Monday, November 17, 2014

J.S. Burger Cafe Shibuya: Lunch Set Heaven


The regular burger lunch set


Kate Moss said that nothing tastes as good as skinny feels. Well Ms. Moss, I've got two words for you: Bur. Ger. That flawless piece of ambrosia. It's probably the sandwich factor. Everything tastes better when you slap it between some bread. Beef. Chicken. Bean. Tofu. Each burger has its own charms, I've loved them all and they've loved me right back.

So where do you go when you're down and out in Shibuya with nothing but chain cafes as far as the eye can see? Why, J.S. Burgers Cafe of course! Journal Standard, known for their apparel shops, also run three varieties of cafe: standard, pancake and burger. After trying the pancake cafe a couple of weeks ago, I was eager to compare the burgers. 



Bag porn




Branding is everything


The cafe is on the ground floor of Shibuya PARCO with indoor and outdoor seating. Alanna and I turned up absolutely starving after trying and failing to get a table in the limited Funassyi Cafe. The theme of table problems continued as the waitress sat us first at someone else's table, then on a ledge-type seat that had us staring at the other diners, until finally we took the initiative.and commandeered a couple of well-placed counter seats.

We both ordered the regular lunch set, which came with a drink, fries and free-refill salad bar. The salad bar was amazing: lots of leafy vegetables, pulses and even soup. Free-refill anything is rare in Tokyo, though you might get it in places that serve bad coffee. No complaints over this salad bar though. As for the burger, it ticked all the burger requirements without being especially memorable. It tasted great and was a big enough size to fill our empty bellies. On its own it was good, as part of the lunch set it was excellent.


Just after the lunchtime rush




Tomorrowland




Dangerzone: stalker-tastic seats on the left


I can't tell you how often I've been stuck for somewhere good to eat in Shibuya. If I'm out for the day I don't want to end up eating at the same chains that are five minutes from house. I also don't want to have to pay for the privilege of sitting down. So I'll definitely be back at J.S. Burgers Cafe. It's not the best burger in Tokyo but it might be the best one in Shibuya. And the 980 yen price tag makes it without doubt my new favourite lunch set.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Autumn in Style


Glamorous Tokyo: in the bathroom of a second-hand book shop


Autumn so far has been exciting and stressful, both personally and professionally. Without sounding too mysterious, there was a lot going on that I couldn't directly control. Fortunately everything has worked out fairly well and, in fact, is culminating in my Irish TV debut! (Details below)




Magical Halloween nails from HOME Harajuku

I did a couple of things to make me feel more "in control", the first of which was getting my first gel nail manicure in over a year. I went to HOME Salon in Harajuku because I had been admiring their Instagram feed for a while. This was a couple of days before Halloween so I wanted something vaguely seasonal but not a design that would be pointless after the holiday had passed. This was one of their October sets, with a little customisation. The index finger was supposed to read "Happy Halloween" but I had it changed to a black cat. So they're sort of magical, Harry Potter nails, rather than just Halloween ones.

As for HOME, I was reasonably satisfied with their service. First-timers get a decent discount, so the price was ok this time. They do seem to be more expensive in general though. I expect Tokyo to be more expensive than Sendai, but there wasn't even a drink or hand massage included at the end. So while I like the nails enough to go back, I'm still shopping around for a better menu.


Stylishly modelled on that Ikea bedspread that everyone has



Autumn hair like red leaves by BELLE Omotesando

I also changed my hair colour from blondish brown, to reddish brown. It was supposed to be pinkish brown, but this new salon is still adjusting to my Western hair! Autumn in Japan is all about 紅葉 (kouyou), the seasonal red and golden leaves, so I like having hair that reflects that.

Top: iro;R - Brilliant Market- 
Inner: Used
Skirt: iro:R -Brilliant Market-
Bag: Mifune
Accessories: Plaza


Resting bitch face


Now for the big news!

I've had to keep it secret for a couple of weeks, but I filmed and presented a feature on Tokyo street style for Ireland's national broadcaster, RTE. It isn't a long segment but I interviewed some very interesting and stylish people about their outfits and fashion inspiration. 

It will air as part of #TRENDING on RTE 2, Thurday 14th 8:30PM (GMT) and I really hope anyone who has time will watch it. It took a lot longer to put together than you might think, though it was a lot of fun. Anyone not in Ireland can also view it (I think) on RTE Player, so enjoy!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween 2014 Tokyo Disney Sea









































It's Halloween Week on Milk Tea Blog!

I'll be visiting the in-laws over Halloween weekend, so I had to get my frights last week instead. Well I say frights, but the only horrors at Tokyo Disney are the prices (ba-dum tisssh). Tourists in Tokyo often wonder whether to visit Disneyland or Disney Sea. They both have their charms, but for me Sea wins on two points: better rides (my opinion) and a cocktail bar (no alcohol in Disneyland). 

My boyfriend and I went on the After 6 Passport, so we had 4 hours in the park at the reduced price of 3900 yen. The atmosphere was spooktacular (sorry) and the decorations were fangtastic (sorry again). This year's theme was skeletons - from the Mexican Day of the Dead variety, to the almost-Nightmare Before Christmas kind. Unfortunately we arrived too late to get any Fast Passes and we didn't feel like queuing for 120 minutes. So we ended up spending most of the evening eating, drinking and watching the water shows.

 Check back later this week for posts on the Halloween-themed Disney food and fireworks display!

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