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Tokyo Food: My favourite Thai restaurant

After many average Thai food experiences, we tried our luck with Bangkok Oriental and haven’t looked back since.

Even though the restaurant is in walking distance to our place, we have actually never been inside, but get to enjoy the food thanks to Uber Eats.

The soft shell crab stir-fry and the glass noodle salad are firm favourites! 

Bangkok Oriental
1-3-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku

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Turquoise Port at Decor

UPDATE AS OF 24 APRIL 2021:
THE EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 30-31 MAY 2021 DUE TO THE NEWLY DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY

Decor – the annual furniture and home decor sale at the Tokyo American Club is back and I’ll be there with some of my collection.

Members only:
Sunday, 25 April, 5:30pm – 8pm

Open to the public:
Monday, 26 April, 10am – 7pm

Hope to see you there!

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Some of my favourite local food-related small businesses

If you follow my Instagram / Facebook Stories, you might have noticed my slight obsession with food.

These days it’s more about food we consume at home rather than out & about, so I thought I share some of my favourite local food-related small businesses with you:

Oishimon Organic Farm 

Oishimon in Saitama is run by Simon, a Dutch farmer. We subscribed to the weekly organic veggie box about a year ago and I still look forward to every delivery. Lots of leafy vegetables, salads, herbs, root veggies etc arrive every Tuesday on our doorstep.

Eco Hachi Living

Marisa of Eco Hachi Living makes beautiful reusable beeswax food wraps using Japanese fabrics. They are pretty much in daily use I our kitchen and make great gifts too!

Punk Doily

Pies – glorious pies! And sausage rolls.
Savoury antipodean style. 

These tasty beauties are a staple in our freezer. Yummy buttery crust, juicy fillings – each one of Punk Doily’s pies is a savoured treat in our house.

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This month I’m … March 2021

HOSTING
The Turquoise Port annual sale

Check your inbox on Friday, 12 March at 9am to get the early access link for email subscribers.

Not on the mailing list? Sign up here: https://turquoiseport.com/mailinglist/

 

EAGERLY AWAITING
The 2nd season of Interior Design Masters on Netflix

Hop on over to Netflix if you haven’t watched the first season yet

READING
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
by Christy Lefteri

I’m about 1/4 into this heartbreaking yet beautifully told story and can highly recommend it.

LOOKING FORWARD TO
The 2021 cherry blossom season

I’m already super excited just seeing those plum and early cherry trees bloom 🌸

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Christmas Matsuri in Mejiro

Turquoise Port is back with Tokyo’s French community for a two-day pop-up shopping event in a private residence in Mejiro with a number of great vendors!
Would love to see you there – get in touch for the address.

Friday, 4 December 2020, 11am – 8pm
Saturday, 5 December 2020, 10am – 4pm

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Swing by at the Holiday Pop-In

HOLIDAY POP-IN
Thursday, 26 November 2020
10am – 3pm

I’ve teamed up with Bikudesigns and Moniko for an intimate pop-in shopping event at the Showroom.
Vintage kimono bags, accessories and jewellery from those two great brands will be available in addition to the Turquoise Port  collection. 

Looking forward to seeing some of you there!

PLEASE NOTE:
Limited numbers allowed in the showroom at any one time
Windows and doors open
Please wear a mask
Hand sanitizer available on entry
Temperature will be taken

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This month I’m … October 2020

Can you believe it’s already October?!
Christmas is officially on the way and I can’t wait for those the beautiful Japanese autumn colours to start coming out 🍂

Happy weekend!
Alex x

WATCHING
Long Way Up
I’m not a biker, but I’m a traveller and I loved the first two TV series with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman in 2004 and 2007 when they rode their bikes from London to NYC and from Scotland to South Africa respectively. This time they are travelling on prototype electric Harley Davidsons from the southern tip of South America all the way to LA. So good! 

GETTING ORGANISED
for Christmas 🎄 
Yes, it’s only early October, but I’ll be extra organised getting my gifts sorted his year – the international postal systems are all messed up and things just take so much longer to arrive. 
Bonus point: no more last minute rush to the shops a couple of days prior to Christmas!

READING
Florence Adler Swims Forever
by Rachel Beanland
Set in Atlantic City in the summer of 1934 three generations of the Adler family grapple with heartbreak, romance and the weight of family secrets. 

LOOKING FORWARD
to autumn!
Autumn is my most favourite season in Japan – those colours are just breathtaking! 🍁

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Are you over endlessly cooking meals? I am…

Are you still cooking up a storm? Well, I don’t…
I lost my cooking mojo at some stage during the last few weeks and whilst I’m waiting to somehow retrieve it again I thought I’ll share some of my favourite Tokyo takeaway restaurants with you. 

What is your favourite takeout?? Let me know!

Keep smiling,
Alex x

Ginger Jars now available online

Classic White & Blue

Fav Tokyo takeaway restaurants

BURGERS … Burger Mania, Shirokane (also in Ebisu & Hiroo)

The Rosemary Lemon Burger is a dream.

Delivery (Fine Dine) available

ISRAELI … Ta-im, Ebisu

We were in heaven when we first discovered Ta-im. Great Israeli / Middle Eastern food is hard to come by in this town!

Delivery (Uber Eats) available

INDIAN … Ahilya, Meguro (also in Osaki, Aoyama & Yoyogi)

I confess: I’m a snob when it comes to Indian food. We lived in an Indian neighbourhood for a few years back in London and we are spoiled. It took quite a few attempts to find great Indian food in Tokyo.

Delivery (Uber Eats) available

PIZZA … Gonzo, Meguro

We LOVE Gonzo’s pizza! The restaurant opened not so long ago and we have been regulars ever since. The prosciutto pizza is my fav.

Delivery (Uber Eats) available

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This month I’m … August 2020

After quite a long rainy season summer has finally arrived in Tokyo.
Baaang – just like that. Someone switched the heat on and wow – it’s scorching out there! The heat index reads 45°C as I’m sitting here writing to you 😅

I hope you are keeping cool wherever you are.

Keep smiling,
Alex x

WORKING MY WAY THROUGH
this great list of travel movies! We are about half way through 😅

CONTINUING TO RESIST MY URGE TO TRAVEL
because it’s the right thing to do

READING
In Five Years
by Rebecca Serve

GETTING EXCITED ABOUT
adding those ever so popular ginger jars to my online store