Posted August 31st, 2011 in Eat out in Perth | No Comments »
The other day Hiro and I drove to Cottelsoe to meet my friend. Gosh, I hadn’t seen her for such a long time… We used to work at a cafe in Applecross 3 years ago. She is a barista and makes great coffee.
The place she chose for a meet-up was a newly opened cafe inside Cottesloe library, just off Stirling Hwy. There is a underground parking underneath the library, and I went up with a lift. The door between the carpark and lift/stairs area is automatic and it was very easy access with a big stroller.
The library looked so beautiful and stylish – Apple Mac desktops are available for use, free wifi, furnished with unique chairs and desks… even beanbag covers are made of denim.
I loved the cafe too. Lovely flooring, modern and contemporary tables and chairs/sofas, and, of course, great coffee.
I ordered decaf latte. Beautiful crema.
I couldn’t take photos, but they also had range of home-made cakes at the counter. They all looked so fresh and delicious. I will definitely try them out on next visit.
My friend is so good at kids/babies. Hiro was smiling and enjoying her cuddle for 1 hour. We talked about many things – about families, other friends, etc. The weather was beautiful, the area is quiet and peaceful, and it was a lovely morning
Posted August 30th, 2011 in Eat out in Perth | 2 Comments »
I remembered I had a $10.00 worth voucher for use at Icey Ice Perth City that I bought from Scoopon long time ago, and it was nearly expired, so I took D and Hiro to the shop to get some sweets.
I’d never been to the city one (I’ve been to Northbridge shop before), and I found that it’s a pretty small shop. There’re only 3 tables inside, and all of them were full. We had a big stroller, so thought we’d better get take-away instead of eating there…. then, one group of customer left the table, so we decided to sit down.
I didn’t really feel like snow ice and was browsing the menu board…. then, noticed that they sell oden in the shop. Not “oden-snow ice” or “oden crepe”, just oden. … Oden?
I found it’s very funny as I’d never thought a shop selling snow ice and crepe would have oden on the menu. It says “Japanese Hot Pot ~ Kansai-style Oden”, and the oden was being cooked next to the snow-ice machine.
I was very curious, but didn’t want to buy it. Then, one lady started ordering oden next to me… So, someone does buy oden at a sweet shop! :p
She asked for chilli sauce over oden… Obviously she is not Japanese. And I’m surprised that the shop had chilli sauce.
We ordered normall items – crepe and drink. He ordered crispy crepe with condensed milk and oreo (sweet tooth…), and I ordered green tea chiller with sago. Sago was extra charge, but I believe there was no sago in the drink – they forgot! I realized it after we left the shop :p
I thought Icey Ice in Northbridge is much better… bigger space, many tables to sit down, and more variety of products. I liked crepe in Northbridge shop better because they put more fillings (well, at least the last one we ate had lots of fillings). At city shop, D had to eat almost half the crepe to reach condensed milk and oreo.
Hmmm anyway, I like this shop as being a snow ice/crepe shop selling oden. hehe
Posted August 28th, 2011 in Food | 5 Comments »
I’ve been drinking lots of coffee… again. I love coffee, and always had at least one cup a day – since I was a teenager. It may be because of my dad. He loves coffee too, and drinks few cups a day. He goes to a cafe very often, and if he can’t got o a cafe, he gets a can of black coffee from a vending machine which is in front of my house. Vending machines can be found everywhere in Japan, so he is always in the environment where he can get coffee easily.
Oh, he makes instant coffee by himself at home too, sometimes. But I don’t remember seeing him drinking instant coffee as much as seeing him drinking a can if black coffee
I love black coffee (I mentioned about this long time ago on this blog). No sugar nor milk. I love drinking black coffee in the morning, after each meal, with some sweet, and before bed time.
Strangely my passion for coffee stopped while I was pregnant with Hiro. I could drink decaf if I wanted, but I didn’t even want to smell coffee. I was surprised about it because I remember how much I loved the smell of coffee every time I walked pass a cafe.
