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Cafe Jr./Italian Tomato.

I remember going to this cafe a lot when I was a student in Japan. There was a Cafe Jr. by the Ontakesan station (where my guest house was), so I’d frequent the cafe a lot, ordering their pizzas and iced lattes.

Going back to the Cafe Jr. in Harajuku made me feel nostalgic, since I remember going here a few times with some friends. This time, however, I was alone, and I did feel a little lonely thinking about memories. This pizza was the first somewhat ‘healthy’ thing I was able to eat in a few days–the pizza had vegetables on it, which made me feel a bit happy.

I made the mistake of sitting upstairs with the smoking section, though. I was trying to just find a better seat for myself, but in turn, I ended up sitting with all the smokers. There were two young schoolgirls sitting a few seats away from me; one girl had a rather husky voice, which amused me. I don’t think they were smoking either; probably just wanted a comfortable, somewhat private place to sit and chat.

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Another visit to Wired Cafe…

I woke up late today, had a small breakfast consisting of junk food from the convenience store. Had to wait around for the mailman so I could pick up an important package for myself; after receiving the package, I decided I would go out for some dessert.

I ventured all the way back to Wired Cafe to get free wireless and try out one of their desserts. This was the chocolate parfait; expensive (around 600 yen), yet it was so delicious anyway. Cornflakes, soft cream, chocolate drizzle, marshmallows…my mouth is just watering trying to re-live the experience.

It’s too bad that I am not staying anywhere close to Shinjuku; Tachikawa is 26 minutes from Shinjuku. A long and somewhat expensive train-ride; I am not aware of any free wireless spots in Tachikawa, so in order to get Internet working on my laptop, I have to come to Wired Cafe. I could use the Internet cafes in Tachikawa, but I really prefer using my laptop to access the Internet since my laptop has all the information I need.

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Matcha Latte and a Danish.

Caffe Veloce in Tachikawa; for only the past couple of days, I have passed by this little caffe a few times to and from the station. After visiting some old haunts in Harajuku/Shibuya today, I decided to stop into Caffe Veloce and have myself a small treat and a drink.

This was my first time trying green tea/”matcha” latte in Japan. I’m sure the drink was around when I was in Japan two years ago, but I guess I didn’t take much interest in any tea drinks back then. Tasting the latte was a new experience for me; it tasted just like authentic green tea, with a hint of cream and milk. A little strong for any other Westerner, but I personally liked the taste.

The danish was standard, nothing special. Maybe a little less sweet than its Western counterparts. The Japanese are known to have milder flavors of a lot of Western foods/sweets, which I actually prefer a lot more. I don’t feel like I am getting diabetes from eating a Japanese sweet; when I eat sweets in the US, I sometimes feel like I may have to go to the hospital from the extreme sugar rush. Okay, perhaps that’s just an exaggeration, but I can’t help it when I say that most sweets/desserts in the US are TOO sweet for my liking.

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Omelet Rice @ Wired Cafe (Shinjuku)

I stumbled to this cafe in Shinjuku because my friend told me that there was free wireless available here. I’m still getting re-acquainted with the area, so I come to this cafe located on 7F of LUMINE 2 in Shinjuku station.

This was my first real meal in Tokyo; I didn’t eat anything on the day of arrival besides some onigiri and water. It felt nice to finally eat something of substance; omelet rice with a tomato-based mix of vegetables and a small side salad. This was one of Wired Cafe’s lunch specials of the week; granted, it was a little pricey for my tastes (roughly 980 yen), but I didn’t mind so much since I got a good amount of food in the deal. Plus, the drink was included in the set.