Well, as you might have noticed, the site (as well as my email) was down again yesterday. I’m hoping they finally got everything fixed and that things will be OK from now on.
A dog house in the countryside.
I just learned from Lil’s blog that Harajuku mainstay Aux Bacchanales is closing this Sunday:
While I almost never post about what’s happening in my daily life, I feel compelled to note my sadness that Aux Bacchanales (on Meiji Dori in Harajuku), my favourite Sunday morning cafe for a scrumptious chocolate brioche or an almond and chocolate croissant, had with the best cafe au lait in Tokyo, is closing its doors for good this coming Sunday. The building that houses Aux Bach is being torn down because the owners claim it is “too old”…if it were 100 years old, I could understand that, but at just over 30 years, is that really “old”?!!
I didn’t go there often, but still enjoyed a good pastry and coffee every once in a while. It was especially enjoyable because of the huge outdoor terrace (a rarity in Tokyo, and something I really miss from my years in Montreal). Shit.
While Momus will be busy touring in Japan and the US for two months this Summer, you can sublet his apartment in Berlin.
This picture was taken a few weeks ago. There were quite a few art installations all along Omotesando, part of somekind of outdoor exhibit. This was one of them.
Sunday afternoon I went to Ebisu with Yuko to pick up two huge bags of comics that my friend Charlie donated to me (he’s moving and has to get rid of a lot of stuff), and we took the opportunity to hang around Ebisu for a bit before meeting up with him. I’d always heard that Ebisu had quite a few really good ramen shops, and wanted to visit one, but had no idea where to go. Yuko suggested with check with the police, which I thought was a ridiculous idea. Lo and behold, they came out with a list of all the ramen shops in the area, with the most popular ones underlined in red. This lead us to Kazuki, which was absolutely delicious. I had a shouyu ramen (which is my favorite kind, and what they also recommended), and can honestly say that it almost beat my current favorite, Komen in Ikebukuro (be warned, all Komen shops are not created equal, there are a few in Tokyo and none have exactly the same taste as the one in Ikebukuro).
I got an email tonight from Charlie saying he had some more comics for me, which means I have a good excuse to head back to Ebisu and try another ramen shop (although I’m really tempted to just go to Kazuki again).
BTW, have I ever mentioned how much I love ramen (this is a retorical question)? I actually went through withdrawal symptoms when I went back to Canada for a year in 2000. Need ramen. Always.
This is bag of Chinsukou cookies, which are a specialty from Okinawa. I picked them up, as well as other goodies, at a small Okinawan fair at Ikebukuro station last night. They’re usually hard to find, even in Tokyo.
Update (16/08/13): The photo is unfortunately no longer available. They’re awesome cookies though.
The site was down (as well as my email) for a few days because of server problems. Things seem to OK now.