Weekend Garage Tokyo (Repost)

My original post is gone! Sorry about that ūüė¶

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We randomly googled Shibuya restaurant and saw this place, Weekend Garage Tokyo.

It was bit difficult to find and you would have to go down a flight of stairs just before you cross the bridge at 1-1 Daikanyama. DrG (and Maps) saves the day.

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It was a nice relaxing place, not too noisy and the music is not Jpop (not that anything is wrong with that).

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The chairs and sofas are huge, comfy and very inviting. Come sit and talk a while, they seem to say.

wpid-wp-1437440224410.jpegThe open kitchen and bar seating area. For when you feel like drinking alone.

wpid-wp-1437440345346.jpegFor when you want to drink a LOT!

wpid-wp-1437440628904.jpegI find the Industrial decoration quite interesting. Even the bathroom mirror were made from window panes frame.

wpid-wp-1437440753545.jpegShrimp with Agillo in Olive Oil. This was really good except it just came with 4 pieces of melba toasts. What to do with the garlicy spicy olive oil?

wpid-wp-1437441006206.jpegToday’s Chowder was kabocha soup. The pumpkin shone through even with the creamy buttery base. Little A didn’t like it though even if she likes pumpkin soup.

wpid-wp-1437441113164.jpegYakisoba with Beef Tendon. Sadly, this had too much soy sauce but the noodles were perfectly al dente.

wpid-wp-1437441213630.jpegThe WGT burger with a side of fries. Tall one, yes?

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The WGT upclose
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Really juicy herb and lemon chicken.
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Today’s tart of pear and blueberries

wpid-wp-1437441350487.jpegChocolate cake. Very rich and dense.

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Cheesecake with seasonal sauce. This one was airy and light. New York style cheesecake is so hard to find here.
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They have an extensive list of drinks. Alcoholic, non alcoholic cocktails, beers, and wines by glasses or bottles.

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The service a bit uncoordinated; the food is so so; the prices not too high for the food they serve (lunch menu is chesper); the ambiance is superb.

Website here

Kodomo no Kuni

Kodomo no kuni is literally Child’s World. It an expanse of open space and play area for children to explore.

We visited the mini zoo where we saw sheep and cows. Little A was cranky and didn’t want to look at them.

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But, the horses! She loved.

We decided to eat because it was just too hot. We brought bento from origin. There aren’t much to choose from inside the park, so best to bring food with you if you can.

Afterwards, it was time for water play!

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The larger water areas have bigger, rougher kids playing. We stayed in the gentle parts where there were fewer kids.

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Kuya H playing with his water gun

There are a lot more things you can do like ride the bus train or go karting. There are also a barbeque area, water bottle launcher, and flea market.

When the kids woke up from their naps, they checked out the slides until they were ready to try them out. Little A slid from the top! Whoppeee!

Twas a good day save for the scorching sun! Go on a cloudy day!

Website here.

In Summer!

The sun is finally out (after weeks of rain!)

My idea of summer is playing by a spraying fire hydrant. Children laughing and running around. Water drops reflecting the sun’s rays. All these in black and white. You could say my mind is set in 1970s New York. In reality, my childhood summers weren’t even close to anything like that. Mine were mostly spent in summer classes or sports activities and may or may not have included lounging around the house. Those were fun days nonetheless.

Pretty dry, yeah?

Playing with water wasn’t the norm. It’s wasteful and children might get sick. But, there was this one special day. I remember this one time my mom allowed us to play in the rain. She told my sisters and I to go out to the 2nd floor area veranda without roof. Just in house clothes, we squealed in delight, danced in the rain, and jumped on puddles of rain water. I don’t remember how long we played but long enough for me to remember that happy day.

Water play is such a big thing here in Tokyo! A long list of wading pools and fountains are posted online. Most are free, too!

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I don’t know how clean the water is. I try not to get turned off by that idea. I need to just let Little A enjoy the slightly warm water that may or may not have xx liters of pee per cubic water. I also ignore the nagging voice telling me kids shouldn’t play in the water¬† (except when you’re swimming in it and then you should immediately take a bath right after).

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And maybe one day, she will tell me about that one day she remembers playing with water on a hot summer day.

When life gets rough, I like to hold on to my dream,
Of relaxing in the summer sun, just lettin’ off steam. -Olaf