The One about Nicolas House in Harajuku

Japan is a competitive place for restaurateurs and sometimes by the time I want to blog about something, to realize that the place had closed or were in the process of closing. Such as the case of Nicolas House, a crepe location and restaurant that was owned by French chef Nicholas Charles in Harajuku and right near Omotesando. Unfortunately, the place closed in December 2016 but were known for creating […]

The One about Taco Bell Japan

In 2015, Taco Bell opened its first restaurant in Shibuya. The opening of the restaurant brought hundreds of people and many lined up to get a taste of the popular American brand, which originally had opened in Japan back in the ’80s. At the time, when PepsiCo owned the Japan locations, sales were low but with Japan, especially Tokyo, having opened itself to many western and European brands, Taco Bell’s […]

The One about Niku no Suzuki in Yanaka Ginza

When it comes to menchi-katsu (minced meat with vegetables in a fried potato covering), people are quite selective of what’s best. From Kichijoji’s Harmonica Alley to Asakusa, there are people who have their favorites, but there is one menchi-katsu restaurant that gets a lot of television coverage, has many celebrity visitors and can have long lines of people waiting to purchase some. Knowing this, I had to give Niku no […]

The One about Rainbow Pancake in Harajuku

In America, we think of pancakes as breakfast food and food we make at home early in the morning or go to a place like IHOP or Denny’s breakfast.  Typically, we are used to the thin pancakes that we put butter and syrup. But in Japan, pancakes are seen as a desert and one of the most popular restaurants known for serving the best pancakes is Rainbow Pancake in Harajuku. […]

The One about Crayonhouse in Tokyo and Osaka

Located in Omotesando (Tokyo) and in Osaka is a specialty shop known as Crayonhouse. Created with children and also the disabled in mind, Keiko Ochiai wanted to create a company that was not male or adult-centered. She wanted a place where children can enjoy and love and peace is the theme. As for the products, Crayonhouse purchase items outright.  Because instead of dealing with companies and then return unsold items, […]

The One about Habi Sushi in Porterville, California

I have eaten at awesome sushi restaurants throughout Japan and in America, I’ve eaten sushi throughout California. So, whenever people tell me to try a restaurant out, I usually wait in three’s.  That is if I hear three people telling me to check it out, then I’ll have to check it out! While most often the sushi locations are in the Bay Area or Southern California, the latest place is […]

The One about Anniversaire Cafe in Omotesando

For those visiting/shopping at Aoyama/Omotesando (and a second location at Minato Mirai in Yokohama) will no doubt want to check out Anniversaire Cafe. The name meaning “anniversary” in French, the restaurant was established in 1998, the restaurant is known for it’s house-made pastry and their special espresso. The theme was where anyone can visit any time for an anniversary, may it be weddings, where one wants to create new memories, […]

The One about Ueshima Coffee Company

Located in Minato Ward and other locations is the Ueshima Coffee Company (UCC), a cafe that was first created in 1933 in Kobe. The owner of the Kona coffee farm in Hawaii, the company was formerly known as Ueshima Tadao Shoten in 1933 and then later as Ueshima Coffee Co., Ltd.  The company is quite famous in Japan as it is the company that released the world’s first canned coffee. […]