The Q-Pot Cafe Secret Room (http://www.q-pot.jp/shop/cafe/rooms/) or as they like to call it “SeQert Room” is a well known secret. It’s a full course of desserts that look like different types of savory food. In order to enjoy the “seqert room” You have to reserve on-line with a credit card. The card is charged and there is never a bill you see when dining.

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This is a dessert, read more about what’s in it below.  :bow:

Alice and I had been planning to do it for a while, but we finally decided for a busy Sunday afternoon. Since it’s so hard not to wait for a good seat at Q-Pot Cafe on a Sunday, then our private room dining experience should feel even more fancy.

We opted for the Q-Pot Cafe Secret Room Full Course (SE“Q”RET ROOMフルコース) for 5,250 yen a person ($53 USD). There’s also cheaper puchi plans, afternoon tea courses and fancy anniversary plans but we wanted to go full out!

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To get into the Seqert Room you must ring a bell and a panel opens.

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Bestie Alice and I inside the Secret Room which is right in the center of the Q-Pot Cafe. It’s a small room that only sits 4 people but feels larger because of the full mirror. Did you notice the awesome drippy chandelier?

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Of course we’re all taking tons of pictures. The theme for this room is MEAT. Turkey leg wallpaper and beef cut drawings. It’s whacky but is really cute at the same time.

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Alice dressed up in spooky lolita style for the event. Doesn’t she look fabulous? She totally matches the decor too! She’s pictured with our first course

Q-Pot Cafe Secret Room First Course – Caviar

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“Qviar” and tooth garnish. Chocolate caviar that felt like tiny chocolate tapioca balls and tooth-shaped pancakes with a semi-sweet cream on top.

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We also got a glass of non-alcoholic champagne during the event. All the Q-Pot Cafe’s large coffee and tea selection was unlimited and included during our Secret Room visit.

Secret Room Second Course – Pasta

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“Magic Pasta Carbonara”. This is the one I had a hard time convincing that it was a dessert. It totally looks like Carbonara right? That egg is splendid!

The “egg” was actually yuzu in a gelatin casing and it spilled over the creamy lemon pasta. It was very refreshing. The “cheese” is white chocolate shavings.

So our waitress keeps coming in always. It feels she’s only our waitress for this special time. She asks how it is and we reply it’s delicious and sweet. She says “Oh shucks, we keep hearing that all the time. I’m so disappointed with the cook! He keeps trying to make sweet things”

It’s a really cute running joke.

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Coffee was unlimited and we got their special Q-Pot Cafe Christmas latte art designs.

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Of course all the silverware was tipped with the Q-Pot teapot logo.

Surprise Palette Cleanser – Salty Pasta Snacks

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“Oh our chef messed up again and burnt the pasta. If you could just take this pasta it’d be great.” Ahh the running joke continues but this was so welcome! After two sweet course it was feeling a bit too much but the salty plain pasta was a wonderful palate cleanser and we crunched and got ready for more sweets.

Main Course – Meat

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Whaaat? It’s meat! So rare.

It’s a “Suteki na Sutekki” that’s served at its most rare.

The blood of course is chocoalte, the meat was a combination of frozen raspberry sorbet and marshmallow with a graham cracker crust. The cooked garlic was chocolate crackle crunch.

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The bread roll was actually a freeze dried orange and the mashed potatoes was a simple milk ice cream. The orange with the milk ice cream was a wonderful combination.

But we’re not done, there was actual dessert.

Apparent the SeQert Room is haunted!

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After our meal our waitress  made us close our eyes and the box was opened (photo above). A cute-sounding ghost haunted our room and then was put back in the box. It was very  hard keeping our eyes closed with such silliness.

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But our ghost left us something! His precious “Nantecotta Panacotta”. So delicious! We were each given a new glass container as a momento of our Q-Pot Cafe Secret Room visit along with a point card that with 10,000 yen ($100) we got a free dessert. Since we were already halfway there to $100 it was very exciting.

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More copious drinks until we wanted to leave. The reservation says it’s only 90 minutes you can eat and enjoy but we did 2 hours. I don’t think there was a reservation after us.

Q-Pot Cafe Christmas themed Desserts

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I really wanted to get a snowman cake, but I was too sugar-full to even think about ordering.

The Q-Pot Cafe itself is a wonderful experience but the Q-Pot Cafe Secret Room was a week-maker. It was the most delicious fun! In case you missed my previous Q-Pot Cafe post please check it out for it’s sakura desserts

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Q-Pot Cafe Tokyo near Harajuku is one of the cutest cafes to pop in a long time (http://www.q-pot.jp/shop/cafe/). Done by wildly popular sweets deco aka sweets jewelry maker Q-Pot it’s the perfect niche cafe. It’s usually packed on weekends with a wait so weekdays is the best time to visit.

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These are just their regular desserts. Look how special and well done that their standards are. But you’re missing out on their seasonal (gentei) spectaculars, more on that below.  :sage:

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Q-Pot Cafe’s outside is like a small little cottage. With all the flashiness of Harajuku and the gilded brand stores that line Omotesando it’s such a refreshing simple, homespun change.

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The sweets wallpaper down to the biscuit shaped tables and wall motif. Everything is expertly chosen and uniquely crafted for this one-of-a-kind cafe. You definitely feel like you’re transported somewhere else than the backstreets of Omotesando.

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Like any special place in Japan there are goods to buy like take home Q-Pot Cafe biscuits and plates.

