Monday, March 4, 2013

Osaka: Day 10 (March 1, 2013)

Our last day in Osaka...

A lot of shopping again today, so we didn't take many pictures.

I was able to finally shop at Bershka though (I mentioned this store in my posting about Day 2). When I was on my honeymoon back in 2010, I had gone to a few Bershka stores and I noticed that each store had a different layout. When I went to the ones in Italy, I felt like I couldn't find anything I liked because I had to rummage through the racks to have a good look at stuff. Whereas at my favourite store in Athens, Greece, I was able to find stuff I liked because the clothes were displayed in a better manner. As for their store in Osaka, the store layout was well done, but it's not as big as the one in Greece. Still, I was able to find stuff I liked and spend mah money!!

Calvin was getting grumpy because I was taking too long in the store, but he was still nice enough to take this picture for me LOL.
Oh one funny thing I wanted to mention, when I went to the fitting room area to try on some clothes, the girl working there gave me a white cottony bag and she said the word, "head" motioning that I was supposed to wear it over my face when I try on the clothes. At least I'm pretty sure that's the message she was trying to convey. I thought it was a little weird, but when I actually did it, I realized it was a smart idea. The bag itself is not a full size bag, one side was longer than the other side. How it works is that you have the long side covering your face so that when you put on a shirt or something, you don't get makeup on the clothes. And like I mentioned, the bag is cottony, not plastic, so it's fairly breathable. It can get a little hot though if you're having difficulty putting something on and you have the bag on for a while. Plus, it looks ridiculous having it on, but nobody else sees you with it on so whatever. At least the clothes stay clean! Don't you hate it when you're looking in a store and you see makeup all over something you want to try on/buy?(Obviously this question is aimed at the ladies.)

After shopping at Bershka, it was time for some lunch. Since it was our last day in Osaka, I wanted to have a good beef meal. I had picked up another tourist pamphlet in our hotel lobby earlier and it mentioned a few beef places in the area. Most of them were only open for dinner, except for one. So Calvin and I start heading over there and after searching for a little while, we finally found it. However, it was only until after we ordered and the food started coming that I realized that we were in the wrong restaurant! The one we wanted to eat at was on second floor :( Normally, it's obvious when the building has restaurants on other floors, but I guess we were too eager this time to notice that. Epic fail.

Nonetheless, the food we had at this first-floor restaurant was alright. It's one of those places where everything is deep fried on a stick and then you dip it a sweet sauce (I think it was ponzu sauce) that is communal (so no double dipping!).

Uggghhh... I felt so gross after eating here.
Calvin and I still wanted to eat at the beef place so we decided to eat there for dinner. Unfortunately, that did not happen. It started to shower in the evening and it was quite heavy. We borrowed an umbrella from the hotel, but we didn't have a rain cover for Jacob's stroller, so we didn't want to risk him getting all wet walking out there. Instead, we ate at a pasta place in the underground subway area. Okay, that doesn't sound right. If you've been to Tokyo or any other large city in Japan before, you will notice that they have a lot of underground malls or areas at big subway stations where you'll find lots of shops and places to eat. It's really convenient for those who are just getting off the subway and are wanting a bite to eat without having to walk too far, or like us, don't want to walk outside in the yucky weather.

Calvin's pasta with a soft boiled egg. The Japanese are really into eggs in their pasta.
My pasta with lotsa mozza (and some spinach).
My pasta was pretty good, mostly cause of the cheese. There could have been more spinach in it. It wasn't the beef meal I originally wanted from the other restaurant, but the pasta left me satisfied.

The portion was just right - not too much, not too little, which meant I still had room for dessert :) My last treat in Osaka: a Beard Papa's cream puff, conveniently located a few stores down from the pasta place. We have Beard Papa's here in Vancouver, but Japan just came out with a new flavour, cookies and cream (maybe they came out with it in Vancouver too??).

You can get the cookies and cream filling in either the cocoa choux pastry or the regular vanilla one. I didn't realize that until after I ordered the cocoa version, but that's what I wanted anyway. I only got one for Calvin and myself to share, but after we brought it back to our hotel room and took a bite, we realized we should have bought more.

Heaven in choux pastry.
I should check to see if the Beard Papa's here is selling this flavour, or maybe I shouldn't otherwise I would eat myself into a sugar coma.

The rest of the night was spent packing, which we had already started on Thursday night. Good thing too, we had so much stuff, it took us a long time to get the luggages in order.

Our last night in Osaka.
I was sad that we were done our vacation, but I was also glad to be going home. One more morning in Osaka before we finally say goodbye to Japan!

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