How to get to Sarushima

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I have decided that for my birthday my partner and I will go to Sarushima for a day trip with friends!

and I found alot of the information really annoying to find or confusing over multiple websites.

So I thought it would be good to make a blog post with all the information I found in the one place!!

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So first to get to Sarushima you need to get a train to Yokosuka Station

To get there from Asakusa

Catch the Asakusa Line toward Nishimagome
The train will change to the Keikyu Line at Sengakuji,
stay on the train until Yokosukachuo.
This will take approximately 66 minutes

Then walk to Mikasa Gyoen (park)
This will take approximately 7 minutes.

From Mikasa Port you will then catch a ferry to Sarushima
A round trip will cost you as an Adult ¥1300 and as a Child ¥650
During summer ferries leave every hour from 8:30 and take 15 minutes to get to the Island.
The last ferry to leave the island is at 16:00 (4:00pm) and it is important not to miss this as it is your only way to get back and staying on the island is not permitted

I apologise that some of the information is a little vague at the moment but I will be updatin

g this once I have gone myself, because all this information is what I have been able to find online.

Where I sourced my information:
https://www.tryangle-web.com/sarushima.html
http://www.city.yokosuka.kanagawa.jp/4130/faq/1006.html
http://www.mustlovejapan.com/subject/sarushima/
http://en.japantravel.com/view/sarushima-island-yokosuka

Sekai Cafe – Asakusa

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I am always looking out for new places to eat and enjoy food in Japan, and especially interested in places that easily cater for people with allergies.

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During walking around at Sanja Matsuri in Asakusa my friend and I came across this new cafe with my friend.

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As soon as you walk in this cafe has a fresh, open vibe. Their interior is simple and refreshing, which comes as a big change from alot of the outdated looking restaurants that I have come across.

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Sekai Cafe
use organic vegetable, halal meat, no pork or alcohol (in their kitchen) and can customise their meals for your allergies.

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We decided to just stop in for coffee, which was organic and they had organic sugar and syrup to with it, and the next day I went with my partner for lunch.

A lunch set here is ¥1000 and it includes your meal and a drink.

He decided on Mi Goreng and OJ.

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And I went with the lamb steak, rice and mango juice.
In Japan lamb is not very common and this is the second place that I have been to that serves lamb, so I was keen to try it. And it did not fail to impress. Although I did have some fun cutting the meat off the bones.

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The meals here are very tasty and very reaaonably priced.

So much so that my vegan friend and I are looking to have our combined birthday party here in the near future.

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My partners seal of approval.

I will continue to search Japan for allergy friendly places to eat.

Gluten Free Directory Tokyo

Bread
Comehiro – Musashisakai
Hours 9:00~18:30
Melon bread, donuts, loafs, cheesecake, pizza bread.
http://www.comehiro.com/

Cafe
Three – Aoyama
Hours – Breakfast 8:00~11:30
Lunch 11:30~15:00
Dinner 15:00~22:00
They are open all day but have different menus available at different times, but some items that are available all day include:
Pancakes, Chocolate Scones, French Toast all of which are gluten free!
http://aoyama.threecosmetics.com/dining-menu/

Kogomebana – Shirokane-Takanawa
Hours 11:30 ~ 15:00/17:00
Lunch, sweets.
http://kogomebana.com/

Cakes
Otaco Sweets – Tokyo Skytree
Hours 10:30 ~ 18:00
Chiffon cake
http://otaco-sweets.com/

Wara – Kasai & Nakaitabashi
Hours 10:00 ~ 21:00
Sponge cake, flavours such as caramel, sweet potato, kinako, plain.
http://waratokyo.jp/
Please note not all of their products are wheat free, some are a 80:20 mix or rice flour and wheat flour.

Crepes
Gluten Free Cafe Little Bird – Harajuku

Hours 11:00 ~ 22:30
Sweet & Savoury Crepes
https://www.facebook.com/cafe.littlebird/timeline

Pasta
Kakurenbo – Machiya
Hours – Lunch 11:00 ~ 15:00 (Mon-Fri)
11:00 ~ 16:00 (Sat)
– Dinner 18:00 ~ 23:30
Rice pasta and other italian dishes
http://kakurenbo.robust-inc.com/

Pizza
Pizzakaya – Roppongi
Hours – Lunch 11:30-14:00
– Dinner 17:00~23:00 (Mon-Sat)
17:00 ~ 22:00 (Sun)
Gluten free pizza bases and Vegetarian.
http://www.pizzakaya.com/en/

Pokemon Mega Center Opening Weekened in Tokyo!

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New Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo
Opening Weekend

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When you arrive at an event like this you know it is going to be amazing when the line looks a little something like this.

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Some people were even excited enought to dress up at the characters!

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While you were waiting you got a chance to check out the awesome detailed wallpaper outside the store.

