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Sunday, May 01, 2016

Nara Park!

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We spent the day of Day 6 exploring Nara Park (奈良公園, Nara Kōen), a large park in central Nara! Nara Park is a five minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station or a about a 20 minute walk from JR Nara Station. We were initially very excited to see the first few deers but after that, we got less excited haha because the park is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer!

Deer crackers are for sale around the park, and some deer have learned to bow to visitors to ask to be fed! This is really amazing! A tip is to keep the crackers in your pocket right after you buy them because the deers may hound you and you end up feeding them dry within seconds! Some of the deers may be aggressive for food too, so it is best to just hold 1 cracker at a time.

Started the morning with Mcdonalds (again!).
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We bought strawberries on the walk to Nara Park!
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Closest I can get to the deer omg!!
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I can take a selfie with a deer :P
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This deer is smart, just hanging around the cracker stall!
The park is huge and as you walk on, you will come across a street that sell food and some souvenirs! We got 2 rice cracker to share, they are supposed to be freshly made with the seasoning of your choice but sadly, lao hong leh (soft already).
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I look so happy, before i took a bite haha!
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Best photo bombs ever! :D
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We left Nara Park and headed back to the city area. Shopped a bit and then hunted for Matsuya (松屋), another major Gyudon restaurant similar to Yoshinoya for dinner. Matsuya was recommended by Yina! I felt that the beef portion was more generous? But the pork bowl isn't as good as Yoshinoya's!
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Pork Bowl
Walked around after dinner and had the best sesame mochi ball ever! Wished I took a photo but Asmo and I gobbled it down in no time. It was deep-fried and still moist and soft. Inside was oozing sesame filling, really thick and a lot! Super generous and it was really cheap. It's a random, china bun shop that was selling. 

We walked down the lane more and saw Luke's Lobster which Janice said was very popular. We weren't hungry so we just got 1 bun to share. It was disappointing. Super salty... thankfully there wasn't a queue for it. :X
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1-3-21 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0085, Osaka Prefecture

Monday, April 25, 2016

Seed & Soil

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Got to admit that I have not had a smoothie bowl and was very excited to try Seed & Soil's bowls when they contacted me! Paid a visit to their shop at 1 Tanjong Pagar road after my Saturday's yoga practice, with an empty stomach so I can have a bowl for brunch! teehee! Promo quote at the end of the post!! :D
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Seed & Soil's smoothie bowls are not only pretty to look at; they are great to have as breakfast, post-workout meal, quick lunch, or even as a guilt-free dessert. Each signature bowl is a nutritional powerhouse packed with the perfect balance of carbs, protein and healthy fats.

Seed & Soil's bowls are also topped with seasonal fruits, coconut flakes and their signature Superfood Sprinkle, a protein, fiber, and omega-3 rich blend of our homemade Rawnola (Oats, Dates & Coconut), Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Goji Berry, Cashew, Cacao Nibs and Buckwheat!

My favorite 2 are Cacau Warrior and Pitaya Sunrise!
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This smoothie is the ideal post-workout fuel with banana and peanut butter providing a hit of protein and antioxidants. Raw cacao is also a good source of sulfur which can give you strong nails, shiny hair and a healthy liver.

Sit back and enjoy your chocolate therapy with every satisying spoonful of the rich velvety chocolate smoothie base, crunchy toppings and fresh fruit chunks.

Pitaya Sunrise
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This one is a stunner! Incredibly nutrient dense, beautiful, and delicious! Red dragon fruit is a beauty food because it has particularly high amounts of vitamin C. This is important in keeping free radicals at bay while keeping our skin healthy by protecting and boosting collagen and serves as an overall antioxidant for the body!

I had a bowl of Pitaya Sunrise on the spot! Alvin who never liked dragonfruits was literally asking me for more!
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We packed some home for our family too! And the bowls come with these cute environmental friendly, recycling bags! We were telling them "Wow, you guys spend a lot on packaging!" and they replied that they hope people will recycle their bags. 

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1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-22
Quote Zoe for 15% off all your juices and smoothies!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Yamazaki Tour, Osaka

First stop for the day was some breakfast before we caught the train to head for the Yamazaki Distillery Tour and Tasting! The boys were really excited for this cause they really enjoy whisky!
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Not a fan of coffee so only milk for me every morning! :D
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Since it's almost an hour long train ride... Some pictures :X
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We had to walk through some train tracks to get to Yamazaki distillery!
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My purple hair :)
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Couple pictures at the entrance!
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This is Japanese whisky heaven!
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Hibiki 30, Hakushu 25 and Yamazaki 25!
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Yamazaki 25 tasting! It is hard to find this now so the boys were very happy to be able to taste some! For whisky lovers, this is a must go. You get to taste very rare and expensive whiskies like Yamazaki 25 years which would cost about S$5,000 a bottle here in Singapore!

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Time to head back to the city to visit Kuromon Market for some snacks before dinner!
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Vending machine's hot green tea cause it was a little chilly!
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First thing we got at Kuromon Market were strawberries! Two different types of them to be accurate! :)
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Hatsukoi no kaori which translates to Scent of First Love!!! The red ones still tasted better :X
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Mochi x2

The left colorful ones didn't taste so good, a little tasteless. Love the peanut ones best! Yumms!

There were a lot of seafood stalls at Kuromon so we went to the one which has fairly a lot of people but yet there were seats for us. Sorry that I didn't get the name of the stall but I trust that they are all fresh cause Japanese only sell fresh stuff!
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Huge snow crab which cost us only 5,800 yen that is about S$70!
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Had half of this uni, sea urchin all by myself!!
I am the least adventurous person when it comes to food. The last time I came to Japan, all I ate was salmon sashimi. But this trip, I was pushed to try stuff I would never try before! So proud of myself haha! 

For uni, I had a very bad experience and it tasted horrid. I now know it was because it is not fresh therefore the pungent taste/ smell. The fresh ones are milky and really tasty!!  

Headed back to Ebisubashi Suji shopping district for our dinner reservation! This place is really famous so apparently we had to make 1 month prior reservation! Thanks Janice! 

We were going to have our most expensive dinner in Japan! BBQ Beef and beef and a lot of beef!
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Snacks from a random supermarket because it was cheaper at this supermarket omg!! I had to get a carton of 12 packets teehee! I almost wanted to walk away cause it was bulky but love offered to hold it for me. I went right to the cashier after he said that! HEHE! :D :D Snack queen on the loose haha!

Dinner was at Matsuzakagyu Yakiniku M, Hozenji Yokocho! We made reservation for the main outlet because Janice said that they do not serve the full menu at the branch just round the corner. We later walked past the shop after our dinner and it wasn't packed at all. 
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Here's the address!
Matsuzakagyu Yakiniku M, Hozenji Yokocho
1-1-19 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0076, Osaka Prefecture

Ended the evening on the bridge. People watch and chatting away.
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