Wagyu Steak Hanasato Gion

The Gion-Shirakawa/Hanami-Komichi-Doria area is a famous district of Kyoto located near Shijo Avenue between the Yasaka Shrine in the east and the Kamo River to the west. The neighborhood is a popular tourist area, which was developed to accommodate travelers and visitors to the shine.

After a busy day in and around Kyoto, members of our team partook in the traditions of a Japanese steak house, the Gion Hanasato which is a Teppanyaki restaurant renovated from a home. The restaurant is designed to be spacious, as there are a limited number of seats so, guest may enjoy their meal in a relaxed and spacious atmosphere.

Teppanyaki is a style of cuisine that uses a griddle to cook food, the words ‘teppan’ {iron plate} and ‘yaki’ {grilled} literally means grilling on an iron plate. And, the best part of this technique is the heated flat surface is used to cook the meal in front of you the relaxed guest.

Chef Hiroshi Takeshi takes pride in grilling Yonezawa and Kobe beef for his guest.

Beef with grilled vegetables.
Creating the rice dish to serve with the beef.

Raspberry sorbet to cleanse the pallet after a fabulous meal.

Wagyu Steak Hanasato Gion
404 Hashimoto cho
Higashiyama ku Kyoto shi
Kyoto prefecture

Travel stylishly,
Kathleen

Weekend in West Hollywood

When you have 36 hours to spend in a city, you become extremely attuned to each sight, sound and the smell of fabulously prepped food. There was nothing like spending last weekend cultivating tunes to create my “West Coast” playlist with music pilfered from Uber drivers and shopkeepers alike. I learned of a new station to play on “Tunein Radio”, and haven’t stopped playing KJAZZ 88.1 since returning from our trip, and it’s the only station I want to hear after a long, hard day at work.

Andaz West Hollywood
8401 Sunset Blvd, 90069
+1 323 656 1234

The giant guitar outside the Andaz Hotel on Sunset Blvd was a beautiful sight upon returning each evening. This spot attracted legendary rockers in the mid-60s, but now serves as a gateway for the eclectic.

The Pink Taco
8225 Sunset Blvd, 90046
323-380-7474

On Friday afternoon we kept it real and headed to the Pink Taco for lunch. They have an innovative approach to creating farm fresh food. The service was phenomenal; our waitress was adorable and most knowledgeable about the menu not to mention the sites around West Hollywood. We started with frozen margarita’s that were aptly named “Cadillac”, because it was absolutely delicious and smooth. It had a cognac based Grand Mariner, fresh squeezed lime-juice and the best tequila you can find.

Then it was the guacamole made with avocados, onion, tomato, jalapeno, lime and cilantro. Next, the taqueria’s of fried lobster served with chipotle mayo, mango habanero salsa, sliced avocado, cabbage slaw on flour tortillas. I had the Baja, which was marinated shrimp on cabbage slaw, chipotle mayo, and avocado with a very Mexican pico.

The Getty Villa and Gardens
17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 90272

The varieties of plants used in landscaping at the Getty Villa are akin to visiting the Mediterranean; the smell of lemons, sage and lavender while walking in the warm sun made strolling the gardens enjoyable.
I was in the outer peristyle garden that had we been in ancient Rome would have been a place to converse with guest or for solo contemplation. The refreshing reflecting pool, sculptures, wall paintings and plants made the afternoon most enjoyable.

Relax and travel stylishly,
Kathleen