The Pokemon Cafe in Tokyo is home to many themed dishes, but this one takes the cake. Or carbonara, in this case. This dish was available for the Let’s Go Pikachu promotion in late February 2019. I am excited to see what kinds of dishes they come up with next.
It was a stormy day in January when all boats were forbidden from leaving the harbor in Phuket that I decided to venture to the Upside Down House. Having all my previously booked island tours cancelled was a real bummer, but I decided to make the most of it by exploring the the current island I was stranded on and heading to a spa.
I took a motorbike from Patong because the storm hadn’t hit Phuket yet, and made my way to this crazy wayward house in the middle of the island. A sign greeted me with “Sorry, we’re open” and a bright pink house that looked like it tipped over was sure enough there. I would definitely do a home stay in this house if I had the chance.
They also have a garden maze and an escape maze here adding to the weirdness of this location. I paid 350 Baht to get in, and was immediately impressed with the artistic displays that Baan Teelanka had to offer on its three floors. This place is ideal for silly family photos, but is also fun to just look at the amount of detail that was put into each room:
My favorite rooms were probably the kitchen and the bathroom. It’s absolutely hilarious to take pictures of the open fridge and upside down toilet. If you’re a good photographer, you can really get creative with angles and make it look like your model is balancing off the surfaces of some of these rooms. This was actually the perfect way to spend a rainy day and I was happy that I came here!
Right down the road is a Thai IKEA that is worth checking out. I decided to go in and try their pineapple smoothie, and they also had pastries available. It was incredibly delicious! Phuket really does have a lot of nice gems.
Another great thing to do on a rainy day is to go to Phuket Fantasea! This theme park is essentially Thailand’s version of Disney Sea but instead of rides, they have an expansive arcade targeted at children, a famous buffet, and a Broadway-esque performance with acrobatics, dancers, and a dazzling display of lights. Though it might not be as big as other themeparks, it’s still fun to check out. It has both indoor and outdoors areas with live performances and a lot of fun areas to explore. Tickets for the show start at 1,800 baht which I recommend seeing because it definitely brightened my stormy day!
The storm fortunately cleared up within 3 days and I was finally able to fly to Chiang Mai to see the most aesthetic temple in the world without having to change my flight. Listening to the thunder at night alone in my business hotel on the beach, but I still felt safe.
Regardless of weather, Phuket is a great place to explore and the people are very accommodating! Though parts of it like Patong have an excess of expats and tourists, you can find private beaches away from them to the south, and also catch a ferry from one of the piers to go to other tropical islands.
Because eating balanced meals is essential to living a healthy lifestyle,
Remember to eat foods that are good for your brain.
Almost all food you consume has at least some nutritional value or health benefits.
In fact, despite what recent diet trends tell you,
Not all carbohydrates are bad.
Food comes in many different forms–some you may not expect!
Of course, soba (as pictures above) is one of my favorites.
Otherwise, what the most important lesson here is:
Don’t forget to feed your brain.
I’ll admit when I first started eating sushi, I wasn’t very adventurous at all. I’d stick to the basic avocado and cucumber rolls, maybe get wild sometimes with the omelet nigiri, but it wasn’t until many drunken nights out later that I daringly started picking sushi off the conveyor belt.
Behold, 2 of the best tentacle sushi that I have ever eaten (squid and octopus):
My favorite kind of tentacle sushi is slightly cooked (not fried), and glazed in soy sauce. The texture of tentacles is definitely more chewy than regular fish served in nigiri, but for whatever I enjoy the taste of it more. You could say I have a thing for food tentacle porn.
Additionally, there was another sushi called “Black kite kid”, which I find very interesting because Black Kites are actually birds.
It was actually surprisingly delicious. The topping actually tasted like slightly minced fish eggs (which took me a while to acquire a taste for), and was slightly seasoned. Whether it was actually fish or bird–it tasted amazing!
Since I was already a 500ml bottle of sake in, I decided to dive even deeper into the strange sushi realm and pick up this green sushi that looks abhorrent at first glance but actually tasted amazing:
If I was sober, I would have never picked this up off the conveyer belt (and it had been rotating around for quite some time already), but I was in the mood for something different than your typical nigiri or maki so I boldly grabbed this one. If memory serves correct, it was avocado spread and some kind of minced octopus. I really hit the jackpot that hit my tastebuds! I promptly ordered 2 more plates afterwards and my friends thought that I was crazy, but I am not at all ashamed of my tastes.
Quite buzzed and full, but wanting to end my meal on a good note with the Neon flying squid.
No, I did not see colors, but yes, the Neon Genesis Evangelion theme started playing in my head. At that time, I knew it was time to start heading back. All of these sushi dishes were extremely affordable and high quality compared to other kaiten sushi chains.
If you’re craving something that’s both familiar but also has some variety, then I highly recommend going to Kaisen Misakiko in Shinjuku because you won’t be disappointed!
Also worth mentioning, on Halloween in Shibuya, I was served chirashi sushi in a pumpkin at one of the popular Genki Sushi chains:
Life can be pretty surprising sometimes. I recommend that you try as many new things as you can because you might actually surprise yourself and find some food you really like! I evolved from a strict vegetarian diet in the states to a more healthy pescatarian diet here in Japan.
As for tips on how to work up the nerve to try new things? Drink a lot of sake with a group of Japanese friends and all order dishes together! Being intoxicated has made me more fearless when it comes to trying food, but I still have yet to try natto. Someday! Many aesthetic food journeys await!