August 27, 2016
post-workout protein shake
i did 20-min. full body hiit cardio & body sculpt and died.
lunch: chilled soba (okay, ¥800) & prawn tenpura (excellent!!! ¥350)
i would like to keep looking for my favorite soba place. this place was actually pretty cool. they were playing jazz (art blakey).
dessert: to my great surprise the line was almost nonexistent; only four people ahead of us. you normally wait at least an hour at this open-only-for-three-months-during-summer shop. so we lucked out. they are playing classical music in the background always.
i think this is a bistro/bar. it says the shop that is shy with new people. very welcoming, innit.
dessert #2: on my way to my usual cafe i decided to stop by this taiwanese cafe i’d been meaning to check out for a while and had a taiwanese-style kakigoori. it’s shaved frozen milk with passion fruit sauce. ¥700. meh. i just remembered…i went to aioi first only to find that they’d stopped letting people line up by the time i got there around four, so i missed theirs but still wanted another bowl of kakigoori badly. this cafe was playing taiwanese pop.
coffee break: caffè macchiato with double shot of espresso. his taste in music is kinda bad, like, really bad.
dinner: yebisu & some things i got at a kyushu fair at one of the department stores in the city
as if i needed these with coffee…
August 26, 2016
breakfast: coffee, yellow peach, & mini stroopwafels. i hadn’t had these in years.
lunch: cucumber cherry tomato tuna feta cheese salad & raw egg on brown rice
touching feta cheese with bare (chapped) hands gives me the worst itchy sensation like no other. it’s even worse than figs for me.
snack: more of those mini stroopwafels & protein bar
dinner: full-on fml mode. but luckily i wasn’t hating myself enough to drink all these.
this was the highlight of my fml friday: catching magmar. please, be jealous.
August 25, 2016
breakfast: coffee, yellow peach (its texture and flavor reminds me of a mango.), & my favorite spéculoos from petit paris.
just when i thought i got my teeth-whitening sessions over with, i woke up with the worst pain in my mouth for which i actually had to take a couple of pills this morning. unpleasant…the dull pain lasted all day today.
lunch: oatmeal with tuna, mixed veggies, green onion, and green beans, cooked with chicken broth & sagohachi carrot
snack: hoji-cha madeleine & palet breton, both from petit paris & protein bar
dinner: worked until late but made it to the ramen shop (¥850)
dessert: my friend was raving about this pear sorbet (151kcal). oh man, she was right. i also like this popsicle—homerun bar neo rich cheesecake (123kcal).
August 24, 2016
breakfast: coffee & sauteed figs with walnuts, balsamic vinegar, and honey over drained yogurt
lunch: sauteed green beans and shishito peppers, sagohachi chicken, & brown rice with mentai takana
snack: pain d’épice & protein bar
post-workout protein shake
i did arms & back workout. i was already exhausted by the time i was done warming up.
dinner: red wine, gouda cumin (so yum), sagohachi-pickled eggplant and carrot. i also had another protein bar as i wanted something sweet.
Today was the last day of my in-home teeth whitening. It’s been an unpleasant couple of weeks, considering that I don’t see that much of a difference and it still kind of hurt in general. It was a subtle pain/discomfort/sensitivity, nothing unbearable but it was definitely there throughout. That’s the price you pay for your self-indulgence, right? Nah, my teeth look mighty alright.
August 23, 2016
breakfast: coffee & yogurt with summer strawberry and rhubarb confiture that i got at the sunday market. i grabbed the last jar, and i’m so glad i did. it’s made with summer strawberries grown in hirugano highland, gifu. so yum. what’s your favorite jam/confiture? strawberry is up there for me, and so is raspberry…and many others.
lunch: sauteed sagohachi chicken, shishito pepper, and onion & brown rice
snack: pineapple orange blueberry muffin & protein bar
i did core sculpt hiit workout and walked afterwards.
dinner: red wine, sagohachi-pickled carrot and eggpant, natto and cucumber, & beaufort d’ete
People here have this concern about 2020 Tokyo Olympics when there will be so many foreign tourists with tattoos coming to Japan and what if they wanted to use public baths and swimming pools because right now people with tattoos are banned from those places. I find this debate so hypocritical and kiss-assy to “gaijin.” I do have a couple of tattoos on my arm, and I am Japanese. Why not start with us? Shit I get for them is incredible. It’s like they assume it’s totally okay and it’s their right to discriminate the tattooed. Ignorance is not an excuse.
August 22, 2016
breakfast: coffee & protein bar
lunch: brown rice with raw egg and natto & sagohachi-pickled eggplant and carrot
snack: i had another protein bar as that was the only thing i had at work after my routine checkup.
post-workout protein shake
i’ve been feeling incredibly sluggish lately. i’m not getting a good night’s sleep, either. today i kicked my own butt and managed to get in 20-min. lower body and pelvic strengthening workout.
dinner: red wine, edamame, & beaufort d’été
(shot with fuji x100t yesterday)
dessert: peach and azuki-bean jelly & i could not resist these speculoos.
August 21, 2016
breakfast: coffee & yogurt with blueberries and maple syrup
lunch: i went to this monthly market where local craft artists and restaurant/cafe owners line up various little stands. this looked good for lunch: a curry plate with herb sausage and grilled chicken (¥1,100). curry was on the sweet side. both sausage and chicken stayed so hot i didn’t know what to do with myself.
dessert: it’s a teeny-tiny cup of milk gelato for ¥450. it was good, but how do you justify that?
snack: i went to one of my favorite cafes for kakigoori only to find it closed. this was my compromise. that’s milk and coffee with unsweetened coffee jelly on the side (¥720).
some things i really shouldn’t have bought today as in the back of my mind i was fully aware that i have a medical checkup tomorrow with a blood test and everything. oh-well.
garrett‘s chicago mix
How was/is your weekend? Oh, you know Frank Ocean’s finally put out the new album called Blond. :)