Went to Nagano a few weeks ago and had a nice relaxing time there with wonderful farm-fresh food. Do you see how large that daikon is in the last photo? It’s so hard to find fully grown daikon with green leaves still left on it at local supermarkets here. I also got to try the kinoko soba (all sorts of wild mushrooms) that were hand-picked from the farm that morning and it was delicious. It’s nice to have an Inaka (countryside) to visit :)
On the 4th floor of Soramachi is where “Tomorakuno 63℃” is located. As you can see, it’s a place that serves a yummy strong milk-flavored soft serve. Depending on when you go, you might get lucky and not have to stand in a long line but the line goes by fairly fast regardless (plus it’s worth the wait!). We got the waffle cone for 30yen more and enjoyed the original milk flavor as well as the strawberry milk flavor.
Did any of you visit the Tokyo Ramen Show 2012 that happened between 10/26~11/4? I almost missed this awesome event but got to visit it over the weekend when it was insanely crowded. The line to purchase tickets were so long, there must have been over a thousand people in line but it went by really quickly so no complaints here. It was a dream come true for ramen lovers like myself. Forty different ramen shops from all over Japan (and even from UK) participated so you could try out their tasty ramen. Based on how many people I saw, this event must have been a huge success. I stood in line for one hour to try the ramen from Akita prefecture (which happened to be the most popular booth) and it was delicious!
To see lots more photos from this event, check out tokyoeats.jp’s facebook page!
Stella is a local Italian restaurant right off of Gakugeidaigaku station in a quiet area right off the main street and it’s a hidden gem. It’s hard to get a seat since it only seats about 16 people and I’ve been wanting to come here for quite sometime now but never was able to because it was always full no matter what time I came. So we finally decided to make reservations and got to try this place. Results = :)
We got a table for the six of us and four of us ordered the dinner course that includes 2 appetizers, 1 starter, 1 pizza, 1 pasta, a dessert and drink ALL for 2900yen/each. The other two ordered individual items off of the menu but oh my goodness, we ordered way too much food. Just looking at these photos makes me full again… Anyhow, every plate was delicious. I particularly loved the starter “Italian veggie plate” that came with all sorts of marinated vegetables. The 2nd pasta you see was the special of the day which was a “uni cream pasta” which was surprisingly light and not too heavy on the uni (sea urchin). The desserts we ordered were pumpkin pudding and panna cotta.
It seems like this restaurant is owned by a husband and wife team, but I’m not certain. Either way, there’s only 1 chef and 1 server so don’t expect the service to be super fast here. However, the lady who served us was very polite and nice and didn’t mind answering any questions we had. If you are looking for more of a nice and quiet local restaurant to come to, definitely recommend this place.
Address // 3-14-3, Takaban, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3760-1851
Website // n/a