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  • Subway (American / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/29
  • It's a Subway. Seriously, don't expect any water to wine dietary miracles. If you've been to a Subway, you know exactly what you're going to get. They usually have tables of pre-made sandwiches stacked up outside the store for the lunch rush, so if there's one near your office just stop by and grab one quick. But if you're not interested in a sandwich made that morning, be prepared to stand in an epic line.
  • St.Mary's Cathedral (Churches-Catholic / Waseda)
  • 2009/01/28
  • While I'm all about checking out churches and religious sites in other countries, this one was kinda over my head. I mean, I can appreciate the beauty and architectural ingenuity from the outside. But the inside seems almost sacrilegious as far as cathedrals go, in terms of it's austerity. The dark interior seems like something out of a dystopian hallucination. It is definitely a modern take on an old idea.
  • Louisiana Kitchen Bourbon Street (American / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/28
  • The best words to describe this place are "a little bit of southern hospitality" and by hospitality, I mean bourbon, spicy food, and rockin' music. Oh, and by "little bit" I mean a lot. This place really is a taste of the Big Easy. Really great chill place. Have to agree that it is, indeed, very non-Roppongi like.
  • Salsa Sudada (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/28
  • If you're looking for somewhere to take your Brazilian friends, this is the place. Big hangout for the local Latin crowd. Not as international as other salsa clubs, but still a very good experience. They offer lessons and have a decent selection at the bar. It is a great place to dance till dawn and maybe...meet a friend or two. The dance floor is a tad small, but you can still have a great time.
  • Air (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Daikanyama)
  • 2009/01/04
  • A great little hole-in-the-wall if you're looking to dance and meet some good "vibing" people. Definitely some good house music and solid progression. It'll keep you up all night.
  • Sweets Paradise: Shibuya (Japanese Sweets & Cafes / Shibuya)
  • 2008/12/26
  • Holy diabetes, Batman! If you're looking for a great way to send your bloodsugar through the roof, go here. Sweets abound, but the smaller pieces allow you to enjoy without making an extra notch in your belt. Thought their specialty really is dessert, the food is pretty good, too. If feels a bit like a school cafeteria, but the food certainly doesn't taste like the stuff you ate in elementary school.
  • warehouse702 (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Azabu-juban)
  • 2008/11/17
  • This secluded club on the way to Azabu-juuban supports great local DJs that are on the Pure circuit. Whether you're gay, straight, or just a little ghetto, there will definitely be a night for you as this club caters to everyone. It just depends on the day of the week you decide to stop by. Not too bad for private parties, either.
  • Barbacoa Grill (Brazilian / Omotesando, Aoyama)
  • 2008/11/11
  • Great place for lunch, but dinner is quite expensive. It is much better to get a plated meal as opposed to the buffet. But this location is THE hangout for fashion industry high rollers. On any given day you can expect to see the head of HR from Gucci to the President of LVMH. Reservations are a must for any time of day, but you better know someone or good luck getting them to take your name. If you do get in, bonus on the tasty dessert bar.`
  • Hobgoblin : Shibuya (Darts & Pools / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/10
  • Now under new management, this pub still serves up its own brews alongside many other desirable imports. Finally, they have added Happy Hour from 5 to 7 daily for added enjoyment of said beers. A little on the pricey side, but Happy Hour is a good deal for your money. The staff is all English-speaking and far friendlier than you might expect for a pub. It is a homing beacon to all foreigners in the neighborhood: it could be because the female staff is easy on the eyes, or it could be because they televise virtually all major sporting events, or the amazing nachos that come with a huge dose of real sour cream. Whatever the reason, you'll probably find yourself drawn back time and time again.
  • El Torito : Shinjuku (Mexican / Shinjuku)
  • 2008/11/09
  • The food was excellent and the portion sizes for the set course menu for a large group was very generous. Classic tex-mex with fabulous and irresistible tortillas made from scratch in-house. Unfortunately, the drink service was pretty slow. But they have a good selection of moderately priced imported beers. And an extensive selection of cocktails: margaritas to daquiris and their own signature drinks. Lively atmosphere but a location not that easy to find for newcomers to the area. Reservations are highly recommended as the wait can be up to 45 minutes on an average weekday.
