Alice and I went to Tokyo Disney Sea for the day last Spring and it was one of the best Disney Sea trips. The day called for rain and I think that drove away a lot of Disney visitors so we got to ride tons of rides and eat lots of Disney food.

A Mickey-shaped churro?
An edible Sinbad Chandu-tiger tail?

Eat all the fun Disney foods!

 

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Mickey Churros. Delicious and cute! My type of food :bow:

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Ariel’s resort which always looks spectacular.

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Sinbad’s Chandu-man. Or meatbun shaped tail. Not the best, not the worst.

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Our footwear on the merry-go-round. We do Disney in style :bow:

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30 years of Disney Sea! Disney Sea is the only privately owned Disney in the world. It also is my favorite.

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I love kids at Disney. Always so happy!

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Check out that Princess in training!

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Also the well-dressed matching gyaru that visit. Disney is all ages!

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Ahh Marie! My favorite! Marie finished posing with people when I found her.

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At a restaurant we got Mickey shaped salmon jelly in our seafood cocktail, was surprisingly delicious.

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Disney is great during the day, but cool at night too. No wonder it’s a top date destination.

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Spring carnival did a full floral Mickey.

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More floral theme.

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At sunset, Disney Sea is really so pretty.

To be honest I never was the biggest Disney fan until I went to the Japan ones, I have friends who say the same! Disney Sea is definitely my favorite, but all Disney is so magical.

When you wish upon a star… :stars:

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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I was thankful enough to be in Japan for cherry blossom (sakura) season this year and of course that means I tried to eat all the sakura food (previous sakura food post from 2011)! Sadly I think I saw less this year than past years. I was talking to a Japanese friend who came to visit me in Houston and she agreed. I wasn’t at many festivals so maybe there’s more there?

Although Starbucks Sakura Latte was as popular as ever. Going on sale and selling out before sakura even started to bloom! That’s the only one I can’t stand the taste of (yuck).

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As soon as I arrived in Japan I met my bestie Alice in Shinjuku and with my luggage in tow we had sakura foods. I got the Sakura Tiramisu tart. Was super delicious!

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The next day Alice brought home Sakura and Matcha-old fashioned donuts from Krispy Kreme to share. Alice is the best. :cheery:

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The inside of a sakura flavored traditional Japanese-style donut I bought from a bakery in Tottori. They’re called An-Donuts (あんドーナッツ) because there’s usually red bean paste inside, but this one was sakura instead.

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Sakura and Red Bean Mushipan (蒸しパン) with actual blossoms! From a bakery in Osaka. Mushipan is like steamed cake puffiness. You can find them inside convenience stores and bakeries. They are my crack. Also matcha bread with peanut powder. I was full of “wa” that day :smiley:

Here’s an easy Mushipan recipe. I really want to try it, but… diet  :regret:

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The most gorgeous traditional sakura dango from a stall in Hiroshima. Wrapped in a shiso leaf it was so good. I really regret not getting two. Sakura food is the best.

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Sakura roll cake, sakura eclair and sakura tea all from Sweets Paradise in Shibuya. The tea was really delicious!

That’s not all the sakura foods I have to show, but that’ll be left when I talk about Sweets Forest.  :dotbow: I really wish sakura was available year ’round.

I also came back with Sakura Matcha Kit Kat for my man, he loves Japanese flavors of Kit Kat. I bought my man two boxes and one box of Matcha kit kat as well. Since coming back in June he’s slowly saved them and will now finish this month. He’s been savoring them so slowly. It’s really funny!