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Throughout the store they not only had awesome merchandise and special limited edition stock, not to mention the hundreds of people that are also shopping at the same time.

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They have so many cute plush toys, stationary, snacks, playing card packs and apparel you cannot help but want to buy it all but not only that they have awesome statues all over the place.

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Now to get to the Limited edition items from the weekend to start.
Limited Edition Pikachu cosplaying at Charizard plush toys!
These were only available over the weekend and are now no longer being sold, you got to choose between the smiling face and the angry face Pikachu.

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Some other things that I picked up included a handkercheif, drawstring bag and phone toy all with the Pikachu cosplaying Charizard.

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And with every purchase you got a free Pikachu cosplaying Charizard Pokemon playing card, again only available with purchases over the opening weekend.

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And to stick with their theme of Charizard and Pikachu you can pick up a shiny Pikachu or Charzard when you bring your 3DS in, they alternate hourly so you can get both but you have to wait a little bit or come back at the specified times.

That is all from me today and I hope that you have enjoyed reading about and looking at my pictures from the opening weekend at the new Pokemon Mega Center in Tokyo!

Love and hugs
Shorty

Cruciferous potato bake

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You know those days when it’s starting to get cooler outside and you want something to warm you up but without being too heaving?
Well I think I just came up with the answer for this

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I have decided to stop eating meat for a while because lately everytime I eat it I feel really quite sick for around the next 24hrs so I thought I would eat more vegetables for a while and see if I feel any better.

So today I kind of felt like doing a potato bake. But I kind of wanted to do something a little bit healthier then just your regular potato bake so I decided to add cauliflower, brocolli and brussel sprouts and create a bit of a cruciferous party!
And I have to say I am quite pleased with him it turned out.
Now I don’t think there is anything that I would change from what I did tosay for this recipe.
So here it is I will give it to you.

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Cruciferous Potato Bake
Serves 2-3 people

Ingredients
Roux:
1tbsp butter
1tbsp rice flour
1 cup milk

Vegetables:
2 small potatoes
1/2 small cauliflower
4 large brocolli florets
6 small brussel sprouts

Himalayan salt & pepper to season.

Method:
1.Bring water to boil for steaming.
2. Slice potatos, place in steamer and start steaming.
3. Cut cauliflower into bite sized piecese and add to steamer.
4. Slice brussel sprouts and add to steamer.
5. Cut brocolli into bite sized piecese and add to steamer.
6. Let steam for 5 minutes then remove brocolli, after another 5 minutes remove brussel sprouts(I placed mine onto the tray that they were going to be cooked on.
7. Steam the rest of the vegetables until the desired softness then arrange on baking tray.
8. Bring a pot to low-medium heat.
9. Add butter to the pot and let it slowly melt.
10. Once the butter has melted add the flower and whisk constantly.
11. After a couple of minutes start slowly pouring the milk into the roux continuously stirring. Keep stirring the roux until it gets to the consitancy you want. (I wanted mine quite thick)
12. Spoon the mix over your vegetables. (Or you can mix it through if you want an even coating on your vegetables)
13. Sprinkle cheese over the top.
14. Place under grill on medium heat for approximately 10 minutes. (Until the vegetables are all warm and the cheese has melted a bit)
15. Season with salt and pepper and you are reading to serve.

I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much I did!

Cruciferous potato bake

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You know those days when it’s starting to get cooler outside and you want something to warm you up but without being too heaving?
Well I think I just came up with the answer for this

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I have decided to stop eating meat for a while because lately everytime I eat it I feel really quite sick for around the next 24hrs so I thought I would eat more vegetables for a while and see if I feel any better.

So today I kind of felt like doing a potato bake. But I kind of wanted to do something a little bit healthier then just your regular potato bake so I decided to add cauliflower, brocolli and brussel sprouts and create a bit of a cruciferous party!
And I have to say I am quite pleased with him it turned out.
Now I don’t think there is anything that I would change from what I did tosay for this recipe.
So here it is I will give it to you.

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Cruciferous Potato Bake
Serves 2-3 people

Ingredients
Roux:
1tbsp butter
1tbsp rice flour
1 cup milk

Vegetables:
2 small potatoes
1/2 small cauliflower
4 large brocolli florets
6 small brussel sprouts

Himalayan salt & pepper to season.

