Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cakes from Mornington Crescent open bakery

Papa went to line up to get those cakes this morning while we were at taiko practice. Thank you, papa!

Mo on a wall

He started climbing wall while waiting for a bus.  
Video here.

Afternoon in Midtown

 ぜんざい Zenzai, sweet red bean with rice cake. Description from website: We start to serve Zenzai (a kind of sweet soup of azuki bean) of Aichi
prefecture that is Chef's home town.
The Azuki bean from "Ohkuramochi", a super popular Japanese style
confectionery store in Tokoname, is home made paste of 100% of
Hokkaido Tokachi azuki bean.
The glutinous rice is also from Aichi prefecture. The organic and low
agrochemical brown rice that is kept carefully in a low temperature
warehouse is polished just one day before being in market.
It's not only tasty food but also safe food that brings us nutrition.
This idea is same as NAARSIAWA's philosophy.

大蔵餅さんHP /
 きりたんぽ汁, KIRITANPO soup, Akita pref. speciality.
Mo meditating at pond.

Happy chocolate day!

Chocolate danish from Dean & Deluca, Midtown.

Saturday morning with Teddy the stuffed dog

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Kids cooked their own dinner of omelet

Tea ceremony volunteer

Volunteering for tea ceremony at my son's kindergarten. Surprisingly kids liked green tea, and some even requested another cup. I got to have mine, too after they were gone, in a quiet room. Ah, the joy of beautiful tea.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Exchange class with NIS

Ton went to Nishimachi International School in the morning as part of an exchange program between her elementary school and Nishimachi. I was peaking from the outside, and didn't quite get what they were doing, though, she could briefly meet her old class mates on her way back to school.

Monday, February 23, 2015

蕗の薹の天ぷら Butterbur sprouts tempra

実家からもらってきた蕗の薹、天ぷらにしました。春の香り。Butterbur sprout tempura, a flavor of spring.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A flying car Mo built

Solo breakfast at Viron, Shibuya

 Came back from my home town by highway bus early in the morning, went to this French bakery for breakfast before taiko practice by myself. Tables were all taken, had to wait about 20 min, but I got my seat at a counter all by myself. Free refill coffee which helped me going later in the day. Awesome bread, variety of jams came in a tray, these were too sweet I had ham and cheese sandwich for interval. 
 Jams, preserves, and white chocolate spread for Petit Dejeuner at Viron.
Bread of your choice.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

S'more kit from Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery, Seattle

Photos here.

Papa bought this kit in Seattle on his business trip, and we finally had chance to try it. Smoked chocolate added some kicks to it.

Make your own Apollo Chocolate

Photos here.

Ton bought DIY chocolate of Apollo, and they tried it along with extra milk chocolate. They had fun!

Meeting up with local friends at my home town

Friends from hometown invited me to join a small party, and I made an effort and joined it last night. Like any other local shopping streets, the most of the shops were gone or shut for indefinite period, very sad looking compare to what I remembered from my earlier days. We gathered at a family run sushi restaurant, catching up with really old faces, how much weight they gained, who got sick, how old their kids were, what's happening with schools we used to go, etc. Wondering how many times we would be able to meet up again... Fun time flies really fast, we said good by to everyone, and I drove my friend's car back since she had quite drinks and I didn't at all (well, I simply can't). I hadn't driven for more than 10 years, and it took me a few times to figure out how to unlock the hand break, open/close window, change the light angle, etc., but I made it back home OK! Oh, driving was fun even I had to drive really dark streets in a middle of rice paddles without a single street light.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Dinner at Malay restaurant

Dinner with ex colleagues at a Malay food restaurant in Ogikubo. Dishes were not on a menu and I couldn't really catch name of each dish, but whatever those were, those were pretty good an spicy. Photos here.

Buddies walking hand in hand

Playing at Arisugawa park with partners in crime, Takeru and Ryuei.

Couscous with lamb meat balls with pistachio

Mo on a school trip to Sanrio Puroland

Left school a bit early to take bus to Sanrio Puroland for kindergarten's school trip. He apparently fell asleep on a bus on the way back and didn't weak up for quite some time... Looks like he had fun!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Mo and shopping TV

He was watching a shopping TV, which was about a non-stick frying pan. He was very serious, comments on every sales points of the product, and started taking a note, wrote down the phone number. Off course he called the number but somehow it was not working, or maybe it was not a right number. Anyhow, it was very interesting to see a 5 years old liking a TV shopping.

Chocolate cup cake from Mornington Crescent

Papa went to line up for cakes at Mornington Crescent and got some goodies such as this chocolate cupcake. Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Chocolate treats at Mercedes show room

Wondering around the show room with Mo, and he got these free chocolates as it was Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Day Chinese Dinner

Photos here.

Photos with super heroes

New super heroes called Nin Nin Ja.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mo built a city at AIS

 He says left side with a cherry picker is his house.
It's Myron Jiji on a motorcycle, and me on his head!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Trip to Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

National Foundation today and no school/work, we decided to go to Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum again, with papa this time. We all enjoyed visiting houses there and Ghibli special exhibition.

Photos here.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Takeru's 5th Birthday party

He invited both Mo and Ton to join his birthday party after school at a party room in his apartment building. Kids were very excited and happy playing together. His mother arranged a birthday cake from Toshi Yoroizuka, and beautiful dinner from MOMOE. I had to leave in a middle for taiko practice, and papa came to took over kids after me. After I came back home from the practice, they were still at the party... They came home even after I went to bed, almost midnight...!

Photos here.

Monday, February 09, 2015

I made this airplane

And he explains it in a short video.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Pizza break after taiko practice

Very late lunch after 3 hours taiko practice.

Break at Gorilla Cafe, Shibuya

New cafe, originally from Brooklyn, opened about 3 weeks ago in Shibuya, and we decided to check out before taiko practice. Pretty big place, giant breads, etc. Will try "eggslut" next time.