Now, however, I’m addicted to coffee again. Just want to say it’s decaf coffee I drink now… because I’m still breastfeeding. It’s strange, isn’t it? Usually, people can’t stop drinking coffee because they need caffeine fix, or are addicted to it. Decaf coffee doesn’t contain caffeine, but I can’t stop drinking it. Caffeine is not the thing my body is after? Maybe I just like black colored water? :p
Ummm, It will be hard in Japan because they don’t have “decaf” coffee at normal cafes or available from vending machines. They sell only standard coffee with caffeine. I guess I can drink a cup a day, or get non-caffeine coffee or tea from special shops. I want to try “tampopo (dandelion) coffee” – this is non caffeine drink made from roots of dandelion. It’s called “coffee”, but it’s not made from coffee beans. Pregnant women, breastfeeding mums, and people who are into healthy stuff drink this, and I’m curious how it tastes like. I’m looking at photos on google, but it really looks like coffee.
Talking about coffee – it’s only 6am but I already had a cup of black… with pancakes.
Eating sweets like this makes me long for hot black coffee. To me, black coffee is the best accompaniment to sweets!
Posted August 27th, 2011 in Ume and Baby | No Comments »
It’s been warm lately and I see black hairy worms in the yard and garage… Definitely spring is here.
I decided not to touch computer or iPhone in front of Hiro while he is awake as I tend to concentrate on those things too much. Checking emails is kinda important but Hiro is my priority at the moment. He seems to know I’m not watching him when I use computer. So, I guess Umeboss won’t be updated everyday anymore… :p
My friend who is a remedial massage therapist leant the technique of baby massage at King Edward, and she said she would lecture me how to do it so I visited her house with Hiro. It took 3 ~ 4 days to complete the class, she said. I was excited because I’ve actually never done massage on Hiro. I always thought he would catch cold if he stays naked after taking bath, but apparently baby shouldn’t be getting massage right before or after bath time. Anytime when he is relaxed and calm – and so are you – is the best time to do.
She told me to bring a towel because boys normally wee during the massage. There’re other 2 moms and 2 baby girls at my friend’s house who were also keen on learning how to massage babies. One of the baby girl was bit cranky and didn’t even want to lie down on the floor, so she just observed the session instead of actually getting the massage.
Oh my god…. Hiro was very naughty. As soon as I put him on the floor, he started moving around and attacking other babies. Other babies were first smiling, but seemed to be scared of Hiro after awhile…
(the one attaching is Hiro…)
He was also the biggest baby among 4.
Hiro seemed not to care about the massage. He didn’t stay lying down – keep rolling around and wanted to be on tummy. So, I didn’t really get to do massage – instead, I was holding him to keep other babies safe.
When he is relaxed and in good mood I will try massaging him at home, I think. Thanks M, for lecturing us.
Posted August 24th, 2011 in Food | No Comments »
When I wake up in early morning and can’t go back to sleep, I sometimes spend time in the kitchen – cooking. It’s just because I can’t do cooking during daytime while Hiro is awake, and also I like the quiet environment. I do some daydreaming while peeling carrots and stirring the stew.
The other day I made quite a large amount of oden. The kitchen smelled like Japanese convenience stores in winter. :p I cooked it for a long time – so all the flavour was in each food and it was very delicious. I kept eating it day and night for few days. Some people can’t stand the smell of oden, I heard, but the smell actually tempt me to eat them!
I simmered daikon radish and potatoes first, because they take longer to go tender and absorb the broth than soft food like tofu. I like all the flavour from the broth to be absorbed in each food. Next, konnyaku and boiled eggs are added, then nerimono (Japanese fishcakes). It’s best to have gyu-suji (beef shank/ beef gristle / fibrous beef), but I couldn’t bother going to buy them.
Another night I made warm somen noodle soup with teriyaki squid. (recipe is here) Warm somen noodle soup is easy to digest, and is one of my favourite midnight snack in winter. Sweet and salty teriyaki squid matches with this.
Umm I think I eat quite a lot these days. Especially at night. It’s not good…. but I look for food when I’m awake, and try to eat something before Hiro wakes up. I’m sometimes not hungry, but eat full portion of meal. The weather is getting better, so I think I will do some exercise outside. Walking with Hiro, probably.