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Food Review : 100 Spoons Futakotamagawa

Hello everyone, I hope you have good weekend!

This weekend, I went to a new restaurant in Futakotamagawa (located close to the 109 Cinemas) called 100 Spoons (100本のスプーン).

You can see the detailed explanation of this restaurant in their official website here.

What made me interested with this restaurant is actually their unique menu which is called “Little big plates”

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Little big plates

Yes, as depicted by its name this dish contain of mini dishes (in total 10 dishes mixed) from appetizer until dessert. The price is 1980 JPY.  Let me explain about the content one by one (please note that the content might change due to the season, this version is Autumn-Winter 2018 version)

Appetizers

  • Shrimp bisque and french bread rolls (shrimp bisque tastes nice, although the bread roll is a little hard it will be better if you dunk it inside the bisque)
  • Stir-fry fusilli with green veggies (it is a little bit bland to be honest)
  • Marinated salmon and potato salad (very refreshing!)
  • Garden salad with balsamic vinegar and parmesan (standard)
  • Mushroom bruschetta (standard)

Main dish

  • Fried-potato (as a potato lover, this disappointed me a lot 😦 I understand that they make their own fried-potato (not a frozen-package) but they just did not fry it well. It is not cruncy and very dry, and lack of salt)
  • Hamburg Steak with Demi Glace Sauce (it is located in a little teppan, covered in foil. To be honest it tasted really really good! The steak was chewy and demi glace sauce tastes very rich. There is also moisture inside because I think they combined the cooking technique with steaming!)
  • Chicken curry with rice (standard)

Dessert

  • (they said it is) Tiramisu (i really do not know what cake it is. Yes it got a little bit of dash of mascarpone and coffee powder on top, but also with berry sauce and berry chunks? Maybe this is meant to be a berry tiramisu, but i really still like the classical tiramisu better)

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Well, it looks like a lot of food, but actually it is not. Especially when you are sharing. We also ordered Hamburg Steak with Gravy which also tasted excellent.

So, tips from me if you go here : do order only their beef-related dishes since they are excellent!

 

Another thing which is cute about this restaurant is they provide coloring paper in the first page of menu book and colored pencil, so me and my boyfriend went crazy coloring! 🙂

Also, they have relaxing atmosphere and open-kitchen with friendly chefs that will smile when you take their photo!

 

So I guess, I will visit again sometimes if I go to Futakotamagawa.

 

That’s it for tonight guys!

 

With loads of love,

 

 

Afifa

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a day off of PhD Students : Aobadai Review

Happy weekend! It is Satuday night here.

Saturday is always my no-academic and no-experiment day. I always spend it together with my bf (since he always work on Sunday, and I will do experiment also on Sunday).

A typical day off for two PhD students will be generally simple! We will either sing or play violin and he would accompany me record music video. Or, we would be out eating or he would accompany me shopping.

So let me tell you one by one.

[Outfit of the day]

One of the most important thing is outfit of the day. Although we don’t usually go really far but I will dress up, still! Today is really hot so I dress up like this!

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pink sunnies from Paris van Java, Bandung, Indonesia; basic black tops and kilted mini skirt from Topshop; a shocking pink Harrods bag; and platform Converse shoes.

I don’t have my bf ootd. He is just a normal boy, does not care much about fashion. lol.

Anyway, today we tried new restaurant and new menu!

[T’s Kitchen Steak : Aobadai]

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This restaurant is located just around 3 minutes walk from Aobadai Station (walking out from the west exit towards Aobadai Tokyu Square). We always passed this restaurant everytime we go to Jonathan’s Aobadai. Just like the name, the restaurant specialized only on steak. The restaurant is quite small (only 9 seatings in a counter setting). But the food is delicious and fresh! We ordered the lunch set steak that already includes rice, salad, and miso shiru! (1280 JPY for ladies size 120 gr and 1680 JPY for men’s size 140 gr). They served salt, pepper, shoyu sauce, and mustard for seasoning.

One interesting thing we learned today that the black round block is actually a heating block. The steak will be served in medium rare, so if you want to make it well done, you can just press and grill your steak on the block!

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[Ueshima Coffee-ten Aobadai Shop]

It is definitely not my first time to go to this coffee shop but today I finally tried out the summer menu, kakigori (かき氷 Japanese shaved ice dessert). It comes in two flavor, strawberry and kuromitsu-houjicha (Japanese sugar and tea).

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Of course, I asked for the strawberry flavor, lol.

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What can I say about this? It is a perfect combination of finely shaved ice with strawberry sauce and chunked strawberry. It is combined with condensed milk and ice-cream on top! 🙂 Perfect for the hot summer day!

