Nice birthday lunch on Saturday

Yesterday I had a fun birthday lunch get-together with Satoh-san, Dennis, and Hirokazu at Sizzler’s by the Tokyo Dome in Suidobashi. The Giants were playing and it was pretty crowded between the station and the restaurant, but people were all wearing masks.

It was the first time for me to eat out this year!

Here are a few photos, including my healthy whole food plant based compliant lunch (vegan and no oils). I had some fruit for dessert.

Dennis also brought me some homemade, extremely delicious Japanese sweet potatoes he made in his Insta-pot. It makes me want to try using my Insta-pot, which I got over two years ago and haven’t turned on yet!

And thanks, Satoh-san for the interesting shirt you got me!

Late lunch at Sizzler’s, with social distancing

Today was Hasegawa-san’s birthday, so three of us decided to have a late lunch at Sizzler’s in Suidobashi. With proper care and social distancing of course.

At the entrance there was a machine to take our temperature. Needless to say everyone was wearing masks and there was antiseptic spray all over the place.
They were only using a fraction of the tables to keep everybody safely distanced.
The birthday boy, Hasegawa-san.
At the salad bar, we were asked to not take the top plate. We also had to disinfect our hands and wear masks with each visit to the salad bar.
My very healthy, WFPB (whole food plant based) compliant lunch. About half starches and half non-starchy vegetables. Drizzled with some balsamic vinegar.
At Sizzler’s they also do something special if it’s your birthday. Sato-san brought along this photo from Dave’s 97th birthday lunch at Sizzler’s in Shinjuku. Hasegawa-san was also there.
At Sizzler’s they bring out a cake for people who are celebrating their birthday. Usually they gather staff around and sing “Happy Birthday” but they aren’t doing that this year.
Here’s the birthday card they made for Hasegawa-san. (I couldn’t help compare with the photo from 3 years ago. I look much thinner here. I also need to get some smaller shirts.)
On the way back, at the station, I sort of found the phrasing in English amusing. Anyway, the station was almost empty, so I stopped to take the photo.

It felt a bit strange walking home from my station. I think it’s been about a year since I was walking outside after dark. Pao apparently slept the whole time we were gone. We played with him for a while and he seemed ok.

Happy Labor Thanksgiving Day and… Mon’s 7th and Monta’s 6th Birthday!

You all know it’s a national holiday in Japan today – Labor Thanksgiving Day, which falls one day before the U.S. Thanksgiving Day this year.

But did you also know it’s Mon’s 7th and Monta’s 6th birthday?

Here are their official birthday portraits!

 

Mon actually cooperated and sat still for her photo

Mon actually cooperated and sat still for her photo

 

Mon still cooperating

Mon still cooperating

 

Mon looking regal

Mon looking regal

 

And here's Monta

And here’s Monta

 

One more of Monta

One more of Monta

 

Four of these photos are actually iPhone “live photos” so I turned the last one of Monta into a 10 second YouTube video. It’s the live photo repeating itself 3 times, but cute. There wasn’t much action in the other live photos.

 

Anyway, off to celebrate Mon and Monta’s birthday now!