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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]

https://tabelog.com/en/kanagawa/A1401/A140202/14061146/

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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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