Caution, it looks small but actually it is quite big ^^ We had hard time to finish everything :p Next week, I would probably try the other flavor.

 

So that’s it for my review this week! 🙂

For those living in Japan, stay hydrated and safe from the scorching heat!

 

Love :*

 

Afifa

 

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Daily Kawaii Review : Hands Cafe Chuorinkan

Hello! Back with me!

Writing again in the train after finishing the whole day doing enzyme structure refinement training, I guess I can do this, posting one blogpost every week J

 

Differs from the last topic which tends to deal with my inner struggle, this post is really light. Yes, I will only talk about a cute café near my place, Hands Café Chuo Rinkan.

Access : 2nd floor Etomo Shopping Mall, just outside Chuorinkan Station in the terminus of Tokyu Denentoshi Line

Price : 1500-2500 yen for one meal with drink, moderate for café type in Tokyo

Reservation : cannot be made

Website : https://www.handscafe.jp/chuorinkan/

 

What’s special about this cafe?

 

In normal day this café is just another western-style type of café, but once every one or two months this café has a collaboration with some cartoon character or set a certain theme to make a thematic café. I went to this café twice already during a collaboration with capybara-san character and Korilakkuma (a minor character in Rilakkuma series). Let me tell you about the story in detail!

 

Capybara Café

Period : April 2017

This visit was random and I did not even know that capybara exist in this world. So, if you guys also don’t know what capybara is, capybara is a kind of rodent (larger type compared to rabbit) ^^

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During this time, the whole café was decorated with capybara plushy, you will get one or two dolls in each table. Really, at first I thought it was a cat (blame the shape of the mouth, lol). And the shape of some of the plushy resembles rat in my opinion, but it’s cute, anyway.

Food was also decorated with capybara theme, but it is also possible in that time to order the normal café menu. I ordered beef stew with omu-rice (omelette rice, rice covered with thin slice of fried egg) which tasted really good. I really like the mash and hash-brown potato served on side.

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Korilakkuma Meets Chairoikoguma Cafe

Period : June 2017

So who are these bears? They are rilakkuma’s friends, lol. And why do they have the similar name as Rilakkuma?

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Ko (小) in Japanese means small and indeed korilakkuma (the white bear with pink outifit is small and cute). While chairo (茶色) in Japanese means brown, indeed the other bear is dark brown and I think probably still smaller than Rilakkuma. So that’s the origin of their name, I guess. Don’t ask me about more detail, I know nothing about rilakkuma’s story line.

Differs from the previous visit, this visit was planned with my best friend and I was able to do more makeup and styling to match the atmosphere of the café.

Compared to capybara café, I think that this theme is more popular, since I think every Japanese knows who rilakkuma is.

That time me and my best friend decided to order one main course and one dessert.

 

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Main course (right side)  : チャイロイコグマのがお〜!てりやきチキンバーガープレート(Chairoikoguma’s face shaped teriyaki chicken burger plate)

Dessert (left side) : なかよしストロベリーマウンテンパンケーキ (strawberry mountain pancake)

 

It was very nicely decorated and cute. Unfortunately, the main course did not taste as nice as the capybara’s menu.The chicken burger tastes a bit bland, and it really has a small piece of chicken >.<

It’s just full of vegetables only (maybe it’s designed for those petite Japanese girls, not for a meat-lover like me)

Ah, and I think for this theme they have more varieties of cute drink as well. We had fun doing our routines as well (dress up, eating small portion in a cute café, acting like a cute Japanese girls) but ended up eating again afterwards, as always.

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So, that’s it for now. I hope you guys enjoy reading this post ^^

And if you visit Japan don’t forget to visit thematic café like this, since it is so cute! (although it may not have the best food taste). I will keep you updated more about daily kawaii things and restaurant near where I live! See you!

 

 

xoxo, with love

 

 

 

Afifa Ayu Koesoema

 

 

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Tea Time Review : HARBS Coffee & Cake

Hello everyone!

It’s saturday and it’s time to enjoy weekend! So today because i got a bit too tired, i only go to Futakotamagawa alone. I really do love me-time and usually i just ended up in a cake shop, like today. At first I really wanted to go to TWG but i got too lazy to go to Jiyugaoka and suddenly I came across a TWG-looking shop with really mouth-watering large cakes in their display at the second floor of Dogwood Plaza just outside Futakotamagawa Station.

I would probably came across a new fancy cake shop or restaurant every week (it’s my stress coping mechanism) so I guess better than enjoying it alone, from now on i will write a review about each cake shop or restaurant that i’ve visited!

