{  Cherry Blossoms — Ohanami 2014  }

Cherry blossoms - Ohanami 2014
Cherry blossoms - Ohanami 2014
Cherry blossoms - Ohanami 2014
Cherry blossoms - Ohanami 2014
Cherry blossoms - Ohanami 2014

Hope you are all enjoying this beautiful time of the year. Cherry blossoms are in full bloom in Tokyo right now and it’s just something we look forward to every single year. Everyone is just in a more cheerful mood and you see more people out and about. Just like last year, here are some photos from Yasukuni Jinjya (Shrine) and Meguro River :)

btw, for those of you who are traveling to Japan, you may have noticed that everything is a little more expensive as Japan’s sales tax went from 5% to 8% starting on April 1st, 2014. Unfortunately, it’s set to go up again to 10% by October, 2015…




{  Cherry Blossoms — Ohanami 2013  }

Cherry blossoms - Ohanami 2013
Cherry blossoms - Ohanami 2013
Cherry blossoms - Ohanami 2013

Cherry blossoms bloomed a little early this year in Tokyo and we had a beautiful warm weekend filled with gorgeous flowers. If you’re in Tokyo now until hopefully next weekend, you are in luck to see these beauties at their prime. Too bad cherry blossoms only last about 1~2 weeks… but that is why it’s a highly anticipated event and season here in Japan. We had a cold winter this year so i’m very happy that Spring is finally here :)

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{  Taste AND Sense  }

Taste AND Sense
Taste AND Sense
Taste AND Sense

This cafe is my favorite new find around town right now. It’s about a 5~7min walk from Nakameguro station and it’s where fashionable creative and designer types seem to hang out. This cafe recently opened (in June 2012) and it’s produced by a clothing shop called “1LDK” which is across the street. The cafe is also connected to a new clothing/interior/home decor shop from the same owner.

I fell in love with not just the design of the space (especially the beautifully carved custom wooden chairs) but their food as well. Their food is simply delicious… The menu is very small but they do it really well and I am giving this place a four-star rating because the Rosmary Chicken Cocotto that I had was really a stand-out. The chicken is so juicy and soft, the side dishes were great, and it comes with a drink of your choice all for just 1260yen. What an amazing deal for this level of quality and freshness of food. The portion is not bad either. I haven’t tried their other dishes yet but my friend is coming to visit me from the US next week so this is one of the many places on my list to take her!

Address // 1-7-13, Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5728-7043
Website // http://www.taste-and-sense.com/

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{  Mi Corazon  }

Mi Corazon
Mi Corazon
Mi Corazon

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DISCLAIMER: This restaurant has been re-branded to “Ginger x Bal Vegin” on January 8, 2013 and has since changed their menu.
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Mi Corazon is a Mexican joint tucked away in a quiet area a short walk from Nakameguro station. They are famous for their burgers and the “Mi Corazon Burger” (1500yen) was delicious. It has avocado, cheese, salsa, and chilibeans and it’s really tasty. We almost thought it might be better than Blacows but if you just taste the patty on it’s own, the 100% wagyu beef from Blacows is unbeatable… However, if you’re hungry for a burger with a mexican twist, definitely check out this place. Unfortunately their french fries were just OK but their fajitas were tasty.

Address // 3-12-19, Nakameguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6303-3101
Website // n/a

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{  Pizzeria e Trattoria DA ISA  }

Pizzeria e Trattoria DA ISA
Pizzeria e Trattoria DA ISA

Pizzeria e trattoria da ISA is a very authentic Italian style pizza place in Nakameguro. Their pizza is delicious. They make it fresh to order and we enjoyed both the margherita (their most popular pizza) for 1650yen and the 4 Formaggi (quatro cheese pizza) for 2350yen. This place is famous amongst foodies in Japan because the owner, Hisanori Yamamoto, has won the world pizza championship in Naples Italy for 3 consecutive years in a row — Yamamoto was the first-ever to win this championship 3 times in a row.

The restaurant is constantly crowded. We got there right when the restaurant opened at 5:30pm and we barely got one of the last few walk-in seats. Even though it wasn’t necessarily a comfortable and relaxing dinner, we enjoyed the quality and style of Yamamoto’s pizza. If you are ever in Nakameguro, definitely make a reservation and give it a try.

Address // 1-28-9, Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5768-3739
Website // www.da-isa.jp

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