A Beautiful Saturday With My Japanese Parents

During my time here, Yuko and Papa have done SO much for me and my family. Over and over again, they have shown us, once strangers, now family, unconditional love. Last weekend, I had the pleasure of spending the day with them and my oh my was it a day. Finally today, on this very rainy morning (as it is now rainy season – ahhhh) I have the chance to sit down and tell you about it.

So, first up, Japanese soba (super healthy buckwheat noodles) at THIS PLACE. Next, fresh mochi (Japanese rice cake) with kinako (roasted soy bean flour) at the highway rest area made by the world’s second cutest chef (the first cutest is my sushi chef friend of Yoshinoya). Last, Hiruzen HerBill Garden. This place was SO beautiful. Like, I can’t say enough. Embarrassingly, all I could think about while there was how nice it would be to get married there! So pretty. So many flowers! I love flowers (if you can’t tell). After exploring the garden, we drank herb tea in their cafe. Apricot and peach something. Delicious. For more info click HERE.


an entire restaurant dedicated to ricotta cheese

Yes, such a haven really does exist. Today, my lovely colleague and I dined at Il Ricottaro, an adorable little restaurant nestled deep in the woods of Hiruzen (Japan’s Jersey capital) and it was everything I love and more: organic, seasonal, family-run, fitted with beautiful wooden furniture and a menu featuring TIRAMISU. God, I love Tiramisu. This one was made with a mixture of ricotta and mascarpone. Ricotta also featured in our starter, salad and main (pizza). And not just any old ricotta, a delicate mixture of cow and GOAT cheese ricotta: soft, hard, smoked, amazing, out-of-this-word etc etc Well, it’s Il Ricottaro after-all.

Hiruzen is full of neat spots but Il Ricottaro definitely stands out. I highly recommend you go! The only down-fall is that they don’t take reservations so do as we did and arrive at 11am (opening time) and reserve a spot for later on.