushi + Udon

In case you haven’t realised yet, for a while now there has been about a two week lag in the time I visit a restaurant or cook something and the time it actually takes for me to publish the post. This has been happening for some time, and I blame it all entirely on the…

Saké Restaurant & Bar

It was probably one of the first times ever that The Sister and I had made a drive from the North Shore into the city during peak traffic in less than half an hour, meaning that we arrived very early for our booking time at Saké Restaurant & Bar. We were very excited for our…

Sushi Tei Kitchen

It was after work last Friday in the city and I had some time to spare before I met up with some girls at Zeta Bar, The Hilton for some Friday night festivities. Wandering around my patch of the city, I was looking around for a place that I could grab a solo nibble but…