I ate a lot of cold noodles during this trip.
Another tiny soba house in a residential area in Urawa.
I had a very nice cold soba with "tororo" (grated mountain yam with raw quail egg dipping sauce) dish. My sister liked her simple cold soba with nori (roasted seaweed) topping. Mom's "Okame" udon was a cute presentation of okame (classic female character) face.
In this stay, we had a few dinners at home...and drank a lot of wines.
As always, time flew really fast and it was already time to go back to LA. This time, instead of flying out of Narita, I decided to try a late-night flight from Haneda Airport. My family came to the airport with me to see me off. Because it was already after 10pm, most restaurants were closed except some izakaya-style places. So, we had a quick meal at an "Oden" (type of stew) restaurant...I had egg, wakame, yuba (tofu skin)-wrapped mizuna, konnyaku, and sardine tsumire (dumplings). Very good.
My flight departed past midnight, so I just took a small bite amuse with Champagne Jacquart, Brut Mosaique - 50% Ch, 35%PN, and 15%PM), followed by 2008 Flie a Deux, Russian Valley Chardonnay, and 2008 Dios Ares, Rioja Crianza. Dios Ares was quite deep and nice...which let me fall asleep nicely. After I woke up, I had just a salad (yuzu vinaigrette) and cheese plate...I didn't want to eat too much because I knew Jason wanted to go somewhere after he was picking me up at LAX:-)