Monday, April 30, 2012

other April meals and kitchen experiments

breaded chicken fillets + cucumber sticks

pork sisig + pinakbet
check out the eggplant we used!
mutant eggplant for ¥250

chicken 1-2-3 + lettuce-orange-cucumber salad

ready-to-eat fried chicken from the supermarket + heat-then-eat chicken teriyaki pizza +...
...ready-to-eat fresh spring rolls :)

ham and cheese sandwich with potato chips

Spam, scrambled eggs, and hash browns

spaghetti with meatballs with crackers+cream cheese

(Apparently, beef misono is not an authentic Japanese dish. Beef misono was invented by the Philippine food chain Tokyo Tokyo.)

ham-egg-cheese-tomato sandwich

fried squid with grilled eggplants & okra with tomatoes+onions+bagoong alamang

fried chicken from the supermarket again, this time with sliced cucumbers on the side :)


corned beef with fried egg and hash browns

ham-egg-lettuce-cheese sandwich

this doesn't look anything like the photo in the recipe I followed :/

pork longganisa :D

the beef looks pale here

Asian orange chicken with lettuce on the side
Ronjie ate this with the chicken wrapped in the lettuce

collection of April breakfast, dessert & snack food photos

Strawberries + condensed milk. Movie night Doritos with salsa & cream cheese. Oatmeal with strawberries. Cup noodles from the ¥100 store (2 cups for ¥100). Round biscuits with chocolate. Green tea chocolate. Marie biscuits with chocolate. Market O brownies (a Korean brand). Egg salad with crackers (made from the Easter eggs we got from church). Raisin muffins. Doughnuts. Cookies. Cereal + papaya & apples. Movietime Teriyaki & Mayonnaise Gourmet Doritos. Maria biscuits. Philippine mangoes which we got for ~¥100 apiece (didn't taste as sweet though :/). Cheese-something Doritos. Banana-walnut mugcake with streusel. Ham & cheese bread pizza. Ham pizza from the supermarket. Denny's kiwi sorbet. Denny's mango sundae. Chicken teriyaki pizza from the supermarket. Peaches & cream.

パリワール Indian Restaurant

For Saturdate dinner last weekend, we tried an Indian restaurant downtown: Pariwar (Parivaar?). The place is located on the 2nd floor of a building near the Hon-Atsugi Bus Center. Seating area was for maybe around 20-25 people. We got there at around 6, for quick early dinner. (We had to be done before 7, to make it to the anticipated mass in Atsugi Catholic Church which was a 5-10-minute walk from the restaurant.) There were 6 customers already by the time we arrived; we picked to sit a booth by the window.

restaurant interiors
(pink walls & upholstery + Indian paintings + black lace curtains/booth dividers + an Indian flag)

window curtains: white lace cloth + strung seashells

We shared 2 set meals:
~ salad + keema curry + vegetable curry + chicken tikka + naan + dessert + drink
~ salad + mutton curry + naan + drink

mango lassi


assorted curry + chicken tikka set

mutton curry set

We shared the dessert which came with the first set meal. It was bite-sized mixed fruits (fruit cocktail?) with plain yogurt and mango syrup.

Our food arrived fast (we didn't have to wait long) and we finished eating quickly, too. And we made it to church in time for mass!


It was a different experience this time since we ordered ala carte. The first time I tried an Indian restaurant in Atsugi it was a tabehodai dinner with a group of ~10 people. Can't say which of the 2 restaurants served better-tasting food, parang pareho lang. :D

By the way, here are Pariwar's contact details and menu:

cajun buttermilk chicken

Dahil natakam ako sa grilled cajun buttermilk chicken lunch which my friend Idda, the condo chef, posted in her blog, I immediately added it to our weekly menu and planned to make it soon. Contacted Idda for the recipe--which she happily gave--and scheduled my grocery trip to get the ingredients I didn't have yet. Idda also mentioned deep-frying the chicken (instead of grilling) if I wanted it crunchy so I tried both. :D

Ronjie picked grilled so we tried the grilled version first, and left the remaining chicken pieces to marinate some more, to be fried for lunch the next day.

grilled cajun buttermilk chicken with boiled corn and carrots

(not deep-)fried cajun buttermilk chicken with lettuce-cucumber-tomato salad

Between grilled or fried, Ronjie & I preferred the grilled version, mas malasa kasi. I guess during the frying process, a lot of the seasonings get dispersed with the oil and so part of the cajun flavor is lost.

Yummy lunch for 2 days! Thanks, Idda! :)

Chapel of The Good Shepherd

Yesterday was Good Shepherd Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Easter. And, two Saturdays ago was my first time to enter a multi-denominational church. I first saw the Chapel of The Good Shepherd in NAF Atsugi last July but didn't get the chance to go inside then. Now, last April 21, we were invited to the baptism of little R, Kuya G & Ate R's daughter. The baptism took place during the anticipated mass that afternoon.

Some photos of the chapel:
(the first 7 photos were taken last summer; the latter 3, this spring)

traditional Japanese architecture

there's a tree in front of the chapel which gives shade to the graves (or maybe just memorials) of some late members of the NAF Atsugi community

not sure if this is his grave or if this is just a memorial

inside the chapel - the altar

the crucifix

Easter candle and Mother Mary in the background