New York Botanical Garden: Orchid Evenings

Last weekend, I went back upstate to the Bronx to visit the New York Botanical Garden for Orchid Evenings. We headed there at the perfect time, as it was still light enough in the conservatory to watch the sun set and take some different shots from when I last went to the Orchid Key West exhibit during mid […]


[…] photos above shot with my DSLR. For more info on Orchid Evenings, check out my later post of the night with Creme Yvette’s minty julep […]

Japanese Tonkatsu

I’m not sure how we stumbled upon this place but when we saw that the restaurant was dedicated to tonkatsu, or Japanese pork cutlet, we immediately sat down, eager to try this Japanese staple. Surprisingly, a lot of our lunchtime hits ended up being restaurants on the top floors of malls, which threw me for a […]


Katie @ From Shores to SkylinesApril 18, 2014 - 10:12 am

That’s in a mall?! I had no idea until I read the bottom of your post. Maybe I would go to more malls in the US if the food tasted even half as good as yours looks.

SherApril 18, 2014 - 5:06 pm

right? i loved how unique each of the malls in Japan were and was so surprised by the food options!

JaniceApril 19, 2014 - 6:10 am

The tonkatsu we had in Kyoto was delicious and this was at a place that was part of a chain in a mall as well. I just love how light they make the batter which makes it feel as if it’s less greasy :P.

personApril 21, 2014 - 1:28 pm

nice pix whos the hottie?

SherApril 21, 2014 - 10:41 pm

really.. hitting on yourself Earl?

Pastry Boutique at the Park Hyatt Tokyo

Remember my post on the Park Hyatt Tokyo? Well, we discovered one more highlight to add to our giant list of raves for this hotel. The ground floor of the hotel has a patisserie / bakery with some of the most decadent and delicious desserts as well as a gourmet marketplace shop selling wine (and […]


Katie @From Shores to SkylinesApril 16, 2014 - 8:34 pm

I have a huge sweet tooth, and I LOVE peaches… but those pastries look almost too pretty to eat! Seems like you managed ;)

SherApril 16, 2014 - 9:52 pm

ha, yes indeed :) thanks for stopping by Katie!

ValerieApril 19, 2014 - 2:24 pm

This looks AMAZING! Being French I just love decadent deserts and this look right up my street <3 This truly looks incredible xx

SherApril 19, 2014 - 3:56 pm

they were delish :) japan actually has some amazing bakeries and pastry shops! i went to mikimoto’s lounge and tried some other desserts as well, post coming soon..

Beauty Edit: Tatcha Skin Care

Since I’m in the midst of sharing pictures from my trip to Japan, I thought I’d share a recent Japanese skincare find: Tatcha Beauty. My friends know that I am obsessed with great skin, regularly slather on bucket loads of sunscreen and spend probably a little more than necessary on buttery night creams. I recently […]


Sushi Breakfast at Tsukiji Fish Market: Daiwa Sushi

Tsukiji Market is divided in two sections: an inner market, where the tuna auctions and fish processing takes place, and an outer market, where a mixture of wholesale and retail shops sell kitchen tools, restaurant supplies and groceries. It’s also in the outer market where you can experience an early morning sushi breakfast. For my trip, we decided […]


[…] the fresh fish (and other salty creatures) at the inner market stalls and a chance to have a sushi breakfast of the freshest […]

[…] I’m experimenting with the gallery feature. Click on the play button for a slideshow of of tuna, octopus and fish market shots (or you can click the right arrow to move at your own […]

JaniceApril 16, 2014 - 7:41 am

Mmmm… I miss the sushi in Japan!

EssieApril 21, 2014 - 10:08 am

This sushi looks amazing!! It makes me miss Japan :) What camera do you use? Your photos are awesome.

SherApril 21, 2014 - 10:39 pm

Aw, thanks! I use a canon DSLR and these were taken with a 50mm lens

Tuna Auction @ Tsukiji Fish Market

Today is a very exciting day as I’m finally getting around to showing pictures from my week and a half long trip around Japan…from a year and a half ago. I planned pretty much every minute of this trip and was very, very excited to experience the food, shrines, sake and basically every aspect of […]


JaniceApril 10, 2014 - 10:02 pm

I was so disappointed that there were no auctions when we went over Christmas as it was getting close to New Year! We’re going to have to go back just to see this! We did line up for 3 hours for Sushi Dai… despite getting there at 4am. The things we do for food! Can’t wait to see the rest of your posts about Japan! I just posted one about the amazing tofu we had in Kyoto :)


KatyApril 11, 2014 - 6:01 pm

That looks like an incredible spot to visit. Even though that sounds like PAINfully early wake up call, it definitely seems worth it. You got some great shots that really show the activity of the auction and the warehouse!

Can’t wait to see what else you saw around Japan.

SherApril 12, 2014 - 1:36 am

ha, it definitely took dedication but I REALLY wanted to see it. thanks for stopping by Katy!

SherApril 12, 2014 - 1:36 am

aw, i didn’t know it shut down. ooh sushi dai, that’s where we went right after! it was such a crazy wrap around line. i’ll be sure to check out your Kyoto food post!

[…] you’re not a morning person and plan to skip the tuna auction, a trip to Tsukiji Fish Market is still worth it to explore the fresh fish (and other salty […]

[…] in Tokyo, I wholeheartedly recommend a trip to Tsukiji fish market. Not only should you see the tuna auction and wander the inner market stalls, but definitely swing by Sushi Daiwa for one of the freshest […]