No, I haven’t tracked down Pepsi Cucumber yet but I assure you I’ve tried and will continue to keep looking.  In the meantime, here are a couple of other interesting items I aim to sample while I’m here…

R Burger. My eyes were immediately drawn to the unaturally whiter than white the buns. WTF? According to Sachi, those pasty-whites are chock full of collagen and all sorts of goodlies. Yum.
Mmmm...pizza? Yep, all of your favorites are here: cheese, margerita, and, over on the right, caramel.

I swung by the Mori Art Museum yesterday, but the next exhibition doesn’t begin for a few days.  Not sure what it is exactly, but I found this sneak preview intriguing…

Anyway, where did I leave off yesterday…oh, yeah, 5:00 p.m. and ready for bed.  See, the problem is by the time I update my blog, it’s around midnight and, as much as I want to sleep in past eight a.m., my body simply won’t allow it.  Well, it can be stubborn.  But so can I!  Let’s see who gives in first!

My dining companion last night was my friend Kay who I dined with on my last trip to Tokyo (see my visit to Kanda, last year).  Between the last time I saw her and this visit, Kay has discovered something called Adventure Racing that sounds like just the thing I could get into – provided I was someone completely different – mountain biking extravaganzas that can last anywhere from eight hour jaunts to the thirty-six hour marathons.  Needless to say, that kind of exercise works up a healthy appetite, so Kay was the perfect person to invite out to Aroma Fresca, one of Tokyo’s premiere Italian restos.  The night went something like this…

It's a second floor restaurant, Miami white with lots of glass, windows looking out onto a garden on one side and the street below. A clean but very relaxed atmosphere.
Kay raises a glass to mountain biking and Italian food.
Look at the size of this truffle! You could play baseball with it - AND eat the pop fly.
We started with a lovely little amuse - eel topped with caviar topped with a crisped apple puree.
Our man Junji offers to take our picutre. I continue my streak of consecutive photos ruined.
Our next dish was a terrific swordfish carpaccio with fresh tomato.
Stupid-fantastic is not a word I bandy about, but I'm going to make use of it here to describe this dish. On the left, steamed snow crab On the right, a beet souffle. Up front, a spoonful of crab liver. Pop the souffle top, stir in the liver, and enjoy.
A fine cold porcini soup with abalone. I wondered what it would have been like warm.
Risotto of Seafood Aroma Fresca Style. Those crispy pieces of prawn were a perfect textural compliment to the risotto. And damn tasty to boot.
A butterlicious pasta topped with shaved white truffle. It's only been one night but I already miss this dish.
If it's one thing the Japanese do well, it's fish in all its variations. In this case, a wonderful crispy-topped, charcoal grilled rock fish sitting atop some crispy-topped potatoes.
This little palate cleanser was like a kick in the head, an uber-tart mix of lemon, grapefruit, and passion fruit.
The main event, what was described as a Charcoal Scorch of Wild Duck. From 11:00 clockwise: the leg, heart, liver, neck, and breast. It was all great although, given the amount of meat on it, the leg was really more of an adornment. On the other hand, the liver was a revelation!
A selection of teas
Dessert #1: the apple mille-feuille.
A better view
Dessert #2: A mango and grapefruit pudding. Kay said it was fantastic. I take her word for it.
Dessert #3: More my style. Chocolate and ice cream.
When we headed downstairs and met the maestro of the Aroma Fresca kitchen, Chef Shinji Harada.
Our man Junji sees us off.

Another great meal made memorable by the quality and execution of the dishes, the pleasant atmosphere, and the courteous service.  If you do go and Junji ends up waiting your table, be sure to practice your French with him.

Holy smokes!  I’m falling behind.  Today’s rundown will have to wait until tomorrow – lunch with a delightfully friendly sushi chef, a James Bond-level dinner, and a trip to Tokyo Big Sight to take in the final day of an exhibition.  An exhibition of what exactly?  Well, you’ll have to tune in tomorrow to find out.  BUT, I’ll give you a couple of hints…

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susan the tartan turtle

Pepsi cucumber is that cucumber flavoured Pepsi or a type of cucumber??

The desserts look so delicious – do they deliver?

I am enjoying your culinary escapades. The food looks so artistically presented.

Hope the hounds are not missing you too much.

Susan

dasndanger
dasndanger

Check yer date, Joe.

Gah…it all looks and sounds delish! And to think, last night I had leftover Chinese take-out. razz

Mom’s making a big dinner tonight, but as with last night, Mr. Das has to work. He really wants to get out of the hospitality industry, just so he doesn’t have to work when everyone else is off on holiday. But around here he doesn’t have much choice. Oh well, such is life.

Enjoy, Joe! And you’re as cute as ever in your pictures…don’t put yourself down. (That’s MY job! grin )

das

Ponytail
Ponytail

Thanks for fighting your body and staying up late to post your adventures and all these wonderful pictures. You’re a real trooper! How’s your Japanese going? Said anything you shouldn’t have yet?

