Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tokyo Vegan Scene

I'm happy to report that Tokyo has been getting a better vegan scene in the recent year. When I moved to Tokyo 3 years ago, I couldn't find too many places but recently, I have seen many vegan or vegetarian restaurants around the city.

I'm actually a pescetarian but I would say 85% of the time I eat vegetarian on a regular basis. I've only been to a few vegan restaurants but here are my 2 favorites so far.

Restaurant 8ablish in Omotesando


A sister restaurant with Pure Cafe, Restaurant 8ablish offers Mediterranean style vegan food not commonly found in Japan. I ordered Souvlaki Plate and ended with soymilk ice cream (with bergamot oil) and couldn't be happier!

T's Restaurant in Jiyugaoka


Located in Luz Jiyugaoka, this place has friendly staff and offers Japanese, Western and Chinese vegan food that were all really delicious. I especially like their curry set with soy meat.

Also, Happy Cow is a really good vegan restaurant guide site that I swear by. I've been searching for a lot of vegan restaurants in Tokyo but they have lists for cities all over the globe!

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Cafe Kitsune

Cafe Kitsune is quite well known to locals and tourists but somehow I could never get a seat at their Omotesando location. 
My last visit was a lucky shot on a quiet weekday and I was able to drop in. 


Their coffee was good plus their honey toast was a nice little treat! 

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Momotan

Momotan is a peach-flavoured snack I received from my friend, K, during her visit to Okayama.
 

This is what the snack look like. Isn't the packaging adorable?
 

Monday, February 01, 2016

Chai tea Cafe in Motomachi-Chukagai

Although I've been more keen about coffee in these recent years, I still crave good milk tea from time to time. While I was shopping for interior goods in Motomachi-Chukagai, I can't help but make a stop at Chai tea cafe again!


It's a tiny cafe specializing in Chai tea, located in Yokohama Chinatown. There are several kinds of Chai tea to choose from and if you don't like milk, you could even choose a soy option! This time, I ordered soy spiced chai with a chai chiffon cake.

 

Upstairs to the tea cafe is C.Craft, an ethnic-Indian inspired interior design store. Let's just say my yogi-explorer mode kicked in and I felt as if I just transported to India.

Monday, January 18, 2016

And the Friet

If you're a lover of fries and is looking for more than just straight cut fast food style in Tokyo, I recommend AND THE FRIET. With 8 different kinds of cuts, selection of potatoes and 10 kinds of dips you can choose from, I am betting it with tickle fries lover's fancies. 


 They even have my all time favorite, Curly fries, Arby's style. 


 Although the shop had been opened for a while, it was my first time to try it in the Yokohama location. The shop is a little small but they have outdoor seats for those who are willing to brave the cold! 


Friday, January 15, 2016

Royal milk tea



Have you heard of Royal Milk Tea before? I have never heard of RMT before moving to Japan. Apparently, RMT is a blended of Ceylon and/or English breakfast with milk and sugar.

It's really sweet and it's not for everyone (dairy, high sugar content). I've been enjoying the one from family mart, although I really do prefer this recipe on youtube.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Soaptopia

 

I've always been a fan of smelling nice (well...who wouldn't be?) and I recently stumbled upon Soaptopia. Not only do their products smell heavenly, they are eco-friendly, handmade and created in Venice Beach from natural products !

There were so many tempting choices but after browsing on and off for weeks, I decided to go with Beauty and the Beach. Consisted of Sweet Orange, Jasmine, Vanilla & Pumice Sand, the smell will transport you right to the beach.

Soaptopia can be found in Japan at Ron Herman stores!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Currently watching x Younger


Here's a show we've been loving this year! Set in Brooklyn, Younger is a show about rediscovery and following your dreams.

The plot is about a single mother trying to make it back in the publishing world after a difficult divorce. Little did she know that it's not so easy trying to get a job at 40. With the help of her best friend, she faked being 26, landed a job and also snagged a new hot boyfriend.

It also helps that Younger was also produced by Darren Star, who also produced Sex and the City. We're enjoying it a lot and can't wait for Season 2 coming up in January 2016!

Image via, here

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Favorite winter skincare


During winter, my skin tends to be dry, flaky and not to mention itchy! In Japan, the
houses have no central heating system - which means we rely mostly on heated fans or air-
conditioners and these heat sources tend to make my skin even drier!

So, I seek for the simplest skincare products that not only soothe my skin, but also keep my skin
moisturised and hydrated :)

Here are my favorite products from left to right:

Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser / Embryolisse Lait-Creme / H2O plus Hydrating Treatment (my HG!)
Kracie moisturising facial mask / Now Foods Sweet Almond Oil / Jergens Ultra Healing

What is your winter skincare regimen? Hope you enjoy this post!

Monday, January 05, 2015

MTH x Carpe Diem



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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Kansai trip + Cafe hopping

A couple weeks ago, I went on a quick trip to Kyoto and Osaka with a dear friend from Toronto. Although the trip was short, it was filled with sweet sweet memories. Kyoto was absolutely charming and I always feel welcomed in Osaka.


Of course, I didn't forget to hop all the best cafes these cities have to offer.
My first stop was % Arabica Kyoto. Located steps away from Kiyomizu Temple, it is new home to Junichi Yamaguchi, Tokyo's 2014 Free Pour Champion. Although the cafe was extremely packed, my latte tasted amazing!


Second stop in Osaka was a coincident and an absolute gem! Mill Pour is a tiny cafe in Shinsaibashi with a nice seating area outside.
To be honest, this is the best mocha I've ever had! The barista who trained in Australia was kind enough to chat with us and making my friends and I feel welcomed over really great coffee!