May 16

What’s a blogging girl to do?

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The past 2 days have been absolutely gorgeous. This is in sharp contrast to the days preceding them that were cold and rainy.

So what’s a blogging girl to do when the sun finally comes out and the rain boots come off? Meet other blogging girls of course! I had never met anyone from the blogosphere in person until yesterday. But you know me–if I decide to do something, I jump in with both feet! Not only did I meet a fellow blogger, I did it twice!

Yesterday I met up with Jen and her 2 awesome kids, Miss E and Mr. D, visiting from Northern California. We have been emailing each other on and off now for a couple of months, and when Jen told me a while back that they would be coming to Japan with hubby I jumped at the chance to play tour guide for a day. I was a bit nervous about meeting a fellow blogger like this for the first time, but when I met Jen and crew I was instantly at ease.
Squirrel adored Miss E and Mr. D, and I think they enjoyed her company as well.
We had a wonderful going out to one of my all-time favorite places in Tokyo: Senso-ji, the oldest temple in Tokyo. I never get tired of visiting this wonderful site.

Today I met up with Melanie (she also blogs here). She is from Australia, but is currently living over near Nagoya. She is in the middle of a brief visit to Tokyo to attend the Design Festa being held this weekend. This woman has more talent in her little finger than most people will ever tap into in a lifetime. Way back in December of last year I won a bag in a giveaway on her blog that she made repurposing obi fabric and have been corresponding with her on and off ever since.

Melanie currently has a Cafe Press Store that you should check out if you want any Japanese inspired paraphernalia and a Kimono Fabric Ebay Store filled with wonderful things she picks up at kimono auctions and the like.

We went to Cafe-Creperie Le Bretagne, a crêperie in the Omotesando area. JRS, another blogger in Japan, told me about this place months ago and I’ve been dying to go ever since (thank you JRS!). Melanie was on-board with the idea of going here since this it was exactly the type of food she doesn’t have access to in her area. The crêpes were amazing to say the least, definitely the best I’ve had outside of France.

This crêperie was supposedly the first to open in Japan. One interesting fact is that Bertrand Larcher, the owner, has a policy that the galettes (buckwheat crêpes) must be prepared only by a crêpier, a specialist crêpe chef, so he has crêpe chefs from France working at his two crêperies here in Tokyo. If you have a craving for crêpes, or just want to taste what all the fuss is about, I can wholeheartedly endorse this place. Yum.

Melanie was an absolute delight to meet. Squirrel was quite enamored with her as well, talking up a storm to her throughout our lunch.

See that pendant she is wearing? Here, I’ll zoom in on it:

She made it. Seriously. Now we can all hate her together.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

gleek May 16, 2008 at 2:02 pm

looks like a great time! i love squirrel petting the statue :)


Fuji Mama's mama May 17, 2008 at 8:01 am

How fun to meet your online friends. They look like wonderful people.
I love that necklace! Does she market them?


I AM VERY MARY May 17, 2008 at 9:18 am

Hey hey! You’re a winner! I have your addy somewhere, but will you send it again? maryann (at) averymarydesign (dot) com


Jackie May 17, 2008 at 10:05 am

You sure get around! I had to comment because that first picture of squirrel is SO PRECIOUS!! I just want to give her a squeeze!


Phoe May 17, 2008 at 12:53 pm

Looks like you had a great time! And those crepes look scrumptious.


JRS May 17, 2008 at 7:40 pm

I’m glad you finally made it to the crepe place! There was a branch here in Sapporo 5 years ago–but they closed it shortly after I moved up here, which was a huge disappointment. Zannen, ne.

I love the Kimono Reincarnate goods. She is truly talented!


laline May 18, 2008 at 2:43 am

les crepes on l’air très bonnes
i’d love to visit this restaurant
i also hope that i’ll meet you


Jen May 18, 2008 at 5:22 am

It was so much fun! I wish you were in Hong Kong with us! We loved the Peak!


Lizzie May 18, 2008 at 5:27 am

I hope that you had a great time!


Melanie Gray Augustin May 25, 2008 at 1:32 am

Awww.. you are just so sweet! It was so great to meet you and squirrel! I’m just about to finally blog about it myself now ;)


nadia June 3, 2008 at 6:28 am

I wanted to let you know , I have been visiting your blog-love it, I lived in Japan myself ! The chocolate , the crepes all look so delicious!


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