Sunday, September 17, 2017

Japan Trip Day 7 : We Will Miss Japan !

Breakfast at Matsuya
Sky was gloomy when we woke up in the morning. I opened the rolling glass door to the balcony just to see how the weather looked outside. Just a bit drizzle and humid.

We got ready and went for breakfast next door at Matsuya. We've been to another Matsuya in Osaka and enjoyed the Japanese style breakfast there. It came with a bowl of rice, a bowl of miso soup, a slice of salmon,  a side of pickle veggie and a piece of tofu. Simple and healthy.

Then we continued to Don Quijote (Donki) in Shinjuku. Ran across a young Japanese guy who seemed to have trouble standing straight after a night of party. Later we came across another group of Japanese men and one of them requested a hug from hubby. They sure know how to party.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sam's Kebab & Gyros - Milpitas

Chicken shawarma plate
This place is located in the Great Mall food court. It's been a while since we visited the Great Mall and I noticed the food court has been remodeled. They have bar seating area for single person, regular sitting area for families and also couches just for lounging.

We have been craving kebab so we were happy to see this place. I ordered chicken shawarma wrap and hubby ordered the chicken shawarma plate. Total order $20.69 before tips.

The plate has the same chicken as the one used for the wrap. But the plate came with yellow (saffron ?) rice and salad. The wrap came with the marinated chicken, lettuce and sauce. Very juicy and tasty.

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chicken shawarma wrap
Sam's Kebab & Gyros
172 Great Mall Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035
(408) 935-9288

7 Eleven dessert - Tokyo, Japan

Japanese cheesecake

Red bean ice cream

Cheesecake is different from New York style - similar to Uncle Rikuro cheesecake

Ice cream with the shape of flower

First bite to show the red bean inside

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Japan Trip Day 6 : Shibuya, Yoyogi Park and Shinjuku

Lunch at Genki Sushi
We started the day at Hachiko statue outside the JR station of Shibuya. It was still just before 9 and the morning shower sort of delaying the other tourists from coming out early. We continued across the street to Starbucks.

Posting about our breakfast at Starbucks can be found here.

While at Starbucks I found out that there was a Donquijote or Donki just around the corner. So left our seats at Starbukcs and found our way there. Donki is a good place to get your fill of souvenirs. They usually dedicated the ground floor just for souvenirs. And then if you have more time to spare you could make your way to the upper level for more selections of items.

For souvenirs we got matcha flavor kit kat (a must !), matcha cookies, spicy squid, spicy squid legs and rice cake. I like this Donki because it looked new and it's a Mega Donki meaning it's bigger in square footage thus carries more items. I found they have souvenirs marked as coming from different part of Japan. So those are helpful. Prices vary so you could pick one that suits your budget.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Yakisoba Kabukichi - Shinjuku Tokyo - Japan

We had time before dinner to go back to our apartment and charged our devices and did search on all available options. I suggested sukiyaki but the options was a bit more pricey due to the meat. We scratched that out and looked some more. In the end we thought of yakisoba which is a stir fry soba noodle. And it just happened that there was one restaurant just very close to our Airbnb apartment.

We followed the direction and found our way to the restaurant. But before that we were surprised by the establishments we passed through. Turned out that we lived pretty close to the entertainment district of Shinjuku. Unlike Bangkok where people sort of gather in front of the establishment either trying to entice customers or just hanging out. Over here we didn't see anyone, maybe it was too early ? The only thing we noticed was plenty of pictures of pretty men/women. All of those in innocent poses nothing raunchy.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Kona Inn Motel Anaheim - Anaheim

This was the hotel we used on our last minute road trip to Anaheim for the kangaskhan event. We got it through Expedia for a total of $86. Not bad for a hotel within 3-4 miles from Disneyland.

We checked in at around 5pm and got a room on the ground floor. The parking lot was empty except for 1 car. The parking lot was actually quite big considering the opening of the motel was pretty small just enough for one car in and one car out.

Our room was pretty big with a king size bed. A little table and chair next to bed if you need a working area. The sink was just out side the bathroom so even if one person is in the bathroom the other person could do make up, etc. I like it.

Bathroom was very clean. Towels were clean though a bit thin. Other amenities included microwave and a small refrigerator. Coffee was available in the lobby area in the morning but we didn't try it.

Our king bed came with three pillows. The blanket was still the old style furry blanket with a layer of bedsheet. Adequate and got the job done. Our AC was cold. There was a pool but we didn't try so could not comment on that.

All in all a decent hotel. Location was great on a street that offered lots of choices of food. Starbucks was almost across the street. Highly recommended.

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Kona Inn Motel Anaheim
331 North Brookhurst Street, Anaheim CA 92801

Seasons Kitchen USA - Anaheim

chicken satay
Found this restaurant online just before our trip to Anaheim and decided that we needed to give it a try.

It's located about one exit before Disneyland on hwy 5. The strip mall that it was located seemed pretty new and had a variety of shops like Ranch Market, Daiso and a few other restaurants. When we walked in we were seated right away.

The paper table mat they used was sponsored by Yeo's and looked like a promotional item for Malaysian tourism. We ordered a char kway teow and noodle with roast pork. The lady (owner ?) who took our order offered appetizer. We decided to try their satay.

While waiting for our order, the same lady (owner?) brought out a ukulele and started singing and encouraged everyone to sing along. The lyrics was also on the back of the menu booklet. Interesting.