Yummy spot along a narrow street (Funabashi)

I had dinner at Hachijuro Shoten after one year interval or so.
Appearance, Hachijuro Shoten (Funabashi)

It is very popular shop and it is hard to reserve.
But there may be some vacant seats if you go there except from 7 to 8 p.m. (But you’d better confirm before you go to the shop all the same)

That day we were two, the waitress led us to the counter table against wall.

My 1st drink was cider (シードル, 490 yen)
The paper says, “This cider taste like beer” I agreed !
cider and ginger ale, Hachijuro Shoten (Funabashi)
Marinated olive as appetizer.

Raw oysters from Tasmania (タスマニア産生牡蠣, 790 yen)
Raw oysters from Tasmania, Hachijuro Shoten (Funabashi)

Those oysters itself were good. But this sour sauce (similar to ratatouille) wasn’t good.
It tasted strong and I couldn’t taste those oysters well.

Then I ordered white wine that is imported by this shop directly from Spain.
Verdejo Branco (ラガルディーホ・ブランコ, 490 yen)
La Verdejo blanco, Hachijuro Shoten (Funabashi)

Horse meat with tartar sauce and yolk (馬肉のタルタル卵黄添え, 790 yen)
Horse meat with tartar sauce and yolk, Hachijuro Shoten (Funabashi)
It’s like yukhoe. Mixing the meat and raw yolk altogether and ate it. This meat wasn’t fatty and tasted light. I like it.

Well, eating horse meat as raw is not still restricted by law, and won’t for the time being.

Today’s quiche (本日のキッシュ, 490 yen)
Quiche, Hachijuro Shoten (Funabashi)
It was like cake without sweetness. Plenty of the cheese sauce on it was tasty, too ;)

Beef tongue stew with demi-glace sauce (牛タンの煮込み デミソース仕立て, 890 yen)
Stewed beeftongue with demi-glace sauce, Hachijuro Shoten (Funabashi)
Though small pieces of beef tongue, it tasted good and was soft :)
The sauce wasn’t thicker than expected. It was good for me.

Creamy risotto with soft roe and sea urchin (白子と雲丹のクリームリゾット, 1090 yen)
Creamy risotto with soft roe and sea urchin, Hachijuro Shoten (Funabashi)

This risotto was splendid !
The rice is purple rice.
Creamy sauce, and soft roe and sea urchin on it.

Speaking of Hachijuro Shoten, I had known that Tsukiji have the branch.
Ayase branch and Okachimachi branch was open before I know.

Hachijuro Syoten (八十郎商店)
5-3-2 Honcho, Funabashi-shi, Chiba
Open – from 17:00 to 26:00
Sundays and national holidays – from 17:00 to 23:30
Holiday – No schedule

Past articles about Hachijuro Shoten
* December 8th, 2013 Spanish bar (Funabashi)
* October 12th, 2013 New Spanish bar (Funabashi)

Trip to Italy 2015 (6) Venice – Hotel and dinner

The third days of the morning, we went to Venice by bus.
Venice is called city on the water because it is situated on Adriatic Sea.
Vehicles are unable to enter the main island. So, we went to there by ship. You can go there by foot, too.

Our boat, Venice (Trip to italy 2015)
Because our group had 40 people. So, we could hire boat at inexpensive cost.

Move to main island 1, Venice (Trip to italy 2015)

Move to main island 2, Venice (Trip to italy 2015)

Move to main island 3, Venice (Trip to italy 2015)

After 10 minutes or so,

We arrived at the main island.

Beautiful city with water
townscape, Venice (Trip to italy 2015)

First, we went to Piazza San Marco.As its reputation, it was so beautiful ground.

Bell tower on Piazza San Marco.
Bell tower 1, Venice (Trip to italy 2015)

There is elevator for 60 meter. It commands commands a panoramic view of Venice. But I didn’t enter it.

I just saw it from bottom this time because I didn’t have much time. We had only three hours there. :)
Bell tower from bottom, Venice (Trip to italy 2015)

From “Re-fish” to “Nippon fisherman’s diner” without major change (Tsukiji)

Some of my acquaintances praised this restaurant in Tsukiji.

