Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Little Time With My Valentine (Part 2)

Time to cover some of the second day of our Valentine's trip!

The bed was huge compared to ours at home!
Mr. H actually woke me up at 5:30 a.m. since his sleeping schedule is all crazy.  He drank enough the night before to make himself pass out at 3:00 a.m., only to wake up a couple hours later.  He bugged me until I got out of bed and started getting ready.  I get out of the shower and find him like that (the photo above)!  So then it was my turn to bug him to wake up because I was up and ready to start our day.

First stop was Benkyodo Company, since it was literally right across the street from our hotel.  So we checked out bright and early at 8:00 a.m. and walked across the street with all of our luggage (which was kind of ridiculous for an overnight trip).  The mochi here was divine!  They are all handmade fresh and the owner is very sweet. Definitely somewhere you should check out if you are in the city and are a fan of mochi.  Mr. H doesn't care for it, but I love it! Any thing with a similar chewy texture is a favorite for me!  The one with soy powder is my favorite because it tastes almost identical to my favorite Korean rice cake that is covered with soy powder too.  I bought eight mochi total; four for myself and four to give to my mom and grandma.  Total was only $10.05 (cash and check only).

So after I got my mochi and Mr. H got a soda that he had been desperately longing for, we walked around the Japan Town mall for a bit hoping to get our parking ticket validated when the stores opened.  We got bored and ended up leaving and paying full price for parking which actually wasn't too bad ($28 for overnight).  Next stop, breakfast!

We had breakfast at Brenda's French Soul Food, which was absolutely delicious, wonderfully priced, and not overly crowded.  I had french toast with butter pecan sauce and Mr. H had an oyster scramble.  Both of our meals were fantastic!  We definitely splurged a lot on food throughout the vacation.  Normally we share one entree, it feeds us both just fine, and we don't have to worry about leftovers.  I probably gained a couple pounds with all the excess crap I ate.  I really wanted to try the beignets they had, but french toast sounded better that morning.  Definitely give Brenda's a try if you are looking for a quick, yummy breakfast in the city.  

Covering this trip is taking more blog posts than I anticipated!  I'll finish the rest with my next post, and then I also have a recipe for breakfast dill potatoes to share, along with a circle lens review.  I think I am coming down with a cold as I have been struggling with a nasty cough since last night.  At least there are only three more days until the weekend!  Phew!  

Click here for Part 3 of our Valentine's weekend.


  1. A cozy bed and delicious food? Sounds like the best Valentines Day ever!


  2. Ohh wow your french toast looks soo good!!

    Man I laughed at the photo of him back in bed!! hahaha! He just wanted the big bed to himself, lol!

    I super wanna go to Japan town, even just SF alone! I haven't been in quite some time! Looks like you guys had a blast :)

  3. That french toast looks SOO good right now.... Now I am hungry! :)



  4. Mmm those mochi look so good! The manju place I like near me is cash only as well - I guess that's the deal with local handmade yumminess? X3