Monday, July 23, 2012

Back Home again...

Above:  My first meal when I arrived to Japan last week.

Below:  My first meal when I arrived to LA 2 days ago.

I guess not that much has changed.  :)

This last trip to Japan was so full of work that you would think I didn't have any fun.  But somehow, that's never the case when I work there.  Every moment is a new experience, and a chance to meet new people, and learn more of the language, and eat more of the food, and of course, in the 15 minutes I have off here and there, a chance to window shop and make the occasional special purchase.

Thank you to everyone who came to support my Billboard Live shows, the Tower Record In-Store, the Benz event at Mid-Town, everyone who listened in to the radio and watched me fumble on TV.  ;)  None of this would be possible without your support -- thank you for making so many dreams come true for me!


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Views and Foods

So far, I have been lucky enough to see many views of Tokyo from high up.  Either from hotel rooms, radio stations, or restaurants.  The view is always so mesmerizing and impressive!

This lobby of the Ritz-Carlton was located on the 45th floor at Mid-town.  Stunning views all around, and this beautiful spa-like fountain.  The lobby also smelled of chocolate for a relaxed state of mind.

 As always, I was introduced to some fun new snacks!  These are 'ume' flavored peanut crackers, that look just like 'umeboshi'.

And perfect for these hot days, "Gari Gari Kun" popsicles!!!  They are so crunchy and refreshing!

This is the beautiful entry way to a delicious Okinawan restaurant in Mita, called "Adan".

Delicious drinks with hand chipped ice cubes, and Aji sashimi with yuzu vinegar.

A side dish of Okinawan fruit 'goya' with an ume sauce.  And below some mixed rice, white miso soup, and sangria!

This table is from a restaurant called Sato.  Everything here was made and served by one person.  She is amazing!

Above:  choosing the perfect sake cup to go with my tomato.
Below:  Beautiful sake pitcher and my new favorite grilled little fishies! 

And then of course, last night I had a traditional Kaiseki Japanese meal on the top floor of a building.  So many new foods in this meal I've never had before!  And it all tasted as delicious as it looked.

Needless to say, my belly and my eyes have been happy since Day 1.  More to come!  

p. ahn