stop light party @Pariya

Once again the new year has rolled around as quick as ever! And that means that our annual New Years Party is here! Since I had heard of couples meeting,  and getting married at my parties, I decided to have a party geared for singles. But of course all singles or people that are taken are welcome!!

The theme is a Stop Light Party–you might know the drill. You are required to wear something green-if you are single and ready to mingle
yellow- if it’s complicated
red- if you are taken

I always forget to take pics of the food. But this time I semi-remembered.
This is part of the deli section and some finger food
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dessert time–gelato and cupcakes!
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the decorations are simple
And now onto the party pics!
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Hopefully, there will be some matches at this party with 90 guests. Have you ever been to a singles party? What was it like? This wasn’t a real singles party but its an easy way to see who is single and who isn’t. Seemed like there were hardly any people wearing yellow. hahahha.

ms fancy pants tokyo & green green red
(dress: Nanette Lepore, cardigan: J Crew

  • Pariya
  • 3-12-14 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku Tokyo
  • 1F MAKO Kita-Aoyama Bldg
  • Mon-Sun 11:30-23:00
  • 03-3409-8468

lunch at Katsukura

I love tonkatsu, it has always been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. So, what do you do when you are craving that crispy breaded fried pork cutlet?? You make your way to Shinjuku’s Takashimaya Department Store and eat at Katsukura (かつくら新宿高島屋店)!

Be careful when you go to Takashimaya, because there are actually two different tonkatsu restaurants. Luckily they are on different floors. 1. Here is the entrance of Katsukura. It’s simple and easy to find.  2. Inside the restaurant is narrow long restaurant.
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I am having lunch with a family friend Mrs Tu, who is also a big Katsukura fan. We both decided on the Premium Loin Cutlet Set (桃園ロースかつ膳).  Since I’m eating for two, I decided to go for the 200g cutlet. Mrs Tu went for the 170g. The sets come with miso soup, cabbage, rice and pickles. Everything but the pickles and tonkatsu are all you can eat.
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Before you dig into your scrumptious pork, let’s prepare the sauce. There is sauce (とんかつソース) provided in the large ceramic bowl on the right and a stronger sauce (濃口ソース)  in the middle. The pot on the left is yuzu dressing (ゆずドレッシング) for the cabbage.

First you need to grate the sesame seeds in the bowl with the wooden stick. You can start to smell the fresh aroma from the sesame seeds. After you grind it to the consistency you desire, you pour the sauce into the bowl and mix it. Now you are ready to eat!
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Our food is looks great! The pot on the left is filled with piping hot rice. We were also given miso soup and pickles.
Here is my fabulous 200g Tonkatsu–breaded to perfection! The cabbage was also crisp and fresh.
Let’s take a look at the juicy tender meat!

I’m always extremely satisfied with the food I eat here. It’s great and definitely hits the spot. If you are in need of some delish tonkatsu please try Katsukura. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

ms fancy pants tokyo & katsukura

  • Katsukura (かつくら新宿高島屋店)
  • 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku Tokyo
    Takashimaya Times Square 14F
  • Mon-Sun 11:00-23:00
  • 03-5361-1878
  • (Japanese only)

getting a pedicure in japan

I am headed back to Vegas for the Christmas holiday, and wanted to get my nails done before leaving. Since I am about 8 months pregnant my feet are starting to swell, but that won’t stop me from getting a pedicure!! Need to pamper myself while I can.–hahaha. So off to March Nail Salon in Shibuya (マーチ渋谷店).

Getting a pedicure in Japan can sometimes be very expensive. And many things are different from the pedicures I have received back home (USA). Here are somethings you want to make sure you understand before getting one, so you aren’t surprised or dissatisfied with the services you receive.

  1. If you are used to the western way with a big plush massage chair attached to a bath where you soak your feet in, then you might be shocked in Japan. There usually is a comfy chair but it will most likely not come with a massage function.
  2. The bath you soak your feet in….well, lets just say its a nice bucket of soapy water. The nailist will usually carry this bucket to you.
  3. Any type of nail care, i.e. cutting cuticles, scrubbing, removing dead skin or even a little leg massage is unheard of. However some salons will do it for an extra charge of course.
  4. Your nails will be completely dry as they are gel nails and not painted with a typical polish.  It’s safe to put on your shoes and socks right after. There is no need for sandals.
  5. Your gel pedicure will last about 1 month or longer. The gel applied will make your actual toe nail seem a little bit thicker, just like it does when you have gel nails on your hands.
  6. Japanese people like to grow their toenails, so if you don’t specify the length you want, they might keep your nails on the long side.
  7. Getting a pedicure in America concentrates mostly on care but in Japan the actual painting and nail art is most important.


Today I will get the regular course for both my hands and feet using my natural nails (自爪、jizume), one nail color (ワンカラ) and 2 nails with unlimited stone art (ストーン 2本付け放題) .Since it’s the holiday season, I wanted to do something in red, but i hadn’t decided which shade of red. For my toes, I wanted to do white. In the summer, white gel nails can change colors or look dirty if you go to the beach or if your nails are exposed to the sun.  So winter white is perfect!
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As for the design, I needed it to be simple as I will go out to dinners and see a lot of family and friends. I wanted the color and design to easily match my clothes too. 1. Looking at the shape of my nails, I thought of an Easter egg and decided to design my stone art similar to that. 2. For my toes, I wanted to do something similar to a rainbow, with less of an arch.
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I have two nailists working on my hands and feet at the same time. (I’ll only post my pedicure shots). First they soak my feet in a bucket of water and dry them off with a towel.  1. They prep my toe nails by sanding, cutting, shaping and filing them. You can see that my feet are on top of a small wooden table with a paper towel under it. Not the most comfortable when you have pregnant swollen feet. 2. Then a clear gel coat is painted on each toe nail. This helps the color stay on.