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The coffee sprinkled with their logo and each piece of silverware has their little Q-Pot teapot logo on it.

But of course what about my own choice? Their sakura-themed dessert.

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Or should I say desserts? A sakura cake tower, a sakura and white chocolate with Q-Pot logo and then a sakura macaron with edible jewelry.

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Check out that amazing macaron! It was heavenly, too. I couldn’t handle how I was eating jewelry, such a joy.

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Such a tiny piece of chocolate but a delicate little print. If you didn’t notice, it matches their wallpaper.

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Inside the sakura cake tower! The Japanese-themed dessert heaven of cake, matcha cream, red bean and sakura icing. It was soooo good!!

 

Unlike many places in Japan cameras are 100% okay and encouraged. The staff are happy to take pictures of you or let you roam around and take pictures. For 1,000 yen for a dessert and coffee and an unforgettable experience, it’s definitely a well-priced moment. It’s also such a wonderful moment to sit when you’ve been walking around Harajuku.

If you enjoy sweets and adorable settings please visit! Q-Pot Cafe Tokyo is located near the Omotesando and Harajuku train stations at 3-10-21 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo. I’m not done with posting about Q-Pot. 3 months ago I went to Q-Pot Cafe’s super secret room and enjoyed their special menu. I’ll share with that next month.  :cheery:

 

 

 

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The entrance of Makishi Market Okinawa Japan where there’s a little bit of everything in the open-air market.

Wherein I drag Lucie to food places because I’m a local food pig. But this post is more than my Okinawan Eats post, it’s all about Makishi Market and all the foods you can eat there!

Makishi Market. Known as “the kitchen of Okinawa”, This market started as a kind of black market after WW2. There are more than 400 shops in one floor. You can buy any Okinawa’s traditional foods like dried sea snake (イラブー irabū), pork (Okinawas say they eat everything except the hooves and the oink), special vegetables not found on the mainland, colorful fish, or edible seaweed. There are many restaurants upstairs, serving traditional Okinawan home cooking.  – wikitravel on Naha

If you take a right inside that sprawling open-air market (above) you get to the “Kitchen of Okinawa” which is the super cool reason to visit! Traditonal food markets are always awesome to me. I love local sellers showing off their freshest produce. As someone who loves to eat this to me is what food is all about.

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I know you guys saw the pigs head with sunglasses. Pork is king in Okinawa and the pig’s head is a famous attraction of the food court.

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All the orderly clutter of meat and vegetable sellers. For some reason I just love the visual clutter yet organized porn of it. //weirdo

But what about the eating Mitsu….?

Onto the second floor where there’s a collection of small restaurants making only the freshest of Okinawan traditional food.

Like going to Okonomimura in Hiroshima where all the restaurants look delicious it was hard picking one but we settled on “Adan” because Lucie doesn’t like fishy smells and it was the least fishy.

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Like any Japanese traditional place the menu with prices is posted on big laminated signboards like above. But they tend to give you your own menu with more selection.

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Lucie got the English menu and I took a picture to show because this is pretty much how most English menus look in Japan. Being a tourist destination I’m sure all restaurants had one here.

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The rest of the restaurant chowing down on seafood and other local specialities.

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Being a Goya pig I got the Goya Chample. It came with miso and was 750 yen (around $8.00). $8.00 for a delicious local meal? Yes please!

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Why did I take a picture of shochu? Because they had Goya Shochu! AWWWW YISSS :rockoutguy:

Definitely worth a visit! Lots of food choices for inexpensive prices.  :smiley:

 

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Hello, from this picture I am still in Japan… and I’m not really on the beach.

(Cat socks tutuanna, skirt Secret Magic, cardigan eHyphen Bon Bon, shoes Liz Lisa)

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Instead I spent the day walking up and down Tottori Sand Dunes ( Tottori Sakyuu 鳥取砂丘) in Tottori!

I could’ve taken a donkey down the dunes (his home is above).

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Hiking up these dunes is no joke. I like to workout and it was definitely a workout.

To explain this I did the big tall sanddune with kids and their mama.

Kids with the endless energy went bounding up, while their Mama was at first: Wait for me…! /then/ You go right ahead, Mama will catch up. /then/ Heavy breathing /then/ Heavy wheezing /then/ Mama will stay right here (in the middle of the dune) you kids go up if you want.  :rushed:

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The wind hitting the dunes on one side makes them instantly smoother and the water was gorgeous.

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The steps I made, and then turning around the wind almost made them disappear instantly.

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Still in Japan.  :dotbow:

Mitsu eats local food in Japan

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Totttori is known for their pears, but since it was out of season I got pear ice cream instead.

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And they’re known for their style of chikuwa (竹輪 /ちくわ wiki).  Which is kind of a fish and tofu mix ….tube. It sounds bad it’s actually quite flavorful and good! I got their crab special since Tottori is also known for crab.

How much did my day cost? There’s a fallacy that tourism in Japan is expensive. And yes flight/train pass/hotel that whole thing is of course going to cost. But my Tottori experience was cheap! It took 2,000 yen extra on the train pass because there’s a part from Osaka to Tottori that’s not covered. But Tottori Sand Dunes are free. My bus to get to the dunes the Loop bus from the main station was 200 yen. My crab chikuwa was 280 and my ice cream was 200 yen.  Total cost was 680 yen ($7 USD) to eat local food and see something amazing. I also walked from the train station to the cherry blossoms, so those were free. My day including meals cost $47 and it was a great day!