Sunday, April 26, 2015

Breakfast At Parallel 37, Ritz Carlton, San Francisco

On our trip to San Francisco in August last year, DH and I had buffet breakfast at Parallel 37,  Ritz Carlton. It is not on my favorite list, nevertheless these are some of the pictures. 

Plane Meal Summary - SQ16, First Leg

We are in San Francisco at the moment. The collage above is the summary of what I had, but not necessarily eaten, of the meals, during the first leg of the trip, to Seoul from Singapore. I hope to write more about them later. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Sushizanmai, Tsukiji Fish Market

By now, we all understand where my weight gain is from. This traveling and eat and eat everywhere we go, every couple of hours or so combined with my lack of will to say no to unnecessary food, have naturally helped in the expansion of my waist line. :(

We went to the famous Tsukiji fish market during our recent trip to Japan. After taking a walk around the market, of course we were obliged to have sushi there. It didn't matter what time of the day it was. It was the right thing to do when anyone goes to Tokyo. All are superb. So yummy and fresh. Writing about this make me want to fly to Tokyo now and eat more sushi there again. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ricolo Lunch, Tokyo

Ricolo is in Daimaru Department Store in Ginza, Tokyo. Years ago, I remember having teppanyaki dinner in this restaurant and I enjoyed it. A few visits later, I wanted to try again. It turned out, this place is actually a seafood teppanyaki place. Anyway, I ordered a set with beef and have it shared with DH. I ordered a special drink for myself too. I can't remember exactly what the items are except for the delicious beef. 

Ladurée, Ginza - Afternoon Tea

We were in Ginza after having lunch in Shibuya. Upon taking some afternoon walk, it's time for our coffee or tea or in this case Cappuccino. This is what we do when we get away.  Breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. With more things in between.

We were in Ladurée, a macaron and sweet goodness heaven. It deemed fitting to order a couple of gorgeous looking desserts to accompany our drinks too.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Lunch At Wan Hao

We had lunch at Wan Hao for the first time just yesterday. The waiter showed us their special set menu that they were having and it seemed a nice set so we decided to have it.  It started nicely with the combination platter appetizer, which we (DH and I) both enjoyed.

The second course consommé with scallop, egg white and black truffle. DH thought it was good, but I did not like it that much.

Next was steamed fish and more consommé, which I enjoy better than the second one. Next came crab fried rice, plainly presented and was lacking of flavor.

Dessert was lemongrass jelly with lemon sherbet and chopped strawberries and mango. It was just ordinary, but the sherbet was rather nice. 

Overall, this would not be something I'd like to repeat. 

Bar Bar Black Sheep, Robertson Quay

We passed by this place too many times and finally, one evening after we had a good session of massage in a spa place nearby, a friendly staff, successfully, made us sit and try their food. They have three different kitchen namely Thai, Indian and Western. This time we had their Thai food. We ordered Pad Thai and Green beans. Unfortunately, both dishes failed to impress us. And the ice lemon tea as well. I still want to try their Indian dishes, they look very inviting. One day. Maybe.

Mezza 9 Lunch

I honestly do not know why we keep on going back to Mezza. I have fallen out of love, it has become so hard to pick a dish that I like and taste good. I have tried many of them. Many of those were disappointing. 

We were there again sometime ago and I had to pick something. I thought Yakitori was rather a safe choice. Unfortunately, it was not so. Many of them did not taste too good. DH ordered a Steamed Fish, which was just alright but did not scream yummy and looked so sad on the plate. 

Ramen, Ramen, Ramen

The only ramen I wanted to try in Tokyo was actually the one from Ichiran, but I went with a Ramen lover who simply could not resist the temptation of having a bowl nearly each time he sees people eating them or sees a restaurant with ramen pictures all over. 

This particular bowl of Ramen was bought from a stall outside Tsukiji Market. We were quite full after having sushi lunch over there, but DH wanted to  give it a try. He saw a crowd, he saw a queue and he saw many people with these good looking bowls of noodles. He simply had to join. Lots of people lined up but everyone was served very quickly. The bowl looks beautiful, I tried a little bit of the soup and the noodles. They were not bad but I have tasted better ones. 

This next one is the best looking one, in my opinion. We got this from a shop in Daimaru, Tokyo, in the area called Ramen Street. Obviously there are many Ramen shops over there and we had to pick one. There's one with a very long line outside and we decided not to join the queue. I don't know what the criteria for choosing the shop, DH ended up with one store and we bought the ticket from the machine. We were quite full also, we shared a bowl again. This ramen tasted better than the above!

After having a dinner one evening in Roppongi, DH saw this restaurant, with big pictures of delicious -looking ramen and other dishes. He was determined to try their noodles, because they looked so darn good. (it's so easy to sell Ramen to him!) We came back the next evening and again, we shared a bowl, because I had no space in my stomach to have the whole bowl. I tried a little bit. It's actually quite good!

Ramen from Ichiran below is one of my top favorite Ramens from this trip. Yes, this time, I had a bowl of them, for myself. I could not finish but nearly ate all of them. It's yummy and I would not mind returning for more. More and more next time. 

Finally, last but not least, is the one from Ippudo, Roppongi. It has the best soup based and I would rank this one as my favorite of all five. Not the best looking, but as the saying says, don't judge the ramen based on its appearance. The waiters are cute too! Another reason to go again next time. Yay. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Meiji Shrine

It was a dull grey day in Tokyo, but after postponing our trip to Meiji Shrine way too many times, we made it that morning. We took train and walked to this big compound. Lots of people say how serene and peaceful the place is, but we came on Sunday morning and there were tons of people coming and going. Serenity and peacefulness were not quite the right words to describe.

Interestingly enough, because it was Sunday, we got to see a couple of wedding processions as well as wedding pictures session there.