1.29.2011

Eating & Drinking

One of the many fabulous things about Tokyo is that you can always find somewhere unique to eat and/or drink. The selection of international cuisine options is surprising, and the food here (albeit expensive) is amazing. If in the small chance your food is not amazing, at least you can say you tried something new whilst at the [insert restaurant name] in Tokyo. I reference the second time I had sushi and was served an entire shrimp with face intact - eyeballs staring up at me from my wooden serving platter - with a side of salmon caviar and 7 other assorted pieces of raw seafood. Pam just about fainted.

This is similar to the time that Pam & I shared a lobster at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (yep, they have one here), but not without first being introduced to our live lobster by our waitor. Lobster looked up at us from the platter, claws bound with rubber bands and cold black eyes glaring at us with disdain. I pet his head, telling him it would all be okay soon and that there would be melted butter involved.

But I digress... after attending a basketball game of a different league, we went with friends to the Omotesando Cafe. I had a 'Cajun' chicken salad (Cajun used in the most broad sense of the word) which was just alright, but we also had crepes and who doesn't like a good crepe?

This pic just reminds me that we're going to have a slew of weird casey-and-lizz photos to sort through for our wedding video...

But I have to share with you all a section of the menu that made me laugh out loud. We shall call this new segment:  GOOD ENGRISH

(For the record, I did not develop the term Engrish on my own. There is a whole website devoted to this sort of thing, and it is awesome)

[ No Americans were used in the proofreading of this menu. ]

Sometimes you can find a British or Irish pub in Tokyo. I suggest going inside...





 Texty McGee


I went to my first vegetarian restaurant in Japan with the Ladies That Lunch group. It was called Eat More Greens. As a carnivore, I can say that it was quaint and surprisingly delicious...


The night scene and bar scene is pretty great here if you go to the right areas of town. We went to Smoke bar to meet up with our Apache peeps... 

 With player Darin Maki and his beautiful wifey

Go Mai girl - that's my DJ  :)

Player Robert Swift and Casey

The team won by 20+ points in their last home game. It was a great win. Next stop... Kyoto!!

1.28.2011

Neutrals & Textures | Katie May

First, I must ask my Jelly readers to send love and light to a beautiful woman named Mabel Istre in Louisiana today. Thank you so much.

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I love playing photographer, and Katie May - designer, friend and all around style diva - is the perfect subject. She posed for me wearing both a neutral palette and later having fun with textures...



 Katie May is wearing the nude color Selina dress from her own line, a nude vintage tunic, and an H&M wrap belt. She accessorized with a vintage ostrich skin bag, over the knee socks from J.Crew, and leopard Miu Miu open-toe platforms.

 I love the reflection of the Tokyo buildings in the glass.


And another stunning look from Katie's closet...




Katie wears an emerald color one-shoulder dress from Victoria's Secret (whoa!) and a leopard print cropped jacket I bought with her in Ginza. Loved her Juicy Couture bracelets, enamel belt from Harajuku, and python Christian Louboutin pumps.

 She does great things with animal skins and prints, no?!

1.26.2011

Blue Dress + Neon Dress = COLOR!

Another fun photo session by the incomparable Katie May...



I'm wearing Katie May's Selina dress in navy, which has a lovely asymmetrical front. Worn with a silky jacket, double buckle belt and two-tone saddle heels.




Lemon-lime neon dress by Mango paired with black tights and belt from American Apparel. Biker gloves by XXI and platform heels by Prada.




A cold and windy day here in Tokyo but still beautiful sunshine. Katie May - not just a fab designer, a great photog too!

1.24.2011

I Don't Speak Japanese, but Please Take My Money

I titled this post as such because I'm a little peeved, I admit. I'm frustrated because I do not speak Japanese. One of my college majors was, in fact, Communications so I hate not being able to communicate with people. It was arguably a strong suit of mine back in America. Here I feel like a slightly overgrown toddler with whom the locals are forced to play charades in order to have a conversation.

Also I'm peeved because everything here costs so damn much. I've gone shopping more than a handful of times but have not yet required any new hangers for my closet. One must save one's money for food and much-needed cocktails. But I should not complain; I'm with my wonderful future in-laws, living in a foreign country with my best friend & betrothed. I'm a lucky lucky Lizz. I wish I know how to say that in Japanese.

While walking to get my 'hair did' at Toni & Guy Tokyo (not as scary as you may think), we stumbled across these triplets. And when I say triplets, I mean 3 adorable long-haired Dachshunds wearing sweaters and sunglasses. If this doesn't make you smile, you may want to check your pulse...

Their owner even posed them for me.




I also saw a woman literally walking a monkey on a leash down the sidewalk. That would have been an even better photo to snap, but I admittedly was too shocked to whip out my camera in time. I started to Google search whether it's legal to own a monkey in Japan, but I ended up researching the different types of monkeys. I deduced that the animal I saw was either a capuchin or a squirrel monkey. But that is neither here nor there if I didn't have the brains to take a picture of him. I owe ya one, Jellies.

Had to leave the apartment today to explore...

 Cool sculpture at Tokyo Midtown.


Enjoying tea and dessert at a little shop there.


And now for another installment of STUFF YOU WONT FIND IN AMERICA !

Today's topic ranks rather high on my Whoa Meter. A Tokyo gas station:

Suspended gas pumps release the nozzle from the ceiling. I'm no engineer, but I assume this decreases the number of car-hits-gas-pump-and-explodes-into-fireball incidents. What will they think up next?!


1.23.2011

A Buddhist Temple & An Awesome View

I had a blasty blast with the girls on my pre-birthday, so it was time for day-of birthday adventures with my Casey. First on the agenda was a visit to Asakusa - an older area of Tokyo in which things like architecture and culture are more preserved.

Casey Fiance and I rode in a rickshaw (or jinrikisha in Japanese), visited the Buddhist Sensoji Temple with one of the oldest histories in Tokyo, then enjoyed drinks and a fabulous dinner at the Park Hyatt rooftop bar where the film Lost in Translation was filmed. A truly awesome day...

 Rickshaw!

 This guy was bookin' it. He was great and spoke English rather well. You could tell he loved his job.

 He made us take a photo with this Kabuki statue.

 Stick it...

 Sensoji Temple





The sign next to this koi fish pond said Please dont feed the fish. The koi were seemingly telling us to disregard it.

This pagoda is huuuuge! Originally built in the year 942 (yowza), it was remodeled in 1648, then burned down during WWII in 1945. Sad. This 5-storied pagoda was built in 1973 and a bone relic of the Buddha was placed in the topmost storey. Neat-o! 


If you are ever feeling too big for your britches, visit Tokyo. That feeling will quickly disappear - people as far as the eye can see.

 It's good luck if you touch this giant straw sandal. I didn't make it. I was never a jumper. Casey touched it for both of us.

 I'm obsessed with these giant lanterns.

 The weird (excuse me) golden sperm building is actually the Asahi Brewery Headquarters building. Built in the late 80s by a French dude, the building is said to capture 'the essence of a sudsy glass of beer'. 
I dig Asahi.

Time for our Date

My birthday dinner outfit - beige and black lace one-shoulder dress I found at Bebe of all places, black tights and black patent leather pumps by Gianni Bini.

Birthday kiss! How great does my betrothed look?!

Inside the dark, sexy bar...





 Dirty martini, 3 olives.


What an exquisite view, huh?



 Thank you Nues for the surprise dessert!








Woop woop The big 2-5!