  • Kanichahan no Mise (Chinese / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/30
  • I have this theory that anything fried must be good. Just varying degrees of good. Well, as far as crab fried rice is concerned, it is definitely on the fabulous end of "good". And you know you're not the only one who thinks it's good when a generic drop-in counter shop stays busy all day long. I mean, this stuff is so good nobody has to dress it up or advertise it. Everyone just knows that it rocks. I highly recommend this place if you're in the area and need something fast.
  • Maruara-Watanabe (Japanese Goods / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/30
  • I stumbled into this store for the first time just a couple of weeks ago. I have to say, it is the perfect place to stop in and pick up gifts before heading home for the holidays. It's also a great place to take out of town guests so they can do all their shopping for friends back home. They've got generic souvenirs like keychains and postcards, but they've also got sandals, bags made of kimono-style fabric, aprons emblazoned with the names of different brands of sake, and yukata.

    The ladies who work in the store are originally from the Kyoto area and provide you with a lot of gift options indicative of that area. They are also extremely friendly and helpful.
  • koots green tea (Japanese Sweets & Cafes / Harajuku)
  • 2009/01/30
  • This cafe can basically be summarized as a Japanese style tea house with a western twist with organic products. A Starbucks for tea, if you will.

    They have loose organic teas (but they don't sell it bulk...I would totally buy it if they did) and they also have more western-y treats like matcha smoothies. The location is quiet even when it's pretty full.
  • Delifrance (Bakery / Akasaka)
  • 2009/01/30
  • Typical Japanese bakery chain located all over Tokyo, but this particular chain has more of the things I like than most other bakery chains. The quiche is fabulous, the chocolate chip muffins are heavenly, and the fruit smoothies are almost as good as a smoothie from Baskin & Robbins. They make fresh stuff all day long, but just be wary of the pre-made sandwiches...that thing you think is mayo probably has a healthy dose of horseradish.
  • Dean and Deluca: Shinagawa (Groceries/Supermarkets / Shinagawa)
  • 2009/01/29
  • Dean & Deluca...one of the things I do like about this place is that all of their products are base-line natural. Take the lemonade for example...no concentrate...actual lemons, natural mineral and sparkling water, with a bit of gum syrup. Even though it's a little pricey, it is definitely well worth it. And let's be honest, if you've made the trip out to the immigration office you deserve to give yourself a treat on the way back home.
  • Bar Piano (Bars / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/29
  • Yet another one of those places in Tokyo that makes you feel like you've just been teleported to an alternate reality. Classic "germanic" decor sometimes feels more like a cross between garage-sale chic and a bordello. But the staff is delightful and it's all in good fun. Honestly, the atmosphere is a welcome change from the inside of most places. Drinks are a bit pricey, but you are pretty much paying for the environment (but isn't that always the case?)
  • Amrta (Bars / Hiroo)
  • 2009/01/29
  • I've only been here once before on a weekday when the bill was being covered by the company expense account, so I have absolutely no idea how much anything cost. And the place was pretty much empty. But the music is great, the decor and atmosphere are wonderful, and the staff is awesome. Everyone seems just genuinely happy to be there and the vibe was really chill (again, could be because it was a Thursday). If you're in the area, it's worth a trip down the stairs into the basement.
  • 82 Ale House (Bars / Shinagawa)
  • 2009/01/29
  • This place is pretty close to one of the Temple University buildings so it is frequented by a quite a few students. But the place is nice, the staff is friendly, and the imported beers are cold. Oh, and the fish and chips is rockin'. But probably the most interesting feature of this place is the built in mechanism for knowing when you've had too many drinks. The bathrooms are down in the basement at the bottom of a very steep flight of stairs. If you're too drunk to get back up them, then you're done for the night.
  • Cafe 246 (Bookstores / Akasaka)
  • 2009/01/29
  • Yummy chicken tenders and creative choices on the menu. It's always really loud, except at lunch time, of course. They have an outdoor patio area, perfect for evening beers in spring and summer. They've also got computers for you to use if you simply HAVE to check your email.
  • astral lamp (Cocktail Lounges / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/29
  • Aside from the really cool name of this place, it is a nice little hole-in-the-wall location with friendly staff, and good food. It just has the feeling of being your nice little local place...cozy and welcoming. As with many spots like this, though, you really can't take a large group.
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