may 22: kyoto

May 23, 2016

sunday breakfast
breakfast: starbucks coffee & protein bar on a train to kyoto

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decided to drop off my backpack at the hotel first. found this cute building on my way there, which turned out to be a famous kakigoori place called kitone. too bad i did not have time to eat there.

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rented a bike at the hotel and went over to le petit mec for fine pastries.

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kakigoori with 5 different syrups at nijowakasaya on teramachi street. in this neighborhood i checked out some antique shops as well as arts & science and got yet another tiny purse. i have one too many purses.

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one of the antique shops i visited. this one’s called daikichi. they have a cafe inside as well.

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another antique store in sanjo. this place is so tiny and filled with tens of thoughsans of koimari dishes and stuff. price tags would say “6” or “48,” whichi means ¥6,000 and ¥48,000 respectively. i was too overwhelmed by the quantity and prices to get anything “this time.”

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dessert: second bowl of kakigoori. this is yajikita in shijo kawara. my favorite in kyoto.

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hello from mina perhonen kyoto. i’m actually proud of myself for not spending any ¥¥¥ there this time.
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kaede guesthouse is where i stayed this time. they did not even have a table in this particular extremely minimal room. but it was spotless and conveniently located.
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they were my reason to visit kyoto. it was great to see them in japan.

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went to nishiki market.

sunday dinner
sunday dinner
sunday dinner
cringe-worthy pizza margherita

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went for a walk and had some coffee at rokuyosha.

increase in price

May 21, 2016

saturday breakfast
breakfast: coffee & cornbread with maple syrup

saturday breakfast
snack: protein bar
i did this brutal six pack abs workout, aka. six minutes of pain. no joke.

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lunch: unexpected increase in price…what a shame.

saturday dinner
saturday dinner
saturday dinner
saturday dinner
saturday dinner
saturday dinner
saturday dinner
saturday dinner
dinner: my favorite bistro is celebrating its fourth anniversary, starting this weekend, by offering this special dinner course (¥4,000 + wine). everything was going great until an old man sitting at the next table suddenly froze and became unconscious. long story short, he was carried to the ambulance but came back in the restaurant and froze again, pale af. what a stubborn son of a gun. he should’ve gone to the hospital, and his family should’ve insisted it. the dude was so not okay. what a bummer.

recipe: cornbread

May 20, 2016

friday breakfast
breakfast: coffee & cornbread
cornbread: A. 1 egg/40 to 60g sugar/1.5 to 2g salt/100ml milk. B. 100g cornmeal/60g soft flour/60g all-purpose flour/6g baking powder. C. 40g butter (melted)/40g rapeseed oil.
combine A and mix well. sieve B, add it to A, and mix together lightly. pour C into A+B in three additions and fold. bake at 170C for 25mins.

friday lunch
lunch: sauteed shio koji chicken, carrot, onion, and zucchini, & pickled turnip

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snack: more cornbread, rice cracker, & protein bar

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friday dinner
dinner: sauvignon blanc & dry gluten coated in muscovado
this wine was about ¥1,000 at seven-eleven. cheap but decent dry fruity wine. or i just prefer wine from marlborough region in new zealand. i actually love it.

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snack: homerun bar “neo,” melon flavor

thursday cornbread

May 19, 2016

thursday breakfast
thursday breakfast
breakfast: coffee & cornbread

thursday lunch
lunch: sauteed shio koji chicken with mixed veggies, pickled turnip, & sprouted brown rice with chicken and burdock root

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snack: yogurt with blueberries and maple syrup & protein bar

tonight i did this lower body workout.

thursday dinner
dinner: pinot gris and spicy potato chips. i did not have the yebisu.

bistro night

May 18, 2016

wednesday breakfast
breakfast: coffee & banana cake
i did this quick core workout before shower. she makes everything look so darn easy, which is so not at all, especially the ones you have to raise one leg up while holding a plank or reverse plank.

wednesday lunch
lunch: pickled turnip, avocado, carrots, & smoked chicken breast from lawson

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snack: more banana bread, rice cracker, & protein bar

wednesday dinner
wednesday dinner
wednesday dinner
dinner: went to see a show and had late dinner at my favorite bistro. all this for ¥4,020 (sans wine or dessert).

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came home and had a glass of wine.

tuesday breakfast
breakfast: coffee & banana cake

tuesday lunch
lunch: sauteed shio koji chicken (also used mrs. dash southwest chipotle and garlic powder for flavor for the marinated chicken) with cabbage and komatsuna & rice topped with mentai takana

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snack: yogurt with blueberries and maple syrup & protein bar
when i’m in a bad mood (=pms), it can be quite annoying to have idiots uninformed people ask me why i eat so much yogurt or protein. i don’t always want to or have to explain myself to them. today this girl who doesn’t know shit wouldn’t shut up and even gave me some very crude suggestions that were certainly uncalled for. it would have been so easy for me to just say, “but i wouldn’t wanna be skinny-fat like you, you see?” but that would have been so rude, so mean, and so unlike me. instead i politely explained to her how important protein is to sustain and build muscles. then she asked me where i was headed with this whole workout thing. oh my god, seriously!? they should mind their own fuggin’ business, ahhhh!!!

post-workout protein shake
i did this challenging 30-min. full body workout and tried to do high knees as hard and properly as i could.

tuesday dinner
tuesday dinner
dinner: zucchini carpaccio & sad-looking avocado

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dessert: coffee & bernachon white chocolate with almonds. oh my goodness, it was so divine i wish they weren’t so hard to come by.

sibling

May 16, 2016

monday breakfast
breakfast: coffee, tarte aux fruits secs, speculoos, & croquants aux amandes

monday lunch
lunch: onion and wakame miso soup & mizuna tomato carrot tuna turnip salad

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snack: yogurt with blueberries and maple syrup & protein bar

post-workout protein shake
i did one round of this 15-min. interval fat-burning workout and walked for 40 minutes. on my way home i stopped by a grocery store to get some things and got followed by this dude who was staring at my ass in my tight-ass workout pants. i seriously contemplated kicking the shit out of him.

sunday dinner
sunday dinner
dinner: josmeyer pinot gris, fresh goat cheese, chirimen sansho, & my favorite canned mackerel

I’ve been annoyed and bummed lately. But a single phone call with my sister made me feel so much better. I am grateful for my parents for giving me an awesome sibling.

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