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Cooking with Okra

Cooking with okra

I love summer veggies! Beautiful tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, edamame and of course okra. Growing up in the North East of the U.S., I never ate okra. My first okra was in Japan over 20 years ogo, and I immediately fell in love. I can eat bowls of lightly boiled okra …

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Kappa Sushi (Various Locations) – Kaiten / Conveyor Belt Sushi

Kappa Sushi

Whether a tourist or a local, kaitenzushi is a fun family dining experience. We visited Kappa Sushi (かっぱ寿司), one of the major kaitenzushi chains in Japan. Kaiten Zushi or “conveyor belt sushi” are sushi restaurants where sushi, and more recently; noodles, fried foods and desserts are served from a conveyor belt – some even by high …

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Ebisu Food Hall (Ebisu, Tokyo) – All Day Family Eats

Ebisu Food Court

The Ebisu Food Hall is a large open restaurant space which is very family friendly. The designers wanted to create a space which had a New York style food hall feel – on a Japanese size level they have accomplished that.  The 117 seat eat-in space has four counters Bakery, Gourmet …

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Bareburger Organic Restaurant (Jiyugaoka, Tokyo)- Baby-friendly

Bareburger Organic Restaurant, Jiyugaoka is a fantastic spot for organic, grass fed burgers. They offer a number of customizable options for your burger or green salad; design-your-own, a lettuce wrap instead of a bun for low-carb dieters, and allows even vegetarians to enjoy burgers the way they like. They also …

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We Are The Farm ORGANIC RESTAURANT (Ebisu, TokyoI)

We Are The Farm

We Are The Farm ORGANIC RESTAURANT in Ebisu is known for their farm-to-table concept, delivering fresh, locally produced food from an organic farm in Sakura City, Chiba to their restaurants in Yoyogi, Azabu Juban, Shibuya, Akasaka, Shin Yurigaoka, and Meguro. Their seasonal, organic vegetables are picked fresh in the morning …

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Sulbing (Harajuku, Tokyo) – Korean Shaved Ice

Sulbing Korean Shaved Ice

Sulbing Korean Shaved Ice has come to town (설빙, ソルビン原宿, 東京)! If you are wondering what Sulbing is, it is a Korean Dessert Cafe most famous for unique flavors and toppings on shaved ice. Sulbing was founded by an enthusiastic Korean woman who majored in food and nutrition in college. Since opening …

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Rosalie (Daikanyama, Tokyo)

**November/2015 UPDATE: Rosalie is now GlouGlou Reefer Cafe. Completely remodeled, but still child-friendly, with take out options. Rosalie (ロサリー)is a cute Parisian-styled cafe located on the second floor of Maison de Reefur. The cafe opened in April 2012 by Rinka, a famous fashion model in Japan. The restaurant is frequented by …

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Mes Cafe and Kitchen – Eat Positive, METoA Ginza

Mes Cafe Kitchen

Mes Cafe and Kitchen, an Australian cafe located on the first floor corner of the new Tokyu Plaza Ginza, is a great spot to stop-in after a morning of shopping and touring. We dropped in for sweets after browsing the upper floors of the recently opened Tokyu Plaza Ginza. The cafe is spacious and modern with …

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Trasparente Bakery (Nakameguro, Tokyo)

My favourite bakery in Nakameguro moved to a new and larger location! Located a short walk from Nakameguro station, and now with seating, Trasparente (トラスパレンテ) Bakery sells all of the same goodies; fresh breads, pastries, sandwiches, cakes, coffee, juices and tea. My kids love the toasted edamame and ham bread, …

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Ouca Japanese Ice (Ebisu, Tokyo)

**Closed for renovations until early 2020** It is ice cream season, so take a family outing to Ouca Japanese Ice in Ebisu. Ouca ice is amazingly light and refreshing. Their signature flavours include milk, pumpkin, tomato, black sugar banana, ground soybean powder and green tea. However, if you prefer something …

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Familiar – Ginza Baby Clothings, Goods Store

Familiar Ginza

The Japanese high quality baby and children`s clothing and goods store, Familiar (ファミリア) has partnered with the popular baby-friendly cafe, Chano-mama at their Main store in Ginza (ファミリア 銀座). Open till July 28, Familiar Ginza will host a baby-friendly cafe and a number of mother and baby-friendly classes (by reservation …

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La Brianza (Roppongi Hills, Tokyo) – Special Date Night

La Brianza Restaurant, newly opened May 18, 2016, is the latest of chef Okuno’s Brianza Italian gourmet eateries. His other restaurants, the tiny Via Brianza in Azabu Juban and Brianza 6.1 in Ark Hills, are two of our favourite restaurants in Tokyo. La Brianna is the largest establishments to date with …

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Salvatore Cuomo Bros (Daikanyama, Tokyo) – Italian Buffet & Green Terrace

Salvatore Cuomo Bros

*** JULY 2018 UPDATE: XEX CLOSED for BUILDING RECONSTRUCTION *** Located on the rooftop of the popular baby and kids` product mall, La Fuente, XEX Daikanyama (ゼックス 代官山) offers a unique international dining experience. Enjoy Italian dining at Salvatore Cuomo Bros, fresh sushi at Aburiyaki & Sushi An, and cocktails at their New York …

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Kid friendly Izakayas with Play Spaces in Tokyo

izakaya

Locating a dinner restaurant with a kids` space for little ones is a struggle. Welcome Monteroza, a kid-friendly izakaya chain with play spaces, a private room where parents can relax and dine while the little ones play. Monteroza kids` spaces are furnished with soft toys, books, music or video entertainment, colorful wall-padding and …

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Le Parc (Ebisu, Tokyo)

Le Parc in Ebisu is the closest to authentic Hong-Kong style Chinese cuisine I found in Tokyo. With its French-influenced name and decor, Le Parc has all the trappings of a French bistro, but it’s one of the best places for dim sum in the city. It`s located between Ebisu and …

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Midorie Organic Restaurant & Deli (Gakugeidaigaku, Tokyo)

Midorie Organic Restaurant & Deli (Gakugeidaigaku, Tokyo)

Enjoy an organic meal at the cozy Midorie Organic Restaurant & Deli. Open since 2001 Midorie serves organic produce and seasonal seafood procured directly from farmers and fishermen in Japan. This baby-friendly and non-smoking restaurant is located a short walk from Gakugeidaigaku station and has 6 wooden tables and chairs, …

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