Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Stew Restaurant Hippopotamus (new location) / シチューの店「ヒポポタマス」(移店先)

My wife and I had a favorite neighborhood restaurant called [Hippopotamus] where we went to eat weekly for a long time period. The specialty of the restaurant was its beef stew but we were hooked on their garlic-cream chicken. One day while we were walking, we noticed that the space where the restaurant was supposed to be was empty! It was a very sad day or so we thought until we continued walking and discovered that they didn't close, they only moved to a new location. By this time we had not been going every week, only on a few rare occasions. But being so happy to know that they didn't close, one Saturday afternoon, I decided to have lunch at the new location.

自分の近所に以前僕と妻の気に入りのビーフシチューの店「ヒポポタマス」がありました。 長い期間毎週行きましたね。シチューが店の自慢ですが、私たちがはまったのチキンのガーリッククリームソース。これは絶品。ある日散歩しながら、店がなくなってた。びっくりの上結構悲しい気持ちになった。でも散歩を続いたら、またびっくり、店は潰れたんじゃなくて、移転しました。良かった。まだあの大好きなガーリッククリームチキンが食べられる!ちょっと前だけど、昼食の時間でウロチョロしてる時、思い出した。ヒポはランチもやってる、そこに食べに行こうっと。

The restaurant moved from Wakabayashi to a busy shotengai (market street) near Shoin Jinja. The new location has a larger space but still retains its homey atmosphere.


Oh no! I thought again as I noticed the garlic cream chicken was not listed on the lunch menu. Fortunately, since I have been a long time customer, the owner made my favorite dish for me! The lunch set includes salad with home-made dressing and you can choose if you would like rice or bread as well.


Their homemade dressing is to kill for. So delicious. I had asked for the recipe once and had given it to my sister but she told me she lost it.


My favorite dish on their menu, the garlic cream chicken.


I decided to have the bread with my lunch instead of rice as I like to dip the bread into the garlic sauce as well.


And a beer to go with the meal.


Bon Appetit!


Sunday, November 13, 2016

2016 New Year Welcoming Party / 2016年 新年会

Japan has a tradition of having an end of the year party in December called the bonenkai and then a welcoming the new year party called the shinnenkai. My friends and I usually celebrate both the bonenkai and shinnenkai at our friend's restaurant [Kitamachi Utou] in Ushigome Kagurazaka. This year would be no different.

日本で年末に忘年会があって、新年には新年会があり。僕の回りの友達は毎年牛込神楽坂にある「北町 善知鳥」という店で忘年会と新年会を開催する。今年の新年会も友達とその店に集まってワイワイしました。

Cheers to the New Year / 2016年に乾杯

The informally set menu is always delicious!


Always a good time when celebrating with friends.


Someone brought a snack from Aomori Prefecture called Imo ate.


Owner and chef of Kitamachi Utou, Ken-chan / 北町善知鳥のオーナーチェフの健ちゃん

Yukio most likely doing his Eikichi Yazawa impression.


Yukio and 21 (that is his nickname) / 幸男と21番

Group photo / グループフォト

Continuing the celebration of the New Year at another establishment.


Me and my friend Ai / 僕と友達の愛ちゃん

Wandering the street of Kagurazaka at night.


Someone having too much fun.


But before going home, some of us had a bowl of ramen at Kagetsu Arashi.


And that was the end of the evening.