 

HARBS COFFEE AND CAKE

Location : 2F Dogwood Plaza, Futakotamagawa, just outside Futakotamagawa Station Denentoshi Line

Seatings : limited, around 15 tables

Price : 1500-2000 Yen for a set of cake and drink

HARBS Coffee & Cake

HARBS Coffee & Cake

From the outside, the cafe looked nice and also there were many people queueing to eat there. It was Saturday afternoon and the place itself was also small, i had to wait around 20 minutes to be seated.

KARBS Cake Menu

HARBS Cake Menu

 

So the price of each slice of cake is approximately 700 Yen-ish it all looked so yummy! From rare cheese cake, fresh fruit cake, chocolate cake, and so on. For the drinks (assorted kind of teas, herb teas, milk teas, coffees) where you will get one pot of drink is also around 700 Yen-ish. And please note that they don’t allow you to order only cake you have to also purchase one drink. So a set of cake and drink here for one person will cost approximately 1500 Yen-ish.

I also took some photos of the restaurant interior while waiting, as i have told you, it’s a bit like TWG.

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Today, I tried Black and White Chocolate Cake and Hot Royal Milk Tea.

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Royal Milk Tea? Really decent and the milk itself taste a bit sweet so i could omit adding granulated sugar to the tea. What else to say? The pot is really cute!

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Black and White Chocolate Cake? What can i say! It’s really heavenly!

The size of cake is really big, it took me about 30 minutes to finish (please note that I’m such a sweet food lover). The cake is really fluffy, soft and creamy PLUS there are loads of carved white chocolate and dark chocolate on top of it. Really really delicious!

What else? The freshness! Yes the cake tasted really fresh and when i looked up at their website, they mentioned that they commit to make fresh cake each day, from 1981. So that’s the secret of this 33 years old cake shop! 🙂

 

So I rate this cafe as 5 stars!! You should try to visit it, it’s a bit expensive but it’s really delicious~ and i can’t wait for the spring to come, since they’re going to sell their Sakura Cake *drooling

 

Have a good weekend, everyone.

 

Loads of Love

 

 

Afifa Ayu Koesoema

 

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My Sydney Culinary Review!

Hello all, seems like I’m really in the mood to write! Since i’ve finished all articles about USA, now we’re moving to Sydney, Australia and first i’m going to talk about Sydney’s Culinary Spot that i’ve been to, I haven’t visited so many places but i still think my experiences are worth to share!

 

PYRMONT AREA

Flying Fish Chips

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Location : The Star Building

Access : Take a Light Rail from Central Station and stop at The Star Station (tickets for Light Rail can be bought onboard)

Seatings : plenty of seatings, in a food-court style joined with other restaurant’s seatings

Sydney is famous for its fish and chip and one of the most famous place is Flying Fish Chips! You can enjoy the seafood on your own way. You can indulge with their signature fish and chips and choose the kind of fish that you want, the way of cooking it (Panko crumbed, Grilled, or beer battered), the sides (try the sweet potato chips, it’s definitely better than the regular potato chips) and also sauces and salt that you want to put on it.

They have other selections of seafood such as calamari, prawns, grilled fish fillet burger, sushi, and fresh sashimi. I also recommend the pop-corn battered prawn, It’s really delicious and unique! Take a look on the menu and some of the dishes that I ordered.

Menu :)

Menu 🙂

Nigiri and Sushi!

Nigiri and Sushi!

 

King Prawn!

King Prawn!

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Pan-seared Salmon and Popcorn-battered Prawn

Assorted

Fish & Chips, Calamari and Sweet Potato Fries

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a closer look to the popcorn battered prawn

you can see more information here

 

Gelato Messina

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Location : The Star Building

Access : Take a Light Rail from Central Station and stop at The Star Station (tickets for Light Rail can be bought onboard)

Seatings : limited seatings

Still located in the same building, Gelato Messina is one of the most delicious gelato place in Sydney. They have many flavours ranging from classic flavour (vanilla, chocolate fondant, pistachio, hazelnut, etc.), fruity flavours (passion fruit, coconut and pandan, raspberry, and many more), and other flavours like Red Velvet, Apple Pie, etc. You can have either one, two or three scoops of this delicious gelato with reasonable price. Besides serving plain gelato, they also have gelato shakes, and other special menu (like combining the gelato and cake, special condiments, etc.), but sometimes it is unavailable.

My Vanilla-Red Velvet Cup!

My Vanilla-Red Velvet Cup!

Other Flavours

Other Flavours

Fruity Flavours

Fruity Flavours

Various Classic Flavours

Various Classic Flavours

Special Menu!