Nippon Fisherman’s diner
Menus, Nippon Gyoko Shokudo (Tsukiji)
There used to be “Re-fish Shokudo”.
The owner isn’t changed. They had changed the restaurant’s name from “Re-fish Shokudo” to “Nippon Fisherman’s diner” because many people was wondering its name.

So, menu is similar to former restaurant.

My acquaintances recommended this deep fried horse mackerel (こだわり鯵フライ, 756 yen * 2 portions).
Deep fried horse mackerel, Nippon Gyoko Shokudo (Tsukiji)

Those were fried deeply with fine bread crumbs thickly and seasoned with vinegared soy sauce.
The horse mackerel itself was tasty. But I like thinly, crispy coating like Yachiyo.

Vinegared mackerel (シメサバ, 756 yen)
Vinegared mackerel, Nippon Gyoko Shokudo (Tsukiji)
Those lightly vinegared mackerel was tasty. I like it.

Akashi octopus croquette (明石タココロッケ, 540 yen). I ate it at former restaurant.
Akashi octopus croquette, Nippon Gyoko Shokudo (Tsukiji)
Last time, there were few slices of octupus. But I enjoyed the texture of octopus much this time.
It was good. Though the price went up :P

Nippon Fisherman’s diner (にっぽん漁港食堂 )
4-16-2 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Open – 8:00 to 15:00
Holiday – no scheduled

Trip to Italy 2015 (5) Malcontenta – Hotel and dinner

We got to our hotel in small village named Malcontenta close to Venice around 8 p.m.
This is the picture taken next morning, too :P

Hotel Palladio
Appearance, Hotel Palladio, Malcontenta  (Trip to italy 2015)
I forgot to take picture of my room at this hotel, and my room was too narrow.
It was hard for me to widely open my suitcase.
If I tried to completely open my suitcase , my suitcase attacked refrigerator :P

And, the TV didn’t work at this hotel, too. I wanted to watch Italian TV show !

Our guide said that there was no restaurant for dinner around the hotel (I found some restaurants on my map, but there’re not many streetlights, so I thought walking walking alone at night could be somewhat scary), and the guide took us to restaurant by bus.

It was already dark and I didn’t ask our guide the name of the restaurant.The restaurant serve dinner set by 16 euro.

Salad and fried white meat fish, Juliet's home, Malcontenta (Trip to italy 2015)

Spaghetti alle Vongore in bianco
Spaghetti alle Vongole in bianco, Juliet's home, Malcontenta (Trip to italy 2015)
This is one of the local specialty of Venice. I like shells very much, so I was looking forward to eating it. But as you see, it was dry just a little.
Its taste was not bad, so I felt disappointed.

Tiramisu, Juliet's home, Malcontenta (Trip to italy 2015)
Cute “Mamma” brought and showed us a whole tiramisu from kitchen. But unfortunately it was toooo sweet for me.
But everyone liked it.

Well, I enjoyed sightseeing, but I couldn’t Italian foods that I was looking forward to enjoying most at this trip.
Yes. I know it was all my faults. I didn’t mind the place of our hotel before applying the tour.
I want to go there again soon. Of course, I’ll travel there on my own next time ;)

Trip to Italy 2015 (4) Verona – Romeo and Juliet’s hometown

After we left Milano, we went to Verona by bus.
Verona … I didn’t know this town. Though I look it up with my guidebook,
Then I searched for it on Trip Advisor, and I understood The Romeo and juliet is set in this city.
I could get data about verona on Trip Advisor and I wanted to go some places,
but it was too difficult to go without getting lost. There were too many narrow streets !
And those shapes were differ from my map !

Verona was cute town.
Piazza Dellerbe , Verona (Trip to italy 2015)


It is similar to Mont-Saint-Michel.
Though I haven’t seen real Mont-Saint-Michel ever :P
Town,  Verona (Trip to italy 2015)

Whole view, Arena , Verona (Trip to italy 2015)
It is Amphitheatre, the same as Colosseo.
This is the third largest amphitheatre in Italy.
Now it is still used. Opera performance is held frequently.

Heart-shaped art object.
Heart, Arena , Verona (Trip to italy 2015)

There is home of Romeo and home of Juliet.
Strictly speaking, it is a model of threir home.

