In order to avoid heat stroke, it's recommended to keep hydrated, and I've been clutching to various drinks throughout the day. My beverage of choice is cold green tea, but I also like roasted barley tea (mugicha) as it contains no caffeine and tastes earthy. Iced coffee with no milk or sugar is a close second, and I refuse to pay ¥340 for a small portion of black sludge at Starbucks so I've been buying cartons at Kaldi Coffee Farm and pouring my own.
In other news, the LA staple Urth Caffe opened a branch in Daikanyama, and obviously I had to try it after seeing it appear on all my favourite fashion and lifestyle blogs- Rumi Neely from Fashion Toast is a big fan, she's actually in Tokyo at the moment and I know she's been spending some time there! It's officially my new favourite cafe, as it serves those huge, hearty salads and sandwiches I've been missing so much- heaps of fresh veggies and thick country bread, a far cry from pale Japanese salads and mayo-heavy sandwiches. The juices are out of control, vitamin-packed and organic and well, come with the price tag but it's worth it for my deprived body.
While Japan may be weak in the salads and sandwiches department, they do fish like no one else and one of my favourite summer meals consists of plates of piled up fresh sashimi cuts washed down with cold beer. Tuna, salmon and red sea bream are the most delicious, served on shiso leaves and accompanied with side dishes of cold tofu covered in soy sauce and ginger. So refreshing!
In other news, Pepsi released new Pepsi-flavoured chips, and I'm wearing jelly shoes from JuJu (sold at American Apparel now) for the whole summer. I also still go to the gym, nothing too unusual yet except for some eighties-style leotards sported by daytime ladies. Nighttime gym fashion is more normal, regular tee-shirts and shorts.
|JuJu shoes from American Apparel|
|Pepsi-flavoured chips- they taste like Pepsi, yes.|
|Mixed juice at Urth Caffe|
|Grilled veggies sandwich and salad|
|Bird Latte art at Urth|
|Cold Sapporo in Ebisu|
|I love sashimi!|