Special Menu!

you can see more information here

 

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie

Location : The Star Building

Access : same like Flying Fish & Chips

This is the second recommended dessert place if you eat at The Star, so you can have either gelato or cake 😀 This cake shop is owned by Australian well-known pastry chef, Adriano Zumbo (he’s one of the guest judge in Masterchef Australia). It serves a really good macarons called zumbarons and other cake selection as well. The shape and style of the cake reminds me a bit of Collete & Lola, i’m really in love with the shape of mylo cans cake, it’s just really cute! :3

cute mylo can cake!

cute mylo can cake!

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ZUMBARONS!!!

ZUMBARONS!!!

you can see more information here

 

CBD (Central Business District)

Pie Face

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Pie Face!

Location : near Hyde Park

Access : Using Bus and stop anywhere near Hyde Park

Seatings : plenty of seatings available, you can eat it on the go or in Hyde Park

 

It’s all about Pie! you can eat both savoury and sweet pie here. The characteristic of this pie shop is they sell pie with funny little face on top of the pie 🙂 The savoury pie looks small but actually it’s very fulfilling, I tried Steak and Mushroom pie which was really delicious!

Savoury Pies

Savoury Pies

on the go!

on the go!

you can see more information here

 

Wagamama

Location : The Galeries CBD Sydney Level 1

Access : You can get there by any bus that stops near George St.

Seatings : 103 seatings available

Wagamama is a fusion-Japanese restaurant located in The Galeries CBD and it serves from ramen, udon, teppan to donburi. I really like the super spicy ramen like chili chicken and chili beef ramen!

super spicy chicken chili ramen!

super spicy chicken chili ramen!

you can get more information here

 

Sushi Hotaru

Location : 500 George Street, CBD Sydney

Access : You can get there by any bus that stops near George St. or Hyde Park

Seatings : plenty available

In sushi hotaru you can have the experience of Kaiten Sushi made by real Japanese in Sydney! The sushi is really delicious and they have great sides as well like some donburi, agedashi tofu, karaage, and many more. You can also have japanese drinks and desserts like Kalpis and various kind of ice cream and mochi 🙂

 

N2 Extreme Gelato

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N2 gelato!

Location : 43/1 Dixon St‎

Access : You can get there by any bus that stops near Dixon St.

Seatings : limited seatings

So, as a scientist i use N2 or liquid nitrogen to freeze bacteria cell instantly, but apparently they’re using liquid nitrogen to make an ice cream. The technique is called nucleation-dominated ice crystallisation, in which they make numerous microscopic ice crystals that forms a very smooth ice-cream texture. For a scientist like me this place is uber cool! They use standard laboratory equipment like flask, measuring glass, and erlenmeyer flask. The employees wear white laboratory coat and protective eye wear. The taste of the ice cream is also quite nice! 🙂

Milk Stored in Sakaguchi Flask!

Milk Stored in Sakaguchi Flask!

Nitrogen Alert

Nitrogen Alert

ice-cream in the making :)

ice-cream in the making 🙂

hello~

hello~

you can see more information here

 

THE ROCKS

The Tea Cosy

welcome to the Tea Cosy!

welcome to the Tea Cosy!

Location : 33 George Street The Rocks 

Access : Take any bus to Circular Quay and you can just walk towards The Rocks

Seatings : plenty available, but it gets really crowded in the morning thus reservation is important

Craving for tea and scones? The Tea Cosy is the place! They served numerous selections of tea and scones. While eating there, you can enjoy the quaint tea room, take photos of its super cute decoration, take photos of its fine china cup, cake tier, and buy some tea cosy as well! If you don’t know, tea cosy is a cover for teapot that keeps the tea inside the teapot warm~

Devonshire Tea (Scone Baskets) is recommended, when you only want to drink tea and eat scones with double cream and jam. If you want to feel a more complete experience you can try the High Tea set which also includes ribbon sandwiches, cakes, and biscuits. If you have a children (or you’re going there alone, the normal scone size is honestly really big), ordering Kid’s Devonshire Tea is also recommended and instead of tea they will give you babychino (hot chocolate with cream)

Tea Cosy Menu!

Tea Cosy Menu!

:)

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super cute decoration!

super cute decoration!

Scones Flavour!

Scones Flavour!

babychino <3

babychino ❤

3 tiers high tea set!

3 tiers high tea set!

Devonshire Tea Set!

Devonshire Tea Set!

you can see more information here

 

So that’s all about my culinary experience in Sydney!! I hope you can enjoy it and visit some restaurants that i’ve mentioned if you visit Sydney!~

 

With love,

 

Afifa Ayu Koesoema