Annnnddd again with my unintended hiatus from the blog! Is anyone still here?! I wish I could say that I was off doing fun things but really, I’ve had a tiring and emotional few weeks.
First, I was in San Francisco at the beginning of the month seeing a colleague and friend off on a new adventure. That was sad enough.
Then the following week I flew to Manila with my dad after learning that my grandma had passed away. I spent 4 very packed and emotional days saying farewell to my beloved Lola. She was 95 and had been in the hospital for almost a year so I’ve been preparing myself for this news for some time now. Although that doesn’t make it any easier to accept. She lived in the Philippines but when I was very little, she would spend extended time with us in California almost every year. I remember going to garage sales with her and coming home with piles of $0.10 books. I’m pretty sure my love of reading came from her. She also used to spend many afternoons making the yummiest filipino desserts — I wish I could remember the recipes now. They’re still some of my favorite sweet treats. I love you, Lola, and miss you very very much.
And finally on the other end of the emotional spectrum, last week Rob & I took a long weekend trip to our happy place, Vancouver. I tried postponing the trip but I’m glad it didn’t work out. It was so great to get away and detox emotionally.
So that’s what’s been going on with me this month… how about all of you?
I know it’s been 6+ months since this trip but I need to finish what I started so here’s the final installment of our Japan trip report…
Monday, November 19
Food is a very important part of travel for us. And we’re huge fans of Japanese food in particular. So we had a checklist of various types of food we wanted to try… tempura (check), okonomiyaki (check), ramen (check), sushi (pending)… and so on.
On our third day in Tokyo we headed to Kichijoji for steak at Steak House Satou.
I read about the restaurant on this travel blog and have been anxious to try it ever since.
It didn’t disappoint.
We made sure to arrive right around opening (11am) because I had read online that lines are not uncommon since it’s a tiny restaurant on top of their own butcher shop. You walk up a very narrow and steep flight of stairs and are greeted with the most delicious smell of meat sizzling on the teppan grill. Trust me, it smelled fantastic.
Rob and I both ordered the Matsuzaka steak set that came with a salad starter and veggies on the side.
Oh man, it was INCREDIBLE. Definitely the best meal of the trip for me. SOGOODOMG.
After lunch we stumbled upon a Doughnut Plant in the Shinjuku station.
We were going to skip it since we’d tried it when we were in New York but I saw that they had green tea flavored donuts. I can’t resist anything green tea! YUM.
So our plan for the day was to do some sightseeing in Harajuku.
I just love the Harajuku station — so charming!