Method:
1.Bring water to boil for steaming.
2. Slice potatos, place in steamer and start steaming.
3. Cut cauliflower into bite sized piecese and add to steamer.
4. Slice brussel sprouts and add to steamer.
5. Cut brocolli into bite sized piecese and add to steamer.
6. Let steam for 5 minutes then remove brocolli, after another 5 minutes remove brussel sprouts(I placed mine onto the tray that they were going to be cooked on.
7. Steam the rest of the vegetables until the desired softness then arrange on baking tray.
8. Bring a pot to low-medium heat.
9. Add butter to the pot and let it slowly melt.
10. Once the butter has melted add the flower and whisk constantly.
11. After a couple of minutes start slowly pouring the milk into the roux continuously stirring. Keep stirring the roux until it gets to the consitancy you want. (I wanted mine quite thick)
12. Spoon the mix over your vegetables. (Or you can mix it through if you want an even coating on your vegetables)
13. Sprinkle cheese over the top.
14. Place under grill on medium heat for approximately 10 minutes. (Until the vegetables are all warm and the cheese has melted a bit)
15. Season with salt and pepper and you are reading to serve.

I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much I did!

Japan becoming gluten free friendly

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Slowly but surely Japan is getting on board with gluten free requirements.

I have come across products in international stores that specify gluten free on the packaging.
National Azabu in Hiro-o sell the Schar brand of gluten free breads and biscuits, as well as Bob’s Red Mill flours which has a large range of gluten free flours including rice, coconut, sorghum and mixes for bread, pancakes and pizza bases.
If there is something that you can’t find in these shops then you are able to purchase it online from iHerb and have it delivered within 3 days, with the exception of quinoa, chiaseeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds and some other seeds. If you can’t find these in the country, you can it is just a little difficult, you cannot buy the online and bring them in online due to restrctions.

But as someone living gluten free in Tokyo, Japan there is always somethings that I have not been able to find such as a gluten free bakery and a restaurant or cafe that actually caters to a gluten free diet.
This is until today.
Every now and then I search for gluten free information online and today I came across a small blog post about a gluten free bakery in Tokyo.
I do not think that you could even understand how excited I am while writing this post. Because I literally just found out about it.
The blog that posted it is Lanasolyluna the only thing that I know about this blogger is that she lived on and off in Japan for several years.
The Bakery is called こめひろ(comehiro) and it says on their website that all their items are made with rice flour and no egg! They even have an online store where you can order the goods and they get sent to you frozen to preserve them for as long as possible or you can just view their selection.
I plan on going for an adventure to visit this bakery and buy some bread that I have much missed in Japan, the land of amazing bread, it is about 42 minutes along the Yamanote  and the Chuo line from Ikebukuro to Musashisakai, the closest station which is a 7 minute walk, but I believe that the journey will be well worth it and I cannot wait!
Just a few items listed on their online store include pizza’s, donuts, melon bread, konpan, pumpkin bread and there are plenty of variations.

Now for the cafe that caters to our allergies.
I found it on Glutenfreeinjapan and they themselves have not visited yet but wish to hear from anyone that has.
It is called Three in Aoyama and after looking at their website I can see that they have quite a few fun gluten free options and lots of vegetarian options too.
For breakfast you get the options of:
Open sand mozarella burata, strawberry and tomato.
Open sand of chicken remoulade and vegetable spice pickles.
Open sand colour mushroom grill and proscuitto, of kidney beans.

So as you can see already based off breakfast this place looks incredible!
They already know about your allergy and you don’t have to explain it. There is more then one option that you can definately eat knowing you won’t get sick and it includes bread!
I think I shall need to go and visit this weekend!

All day you can get:
Gluten free pancakes!
Gluten free french toast!
Gluten free baked fruit variety.

Seriously is this place for real!
I never thought that I would be going out to a place in Japan and be able to order these things from a cafe!

For dessert they have the option of:
Gluten free chocolate scones!

So I think that you get the idea.
This place looks pretty awesome and I cannot wait to go here and try it out.
Most of their menu is gluten free and all of it is healthy and I am going to get down there asap to trial some of these yummy dishes.

Much love from the land of the rising such and this little excited chickidy!

If you know of anywhere that serves or sells gluten free food please let me know so that I can check them out!

Purchasing Gluten Free and Organic foods in Japan

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Only when you come to a country like to Japan do you realise how much celiacs is a western disease.
So buying your normal gluten free alternatives can be a little bit tricky.
Obviously you can find rice everywhere, but the other stuff can be tricky if not near impossible to find.
So I am going to tell you about where I shop for gluten free food in Japan.

Natural House – This is a health food store chain that has a bunch of stores around Tokyo and some even have cafe’s, the only one that I have had the pleasure of visiting is the one under Ikebukuro station in the Tobu building, It is quite small but it also next to a large imported goods store. Which also sells a wheat free soy sauce and organic instant coffee. This Natural house has a few different gluten free flours that I found and plenty of organic products.
The Tokyu hands just above this store also has an extensive range of natural and organic beauty products.

