Showing posts with label Narita Escapade May 2016. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Narita Escapade May 2016. Show all posts

Monday, 13 June 2016

To Asakusa for divine sashimi

At times I pick out good eats by the aroma wafting out of the outlet itself . And most of the time , I hit it right on the dot .

While that's how I zeroed in on this little old timers place just outside of Asakusa , I was a bit off mark this time . 

Aeon Mall - okra , yam and wasabi udon

Once you begin to explore Japanese cuisines in Japan itself , and not just limit yourself to all the familiar dishes , you will discover that the variety is not only vast , sometimes certain dishes are consumed with more gusto than others , as it coincides with seasonal change and therefore helps the body to a certain extent , cope , adjust and rejuvenate .

Nano Sato - Hakata free range chicken

Hakata is a reknowned brand of free range chicken from the Fukuoka prefecture .  

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Arashi - Terminal 1 , Narita Airport

Last time I was in Terminal 2 , I ended up raving over one place . In the end , I think some of you actually went through my post on that particular restaurant facing the runway , because when I went back to look for it , there was a large Malaysian halal certified logo up at the entrance . 

Good news for Moslem clients in search of a good halal Japanese meal , but
a major turn off for me , since I know that the taste will be highly affected when that happens cos there are simply some ingredients one cannot omit or else it won't taste the same . 

If I never ate here before , that will be fine by me ....I might give it a try , but because I did eat here before that sign went up , I have the choice to walk away . Which I did. Because I'm not going to pay for a meal which might end up making me feel pissed off  . 
Yeah , this is the dilemma which food operators may face when they want to cater to the Halal segment . You gain a whole new market but you might end up loosing your former patrons .

Thus I headed towards Terminal 1 and after a bit of wandering found this completely non halal outlet called Arashi .

Kawatoyo Honten - grilled unagi and carp soup

Narita is known amongst most travellers as an international gateway into Tokyo .
But not many know what the town is famous for .

Grilled eels .

There are 2 eel restaurants within a stones throw of each other , more small ones further away and open for business at night.

Right now, I've reached Kawatoyo Honten first , so I'm gonna take a look around .

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Daiso - Cats from there , Owls from here

For the sake of getting this collection , I was determined to hunt down the local outlet on Day 1 of my arrival , just to scoop these precious babies up .
They survived all the hotels I checked into and eventual connecting flights and journeyed all the way home....intact , with not a corner chipped . 

It was impervious to get them in L.A. as NYC does not have any outlet yet ( closest is Washington D.C. ) and Tokyo is just known for the Sanrio and My Melody collection .

Maybe one day , they will head to our shores ....

...just like this Owl set which was originally spotted in Seoul , Korea .

Monday, 30 May 2016

Hana No Yu - the Super Spa

Finally went for my first Japanese public bath experience .....oh my gosh .

Yes , I had chickened out many times before on various occasions throughout the years  but this time , I wasn't leaving Narita without checking this off my list .

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Hotel Nikko Narita

On the 5th leg of my journey from JFK to Narita, somehow , somewhere , one of the airport handlers managed to completely ruin my favourite travel bag . After 2 to 3 rounds of negotiating with the airport authorities till my brains were fried , I was forced to change my plan to stay in Tokyo .
Narita seemed like a less crazy path to take . Was just thinking about spending 1 night before moving into Tokyo , however , I enjoyed the stay here so much , I made my mind up to linger on for a couple more .

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

May travel diary

Once again, I used the instaweather app to record the places I'd been to  .

Here's what went .

Because I flew with ANA , I caught the connecting flight in Narita Airport