Archive for April 2009

Breakfast again anyone?!?

April 20, 2009

After our amazing sushi breakfast at Tsukiji, we ate our second breakfast of the day back at our hotel.  We stayed at the Tokyo Hilton and breakfast was included so we decided to check it out.  I knew we would be eating a lot on this trip but breakfast usually isn’t my meal of choice.

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It was a breakfast buffet and although I wasn’t hungry, I forced myself to eat some stuff after I saw the spread they had.

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One side of the buffet was Japanese style breakfast and one side was American style breakfast!!  We could choose from rice, fish, tsukemono, etc. for the Japanese style breakfast.

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Japanese people often eat salad as part of breakfast too.  Both of my Aunt’s whose houses we stayed at served salad at breakfast. 

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There were plenty fruits and oatmeal too.

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There were all sorts of juices, fruit, sliced meat, breads and pastries to choose from.  They had fried rice, shumai and miso soup.  It was amazing!  They even had a made to order omelette bar at one end.  Our huge sushi breakfast was just 3 hours prior but I couldn’t resist trying this breakfast buffet out.  I was definitely excited to take full advantage of it the next morning on an empty stomach!!

Tsukiji Fish Market

April 19, 2009

This is a really touristy thing to do but I’ve been here twice now and find it amazing.  We woke up at 4:30 AM to go to the Tsukiji Fish Market.

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The auction goes from 5 to 6:15 AM and it’s definitely a sight to see and hear!  The auctioneer was going crazy, yelling things and pointing at all the blue fin tuna on the ground.

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Some can go for as much as a million yen!  After we watched the auction and walked through the market, we decided to eat a sushi breakfast… at 6:30 AM. : )

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There were already a ton of people lined up at the various restauarnts.  Some had over an hour wait but we chose a random one with a shorter line and ended up waiting about 30 – 40 minutes.

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All of the restaurants were teeny and only sat about ten people at the most.

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I went with the chirashi.  It was absolutely amazing and had a great mix of hamachi, ebi, salmon, kani, maguro, ikura, etc.  The fish was so fresh, it melted in my mouth.

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Boyfriend went with the Fuji 7 piece set and got a bonus nigiri  I’m so proud that he ate everything… even the ikura!  The prices at the market restaurants were pretty expensive.  It’s not surprising considering it’s a huge tourist attraction so they can jack up the prices.  The fish was incredible and I’m glad we went!

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Waking up at 4:30 AM to go to Tsukiji made for a really long day but it was so worth it!!  As we were walking around the aisles and rows of 500 different kinds of seafood, I could hear the workers muttering, “Get out of the way! Stupid toursits.”  I felt bad for interrupting their regular work day because it must’ve been frustrating having tourists stopping in the middle of a walkway and sticking their camera lenses into everything.  It was a sight to see, a must if you’re in Tokyo and awake at 5 AM!! ; )

マックドナルド (McDonald’s)

April 14, 2009

I think I’ve mentioned before how much I heart green tea. They have GREEN TEA & OREO McFlurrys at McDonald’s in Japan!!  Needless to say, I went more than once. : )

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Is it sad that my first post after Japan is about McDonald’s?!?  The green tea / oreo combination  was really exciting for me. : )

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Boyfriend and I also quite liked the “Shaka Shaka Chicken” on their 100 yen menu.  It’s a piece of breaded chicken that comes in a little paper bag.  You can choose from three flavors (we chose spicy garlic) and you pour the powder into the bag and shaka shaka it!! a.k.a. shake.

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The chicken was super moist and a great little snack for 100 yen!

Sayonara! (for at least 9 days)

April 1, 2009

We are headed to Japan on Friday morning and might need to eat multiple meals a day to fit in all the GOOD FOOD that I am excited about force feeding Boyfriend. : )  Thank goodness we’ll be doing a ton of walking over there, otherwise I will probably come back about 20 25 pounds heavier.  I’ll be back with many posts about the food over there!!

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I’ll leave you with some seafood goodness that I am looking forward to eating!  Sayonara for now!


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