Juliet’s Home.
Entrance, Juliet's home, Verona (Trip to italy 2015)

Juliet, Juliet's ome, Verona (Trip to italy 2015)

It is said if you touch left or right breast, you can marry.
Juliet was completely surrounded by tourists who want to be taken picture with her.

City hall.
City hall, Verona (Trip to italy 2015)

There are so many shops along streets and it was packed with tourists.
Town, Verona (Trip to italy 2015)

But there were few people and it was calm around there, far from center of the town.

S.Anastasia, Verona (Trip to italy 2015)
It is built in 15th century.

I wanted to go Duomo, too. But I had no time to go there because we had only two hours to stay Verona. It was too short.

Then, we went toward Venezia by bus.

Cold winter has passed ! (Keisei-Okubo)

Now is middle of March. It is getting warmer day by day.
Especially today is unusually warm like Spring.

Spring view can be seen around my home, too.
Whole view, Narashino Bairin-en (Keisei-Okubo)

Narashino Plum Blossoms Park
I go there every year and enjoy flavor and view of Spring. There are about 200 plum trees !
Though it is not a large park like Atami Baien that I went last month, it is calm and we can enjoy flowers slowly. And there’s no charge :P

Plum trees, Narashino Bairin-en (Keisei-Okubo)

This pink blossoms attracted me !
Beautiful plum tree, Narashino Bairin-en (Keisei-Okubo)

So cute. Seeing it all day long might not be boring.
Blossoms, Narashino Bairin-en (Keisei-Okubo)

Those flowers had strong flavor of plum.
Pink plum blossom, Narashino Bairin-en (Keisei-Okubo)

Red plum blossoms. I couldn’t see it last year because it was too late. Beautiful.
Red plum blossom, Narashino Bairin-en (Keisei-Okubo)

White plum tree had much buds yet.
White plum blossom, Narashino Bairin-en (Keisei-Okubo)

It was a little too early to see plum blossoms. There were only 50 percent of plum flowers.
Probably it will be the best time to see them this weekend :)

If I have time, I’ll go there again this Sunday.

Huge gill of yellowtail (Tsukiji Market)

Recently, there is not long line in front of Yonehana on weekdays.

You see thee heads by this picture ? yes. But I took this picture after I got out of Yonehana after breakfast.
When I got into Yonehana, there was no people waiting.
Appearance, Yonehana (Tsukiji Market)

“Today’s chef’s choice”
Chef's choice, Yonehana (Tsukiji Market)

Grilled gill area of yellotail as entree.
Grilled yellowtail, Yonehana (Tsukiji Market)
Oh, my ! So huge !
It was hard to eat it up. And more….

Boiled vegetables with soy sauce.
Boiled vegetables, Yonehana (Tsukiji Market)
Big burdock and big mushroom !

Miso soup and pickled daikon radish, Yonehana (Tsukiji Market)
I feel Yonehana’s pickled daikon radish getting more tasty these days.

I took about one hour to finish it :P
The yellowtail was so fatty and tasty. But it was tooooo big for me !
I didn’t feel hungry at lunchtime that day !

Though I wanted to go Turret Coffee after breakfast and I woke up earlier than usual the morning for that, I had no time to go there.
But I couldn’t go office without break because my stomach was so heavy.
So, I had tea at Rubin’s coffee near Market.
Cafe au lait, Rubin's Coffee (Tsukiji)
But every seats are smoking seats and everyone except me smoked in the cafe. A lot of smoke in the cafe !

Yonehana (米花)
Tsukiji Market Building No.8, 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Open – from 5:00 to 13:30
Holiday – Market’s holiday (Almost all Sunday, several Wednesdays, national holidays and so on)

