Friday, 7 November 2014

My love for Milk Kobo

Regarding food, ever since I was young, I was a huge fan of dairy. And after coming to Japan, my dairy addiction elevated as Hokkaido is by far the best place to enjoy anything dairy related. Fresh milk, cheese, butter, cream, custard, yoghurt, pudding, gelato, ice cream, am I missing anything? Well, you can get the best of it all in Hokkaido. 

To be more specific, a must visit in Niseko would certainly be Milk Kobo. Milk Kobo is the heaven of dairy. They serve ice cream, gelato. cream puffs, pudding, yoghurt, baumkuchen, cream roll, cookies, cheese cake, sponge cake and their newest addition, cheese tart. I've tried everything and I was absolutely addicted to the cheese cake few years back, and then I was addicted to their cream puffs and I'm currently addicted to their cheese tart. My addiction is so severe that I finished 12 cheese tart in 2 days. I could eat more, but I've ran out of cheese tart. 


Left - Cheese cake, Right - Sponge cake

From whole baumkuchen to half baumkuchen to dried baumkuchen

Yoghurt drink

Takeaway milk ice cream

Matcha Ice Blended
It's super rich and creamy, and red bean topping is a must!

My tea time - Matcha ice blended and 4 cheese tarts

6 pieces takeaway cheese tart

12 pieces takeaway cheese tarts
(Random bun and butter that I couldn't finish in Prativo - Refer below)

Glorious cheese tart, crunchy skin and dense filling
To date, I've consumed 64 cheese tarts for the past 5 months. Each tart is 190yen. Oh gosh. 

At my accommodation, the upper floor has a small Milk Kobo cafe, but they serve really limited items so I had to travel all the way to the main Milk Kobo on my off day to satisfy my cravings (15 minutes bus ride away). Nothing can stop me from having good food!!

Beside Milk Kobo is a restaurant called Prativo. They serve vegetable buffet and 1 main dish with a choice of meat, fish or pasta. Most of the food served are super milky. Creamy potato gratin, cheese cabbage salad, free-flow yoghurt, pudding, sponge cake, rice cake in milk, etc. Delicious but I'll be more excited if they include meat dishes and not just a vegetable buffet.

Deep fried pumpkin - So good when it's freshly fried, it's tastes very "powdery"

Cheese potato gratin

Rice cake in milk
I thought this was a little odd for my liking

Creme caramel

Sponge cake

Tea & Coffee available too

Fresh juices

Free flow yoghurt!

I've been to Prativo for a total of 3 times now. Each time I tried a different main dish. 

First Visit: 

There's nothing special about this dish though...

Bread and butter 
(This is the bread and butter in the box of cheese tarts, I had no space to stomach this so I took it home)

First round
(Clock-wise) Half boiled egg with cream, potato bean salad, cabbage cheese salad (My fav!), deep fried pumpkin,  honey mustard brinjal, potato gratin, creme caramel, sponge cake.

Second round

Third round

And I like my tea overloaded with milk

Second Visit: 
Fish dish
Nothing spectacular about it. Finished in 2 bites. 

First round - A lot of my favourite cheese cabbage again

Second round

Third round

Third Visit: 

2 choices of pasta dish: 
Tomato mozzarella or something else with pepper (Not a fan of pepper)

First round 

Second round

Third round

The vegetable buffet is actually very affordable, only 1,550yen inclusive of tax. 
And it's so healthy so I kind of consoled myself that it's okay to eat more....

Ending the post with a stunning view from when I sat at Prativo. 

Monday, 3 November 2014

Living in Niseko during October

Days are getting colder and colder in October. Restaurants start closing in preparation for winter. Probably the most exciting thing happened during October would be the first snowfall in Hirafu!!

October 28th marks as a historical day in Hirafu now. Everyone is talking about it the day before and on the day of snowing and after it snowed. I'm just so glad to have a chance to experience the first snowfall in Hirafu!! 

Second most exciting thing happened for me would be my hike at Mt.Yotei! By far the most extreme thing my body has ever endured. The non athletic me is so proud now. I wonder what I can take on next...

During October, sadly I didn't spot any pretty flowers, nor had any exceptionally good food. Though I did visited my all time favourite restaurant and satisfied my cravings for pork steak!

There was a dessert buffet going on but I came all the way for the pork steak, I couldn't leave without having it. After I ordered, I found out that it's the last day of buffet for that particular day! Super regretted not having the buffet....

Anyways, I managed to find some interesting vegetables! 

Carrots being all autumn... Too pretty.

Mutant inception pyramid broccoli!
First time seeing such broccoli and I was fascinated by it for a loooooong time, just staring at it and going, WOW. It's amazing how each pyramid has a miniature pyramid that has a miniature pyramid. True inception indeed.

Bought it for my colleague as it's her favourite. I'll get one for myself next time, don't know how it tastes yet.

How awesome is this purple broccoli?? And why am I so fascinated with broccolis?

So I blanched this broccoli and had a shock of my life when the water turned purple and the broccoli came out green. I felt so cheated. Googled about it and it's a normal thing for purple broccolis though.

Continuing the streak of disappointments, I bought this chili beans in hopes of recreating my favourite baked beans with egg. But I was so wrong, chili beans and baked beans are two entirely different things.

But fret not, I found the right Baked Beans!! 
Thank you Seicomart for stocking these, I don't care how ridiculously expensive it is but this is home to me. 

And it gets better, I found home!!! This is THE Baked Beans that I grew up with!!!

Needless to say, I've devoured it.

And here's my version of fried rice with egg and korean seaweed! It was surprisingly enjoyably edible.

Perfect fluffy pancake! I miss mornings where I can cook pancakes and enjoy it while watching Friends.
(I've finished my pancake mix & finished all 10 seasons of Friends)

Cooked another round of Bak Kut Teh!!
First time cooking it with fresh shiitake mushrooms and it's so delicious!

Persimmons haul! So sweet and juicy, I love how crunchy the skins are and how soft the fillings are.

Final autumn scenery to sum up my October diary, can't wait for end of November, time for a short getaway!