Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Walk around Minatomirai and Sakuragicho / みなとみらいと桜木町の散歩

After enjoying our lunch at La Mere Poulard, we decided to spend the day exploring other parts of Minatomirai as we usually walk around the same area. 


First we wandered around Mark Is - the building where we had lunch.  This place is a huge shopping mall.  We were getting our exercise without having to deal with the heat or humidity outside.


Right across from the Mark Is building is the Yokohama Museum of Art.


Another symbol of Yokohama is the Landmark Tower.


Strange art.


We made a pit stop here at La Maison ensoleille table for dessert.


Enjoying our blueberry cassis herb tea.


This is what my wife had for dessert.  Musk Melon and Le Gall Cream Cheese Tart.

妻が食べたのはマスクメロンとル ガール クルームチーズのタルト。

I had myself a chocolate banana tart.


Then we walked outside again as walking in a mall doesn't seem to be much of a walk for me.


We walked from Minatomirai to Sakuragicho and then decided to go the Iseyama Shrine which is located not too far from this bridge - the Momijibashi.


Oh my, first we had to walk up a hill and then we had to walk up these steps to get to where we were going.


Iseyama Jinja / 伊勢山神社

Map of the Shrine grounds / 境内の地図

Hondo / 本堂

Prayer boards / 絵馬

Omiya Jinja / 大神神社

Hand purifying basin / 手水舎

Iseyama Shrine Seal / 伊勢山大神宮の御朱印

And just a block or so away was Naritasan.  We got to watch and be part of some sort of ritual.


Naritasan / 成田山

Hondo / 本堂

Nairtasan Temple Seal / 成田山の御朱印

And then it was time to head back home.


Always fascinated by the different things you find on display around town.


But we didn't go straight home.  All that walking around made us hungry for yakitori.  At first we were going to look around for a restaurant nearby but decided the head back to our neighborhood for dinner.  We went to one of our favorite yakitori hangouts - Yakitori Club in Sangenjaya.


First we had some chicken wings.


And then some shishito, a type of green pepper.


My wife's favorite - nankotsu which is cartilege.

妻の大好物 ー 軟骨。

A couple of my favorites - on the left, ume shiso maki, on the right, wasabi yaki.

今度は僕の大好物 ー左に梅しそ巻き。右にはわさび焼き。

Another favorite.


Gotta have the standard - negima.


Bacon wrapped asparagus.


Ending our dinner with some ochazuke. 


Of course we had a beer or two before heading home.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

La Mere Poulard / ラ・メール・プラール

Quite a while ago, my wife was watching a television program that featured a corner where these two comedians would check out different shops and restaurants that always seem to have a long line.  The day she was watching, the featured restaurant was [La Mere Poulard].  The main restaurant is located at Mont Saint Michel in France.  There are two branches in Tokyo.  One in Minatomirai and one in Yurakucho.  Their speciality is a souffle omelette.


We went a half hour before opening and were second in line.


A portrait of Mme. Poulard making her famous omelette.


Waiting for the restaurant to open.


Luxurious but casual.  You do not need to wear a black tie or get dressed up.

高級感あるけどとってもカジュアル。 ブラックタイやディナージャケットは不要。

Waiting for our main meal.  I of course ordered the souffle omelette.  My wife isn't a big fan of eggs so she went with the daily special where you can choose fish or meat and is served with a mini omelette.


Our lunch set was served with a choice of bread or potatoes.  As you can see we chose the bread.


The salad that came with my set was smoked salmon and herb chicken.  Very delicious.


My wife's set included an amuse-bouche.  I had forgotten what it was actually called but it was made with shrimp.


Madame Poulard's famous souffle omelette.  Today it was served with a clam and cabbage sauce.  The omelette is so fluffy on the inside and is just heavenly.


My wife's set was served with a mini omelette with two different types of sauces, the clam and cabbage sauce and a ratatouille sauce as well.


My wife had chosen the fish special and today's catch was black rockfish.  I had a couple of bites and I must say, this was quite delicious as well.


As we were leaving the restaurant, we couln't help but purchase a package of La Mere Poulard's Palets (French Butter Cookies).


I can't wait for a chance to go back here again and try some of other dishes on the menu.


Bon Appetit!