Hi my lovely readers! I am back with my food review non other than PANCAKES! Before I went back to my country for a month, I thought of doing a food hunting video around Harajuku.… More
New semester had just started so I’m quite free but well report is coming soon so hahaha. Welcome back to normal student life. Lets get to the point shall we.
If you know me, I love pretty things especially food. I LOVE DESSERT AND LOVE TO MAKE THEM. Basically, I love sweet stuff plus pretty and also spicy food. One of my fav dessert is PANCAKE. I don’t know if it is categorized as a dessert or breakfast meal but for me pancake is my breakfast and dessert. Yum yum. I really love when my mom makes pancake for breakfast. I ate most of em. Well, starting with three pieces of pancakes (slices or pieces?) with maple syrup and vanilla ice cream and sometimes with chocolate sauce( if I have it in the fridge) and then I’ll eat another 2 or 3 more pancakes. 3 isn’t enough you know. Its breakfast! If I go to McDonald for breakfast, my usual set will be pancake of course. I love their maple syrup and the pancake so big but I think they should add one more slice. haha. So that is just the story of how much I love pancake but today I’m gonna write a review maybe. Kind of.
I went to Osaka with my family last Christmas. So me, my mom n my sister were waiting for my brothers and my dad buying some shoes or clothes I don’t know. We went to this cafe called gram at the Shinsaibashi street. I saw this fluffy pancake but they only sell it on limited time at 11am, 3pm and 6pm but I got there around 7pm so I couldn’t order that. So we just ordered fruit French toast and the other one was classic pancake and tea. The cafe had this rule where everyone needs to order at least one thing in the menu. So we had to order three things because there were 3 of us. The pancake was quite big but not as big as the McDonald’s pancake. It was just slightly bigger than a normal size but not a big difference. It was so soft and when mixed with fruits, so yummy and yes of course sweet. Luckily we ordered the tea and got free plain water. I was so excited because I got to eat the pancake. Sorry but I don’t have the picture of it. So that was the pancake that I got during my family holiday. It was unplanned pancake day. Yeay for me.
I went there again with my friend during the Golden Week cause I went to Osaka and again I didn’t manage to get the fluffy pancake. Instead we ordered tiramisu pancake for me and classic for my friend. Again I give a thumbs up for gram pancake. They seriously make a very soft pancake even if its not the fluffy one and it is so big. We couldn’t finish em and I was feeling so sad that I couldn’t finish it because pancake is my fav food but I’m so full that time. But I still feel glad that I could eat pancake cause I didn’t get to eat pancake ever since I come to Japan and that was my first. I was so happy cause I was craving and dying for pancakes.
When I got back to Tokyo, I thought of doing pancake hunting but of course it requires money. And also I still want to try the fluffy pancake they sell in gram cafe. So I did research and I found they have GRAM CAFE in TOKYO. YEAYYYYY!!! It is located in Harajuku along the Takeshita Street. So one fine Saturday, I decided to go there. I reach there around 3.30pm so I thought I could try the fluffy pancake. But 😭😭😭I didn’t know that they distribute ticket one hour earlier for that pancake and I cried cause I didn’t get to eat them. It was so heartbreaking and I didn’t have any mood at all after that. so after a while I regain my mood and I decided to come again on Monday.
you’ll find this crepe stall and there is a junction to gram on the left.
I went there again and reached there around 2.30pm and I was like “YES! I GOT IT” was so excited. my number was 16 and my turn will be on 4.30pm. I was really shocked that time. I need to wait again WHAT! I thought I could just eat at 3pm but I was wrong😭😭😭. So I went for shopping at Harajuku. Bought some clothes and some souvenirs for my family. Till it was almost 4.30pm I went to have my fluffy pancake. That was my lunch actually. I just gave me my ticket number and then wait for my pancake. hihi. So excited. When it has arrived I was so happy and OMG MY DREAM CAME TRUE😍😍😍. I can see it was so fluffy and jiggly and the person beside me was like “wow! I want that one too! So fluffy” and I was like “HAHA THIS IS MINE!!” in my head. They serve the pancake with maple syrup of of course and whipping cream and also butter. It was three stack of pancake and it was going to fall so I had to eat them fast! It was of course softer than the normal pancake but it didn’t like melt that fast or literally melts in the mouth. The pancake itself wasn’t that sweet and that is why you need to eat it with the cream and maple syrup. SUPERB COMBINATION. But I think if they serve with ice cream it would be much better. I don’t know is there any other better fluffy pancake than this but I just thought fluffy pancake should just melt in the mouth directly but it was super soft. You dont really need to chew much you know. The price was less than 1000yen so I would say it is affordable. I think I would give 8.5/10. I really hate that I need to wait again after coming there 1 hour earlier cause they make this so limited. I love the sweetness and it was so soft but I think that I had more expectation so a bit disappointment that it didn’t directly melt but it was super super soft. It was worth it. I love it. I’ll try to hunt more pancakes and other dessert too!!
