Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The fastest way for me to have Cheese Buns that I like is by making them myself at home. I had some leftover refrigerated sweet dough that I needed to clear and for filling, I used a combination of both white and red cheddar and some mozzarella cheese for that gooey effect! Yummmm.......
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I jumped at the chance to eat Monkey Head Mushroom when the waitress of Jiang Nan Restaurant of Four Seasons Hotel, mentioned it when we went last month. We went again last Sunday and had the same dish. They were sauteed and served on a bed of green vegetables. The menu says it was Kung Po style, whatever that means. Not only it sounded interesting, it tasted good as well. This dish was part of the Buffet Weekend Brunch at the restaurant which I like. A lot!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Having some errands to run, DH and I decided to have a quick and easy lunch in a place nearby. It was my first time eating at this restaurant. I ordered a set of chicken rice that came with a plate of vegetable and a drink for $6.50. DH's had a soya chicken set.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
To begin with, we were served with bagel-lookalike bread, the size of a big bagel with a couple jars of Ricotta Cheese mix. We requested olive oil anyway, since we always love to have our bread with olive oil. I fell in love with the two-in-one olive oil and balsamic vinegar bottle they had. I wish I could take it home.
What each of us ordered for our lunch was so predictable, everyone was sticking to what they like and what they normally would like to have. The birthday boy had, I think, pan-grilled Sea bass, which he had before when he came to Prego with his business friends.
Miss K had Ravioli with Buffalo Ricotta and super creamy sauce. It was really good but I wonder how many calories it has in one dish alone. Absolutely a very rich dish!
I was still quite full from my breakfast, that's what happens when you take proper breakfast, you are not hungry yet by 12. I chose Rucola Salad. It was a simple salad, mostly dominated by green Arugula, but the presence of sliced pears brought some niceness to the whole salad. I personally do not care much about the shaved parmesan cheese there. I wanted more pears!
DH is actually a Pizza lover and loves to have a slice or two whenever he goes to an Italian restaurant.We had what they called Gustosa Pizza with thin crust. It has Ricotta, Arugula, Pine Nuts, Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese on top. We took home most the leftover, we had definitely too much food.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
It's big 50! The birthday boy was scheduled to leave the country in the afternoon, therefore we needed to have an earlier lunch for a little celebration. Our appointment was 11:30 and I was not too happy when told by the staff of Prego that they will only start preparing lunch at 12. I protested that. Why then, they put their lunch time on their website to start from 11:30.
Anyway, here are some pictures we captured while we waited for the food. The restaurant was almost empty, there were a couple of tables that were occupied. I saw the head chef talking to two guests sitting quite near us, almost the whole time we were there. Sure, that made us wonder why he was not in the kitchen making our food, huh?
Monday, November 12, 2012
I am not sure how it feels to be 50, I am not there yet. But for DH who will be qualified for fabulous 50s tomorrow, this is something that he could look forward to, a big fat 50% discount on his meal. This ad was found on the wall of a Japanese restaurant in Great World City. Not so bad for turning 50!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
I do not get too excited about having lunch at Mezza9, Grand Hyatt, as I used to. Like Miss K, I can't really find anything that I like to have on their menu. But here we were on one Thursday afternoon last month, trying to have lunch as DH was looking forward to dine in the premise. There were a lot of customers but there were some empty tables, we got a table for three with no problem. I noticed that the staff moved about, fast, towards being frantic, which almost immediately made me feel uneasy. It's unpleasant to eat with busy and noisy surrounding when your expectation was to have a relaxing lunch. Mezza9 that I knew delivered good service, but that day was not one of them. It was hard to get their attention and they constantly moved about and failed to give attention to our table.
I ended up selecting a two-course meal, choosing the salad above and cheeseburger. The salad was simply ordinary and the burger was just okay. The fries was nice, tasty and crunchy on the outside.
It was an easy pick for DH, this Fried Soo Hock Fish had always been the one that he ordered most of the time and the same one he had that day. together with a bowl of steamed rice. He was happy with it.
Miss K had a Green Chicken Curry, served with a bowl of rice, which I guess was okay too. Since hers was a two-course meal, she also selected a dessert of the day. I can't remember its name. I am certain, she enjoyed the dessert!
DH had a slice of his favorite cake and we ended the meal with both DH and I had Cappuccino.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Monday, November 05, 2012
Sunday, November 04, 2012
We were down in the basement of JR Osaka Mitsukoshi Isetan and we found the cafe of Jean-Paul Hiven, a high-end chocolate manufacturer from Paris. DH, who is a big chocolate lover, just could not resist and had to stop and taste.
Their shop next door, where people can buy different chocolate products to take away, shows many scrumptious-fantastic-tempting looking chocolate products.
I selected their special above, Longchamp Chocolait Lait and a macaron. They came with a cup of chocolate for a total of 1575 Yen. I finished all to the last bit. (This is how I gain weight during the holiday, despite lots of walking. My waist expanded and my legs were so worn out. Makes sense, doesn't it?? - mmm)
For his drink, DH asked me to help him pick and I went for Brazilian chocolate. It tasted better than what I had actually. He also had a slice of Caracas from the menu. All, everything in there, including their water, are so heavenly! Love to go back there again one day!
Saturday, November 03, 2012
Friday, November 02, 2012
Thursday, November 01, 2012
I was waiting for DH who was picking up our big luggage from The Ritz Carlton Hotel, at the bus bay at Osaka Station. I got two smaller bags with me, we just got back from Kyoto and were going to stay in Osaka again for two more nights. We were going to take the shuttle bus provided by the Hyatt Regency in Osaka. I saw a young woman came on a bike and left her bike by the fence and went away.Just like that. Without locking up the bike. Another bike was also parked nearby, without lock. Amazing! It must have been safe to leave them there!