National Azabu – This store is fantastic and definately a favourite for food shopping, not online does it have an extensive amount of familiar imported foods it has a tonne of gluten free and organic products. This is the only place the I have found gluten free bread, biscuits and proper gluten free flours in Japan!
They stock Schar gluten free products from Europe, although they are not cheap, I let myself have these as a treat, they also stock Bob’s Red Mill gluten free flours and they also stock quinoa.
A large section of organic vegetables that are fairly priced and throughout the store you will find plenty of organic products and they have a huge selection of teas. It is expensive to what you are used to but it is worth it for the comfort of knowing those foods you know and have learnt to love.

iHerb – iHerb.com is brilliant online health food store where you can buy pretty much everthing you will need, and most of it cheaper then you can buy it in store at places like Azabu, there are some exceptions and some things you cannot order in like quinoa, chia seeds, hemp seeds and some flours for some reason (most of the unorderable items can be purchased at Azabu). This is my go to store for most of the things that I keep in my household and use on a regular basis, this store has been a life saver and shipping is only roughly $4.00!

Ecosway – Ecosway is also a small chain store that sell eco friendly house cleaning products, beauty products and some organic and gluten free foods. I like this store because I used to shop here back home and I know some of their products.

So now you know my place to buy gluten free foods, you can arm yourself with all the tools you need to buy by in Japan on organic and gluten free diets. It can definately be done.

Happy gluten free eating in Japan!

Gluten free eating out in Japan

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So I have been living in Japan since March now.
And as alot of people will tell you living gluten free in Japan is not the easiest thing to achieve with  soy sauce being a main ingredient in alot of sauce.
Before coming here I worked with my gut to be able to tolerate small amounts of gluten in sauces because I knew it would be inevitable to avoid them completely and also brought along with me some pro biotics and digestive enzymes to give me gut a little bit of a boost when I felt like it needed it. Just to be on the safe side.

In my restaurant experiences here I have found that most places will not change their menu for you but some will, the most helpful restaurant that I have been to is
The Outback Steakhouse –  in Ikebukuro, they were happy enough to put sauces on the side that contained wheat and helped me alot with the menu.
I can’t say the same for
Mos Burger – they do have a rice burger which is gluten free but the “pattie” options are not very appealing for these burgers and they would not change it to just a normal meat pattie for me.
La Bodega – is a spanish restaurant that does paella’s which most of were gluten free also, and these were quite delicious.
Pho here is also generally gluten free and plenty of Thai food places cater, but you will find some that contain wheat in everything, especially Japanese style curries, Indian curries are mostly gluten free, but still ask.
Eating gluten free can be done, you just need to know where to look and have a bit of Japanese under your belt and enough patience to keep asking. Which can get a little frustrating especially when you are hungry.
Once I find a restaurant that I know I can eat at, i just keep going back there.

There is one restaurant that I have heard of which used to be competely gluten free, but is not anymore but still caters for gluten free diets if they are given enought notice when you book.
S.Komatsu – In Roppongi, I have not eaten here yet because it is a little bit pricey so I am saving it for a special occasion, but when I do I will probably post a blog about it and what it was like.

I have found my best solutions are making food at home and if I am out and struggling I can always go into a 7/11 or other convenience store and buy some Onigiri.

I have to say it does get hard walking past all the yummy smelling bakeries and sweets places here which there are a plenty of!
Happy gluten free eating!

Cooking Blogs

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As you may have noticed I love baking.
And one of my favourite ways to find new recipes are on other peoples cooking blogs. I do have quite a sweet tooth but try to keep my sweet treats as healthy as possible definately minimal/no processes sugar if possible. One day I would love to have my own food blog, but I am not sure I am quite confident yet with creating my own recipes but I will one day hopefully.

Today I am going to share with you a few of my favourite blogs.
I would consider most of them to be healthy and if they are not I like them because they are gluten free and help me to endulge my inner baker.
Quite alot of these blogs are vegan and in no way am I vegan but I do believe that we need to give meat and animal products a bit of a break from time to time.

 

Oh She Glows “from the inside out”
One of my favourite blogs it is vegan, pretty healthy and she does alot of gluten free, if not I just adapt and have found some amazing recipes on here especially her sweat treat and power crackers.

Simply Sugar and Gluten FreeSS&GF
The title says it all sugar free and gluten free!

Gluten Free Goddess
Another Gluten free blog with some really nice and interesting recipes.
The gluten free stuffed shells are pretty awesome.

Gluten Free on a Shoestring
She does everything gluten free but I have mostly visited this blog for her breads. I absolutely love bread and her recipes are amazing. Best GF breads that I have ever met.

Including Cake
This is a blog that I actually only found today when looking for a banana and quinoa cake which I literally just finished cooking and have not had a chance to try yet, but I hope it is as amazing as it smells.
It is another vegan blog with alot of GF recipes and I have just bookmarked about 10 that I hope to make in the future.

 

So those are my favourite cooking blogs.
I would love to hear some of yours I am always interested in new recipes, things that are a little bit out of the norm even better!

Warm and gooey baking love from me today!
Anneliese