Here is the menu
last but not least the gram PREMIUM PANCAKE
A MUST TRY PANCAKE FOR ONLY 950YEN!!
It has been 2 months since my last post and I am very sorry for that. I did have my finals during the end of July and now is my SUMMER BREAK. Yeay HOLIDAY! I am currently back in Malaysia for a month (I almost missed my flight😰 that morning). It was actually a bit of a last minute decision. I did not plan to go back in Malaysia for this summer break actually but everyone is asking for me so I cant refuse. Haha. Plus it is super hot in Japan and I don’t want to stay sticky wet hot living there so I decided to go back home and here I am now 😉
Summer in Japan is filled with festivals. One of the early festival is the Tanabata festival which is held during early of July. People generally celebrate this day by writing wishes on small pieces of paper, and hanging them on a bamboo tree. I wrote mine too. Hihi.
Well, actually in this post I would like to talk a trip I had before going back to Malaysia.In summer, one of the famous festival in Japan would be the 花火大会(hanabitaikai = firework festival).The firework festival is held in most of the prefectures. Of course there is in Tokyo too.
However, I went to Nagaoka just to see the firework there. Why? Nagaoka actually has the best fireworks ever.The Nagaoka Fireworks are held on 2nd & 3rd of August along the banks of the Shinano River. Both nights feature almost two straight hours of fireworks including some of the largest shells in Japan such as the festival’s signature Phoenix Shell, which has come to be a symbol of recovery after the 2004 Niigata Earthquake. The show’s finale covers nearly two kilometers of the riverbank and is the widest span of fireworks in the world. It was a spectacular firework festival ever. Don’t want to miss that chance do ya?
To go to Nagaoka is either by Shinkansen/ bus/car. So we chose to go by car cause I went there with my senpai (they have license) in total of 8 people including me. The journey was about 4 hours I think. We travel at night around 9-10pm on 1st August and arrived at one of our friends house in Nagaoka around 12-1am I think (couldn’t remember clearly). Because our friends still had exams so we don’t want to disturb them that much so it would be much easier if we had our own car to travel easily.
The next morning, we didn’t want to rush out, so we went out for lunch at Nagaoka Institute of Technology itself. We heard that the カレーライス(curry rice) is nice there and we ordered a table full with curry rice only. To be honest, we don’t have that in Shibaura. Shibaura only have kebab truck on certain days and nan and also nugget cheese halal. Of course I would be so excited to eat curry rice at another place and the chicken was really nice. The only thing that isn’t enough was the amount of curry. For that amount rice, it will need more curry (makcik shokudo please hear me out on this).
After our stomach had filled with curry rice, its time to head out to 寺泊（Teradomari) beach. Its so hard to find beach in Tokyo, so why not spend it in Nagaoka 😁. I wouldn’t say the beach is that pretty but it was quite nice. There were not many people there but we met a Japanese who can speak Indonesian (Kak Dita jumpa jodoh😂). Not to forget the sky was superb that day. It was so blue and the cloud in the picture was so nice. At the opposite of the beach there are some souvenirs store and also some seafood snack and not to forget some summer food, ice cream!
The last port of the day of course would be the HANABI!!! We parked our car really far from our viewing place that has been reserved by our Nagaoka friends(Thank you).
To booked the best spot, you need to fight like a dUCk new LE launch style. And we did get the best spot. The fireworks burst in front of my eyes and I just can’t get enough of it. it was so big the video camera couldn’t fit in. I did record some videos but the best is to see by your own eyes. The best was the phoenix, the song and the fireworks was really OMG! I couldn’t describe it in words. I was really amazed. It was really spectacular. The firework performance started at 7.30 and ended for like 2 hours later. Some people just wait till the phoenix performance or any other of their fav firework performance and left but we stayed till the end of it. Well the ending wasn’t that much actually but sometimes the small fireworks did have cute shape like hello kitty or heart shape, Saturn and even smiley. Even for just a normal firework, it was really really huge.
p/s: I don’t have any good pictures of the hanabi cause I don’t own a real camera. just my phone. but you can just see it on youtube just type nagaoka hanabi phoenix if you want to watch the phoenix though.
After the firework, we didn’t head home directly, but instead we went to cocos just to play UNO and had their dessert and drink bar till the cafe closed at 2.30am. The strawberry au lait was yummy.
The second day, we decided to have a visit to meet the llamas 😁. So we went to meet alpaca. I don’t really know the differences between a llama and alpaca but I think alpaca is just another species of llama. Its free and you can feed em. There is also souvenir shop there which also sells big watermelon for 1000yen only. Btw, on our way to alpaca there was a really breathtaking view nearby. We stopped there just to take pictures before we reach to the alpaca farm. It kinda feel like cameron highland too except for the temperature (Cameron is much cooler I guess cause its the summer season in Japan).
this is the view that we saw before we reach the alpaca farm
Of course after feeding the alpaca, we need to feed ourselves. I’m hungry😖. So we went to this Japan cuisine restaurant and had our green soba 😋. By the time we arrived there, there were so many people queuing there. NO WAY WE’RE GONNA QUEU IN THAT HOT WEATHER🙅. And so we just took our number and went to a souvenir shop nearby to buy some nagaoka sweets.
