Around Town: Hiarata Bokujo – Tokyo, Japan

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During a recent trip to Japan, I stumbled across Hirata Bokujo, a small restaurant that served the most delicious tonkatsu I’ve ever had in my life. Tonkatsu is a breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet, often served with shredded cabbage and a sauce to dip the cutlet in. You can’t go wrong with anything you order on the menu because it all tastes so fresh and is guaranteed to be filling. With only 19 seats total (2 tables and bar seating), Hirata Bokujo is quiet and relaxing, with jazz music softly playing in the background to create an ambiance that easily beats out many American restaurants with the Top 50 hits blasting.

With hot tea to start, customers make their own tonkatsu dipping sauce by grinding sesame seeds against a textured bowl and adding a sauce of their choice. I’ve always loved tonkatsu with sauce, so making my own exactly to my liking only further enhanced the meal. Complete with miso soup and a steaming bowl of white rice, this lunch ranks high on my list. Blending in with the other restaurants lining the street, keep an eye out for the big red sign in the front.

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{Photos by Lauren}

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4. Coral Herringbone Throw | 5. Heart Dinner Plate

Just in time for Valentine’s Day…everything I am currently ‘hearting.’ Wake up and make cute heart-shaped pancakes and waffles for a breakfast full of love or add a shot of love to your tea. Bundle up with a comfy throw while eating chocolates off of a heart-shaped plate. Go ahead and celebrate love tomorrow, and remind yourself of all the reasons why you love you. If you want to spread the love, send one of these sweet hearts to your mother, sister, or best girlfriend! xoxo

Currently Craving

lounging in this room & watching Emma & enjoying these english crumpets

When I find a movie that I want to watch, I like to find the perfect food to accompany the flick. I also like to set the movie-watching mood with a candle and a cozy blanket. I am currently craving an airy living room while watching Emma and snacking on english crumpets and tea. These things go together so well that it would guarantee a lovely and rejuvenating afternoon.

Film Icon: Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn on her side, Audrey overlooking city, Audrey with balloons, glam Audrey, Audrey riding a bicycle

[Welcome to the new column: Film Icon! Film Icon will feature movie stars who have left their fingerprints on film history, and will be accompanied by food inspired by the icons and their films. I am always interested in learning more about figures from the past, as well as finding new recipes to try. This column will be a combination of both. I hope you enjoy! - Lauren]

Audrey Hepburn was a true inspiration, both on and off the silver screen. To this day, Audrey remains not only a film icon, but a fashion icon, as well. Audrey was born in Brussels in 1929, and spent a good amount of her childhood between England and the Netherlands. Audrey studied ballet and did some modeling during her youth.

When Roman Holiday came along in 1953, Audrey shot to stardom when she gained popularity and won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Audrey decided to leave acting after a failed marriage with Mel Ferrer, with whom she had a son named Sean. She eventually went on to marry Dr. Andrea Dotti but this relationship did not work out either, though she gave birth to son Luca during their time together.

After a successful career in film, several miscarriages, and relationship ups-and-downs, Audrey committed her time to UNICEF as a special ambassador. Audrey spent the last years of her life with her partner Robert Wolders. In January 1993, Audrey died of cancer. Audrey will always be remembered for her contribution to film, her fashion sense, and her charitable actions. She is definitely an inspiration to many, and her movies are classics. To learn more about the details of Audrey’s life, this is a great read.

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Friday’s Features

♥ This looks so intense. I’m intrigued.

 

I read a quote earlier this week by Augusten Burroughs, where he said, “I myself am entirely made out of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.” I love this quote for so many different reasons, the main being because as we all know, no one is perfect, yet most of us have good intentions. We may not do everything flawlessly, but as long as we have a good head on our shoulders, work hard, learn from failure and mistakes, and put our best foot forward, everything will be okay. Have an inspiring and restful weekend!

♥ Hollywood infected your brain you wanted kisses in the rain

♥ These cupcakes aren’t only wrapped gorgeously, but they’re also perfectly topped with juicy blackberries

♥ Social media + Tea

♥ Who do you love?

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Friday’s Features

♥ I ♥ these heart matches!

Wow this week has flown by! It was an extremely busy week, but I did manage to find some brief moments of relaxation and reflection. I feel like my to-do list continues to grow when I’m not looking, but as long as it all gets done I have no problem with that. This weekend there are some pretty fun movies coming out (W.E. – limited release and Big Miracle)! Nowadays all I seem to purchase are movie tickets and food. Such is life. Hopefully I’ll have time to make it to the theater for Big Miracle, but besides that, here are some other things that I am watching and craving. What are your plans this weekend?

♥  “Why don’t you tell me that ‘if the girl had been worth having, she’d have waited for you’? No, sir, the girl really worth having won’t wait for anybody.”

-    This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald

♥ Eat Cake for Breakfast (only sometimes :P) – buy it here

♥ This would make daily morning tea even sweeter

Bridesmaids. I’m so excited that it is nominated for an Oscar (Best Original Screenplay by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo; also, Melissa McCarthy was nominated for Best Supporting Actress). Love when comedy is recognized, especially for such an elite award.

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