June 23, 2014

The BEST Meal in Shinjuku

Shinjuku is said to be "the Times Square of Tokyo." I could see why people might say that: It's home to Studio Alta (with its has huge television screens across the main building, consistantly playing music videos) and there are a ton of lights and neon signs on all the towering skyscrapers. But in all honesty, Shinjuku is nothing like New York City's infamous Time Square: it's unlike anything you have ever experienced before. 

Simply put, Shinjuku is probably 3 times bigger than Times Square and is completely overwhelming to the senses: there are the lights, the neon signs, the sound of the numerous videos competing against each other, the stores, the cars, and most overwhelming of all: the people. In Times Square is literally a square block of tourists. Shinjuku is an entire city packed with locals and tourists (but mostly locals). 

Since it's close to the House, we go to Shinjuku all the time. And, after twenty-something years, I have finally found my favorite restaurant:.  船橋屋 本店  Funabashiya Honten. This tempera restaurant is over 100 years old and still serves up their renown fried veggies, fish and shrimp. It's an institution in and of itself. If you're ever in Shinjuku, get in line. It's worth the wait. 

Lucky for us, we beat the rush. We got a table right away and I watched (drooled is more like it) as the chiefs made their signature tempera. 

When our tempera was fresh out of the pot, the waiter brought the goods straight to the table. And, as always with Japanese culture, presentation is everything. Our tempera was placed delicately on our plates along with the rest of the meal. Hands down the best tempera I have ever had: Perfectly flakey, not too fried and extremely fresh.

After licking our plates clean, it was time to step back into humidity and explore the city. 
And look, we missed the line!

June 20, 2014

Asakusa, Tokyo.

It's been a long week so far.
There has been a lot of Japanese food consumed over the last couple of days and a lot of miles walked.
Today we spent the day in Asakusa walking up and down the stalls and checking out the Temple.

After that, we took a the river cruise down the Sumida River. We had a great view of the Asahi Beer Tower with it's Asahi 'flame' statue on top. Some people think the statue looks like a sweet potato and others think it looks like ... well, other things. Because it was such a clear day out, we saw the Tokyo Sky Tree in all it's glory. The Tokyo Sky Tree is the tallest tower in the WORLD.

The cruise dropped us off at the Hamarikyu Gardens. We walked through the serene park before ending the day doing some shopping in Ginza.

Tokyo Sky Tree & the Asahi Beer Tower
300 year old Black Pine

June 19, 2014

食べ物 : FOOD

Trying new food is probably one of the best parts of traveling. But being in a familiar city with food you just can't get at home is even better - especially when you're only in town once a year. Or, in this case, twice!

Here's what I've been eating lately:

Curry Bun
Hand Made Atsuage Tofu
Spicy Karaage: Japanese Fried Chicken
Ice cream waffle bar
Dover Sol
Earl Grey Ice Cream & Sesame Custard

June 15, 2014

Tomorrow, 5:30 am

It's tomorrow already.
If you want to know what the future looks like, just cross the International Time Line and you'll see.

Is 5:30 am and I have serious Jet Lag.
And this is what I'm seeing in the 'future':

June 8, 2014

#AmazonCart Commercial

I must confess: I had kind of forgotten I was in a commercial.

In my defense the filming happened all the way back in February and didn't launch until May.
Nevertheless, yes. I was in a commercial for Amazon.

Just last month Amazon released their new innovation and partnership with Twitter called #AmazonCart. You simply reply and use the hashtag (#AmazonCart) to something you like on Twitter and it will automatically add that product to your cart on Amazon. Genius. Pure genius.

Below are some stills from the day of filming.

You can find the commercial on Amazon's Youtube Channel HERE.
0:44 is where you'll see yours truly...