The Japanese sweets that we bought
We had quite a late lunch that day and we were so tired so we get back to our friends house and didn’t even realize we fall asleep and refused to join our senpai to a cafe. It was so nice to sleep after a tiring day 😪.
By the time I got up I think our friends had got back home and was cooking for tonight barbecue. YUMMY. So we went to out hanabi spot at a park just nearby the house and had our barbecue there. Well, we could still see the firework but not as big as we did the day before. As we are quite far from the actual place, luckily we have live radio streaming to hear the song and whats actually going on at the firework place so we got to know when was the phoenix turn (everyone was waiting for it). Well the fun didn’t last that long when suddenly we received a very shocking news. I don’t feel like talking about it but RIP. so after the hanabi we just went home and rest cause we’re going back to TOKYO the next day.
Let skipped to LUNCH cause thats when our journey started. Well we had lunch at Shojoji, which sells Ten-Don.we had to queue for a while cause there were no table available for us. So here is the menu and some pictures of our lunch menu. Btw, the tempura is quite big and worth it. And we had fun playing games while eating 😜.
So before going back of course we don’t want to miss buying souvenirs!!! So we went to I think the Nagaoka JR station and there was a mall there which you can buy anything. I bought everything at the Yasuda Milk store. I’m not sure if its available in Kanto area or not but it does written (only in Niigata) so maybe not. And sadly, most of em got alcohol and also shortening which we are not sure can be eaten or not. So here some that I bought which I’m pretty sure its halal. btw, there is this delicious cheese cake which I really want but it could only stand for few days so I didn’t buy it cause I want to actually bring it back to Malaysia.
these are some of the Yasuda milk that I bought and there is the other one but I don’t have the picture of it
Finally we reached the rental car place at 8.30 and we’re late 30 mins so we had to pay and it was NOT CHEAP! So BE ON TIME! We were late because there was a bit of traffic and we almost got fined for not wearing seatbelt but we’re safe. Hihi. So here is my story of 3 days and 2 nights in Nagaoka for Hanabi! Hope you guys enjoyed even though there was nothing much. Wait for the next post!!
I had to skip some of my stories (Golden Week) but I’ll share with you later 😉. It’s EID MUBARAK people. SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI MAAF ZAHIR DAN BATIN. Hope you guys are having a great time with family and friends and also delicious ketupat rendang kuih muih and all sorts of raya food. My post today will be about my first Ramadhan in “perantauan” 💁. I’ll share my raya too, soon but lets get this one done first.
How was my Ramadhan in perantauan? Continue reading “Ramadhan In Perantauan 2017”
Here would be some appetizer before the real game begins. NOPE this is not foodappetizer (SORRY) This is my 2 weeks life before I start my classes. It was a very very nice two weeks which I hope I could turn back time and stay in that two weeks😣
When we first arrived in Tokyo, we stayed at the seminar house in Hachioji. I loved the building, the design was so interesting (for me). We stayed for like 2-3 days differ by flights. Then we got separated and everyone had to go to their new living place. So I will be going to Gyoutoku (in Chiba, nearby Tokyo), that is where I live now. It’s an apartment. Living in the city, don’t expect to have got a cheap house. Well, basically Japan houses are small but for that price and in the city, you’ll get a smaller house. If you’re living somewhere in the countryside you might get a chance to live in a bungalow even cheaper than my house cost. Eventhough my house ain’t that big but it’s really convenient. All the convenient stores are nearby, lots of halal restaurant, we have sushi and also halal supermarket. All in walking distance and not to forget my train line is cheap. Continue reading “APPETIZER”
Hey everyone! Well, first and foremost of course would be a bit of introduction about me. Hi I’m Zaty or mainly known as Zatyjaejoong. Some people called me zaty or Jaejoong and some other names so suit yourself. I’ve been thinking a lot of doing this like should I or shouldn’t I. And yes, lastly I think I should. I don’t know why. Ever since high school or even my primary years I will have a diary so I kinda have lots of them. But after my high school years are over, I’d said SAYONARA to my diary👋. Ever since I entered JAD I didn’t get the chance to write and yeah that is the reason why I don’t have a diary anymore. Not just to write but to read my novels too (still haven’t read the final book of House of Night ,bought it since 2014)😪.
So, yeah right now I’m a girl currently living in TOKYO (my dream since forever 😍).
Dreams do come true if you work for it people.
I stepped my foot in Narita Airport on 21st of March 2017. So here is where the journey begins.
I’ll share some of my thoughts, my journey and some random posts (maybe) here. Keep on reading my blog if you wanna know more.
I’ll try my best to keep update (not sure if I have a busy life here or not 😰)