For years, I've missed to go out to entertain myself walking under streets covered with beautiful cherry blossom sakura, not only because I had usually had numerous amount of works to do at that time, but also because the weather in this period of time frequently inadequate for going out. Such as strong wind blowing all day, or squall-like heavy rain prevents me from outing. So, unfortunately, I've got only these few photos sharing this post :(
When it comes to food, I had had some fine meals in recent weeks. Was I trying to make up my frustration by eating nice food? Maybe!
As winter grows deeper, I find myself joining more home parties. Going out to a local supermarket and a fish store to get a fine ingredients with my friends, then heading back to kitchen to spend hours cooking and eating while taking drinks. Usually, the table was filled with a plate of fresh vegetable salad, a dozen of sliced bread from neighbouring bakery, and cheese. After having a starter, we moved on to a big dish such as grilled fish, seasoned rice. Here's some photos telling what it was like :)
Well... as you might already know.... I can't go without lovely dogs! Never! :D
It's not only home parties I love: I'm a huge fan of eating out!
Anywhere I go, I take a couple of good quality of alcohol, including sake. Not always, perhaps. It all depends on who I eat out with XD But anyway, I'm always looking forward to having jokey conversations while having meals.
The season of Cherry blossom tree sakura is just around the corner, and I definitely have to prepare for making lunch box to go out in a warm day :)
Eating as much as crabs you want in a restaurant would be fun, if it were not a luxury, expensive treat. Especially in Japan, people often don't afford to have it simply because it's too expensive. One evening, however, a friend of mine offered me to come to a buffet style restaurant featuring for crab. Well, There's no reason to hesitate, so I decided to join it :)
Walking into a slightly tiny hotel near a subway station, I found a party-style hall down there. It might be used primary for weddings or some cooperation-related-parties, I assumed. But this time, they had a dozen of round tables and a good number of plates topped with meals that are lined up in the corner. Amazingly enough, drinks were also available for free! Oh, it's no way missing this opportunity! :)
Tempra, pretty nice quality of steaks, Japanese dishes and more. Hmmm...I was too astonished to get it all!
Of course, I began with a crab leg. One by one, sometimes dipped with unique sweet sour sauce kani-su (蟹酢), while mostly without taking anything but crab itself so to taste it deeply.
With enormous amount of crab legs, I soon ceased to count how many of them I had already had. As the night goes on and other tables got so crowed, it convinced me once again that I love food, not only cooking myself, but also having it ;)
If you're in hurry and don't have much time to eat at a restaurant, having boxed meal "Bento (弁当)" is the best way to go. Not only yummy, but also a great way to have many traditional Japanese foods at one time: grilled fish like salmon, seasonal vegetable are typical ones for it. So, one extremely busy day, I decided to take a bento for lunch :)
The contents of three different types of tasted rice never made me tired of eating! They steamed rice with clam, fish and...well, I forgot the last one XD Also, sweet potato covered with black sesame gave me a short break after eating the rest of food, as if it was a cake served after dinner.
The thing was, I was still hungry at that point. So why don't I take one more Bento?
Here it is, the package itself looks...how can I say? hmm....complex? ;) Anyway, let's open up.
It was another gorgeous one, however, this one tasted like sushi. Sour taste rice beneath colourful food, I fully enjoyed my lunchtime :)