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May 2016

In Japan, Travel on
May 30, 2016

Travel | Japan, Tokyo: Pom Pom Purin Cafe and Midori Sushi

There is no shortage of good food anywhere in Japan, but when it comes to Tokyo- there is definitely way too many restaurants I want to try and not enough stomach space!

Following on from out adventure in Kyoto, we had caught the Shinkansen to Tokyo (and adventure in itself!) where we spent the remaining days of our Japan trip. We had done our fair share of sight seeing and other touristy things in Osaka and Kyoto, so we planned the Tokyo part of the trip around food. And shopping…only because we didn’t have enough stomach space to eat 24/7!

Ikkakuya ramen 壱角家 秋葉原店

We stayed in Akihabara, and although we did arrive late afternoon, our first dinner in Tokyo was a really disappointing sushi train experience so let’s skip straight to the morning!

When we first explored Akihabara at night, there were too many restaurants to choose from- not only were the streets filled with every type of restaurant you could think of, but the bright signs on the buildings indicated many times that number of restaurants in the buildings towering above.

Despite this, we found ourselves in the opposite situation when looking for breakfast in the morning as we struggled to find something that was open that was not KFC. We waited around until 11am for some ramen shops to open and after being shooed out of one despite us walking in some half an hour after their advertised opening times, we ended up at Ikkakuya ramen.

There was an overload of signs at the front, making it clear that they were published in magazines (as is every other ramen shop there ever was) and that they had English menus….so why not?

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In Asian, Dining, Dinner, Restaurant on
May 30, 2016

Yasaka Ramen, Town Hall

I haven’t been doing many restaurant reviews lately and if I’m being honest, it’s because I’ve been really lazy with taking photos and write ups. But if there’s one thing that’s worth writing about it’s ramen- so when our latest ramen cravings kicked in and brought us to Yasaka Ramen, I made sure I lugged that camera along with me!

Yasaka Special Flavour Karaage Chicken $7.80 (6pc)

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In Cake, Recipe on
May 25, 2016

Pistachio Mousse Cake

If you asked me about cake fails, the first one that comes to mind would be the first chocolate cake I ever made where everything that could have gone wrong pretty much did. We all have to start from somewhere don’t we?.

The second, more recent, one that comes to mind would be my first attempt at the pistachio mousse cake. Sure I’ve burnt a fair amount of cakes and cookies, curdled more custards than I should, made some very odd shaped cakes here and there and regularly bake things that go straight into the bin. But nothing is quite as memorable as the impressive looking, perfectly moulded pistachio mousse cake that five minutes after removing the mould, slowly drooped into a puddle of pudding. It was my first time using sheet gelatin you see- and I’d heated it too much so that it no longer set the mousse like it was supposed to.

Oops.

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