I say all this because this post is exactly about that.
Before my trip, I had this very detailed and quite pretty looking itinerary sheet done on excel that laid out every little thing we were going to be doing each day. However, this was the day that excel sheet became nothing more than a scrap piece of paper. Okay, I exaggerate... It wasn't scrap, but so many things got switched and changed around, I just stared at that sheet with loathsome longing. I hated how it looked now... folded, marked on and just... different.
This was the day I realized I paid more attention to this piece of paper than my actual experience. I will not be a control freak... I will not be a control freak... So, J and I decided to just head to Harajuku and take it from there. The whole point of going on vacation is getting lost and then finding yourself, right? (I swear I don't mean to be corny...)
green tea and daikon
We arrived at Maisen about ten minutes later and we were immediately seated. Fabulous. The green tea and daikon were brought out and I kid you not, I was so tempted to slurp the entire dish of daikon down. But, of course I didn't. I'm a lady...
I had to order a side of potato salad, since I am obsessed with them, especially the ones from Asian restaurants (usually Korean or Japanese). This was probably the best potato salad I've ever had. I loved the flavors and the crunch of the cucumbers - it was perfect.
soba and katsu combination meal
J wanted something light and refreshing so he opted for the soba and katsu combination meal. The combo came with shrimp katsu and something else that I cannot remember, as well as pickled vegetables. The soba noodles were nice and chewey, perfect for slurping. After a full day of walking around and shopping, the cold noodles with the pickled vegetables were very refreshing.
kurobuta tonkatsu meal
While J's soba noodles were nice, I wanted to EAT. I ordered the kurobuta tonkatsu meal not really realizing what a treat I was in for. The price tag was pretty steep for tonkatsu (Y2,995), so I had to see what this kurobuta pork was all about. When you order the kurobuta tonkatsu meal, they give you this amazing special tonkatsu sauce to go with the cutlet. The sauce is indescribable... just plain delicious with so much flavor. The fatty $35 kurobuta pork, was... heavenly. It was so fatty and juicy, something I've never experienced before with tonkatsu. I've always had good, but mostly dry pork cutlets and this, by far, was the best tonkatsu of my life. The sweetness from the sauce held up well against the fattiness of the pork. It was just plain amazing. How I'll ever go back to regular pork cutlets, I do not know...
Since the combo meals came with dessert, we were served a sorbet at the end of our meal. I think it was a mango sorbet, but I could be wrong. Nonetheless, it was sweet and tart, great way to cleanse my palate after the fatty kurobuta tonkatsu.
With our feet rested and our stomachs full, we headed back out for some more walking and shopping. Like I said before, there are so many cute stores and clothes in Harajuku! It was bittersweet... I was loving all the shops, but I was hating the fact that I couldn't shop. I'm on a budget, yo... Seeing the pain in my face, J bought me a pair of really cute capri pants with suspenders. Told ya he was awesome. Besides all the cute clothing stores, there was this great jewelry store right in front of the Harajuku station with a lot of cute items. So, if you're ever there, check it out!
Even though the day did not go according to my plan, it was fun and eventful. When I look back at it now, I'm even glad we walked forever in search of the non-existent Samurai Gallery. We were tired, but it was something we did together.But, damn, this post is making me want to spend $30 on a pork cutlet and SHOP TIL I DROP. See everyone at the Thanksgiving sales!!!
gobble gobble, kids....
4-85 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Nearest Station: Omotesando