Past articles about Yonehana
* Feb 10th, 2015 Recent Yonehana (Tsukiji Market)
* Jan 30th, 2015 Oyakodon (Tsukiji Market)
* Jan 20th, 2015 Today’s Yonehana (Tsukiji Market)
* Jan 8th, 2015 First visit to Tsukiji 2015 (Tsukiji Market)
* Dec 29th, 2014 Last breakfast at Tsukiji 2014 for me (Tsukiji Market)
* Dec 6th, 2014 Serving winter foods has started (Tsukiji Market)
* Sep 21st, 2014 Spanish mackerel and Kirimi-chan (Tsukiji Market)
* Aug 31st, 2014 Saury season has set in ! (Tsukiji Market)
* Aug 13rd, 2014 Tsukiji Market has been changing…
* Jun 19th, 2014 Chef’s choice at Yonehana (Tsukiji Market)
* Feb 26th, 2014 Cold yellowtail season will be out soon (Tsukiji Market)
* Jan 11st, 2014 My last Tsukiji 2013 and my first Tsukiji 2014 (Tsukiji Market)
* Dec 11st, 2013 So much yakitori (Tsukiji Market)
* Nov 26th, 2013 Chef’s choice (Tsukiji Market)
* Sep 9th, 2013 Deluxe tamagotoji !(Tsukiji Market)
* Aug 26th, 2013 Crabs meat ! Abalone ! (Tsukiji Market)
* Jun 13rd, 2013 Yonehana, with my friend :) (Tsukiji Market)
* Jun 6th, 2013 Seafood bowl (Tsukiji Market)
* May 28th, 2013 Boiled fish breakfast (Tsukiji Market)
* May 20th, 2013 Breakfast with sashimi (Tsukiji Market)
* Mar 15th, 2013 Taste of winter – Winter yellowtail (Tsukiji Market)
* Dec 31st, 2012 Breakfast, breakfast, and breakfast (Tsukiji Market)
* Oct 25th, 2012 About my breakfast at Tsukiji for about a month (Tsukiji Market)
* Oct 21st, 2012 Boiled mackerel in miso and sugar (Tsukiji Market)
* Sep 17th, 2012 Yonehana, one month absence (Tsukiji Market)
* Aug 14th, 2012 The record of my breakfast at Tsukiji last week.
* Aug 4th, 2012 This week’s breakfast at Tsukiji (Tsukiji Market) ;)
* Jun 6th, 2012 I was recovered from sickness ! (Tsukiji Market)
* Jun 21st, 2012 Yonehana and Tenfusa (Tsukiji Market)
* May 15th, 2012 Two “after a long absence” (Tsukiji Market, Kachidoki)
* May 15th, 2012 Two days breakfast at Tsukiji Market :)
* May 8th, 2012 May 1st. Chef’s choice at Yonehana(Tsukiji Market)
* Apr 24th, 2012 Friday’s breakfast at Yonehana (Tsukiji Market)
* Apr 13rd, 2012 I have a breakfast at Tsukiji on Friday’s morning (Tsukiji Market)
* Apr 8th, 2012 I got up early for a week absence (Tsukiji Market)
* Apr 4th, 2012 When I’m busy, I need breakfast at Tsukiji :) (Tsukiji Market)
* Mar 9th, 2012 Bonito sashimi :) (Tsukiji Market)
* Mar 1st, 2012 Breakfast at Yonehana (Tsukiji Market)
* Feb 15th, 2012 Two days breakfast at Tsukiji
* Feb 7th, 2012 Yonehana, two days breakfast (Tsukiji Market)
* Jan 28th, 2012 Breakfast at a Tsukiji after long time :D (Tsukiji Market)
* Jan 12nd, 2012 What is this ? (Tsukiji Market)
* Dec 27th, 2011 This is last time my going to Tsukiji this year, maybe….maybe
* Dec 21st, 2011 Rock flatfish (Tsukiji Market)
* Dec 11st, 2011 Tsukiji Market help me.
* Dec 3rd, 2011 Grilled seabeam marinated with miso (Tsukiji Market)
* Nov 18th, 2011 Yakitori Bowl (Tsukiji Market)
* Nov 10th, 2011 Ark shell (Tsukiji Market)
* Nov 3rd, 2011 Sashimi ~~~ (^_^) (Tsukiji Market)
* Oct 4th, 2011 Difference between channel rockfish and splendid alfonsino (Tsukiji Market)
* Sep 29th, 2011 Yonehana (Tsukiji Market)
* Sep 5th, 2011 Tempura in the early morning (Tsukiji Market)
* Aug 29th, 2011 Tuna, Greater amberjack (Tsukiji Market)
* Aug 6th, 2011 Yonehana’s yakitori bowl (Tsukiji Market)