Soba Tamawarai 玉笑 

Had lunch at 玉笑 and felt obliged to share my experience.

Maybe I should start with the food. Ordered only おろしそば , which tasted great. I regret not ordering more side dishes, but I really wanted to finish lunch quickly.

I fully understand the “slow food”, but there is “slow” and there is “too slow”. 玉笑 is definitely too slow.
Arrived just before 11:30 and luckily there were not many people on line. Then the staff started to call in the customers, slowly. Although there was definitely space, I had two wait about 20 minutes after getting inside. Why? The 6 customers that went inside before did not start eating yet, but just had tea and finished ordering. 20 minutes to take an order and server tea?

Ordered a 天せいろ, but was told that it was “sold out”. Did not see anyone else eating, so I guess it was “sold out” before they started. Why not tell me or mark it as “not available”?
So I ordered a おろしそば and had to wait another 20 minutes to get it. Are they so understaffed that they cannot serve 6 customers at the same time? Ate it and rushed out first. (6th in, first out).

Food was definitely good, but I will not go there again. Can just imagine what happens when it is “really busy”.

Guam Onigiri Seven

Guam is great, but the food is American.

More than 8 years in Japan and it seems my tastes and stomach are not in favor of fat greasy food.
So, you can imagine what a great relief I found in Onigiri Seven, a Japanese food stand which serves tasty and reasonable Japanese food. From Onigiri to Udon, Gyudon and more.

Highly recommended.




A sweets shop was closed yesterday in Shinjuku.
Though I usually don’t eat sweets, the smell of this shop brightened my mornings.
Walking past it, seeing the preparations for the day, smelling the sweet sweet smell.

Afternoons were different. The same sweet smell, this time with people (mostly women) buying something sweet after a long day at work.

Home Made Humus

As one can probably guess Humus cannot be found easily in Japan.

So, I had no choice but to prepare my own. Found receipts in Israeli websites, decided on two which looked good and combined them into one.


Humus – Bought from Basement of Takashimaya Futako Tamagawa – 500gr

Tehina – A Japanese version of tehina which is sweeter. Note to self, bring more Tehina from Israel.

In water for more than 12 hours:

After cooking:


Whale tasting festival


Exactly that!

Posters around my neighborhood (Kawasaki, Japan) announce a “Whale Festival”, goals are :

知ろう - Know

食べよう – Eat

考えよう  – Consider

Not sure what to do about this, but at least I have put it on the web.

Whale Tasting Festival
Whale Tasting Festival

Daewoo Logistics to lease half of Madagascar

From the Financial Times – In the world race for food crops, Daewoo has secured a 99 year lease of 1.3m hectares of farmland as countries are concerned about long-term supplies.

This is a bit scary, and the report also mentions this make create a “neo-colonial” system. What will happen in Madagascar when they get short in food supplies, when prices will Soar in Africa, but remain relatively low in Korea, thanks to these overseas farms.

Enoki mushrooms

Finally, I could find Enoki mushrooms in Israel. The downside is it is imported from China.

Tekoa farms import it; not sure if regularly, and the taste… not bad, but less tasty than Japan.

Enoki Mushroom Israel

Glenlivet 15 Years Old French Oak Reserve

Just bought the above Whiskey, and I enjoy it very much. Smooth and tasty. Sorry for not describing more, but I am not a magazine critic.
My rule is quite simple, if I like it, it is good.
But it turns out other people like it as well. Whiskey Magazine gave it a gold award – Link

Let’s see if my taste buds will be correct with the next Whiskey.


Out of Whisky

Just before my trip to Japan, I have finished my Glenfiddich Whisky Bottle. I was thinking of buying a Japanese Whisky, but haven’t. (Too heavy, liquids in the suitcase, and other lame excuses).

Bottom line, no Whisky for me. Have to buy one soon.


Jamon Iberico

We just love Jamon Iberico.

So, before I flew back, went to El Corte Ingles. They have a gourmet shop, where I bought this wonderful Jamon Iberico. Too bad it didn’t last for more than two days.

Jamon Iberico