Monday, August 3, 2015

Port of Call Cafe and Store / ポート・オブ・コール カフェ&ストア

Time for a few fluff pieces.  Last month when my friend Tetsu and I went to eat burgers at Blackow's in Ebisu, we decided to walk off our lunch calories.  Just by coincidence we passed by this shop called [Port of Call].  What really captured our attention was the menu for burgers.  We decided that we would eat here in the near future, for the burgers of course!  Actually, I had come here on my own but the cafe wasn't opened at that time.  Last week, the day before heading out to Urayasu, I messaged Tetsu to see if he wanted to go out for burgers on Saturday.  Of course he did!

最近店のネタ書いてないかラ久ぶりに新しいバーガーショップを紹介します。先月友人と恵比寿にあるグルメバーガーショップに食べに行ったんで、ランチを終わったらちょっと散歩。その散歩の途中に私の目に止まったのは渋谷駅近くの店「ポート・オブ・コール」。雑貨はどうでもいい。気になったのはメニューに載ってたバーガー。 ちょっと前に一人で来たが、その時カフェのほうは休みでした。先週浦安に行く前に友人のてっちゃんを誘い、こんどこそ、この店のバーガーを食べに行く。

The smoking section is the entire second floor.  Although I don't smoke my friend does.  But there was only a couple besides us when we went.  Very relaxing atmosphere.


We had the window seat which overlooks the Yamanote Line.


Beer before burgers.  And of course I had to show off my T-Town shirt (not for Tokyo, but for Tacoma). I suggested to Tetsu that we order to different burgers and have them cut in half so we can enjoy two different types.


This is the POC Burger or Port of Call Burger.  The buns are nice and fluffy and so delicious.  The burger is filled 100% beef patty, Parmesan crisp, shiitake mushrooms, roasted tomato, caramalized onions and a house ketchup and is only 1,200yen!


The other burger we ordered today was the Truffle Burger. This burger is filled with roasted garlic aioli, house truffle cheese, and a truffle glaze. 


They also had some craft beer on their menu as well.  This is Minoo beer Weizen from Osaka Prefecture.  It's also where my aunt and cousins happen to live.  In Minoo, not at the brewery!


Tetsu having a smoke break.


It was still a bit early so while Tetsu and I were enjoying our second beer, we decided to order a side order of fish and chips.  Little did we know that there wouldn't be that much fish but thought the menu should be changed to fish and chips and chips and chips.  Quite a large portion.

Just looking out the window before parting ways with Tetsu.  He will be going to see a martial arts event this evening while I will be going to Urayasu with my wife to spend the weekend with friends.  I love the weekends!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Day Trip to Mitakesan in Okutama (Part 3) / 奥多摩、御岳山日帰り旅行 (パート3)

Time for lunch in Okutama.  Something about places like this makes you want to eat soba.  And that is exactly what I had.  Yukio ordered the same.  Sansai zaru soba!  And we had such a great view from our table.

奥多摩でランチ。こういうところ来るとなぜか蕎麦が食べたくなる。その通りにしました。友達の幸男も。注文したのあ山菜ざるそば。 私たちの席からの眺めも最高でした。

The view from our table while eating lunch.


Looking down from our window side table.


Sansai Zaru Soba / 山菜ざるそば
We were just at the shrine on top of the mountain.
Heading back to the car so we can head to our next destination.
Of course there will be the Jizos near a shrine.
Back on the cable car as we head down the mountain.
Passing by the cable car on its way up the mountain.
Yep, found me a craft beer up in these here mountains.  Japan Beer by Ishikawa's Brewery.
Japan Beer / ジャパンビール
And then we came here - Sakana En which translates to Fish Park.  We were going to the little fishing pond to fish for some snacks.
そしてここに来ました。さかな園。 川沿いに釣り堀があるの。釣り堀でさかなを釣ってそこで料理してもらう予定。第一さかなを釣れないっと。
My wife trying her out her luck.  Oh, and it started raining just a wee bit.
Yukio caught two fish just as the rain began to pour down harder.  Then along came thunder and lightning.  We almost didn't get to enjoy the fish.

The fish that Yukio caught.
After getting caught in the rain, it was time to head to our next goal - Tsuru Tsuru Onsen.  Unfortunately when we got there, the place had a blackout.  Actually, while we were eating the fish, the power went out in the building because of the storm.  So, we went in search of another place and went to a place called Kabe Onsen "Ume no Yu". And it was quite a nice place, located on the 4th and 5th floors of a building.  But hey, at least five different kinds of baths and an outdoor one too!
After soaking for about an hour, we decided to have dinner here as well.
My dinner was pork cutlet in a broth with rice and miso.

My friend's wife's dinner - hiyashi chuka.

My friend's dinner - chicken nanban.
And my wife of course chose the seafood bowl.
And then it was time to head back to Urayasu.  Yukio dropped us off at the train station and it was then we my wife and I had our 45 minute trip back home where we just plopped on the bed and had a good night's rest!  We'll be heading to our friend's place in a couple of weeks and will stay for the weekend in their new apartment.  The plan is to watch the Urayasu fireworks and then head to the beach the following day.  Oh what fun awaits!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Day Trip to Mitakesan in Okutama (Part 2) / 奥多摩、御岳山日帰り旅行 (パート2)

Walking along the trails at Mitakesan in Okutama as we headed towards a couple of shrines and temples on the mountain.


Ubuyasusha / 産安社
Anzan Sugi / 安産杉
Kozasuke Cedar / 子授檜
My wife and I standing in front of the "Husband and Wife" trees.
And the recently married couple as well.
At one with nature.
It looks like we timeslipped into the Edo era.

Buildings with the old style thatched roofs.
We reached an area of souvenir shops before heading to the main shrine - Musashi Mitake Jinja.
As with Takaosan, aside from the moutainess trail, we had a lot of stairs to walk up as well.
Temizuya (Hand Purification Basin) / 手水舎
More stairs leading to the first gate.
Yes, more steps!

Short break / 一旦休憩
Inari-sha / 稲荷社
The ladies taking a break at the kappa bench.
Mihashira-sha / 三柱社
Lets climb some more!

Something hiding within the stairs!

My turn to take a break with these dogs holding up the bench.
はい、僕も休憩しました。 犬のベンチに。
We're nearing the main shrine.
Prayer Boards / 絵馬
Futahashira-sha / 二柱社
Shinmeisha / 神明社
Kitanosha / 北野社
Oguchimagamisha / 大口真神社
Kofukusha / 巨福社
Tokiwakakiwasha (Old Hondo) / 常磐堅磐社 (旧本堂)
Sumemimanomikotosha / 皇御孫命社

Shinzanreidoka Monument / 神山霊土歌碑
Toshosha / 東照社
Now, shall we continue to walk and see the rock garden and the waterfall or should we take a break and have lunch?  Lunch it is!!