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Via Brianza, Azabu Juban – Great Date Night Spot

If you are looking for a romantic date night restaurant with amazing Italian food, you must try Via Brianza in Azabu Juban. The restaurant is one of my husband’s and my favourite hideaways. The chef and owner Okuno-san studied in Italy to perfect his skills and now owns a few …

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Sawamura Hiroo Bakery and Cafe

Sawamura Hiroo Bakery and Cafe 沢村ベーカリー&カフェ

So excited that one of out favorite bakeries has opened a new location in Hiroo – Sawamura Hiroo Bakery and Cafe ( 沢村ベーカリー&カフェ) in Hiroo Plaza. This new location is much easier for families with little ones with its open one level layout. The bread and breakfast are the same …

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Midorie Organic Food Deli & Cafe (Yutenji, Tokyo)

midorie organic cafe

Midorie Organic food deli and cafe sits nestled in the backstreets of Yutenji, a lively residential neighborhood one stop from Nakameguro station. Midorie Organic Yutenji is the newest of their three stores specializing in seasonal organic fruits and vegetables, healthy sweets, pesticide-free rice and vegetables, farm fresh fish and additive-free seasonings. We visited …

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Japanese Persimmon Recipes – Autumn Shun

Japanese Persimmon Recipes

Japanese persimmon recipes to make today! Japanese persimmon (kaki, 柿) is an incredibly delicious, nutritious and economical fruit for your family.  You can find some great sweet persimmons at the Tokyo Farmers Market at the UN University on Saturday and Sunday in Omotesando.  Also remember to cook with other in-season fruits and veggies like Nashi …

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Japanese Pumpkin Kabucha Recipes – Autumn Shun

Japanese Pumpkin Kabocha is one of the most seasonal, nutritious and economical foods you can buy from September to November in Japan. Great time of the year to make some Japanese Pumpkin Kabocha recipes. Japanese Pumpkin Kabocha (/kəˈboʊtʃə/; from Japanese カボチャ, 南瓜) is an Asian variety of winter squash of …

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Yakiniku Shibaura (Mishuku, Tokyo)- Family friendly Yakiniku

Yakiniku shibaura

Yakiniku Shibaura is our favorite family-friendly yakiniku restaurant in Setagaya-ku. They serve delicious cuts of Japanese domestic Wagyu Beef. Our kids love it. As you walk into the restaurant you see a refrigerator stocked with slabs of Japanese domestic Wagyu beef. Yakiniku Shibaura carefully selects their Wagyu beef from different areas of Japan, and …

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Japanese Sweet Potato Recipes – Autumn Shun

persimmon and sweet potato soup

Japanese sweet potato recipes to make today! Japanese sweet potato (さつまいも satsumaimo) is an incredibly delicious, nutritious and economical food for your family. If you want a fun outing go dig your own potatoes at one of the Chiba and Saitama farms.  You can find some great sweet potatoes at …

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Bills Okura House (Ginza, Tokyo) – Date Night

bills ginza

Bills, our favorite Australian restaurant known for their delicious food and bright and spacious dining, opened their newest location on the top floor of the brand new Okura House building in Ginza. Located across from Blvgari and Louis Vuitton, and next to Cartier, Bills Ginza has a warm and inviting interior with an …

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Tapas Molecular Bar, Nihonbashi

Dining at the Tapas Molecular Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is more than just eating good food, it’s a performance show. There are 2 seating sessions per evening, 6pm and 8:30pm. Seats are limited to 8 people per session only. I recommend the later session as you can sit and chat with the chef …

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Japanese Sweet Potato Recipes

Japanese sweet potato recipes to make today! Japanese sweet potato (さつまいも satsumaimo) is an incredibly delicious, nutritious and economical food for your family. If you want a fun outing go dig your own potatoes at one of the Chiba and Saitama farms.  You can find some great sweet potatoes at …

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Milkland Hokkaido Cafe & Playspace

Tokyo with Kids

Just added this cute play space to our list of Top Tokyo Restaurants with Play Areas – babies and kids (0-6 yrs) and Tokyo One Day Itinerary: Jiyugaoka Area with Kids. Milkland Hokkaido Cafe is a newly opened cafe in the heart of Jiyugaoka where you can enjoy milk and …

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Nikujaga Recipe – One Pot Cooking

Nikujaga (肉じゃが) is one pot comfort food in Japan. Nikujaga means meat and potatoes.  If you grew up with a favorite family beef stew or mac & cheese, this would be the Japanese equivalent. Every family has their own recipe and slightly different flavour, but it is a simple recipe to …

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Bread & Espresso (Jiyugaoka, Tokyo) – Baby Friendly cafe

Jiyugaoka with Kids

Bread & Espresso Jiyugaoka is a clean and bright cafe located a short walk from Jiyugaoka station. They are baby friendly have a spacious terrace, perfect for beginner walkers. They serve a number of delicious paninis, pastries and desserts for dine-in or take out. The popular items on the menu …

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Top Tokyo Mexican Restaurants

Finding quality Mexican restaurants in Tokyo can be tough. We`ve done the legwork for you. Here are our favorite Tokyo Mexican Restaurants; from tacos, to burritos, to Tex-Mex we`ve got you covered. If not mexican, how about sushi? Also checkout our handy basic Japanese guide for eating out!  ***** Top Tokyo …

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Guide to Japanese Baby Food Brands and Ingredients

Weaning is an important milestone in a baby’s growth. To help you here is our Guide to Japanese Baby Food Brands and Ingredients. As parents, we want to make the right choices regarding baby’s food and diet. In Japan, weaning typically begins when babies are around 5 or 6 months …

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Miss Saigon (Shibuya, Tokyo)

Miss Saigon is the closest to authentic Vietnamese food I`ve tasted in Tokyo. Hidden away in a small building in Shibuya it`s easy to miss. Our favorite meals are the Beef Pho, fresh shrimp spring rolls and the fried spring rolls – a crowd favorite. The staff, always dressed in their …

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Gelateria Acquolina (Yutenji, Tokyo)- Delicious Homemade Gelato

tokyo gelato

Gelateria Acquolina (ジェラテリア アクオリーナ) is another spot to add to our Favorite Top 5+ Ice Treats in Japan. It`s is a cozy shop in Yutenji that creates delicious homemade gelato with flavors that change with the season. The classics are there but they also have unique flavors like our favorite: basil …

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Bondi Cafe, Hiroo

Bondi Cafe is a comfy, spacious, kid-friendly restaurant on a back street behind Hiroo station. The staff is super friendly and the atmosphere is laidback with a Bondi Beach feel with comfy sofas, some outdoor sitting and music. The food menu tends toward Hawaiian and Asian fusion serving soups, salads, …

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Zauo Fishing Restaurant, Meguro

Zauo Restaurant Meguro

Zauo fishing restaurant is definitely one to put on your Tokyo Bucket List. Catch your food, tell them how you want it prepared then eat! It`s a spot the entire family will enjoy. We had an early dinner with friends at the Meguro location. We walked in and saw a long fish pool with …

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Reading Japanese Food Labels – Allergens and Tips

Tokyo Supermarket tour

Reading Japanese Food Labels – Allergens and Tips  A challenging part of life in Japan is navigating the supermarket aisles and deciphering the labels. You may be wondering how to recreate home dishes using ingredients available at your local grocer, or you may have special dietary restrictions or allergies. Food …

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