I keep meaning to blog about recent times, the summer and everything else, but work and uni have been keeping me busy (despite being on a break from the latter until I resume my second year in October). Some recent changes to my life and circumstances have meant that I've been forced to keep busy, so one of the ways I've been doing that is through enjoying lots of my favourite eateries, as I've always been a bit of a foodie.
I keep meaning to write about all my favourite Japanese eateries, of which there are many, that I regularly frequent. I'm often in Machiya on Panton Street on some nights after work, though it has become a little more popular as of late (as a result of Japan Centre relocating to the corner adjacent to the restaurant). There are also the 和菓子 delights of Minamoto Kitchoan and Wasoukan. Thankfully, all of these places appear to be free of complete and utter weirdos, and the fact that the staff are quite happy to converse in Japanese too gives me good practice outside of uni, especially as I tend to struggle with 'te' and 'nai' forms, as I'm too shy to venture outside of teineigo 丁寧語, the most polite form of speech (and certainly with less worry over verb conjugation; don't even get me started on jisho-kei 辞書形...)
That said, nothing beats something local. Here in Ealing, we're very lucky to have quite a lovely and thriving Japanese community. Just a short walk or cycle-ride away, the warm smell of baking from Tetote Factory wafts around on the South Ealing Road, but for cakes, I'm a sucker for the patisserie delights of WA, situated on the corner of Haven Green. Whenever I'm going to/from work via London Paddington, I have to give in to the sheer impulse I experience whenever I step out of the railway station at Ealing Broadway; the urge to turn right and stroll a few paces up the street is irresistible, and I'm always left wondering what will be left on display in the cases, as it's not the first time that I've arrived on an afternoon and been faced with the disappointment that my favourite matcha roll cake has sold out for the day.