Teppanyaki KYOTO Dinner and 3 Japanese Desserts

Mark came to the city on business and stopped by the house to pick up his mended sweater. He brought me the one I’d left at their house at Christmas.

Steve and Mark and I drove in his rental car, down to Bryant Street, for a late supper.

He saw the sign for Teppanyaki KYOTO and although we had no reservation, there was room for us at the counter.

Our server Steven made us most welcome and offered me a taste of sake since I’d never had it.

We got to watch the Chef and owner Kevin Chen prepare our food so skillfully. Right in front of us! I’m not talking theatrics, just perfect preparation and care taken with the freshest ingredients and served immediately.

Everything was delicious. Just look at these roasted vegetables. Perfectly prepared and served fresh from the griddle.

Mark and Steve had Yaki-Soba. The second photo is Yakitori which we shared. Mark said it was authentic Japanese food and remembered his time in Okinawa and was so glad he was introduced to the restaurant.

He plans to return and bring the family and sit at one of the tables with straw mats in the upper level.I didn’t photograph every dish we ordered but tonight I’m pleased with the results from the iPhone camera. There was green tea cheesecake with a dollop of whipped cream, and four green mochi with bean paste for dessert, and another one wrapped in a special leaf which I asked if it was edible. No, just a wrapper for the sweet rounded mochi. Not the ice cream version but filled with bean paste.  Mmmmmm.  We shared a taste of each.

I remembered blogging about Teppanyaki KYOTO when they opened in January 2012.

It was an unexpected pleasure to dine with my son and he was happy we ate here. 


Pink Elephant on a Lawn

Saw this pink elephant all lit up on a lawn as I drove the grandkids home from swimming practice. I drove around the block to try to get s better photo on the phone and the kids groaned. I thought it was blogworthy.

Ensuring the Neighborhood has Heat and Hot Water When It’s Minus 11 Degrees Windchill

These gas company workers have been working outside for several days in bitter cold.

The thermometer in the negative column and windchill making it more severe with no relief in sight. Laura and James home didn’t experience the problems some neighbors did. I can’t imagine how the early settlers made it through the winters.

I know it’s colder in other locations around the country as I heard from a friend in NH and it was 35 below zero

I admire these men for working hard to get the heat snd hot water to the neighbors.

Christmas Tree and Couch, Curbside

Clintonville. On Calumet. In Columbus.

No kidding.

That’s a lot of Cs.

I saw this Christmas Tree and the couch waiting for pick up. Some people put their trees out right after Christmas.

Maybe the trees have up since Thanksgiving and the needles are dropping like crazy.

Lights in the Darkness

Left Pittsburgh Saturday morning and drove into wet snow in Ohio. Michael, Jack and Maura had fun in the city but were excited to be back home, too.

Tonight after supper, Erika drove the kids and me around several neighborhoods to see the lights. They looked cheerful.

Here are a couple of lights to counteract the darkness of winter. The one house had cars lined up to see the homeowner’s efforts.

Tuesday Morning This House Will Be Moved Up the Street-Guest Blog

Guest blog today by my friend River Watcher on Neville Island.

Thanks Deb for sending these pictures today.

Their whole neighborhood is planning to come out and watch this entire house be moved to the waiting lot up the street. The foundation will be dug AFTER the House is moved. My plan is to go document the actual moving of the house on Tuesday morning.

I’m amazed this can be done. When Mark was little in 1978 we watched a house be moved down the street in Philadelphia.

ready to roll

Ice Cream in de Hood- in Berlin

Kiez Eis  

neighborhood Ice cream.  That’s what the translation is! Celebrating a year in business.

The neighborhood of Schoenberg in Berlin Germany.  All the other ic shops are shuttered for winter break.

Worth a trip to Berlin.

You might have seen my recent post about the unique and delicious Lebkuchen IceCream.

Meet Herr Gunnar Bruckner. Owner and creator of all the wonderfully flavorful ice cream. I asked if he would be in my People at Work Series and he graciously agreed. After twenty five years in United Nations and International Affairs Work, he has found his home.  And close to home. Right in the neighborhood.

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He showed me how he mixes the ice cream and has several freezers with different temperatures.

 

Using the finest ingredients from trusted sources is key to success.  Saffron threads. German Mustard Seed Pickles, and Vanilla beans which he scrapes out the interior. He’s made cilantro ice cream and I had the fresh plum. There was grapefruit and elderberry and mango, too. I asked if there were any flavors which didn’t work out and he told me about a goat cheese one with way too much goat cheese- a tiny dollop okay for a small canapé but not acceptable to sell as ice cream. An expensive experiment but people enjoy the German mustard seeds/ pickles ice cream.

 

Did I mention he can make a fancy coffee or espresso for you, too?

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Scooping out small scoops so the chocolate shake I ordered for my DIL will mix perfectly.

 

Stay tuned for  tomorrow’s post featuring Dagmar Bruckner,  glass bead Artist with a shop and gallery just around the corner.

She created this glass pin for her husband’s lapel. A good conversation starter.

 

Rounding the Corner Pittsburgh Marathon Mile 21

Rounding the corner Pittsburgh Marathon Mile 21.  From the archives.  Sorry to not identify  runner- he was a leader by a large margin.    Weekly Photo Challenge is Corner- Highland Avenue and Bryant Street

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La Esquina, New York City

CORNER   Ben H. at WordPress created the weekly photo challenge

La Esquina, New York City  114 Kenmare Street,  Soho – seemed a perfect response.

I was standing catty-corner(ed), watching traffic whiz by, taking a few photographs when I was visiting my sister.corner4 762corner3 761cornercorner2 760

I’m not in NYC today- from the archives.