Monday, 24 October 2016

Cookout on Friday nights!

One of the reason why I love Friday is not because is "TGIF" but is because there is a cookout! Well mostly almost every Friday! My friends and I will gather and cook something and eat together.

Funny thing is that it started really small and then became something like a weekly thing. 
I asked Sonya and Kento if they wanted to join dinner and we decided to just make random food at first and it came to this. XD Random pancakes and soup with meat. 

Then the week after we said OK lets change, lets cook steamboat instead because it was getting cold too. I had tom yam paste and we just did a rojak (anyhow) kind. 

This was the time we found out, 3 people is too little and we had so much left overs. WE NEEDED MORE PEOPLE. in a way to enjoy too. So we were like LETS CALL MISO! (well she was busy that day so she couldn't come over) 

When miso finally came over, we wanted us to try the spicy ramen that is from Korea.
 (The one that everyone was #spicyramenchallenge) 

After that we started to invite more people and was like hey lets make things together. 
It gotten way more lively and hectic but hell fun! 

Is even better because we all came from different countries and background so we all share our own dish with everyone else. Seeing my friends eat Singaporean food is the best XD. 

Like when I made curry and everyone said it taste like home. (Asia region) 

Since then the number was growing ( we had like 10 before) 
We needed to make bigger portions! 

Miso made korean kimchi soup 

Tried to make gotcha pork roast from Soma 

I Made Laksa. 

Rebecca made sanbeiji 三杯鸡

Chicken Rice 

Hamburgers by Sonya

There is still much more that we cooked but these are just some photos of it. 

Now that is normal to have a cookout every Friday, it is really fun looking forward to the gathering. Deciding what to eat, paying 500Yen and then coming out with something really hearty which is the best thing about home cooking! Even more so when you are away from your home.

I really feel is the little things that friends do and gather that makes everything more fun! Don't need to go out and spend a lot of money on the food which usually cost more than 1000yen. Cannot wait for more Friday night cooking with everyone and try many new dishes. 

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Kapibara-San 10TH Anniversary Cafe in Osaka at CHEER'S

This is a super backlog post! Since the event was last year instead of this but I really wanted to post this up because the next kapiban-san cafe that is coming to OSAKA IS NEXT MONTH! 

I was really happy that when Vincent was visiting me in Japan, Kapibara-san cafe was in Osaka! It will rarely be in Kyoto so my hope is still Osaka for these kind of character cafe! 
We told ourselves that WE NEED TO GO! NO MATTER WHAT! WE NEED TO GO! 
My very first time GOING TO THE KAPIBARA-SAN CAFE!!! 
I always see photos on Facebook and other sites and I will bite my blanket because I really want to go! 
This time round it was at Umeda and it at that cafe called CHEER'S 

A really cute welcoming entrance! 

Cannot help but to take photo with the stacking kapibara! 
And Vincent whose favorite character is bird-chan. 

Went in and there was photo frames everywhere of all the past themes of kapibara-san

Everything is just SO CUTE!
 I almost want to bring everything home.

Like this big white-san that was at the table next to us (so meaning we couldn't seat next to it!) 
but I just had to take a photo of it. 

and they put one big one on the counter too!!! so cute! 

So basically this is the menu for the cafe. I almost asked Vincent if we can get everything but he say no! We probably cannot finish it anyway. 

We took the two mains though! Which it tasted really good! The cafe itself already have the standard! 

We also order drinks! 

Every chair also had a blanket and tiny kapibara pillows for you to hug! We couldn't resist at all! 

Love the whole experience, since I really love kapibara-san! Is like heaven for me and everyone who came to the cafe was happily taking photos and enjoying their time. 

The cafe itself was really homely and warm feeling, I really don't mind going there for lunch next time when I am in Osaka. The food tasted good, the drinks was really nice and the staff was friendly. 

Since my standard is so high because of this cafe, I really hope the next kapibara cafe is just as good! The details for the next cafe will be written below. 
I will be going to the Umeda one for sure in Osaka and gathering my friends to go with me!! Cannot wait!! I will take a lot of photos and write a review about it!! 

Hands Cafe

Nov 1 - 30 at 3 places 
① hands café tokyu plaza omotesandō shop
② hands café umeda store
③ hands café fukuoka parco store

Mon - Sat : 10am - 9pm
Sunday and public holidays : 10am - 8.30pm

This is the map for the Umeda outlet.

Monday, 17 October 2016

BAKE Cheese Tart in Kyoto

Been hearing a lot of people talking about 'Bake Cheese tart' all over Japan and also in Singapore. 
Sooo! I need to try it, in hoping that it can overcome my craving for Pablo cheesecake that is only available in Osaka because that's the closest for me. 

One fine day, when I was out shopping and having dinner with Sonya and Rebecca, We saw the shop that had a queue outside and we were like "HOMG IS THAT CHEESE TART" 
Well the queue was pretty short.. there was like only 5 people outside waiting, so we decided to join the queue. 

The shop itself is pretty small and there is only a small walkway that lead to the counter. 

Note : There is no sitting area, so Is probably just take away only. 

One thing I really love is that the table is made out of Lego!! Is really cute! 

The look of the freshly baked Cheese tart is the best!~
 Is not like the one we have in Singapore but the smell was heavenly when you step in that it makes you want to eat it straight away because it smells so sweet. 

We bought a box of 6 to share, so meaning two each! (Because we are on a diet =X) 
1 cost around 200Yen 

My take: The tart is really nice and buttery while the cheese filling was sweet yet a bit of savory. 
However, we all agreed that we prefer Pablo because there is more variety. 
Since is in Osaka, this cheese tart does satisfied us and our craving so we can say is just below it. 

Is a really nice treat, once in a while... 

552 Teramachidori shijoagaru 
nakanocho Nakagyoku Kyoto

OPEN / 11:00~20:00

TEL 075-256-8790

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Kyoto Owl's Forest Zoo

Earlier this year I went to the Kyoto owl's forest zoo that is located in Shijo! 
Since we just walk pass it we decided to just check it out! 
The admission free is 600Yen for adult and 300Yen for children. 
And you pay at the shop counter on the first floor. 

The shop is here where you can buy the ticket to go to the zoo at the second floor.  

Yes!! and Owls do bring you happiness!! 

I couldn't really take a photo of the items in the shop but they were selling owl theme goodies and plushies like the one you see on the window! It was soo cute but I think I have way too many soft toys on my bed already. 

So up we go to the second floor to see what owls are there! 

After you enter the area, a staff will tell you how to handle the owls and the rules they have at the place. Like please do not scare the owls or please only touch it with the back of your hands. 

Incoming spam of OWL PHOTOS 

This owl have the I WILL CUT YOU FACE 

There was also squirrels but they were sleeping 

HELLO HEDWIG! aka the snowy owl! 

and this is one of my favorite, the small owls that was sleeping 

Do note that this is a Zoo and not a owl cafe which is pretty popular in Japan. 
Is only meant for petting, taking picture, admiring. When I went, they didn't allow you to put the owls on your shoulder. 
From what I heard from the staff, They do let the owls roam around at night when is close and feed them pretty often. (Kinda too a peak at the room where they were making food for them D8 )

Update : From what I know now, there is also a cat zoo. I forgot which cat thought. =X but is just next to it. 

Kyoto Owl's Forest Zoo 
Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Nakanochō (Shinkyōgokudōri), 556