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1. Next the white gel color is applied to all my toes. They apply two coats. I love how vibrant the white looks. Now it’s time to decorate one toe on each foot. 2. I chose to put the design on my big toe, since it has the largest nail space. I wanted a something similar to a rainbow.
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the same process was done to my nails except painted with different colors and using different stones for the design. Here is the finished product! My red nails! Can you see the resemblance of an Easter egg?
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And here are my toes! Sorry the pic is a little blurry and my toes look like sausages! hahahah.  The arch is slight but it does look similar to a rainbow, right?
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 I love getting a mani/pedi done. And the stone art is so cute. The only thing I worry about is my toe nails snagging my stockings with the stones. Which type of pedicure would you like, a Japanese one or a more western one?

ms fancy pants tokyo & my mani/pedi
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  • March Nails Shibuya (マーチ渋谷店)
  • 2-10-14 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku Tokyo
  • 7F Aoyama Alpha Bldg
  • Mon-Fri 10:00-21:00
  • Sat-Sun/Holiday 10:00-18:30
  • 03-6427-2833

dinner at Yasai Mura Daichi

As we love Korean food, Boo-chan and I decided that we wanted to check out Akasaka’s Yasai Mura Daichi (やさい村 大地 本店) which is a samgyeopsal specialty shop. For those who don’t know what samgyeopsal is, it’s grilled pork belly. The pork belly is usually thinly sliced and fatty, and looks similar to bacon–but tastes way better. hahaha. Our friend Juniper tagged along too.

We all ordered the all you can eat and drink course. Which includes 28 different types of leafy greens to wrap around the grilled pork, different cuts of pork, rice, side dishes, and soft drinks and alcohol.

1. Inside the restaurant. Eat table has a grill in the center with stools all around. To keep the restaurant smoke-free there are vents that suck up all the smoke that are placed above the grills.  2. An explanation of some of the different greens you can eat. At the bottom they also explain how to eat roll the meat and veggies, and which different veggies you can eat together to make a delicious combo.
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They brought our drinks–beer and cassis soda and the waiter began to cook our meat! They also brought out all the side dishes like different types of kimchi, onions to wrap with the meat, sesame oil to dip the meat in, garlic slices, all the fresh veggies to wrap the meat in.
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A closer look at the veggies! Crisp, fresh and delish!
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The waiter grills the meat in front of us, and puts the cooked meat around the edges of the grill for us to grab anytime. The mean is first cooked in blocks but then is sliced up into small bite sized pieces.
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All the meat and veggies are unlimited, which is dangerous because you always end up eating more then usual. But don’t fill up all the way, because at the end you get your choice of 1. sundubu jjigae–which is a hot soup with tofu, seafood and a raw egg yolk on top, or  2. naengmyeon (cold noodles in chilled broth). We ordered both.
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I love eating here. It’s so good and definitely satisfies my korean cravings. The veggies are so fresh and the meat is tender. The only thing I would be careful about is getting full on drinks–since alcohol is included. I think I would rather eat my calories then drink them! Hahaha. I definitely recommend this place for anyone who wants to have a healthy dinner filled with greens.

ms fancy pants tokyo & juniper & boo-chan
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  • Yasai Mura Daichi Main Branch (やさい村 大地 本店)
  • 3-16-4  Akasaka DMK Bldg 2F, Minato-ku Tokyo
  • Mon-Sat 17:00-03:00, Sun/Holidays 17:00-23:00
  • 03-3568-2230

lunch @ L’Ateliere de Joel Robuchon

Ms H and I decided to treat ourselves to lunch at  L’Ateliere de Joel Robuchon(ラトリエ ドゥ ジョエル・ロブション) in Roppongi Hills. I hadn’t been here in a really long time so I was excited to go.

We sat at the long counter. I love the feel of this modern French restaurant. It’s cool with its black and red color scheme. Since I am pregnant, I couldn’t drink champagne, so I opted for  sparkling water instead.
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We both ordered the Menu du Jour, or chef’s recommended course. We enjoyed some prosciutto and delicious bread first. Yes, today carbs are my best friend! Cannot turn down freshly baked bread.
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Since I am pregnant they adjusted the menu for me, as I can’t eat raw seafood.
I love scallops so I was given grilled scallops as my appetizer. To say the least it was fantastic!
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Ms H had smoked salmon with caviar. It looked spectacular with the gold flakes too.
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Our next dish was fabulous. The presentation was amazing. It really depicted autumn. The shrimps were plump and the mushrooms brought out a woody taste. It was so good!
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For our main we had pork that was so tender. It was served with a cream sauce and lentil beans.
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We cleansed our pallet with a refreshing sorbet.
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We both love desserts so we both decided to order different things and share. The first was a pear soufflé.
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And then we followed it with this sensation!
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Ms H and I loved all the food. We ended our lunch date with a nice hot cup of tea. When you want to enjoy a relaxing delicious meal, I recommend coming here. Sitting at the counter gives you a great view of the open kitchen, and it’s easy to talk with all the servers. And the food is ever so good!

ms fancy pants tokyo & ms h & some of the chefs
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  • L’Ateliere de Joel Robuchon(ラトリエ ドゥ ジョエル・ロブション)
  • 6-10-1 Roppongi, Roppongi Hills Hillside 2F, Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • Lunch Weekdays 11:30-14:30 ,  Weekends 11:30-15:00
    Dinner 18:00-21:30
  • 03-5772-7500