Tag: Japan

Daiwa Sushi

Daiwa Sushi

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. -George Bernard Shaw Welcome to 2015!  With some light traveling and holiday events the time just flies on by. Hope everyone has had a chance to enjoy a wonderful holiday and a fantastic kickstart into 



I love the culture of grilling. It creates an atmosphere that is festive but casual. Bobby Flay As “Aburiya Raku” means “Charcoal Grill House Enjoyment”, we would like you to enjoy our authentic Japanese food. Our goal is to see your smile! Raku was such 



Throwback Thursday – Steak it to me baby! 

Steak House Satou has been famed for its Matsuzaka beef. It wouldn’t be uncommon to find it listed in a travel guide and written about in reviews.

Located in a cute bicycle town of Kichijoji-Honcho, there is a huge electronics store (cooler than the one in the vibrant town of Akihabara) and many inexpensive eats and shops. Kichijoji is one of my favorite towns in Tokyo and one not to miss!

More on the town: http://wikitravel.org/en/Kichijoji

Tip: The famed kitkat flavors such as watermelon and matcha can be found for a fraction of the cost anywhere else in the city!

Considered one of the top steaks that you can have in the world. This fatty marbleized delight does not require for you to spend $300- $500 for 10oz.

Satou has two floors, The small restaurant is up a narrow set of stairs and on the 2F, while the 1F is a butcher shop.As early as 8AM you will see a long line forming for the coveted and inexpensive Matsuzaka menchi katsu croquettes, limited to 100 per day. At 180Y or approximately $2 a piece is worth the wait.

Heading up the stairs, please keep in mind they do not take reservations and you may need to wait up those tiny narrow stairs so try not to wear a thick jacket. There are offerings of mini kobe lunch set sliced (limited in quantity, daily). Specials ranging from approximately 1000Y – 10,000Y.  Meal sets are served with soup and salad. If you do decide to order the A5, the chef will personally grab your steak and show you before preparing it. Last summer, my Matsuzaka sirloin A5 grade beef 10 oz steak was US $80.

Note: The inexpensive sets are not matsuzaka.

More about the best wagyu types in Japan: http://hk.dining.asiatatler.com/features/the-best-wagyu-beef-from-japan 

Location: Steakhouse Satou
1-1-8 Kichijoji-Honcho,
Musashino-shi, Tokyo.

Meat Shop: 09:00 am – 08:00 pm Steakhouse Hours:

Lunch: 11:00 am – 03:00 pm;
Dinner: 05:00 pm – 09:00 pm


How to get there? :
From Central Exit of Kichijoji Station, walk across Heiwa-dori.
Turn left onto Daiya-gai,located right before Sun Road’s arcade.
Satou is located at the block’s corner on the left side.

Make sure you stop by the 100Y store before heading back to town.

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Yes, I have waited twice in this steep narrow set of stairs. Please come early to minimize the wait time.

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Long line for famous Matsuzaka croquette
Long line for famous Matsuzaka croquette





Sushi Dai

Sushi Dai

Throwback Thursday – Sushi for breakfast? YES, please! Irasshaimase! If you are looking to make a trip to Tokyo, you must try and squeeze in some time to check out the famous Tsukiji fish market. Surely, no visit to Tsukiji is complete without a sushi breakfast. 



In Chinese, we have a saying: You eat first with your eyes, then your nose, then your mouth.  -Wendy Leon, Hong Kong-raised chef Why in the world did it take me so long to try Dash? I’ve walked by and pointed it out but never 

Royce’ – Pote Goma Cookies

Royce’ – Pote Goma Cookies

If you’re afraid of butter use cream – Julia Child

Confectionary at its finest when it comes to Royce’ chocolates (headquartered in Sapporo, Japan) and varieties. Being a big fan of all things sweet my friend had introduced me to Royce a few years ago. Back then, I had the opportunity to try the milk and white chocolate medallions that were thin and creamy. Great for eating alone or add into baking. It wasn’t until I had my first piece of Nama Chocolate that turned me into a fan forever (similar to Meiji Meltykiss).  Nama Chocolate was born in 1995 and became a natural hit – melty, creamy and absolutely fresh! A must try if you can for chocolate lovers.

Now every opportunity I get to try something new from Royce’, I will. My insatiable desire for sweets will be kept satisfied as long as I can get my hands on a box of Royce’. Will post more on the selection of goodies that it has to offer throughout 2014 so look out for them!

The translation for Pote Goma is Potato Sesame. The combination of potato, sesame and one side coated with milk chocolate is simply delicious! All the textures are dancing in my mouth. Crunchy, chewy and full of flavor! You could never go wrong with the combination of potato chip crunch, chocolate with sesame seed!

If you are curious about trying a box yourself, Royce’ currently operates over 40 international stores in 12 countries outside Japan. There are only two outlets located in the United States and both are in New York City. Please visit their website for more details: http://royceconfectusa.com/

Happy Snacking! <3


Takara Sake USA

Takara Sake USA

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. – Bertrand Russell Last Wednesday’s meet-up with a dear friend in Berkeley lead into a full day of touring his neighborhood which included the opportunity for a tasting at Takara Sake. Once parked we