High Tea at the Luxurious Aman Tokyo

Sleek, minimalistic and slightly mysterious. Built in 2014, Aman Tokyo is one of the city’s newest luxury hotels. Tucked away at the top of an Otemachi high rise a few blocks from Tokyo Station, it has an exclusive yet welcoming atmosphere. Rooms here hover around  150,000 yen per night… luckily for those of us with a tighter budget, there are other ways to enjoy this beautiful hotel! Continue reading “High Tea at the Luxurious Aman Tokyo”

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Delicious Japanese Dishes: Kakigori

It’s almost impossible to get through August in Japan without having at least one bowl of kakigori. There’s not much better than eating this ice cold treat in the sweltering heat. It is the quintessential Japanese summer experience! Continue reading “Delicious Japanese Dishes: Kakigori”

Sakura & Co.

The 2017 sakura season is officially under way in Tokyo!

It’s been quite cold and rainy lately, so it feels like the transition from winter to spring has been very long. Despite the weather, people have been out in droves. Wherever there are cherry blossoms, there are people – under it, around it, standing back and admiring from afar. Continue reading “Sakura & Co.”

Icing on the Cake

Cake. Who would have thought, the simplest of ingredients would make one of the best foods ever invented! One mouthful of this dessert and your senses go on overdrive… sight, smell, taste!

I LOVE love love walking through the food section of department stores in Japan. You can buy anything from premium meats to high-end quiches to fancy pastries. Gourmet everything, basically. But I go for one thing… The perfectly crafted desserts. Detail like you wouldn’t believe and all the colours of the rainbow! Cheesecakes. Chiffon cakes. Tarts. Roll cakes. Fruitcakes. Sponge cakes. Red bean sweets.

The basement of Isetan Department Store in Shinjuku has the most impressive gourmet food hall I’ve ever seen. Tokyu Food Show under Shibuya Station is another food heaven. These places are expensive, for sure, but I can’t help but go at least once a month to indulge in one or two heavenly sweets. It’s also at places like this that you can find ridiculously expensive items like $20 bunches of grapes, $300 mushrooms, and $100 square watermelons!

Living in Japan is awesome, and these cakes shops… well, are just the icing on the cake. :-)

Foodies, sorry in advance for any drooling you might experience…

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Macaroon cakes at Isetan, Shinjuku
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Gateaux at Tokamachi, Niigata
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Quickly going! Closing time at Isetan, Shinjuku
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Eye candy at Tokyu Food Show, Shibuya
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Sweets galore at Tokyu Food Show, Shibuya
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Baby snowman at a patisserie in Tokamachi, Niigata
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Vegetable cake (tomato and spinach) at Patisserie Potager, Nakameguro
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Scrumptious chiffon cake
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Christmas-themed cakes
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Hinamatsuri (Girls Day)-themed cake