Airelle
Airelle

The presentation of the foods is wow. Thank you for posting and finding time in your hectic and fun schedule. Pasta and truffle looks sooo good and I can taste that apple dish and the ice cream and I could go on, but I won’t , thanks for sharing, going on a diet now, oh wait, your trips not over yet, so I will wait for the diet stuff. Keep enjoying and having fun, the last picture of you, you can hardly see the jet lag in your eyes. Always a good picture of you, and your friends.

Quade1
Quade1

Are you going to see Robot Wars?? that would be so cool, because the Japanese always have cool robots!! It would be like mecha-godzilla vs robo-norris.

36:9=4Symbols
36:9=4Symbols

Oh nooooooo,just discovered that the mid-season finale will be on Dec 4th….Who needs a James Bond Movie Marathon sad

dasndanger
dasndanger

Just another quickie as I run in, and out…

I LOVE Mori Art Museum preview!! lol Fantastic! However, from the shoulders up Wonder Woman kinda looks like Chris H. in New Moon

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Chris, of course…is hotter. smile

And no…haven’t seen the movie yet. Not in the mood to sit in a nest of squeeing fangirls for two hours. roll

das

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

If the exhibition opens in a few days, pretty please stop by and check it out before heading home. The preview definitely piqued my curiosity.
All the dishes you showed once again seem impossibly delicious. Besides catching up on your postings, you will have a fun time trying to get any sort of rankings done, I suspect. And do rest assured we are analyzing all the photos to detect every milligram of weight gain you incur on this trip. And already you’ve dropped metioning your morning workouts….oversight, lack of time, or a decision to use that time for other purposes? Inquiring minds and all that….thanks as always for taking the time to share your adventures with us.

Shiningwit
Shiningwit

Awesome blog today Joe. To what do you attribute your love and appreciation of gourmet food? How is Fondy enjoying her peace and quiet?

Anais33

Petit passage avant mon absence….

MERCI de nous faire partager tout cela on s’y croirait :). En plus vous êtes trés séduisant sur les photos, comme toujour…Joseph a la class!!!

Bon week end!
Bisou!

kabra
kabra

Joe, you are having way too much fun.
Thanks for the videos, the fluidity of the movements on those robots in the first video – wow!!! Be safe.

RebeccaH
RebeccaH

Oo! Japanese robots! I hope you have more videos of those.

crazymom1

I just wanted to let those of you who have been following know that Emma didn’t wake up yesterday. The night before, she watched her Barney videos, drank some milk, and told us she was ready for bed. In the morning it was obvious she wasn’t going to wake up, and after a while she just stopped breathing. It was very peaceful.

drldeboer
drldeboer

Last three days, amazing art. And then you ate it. Glad you’re enjoying.
DD

SGUfanatic
SGUfanatic

Huh, my response from day #2 must have gone missing LOL Oh well.

Pepsi Cucumber? I’m with susan, what is it? And the desserts do look way too yummy.

Finkle
Finkle

Hi Joe!

You seem to be having a good time. Did Fondy come with you this year?

Pol

Hi Joe,

Catching up on the blog after hiding offline for several days, trying to knock out dissertation chapters.

While catching up I found this: Nope, I’m actually better off without those scribbles to confuse the issue.

Nope…you just need a handy note-taker. I volunteer. [grin]

And, I’m sure you’ve addressed this but I seem to have missed it…why is it you go to Tokyo every year? Yes, for vacation, I realize, but…why Tokyo?

Nothing against the place, just curious.

Pol

Laila
Laila

Try sea cucumber – I hear thay’re lovely.

Angelus
Angelus

Just feld I should pass on my father just died. I want to thank everyone again for their support especially Joe for your dedication, Thank you all very much. smile

Laz
Laz

I can honestly say I never encountered an inedible dessert in Japan, although what I got wasn’t always what I thought I’d ordered…

Arctic Goddess

I didn’t know that crabs have a liver. And that’s a pretty darn big liver at that! Who knew!

Will you have time to check out the newest technological thing-a-ma-jigs that Canada will likely get to experience in 10 years?

Patricia

Arctic Goddess

@ Crazymom – I am so sorry to hear about Emma. I am also glad to hear that her passing was so peaceful. That is the most you can hope for since Euthanasia, I found, was not a peaceful process. Please feel free to grieve. Our culture is just starting to realize that pets are as much family as are people.

Patricia

Montrealer
Montrealer

@crazymom1

Sorry to hear about Emma.

Montrealer
Montrealer

@Angulus

Sad to hear about your father. My condolence to your and your family.

Ponytail
Ponytail

Oh crazymom1

I am so, so sorry. Your news started me crying. All of Emma’s family and friends are in my prayers during this very sad and difficult time. May you feel God’s peace as he wraps his arms around each of you. Too young…

Then Angelus

So very sorry about your father. I will also remember you and your family in my prayers. Such saddness during what should be a joyous time of year.