Nutella Irish Cream Milkshake ~ Savory Simple ~ www.savorysimple.netNutella Irish Cream Milkshake

When Erin from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts asked me to guest post for her while she travels through Japan I immediately agreed. Just being able to talk to someone else about Japan was so exciting. Jeff and I spent 3 weeks there in 2009 and I’ve had daydreams about going back ever since. I had no idea how much I’d fall in love with everything- the culture, the scenery, the food (of course)… we spent time in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Hiroshima. We had dinner and drinks at The Park Hyatt where Lost in Translation was filmed. We stood on top of Mt. Fuji and wandered the endless underground malls between subway stations. We sample kobe in Kobe. If you’ll indulge me, I’d love to share some photos from our trip.

Want some music to accompany the photos? This song reminds me so much of the trip (it also wakes me up every morning, in case you were wondering how I begin my day)…

Downtown-Collage.jpgJapan at night is a beautiful sight to behold. It’s reminiscent of Times Square in NYC but without the garbage. It’s all bright lights and pleasant jingles. There’s an electricity in the air that I can’t quite describe.

Kyoto-CollageIt’s quite beautiful during the day as well. These images are from a temple in Kyoto. Everywhere you look is a masterpiece photo. Zen is certainly the right word.

Signs-CollageIt’s not all zen everywhere you look, though. The signs. Holy crap, the signs.

tokyocarefulClearly they knew I was coming.

osaka-1This notice greeted us at our Osaka hotel. Do you know how tempted I was to call the front desk and say “I just vomited in the room, will you please come clean it up?” Not really, but we laughed so hard at this we were in tears.

Nara-CollageOne of my favorite days involved a visit to Nara. There was a large temple surrounded by a deer park.  To my delight, you could purchase crackers to feed the deer. It was quite fun but they could be a bit aggressive (see above photo on right).

nara-domoDomo arigato, Mr. Deer

Nara-Temple-CollageNara was home to one of my favorite temples.  Absolutely stunning.

hiroshimaWe also paid a visit to Hiroshima, which was intense and emotional.

kobeI hate to transition from nuclear bombs to food but we realized that Kobe was on our train ride back to Osaka. We stopped for dinner after visiting the A-bomb Dome. We had to eat, right?

osaka-sushiWe ate a lot of amazing food. That could be a post on its own.

Us-CollageWe took a lot of silly photos.

tokyo-fuji

osaka-ic

And beautiful photos…

kyoto-mountain

ryokan-garden

In the end it was the little touches that really made me fall in love with Japan. A stuffed animal in the subway terminal, for example.

kobe2One day I’ll return. It simply must happen.

Nutella Irish Cream Milkshake ~ Savory Simple ~ www.savorysimple.net

You might be craving sushi and beef after those photos but how about a milkshake? To get my recipe for this Nutella Irish Cream Milkshake, head over to Dinners, Dishes and Desserts! And while you’re there, wish Erin an amazing time on her adventure.

More ice cream recipes:

Savory Simple – Boozy Malted Hot Chocolate Milkshake
Savory Simple – Boozy Peaches and Cream Milkshake
Savory Simple – Grapefruit Curd Ice Cream
Averie Cooks – Chocolate Cake Batter Milkshake
Cake Duchess – Gelato alla Stracciatella (Chocolate Chip Ice-Cream)
 A Cup of Mascarpone – Coffee Ice Cream

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Comments

  1. Jen, thanks for this post and bringing me back to Japan. We had a chance to go to Tokyo for 10 days during Cherry Blossom time a couple of years ago, and we loved the city. I wish we could visit more cities like you did. That must have been just amazing.

    daisy

  2. the notice in a room – wow- I am not surprised you ended up in tears :)

  3. You had a chance to go to Japan? I’m so jealous! I think Jason and I need to take a trip there before we start popping out children!

    Love this milkshake by the way. You know I can’t resist anything involving Nutella.

  4. Okay first- love that song and I’m pretty sure the music made me lose track of all time while I was sifting through these photos. Or maybe it’s just super early. Anyway.
    I would love to go to Japan! So jealous!
    Also … this milkshake. I actually have a ton of Bailey’s left from my St. Patrick’s baking so it’s gonna happen I think.

  5. LOVED seeing your pictures of Japan! I’m half-Japanese and it’s totally on my bucket list to visit someday. Loved getting to see how you enjoyed it!

  6. Thanks for linking up my cake batter shake and your Baileys Nutella Shake sounds amazing. I have Homemade Baileys on hand these days after figuring out how to make it in like 32 seconds…and I need to buzz it up with Nutella. Good call! Your pics of Japan are wonderful and I feel like an ‘insider’ getting a glimpse that I’d otherwise never know about!

  7. Japan is beautiful. It looks like you had an amazing time! This milkshake looks absolutely delicious.

  8. Ireland and Japan in one post. It must be my birthday! Seriously though I never though “oh, I really need to see Japan” until just now…. now I’m browsing flight options and hotels.

  9. Oh heavens…..y.u.m.

  10. LOVE this milkshake! And super jealous of those photos- it’s a trip I’ve always wanted to take.

  11. Okay, can I just say this real quick….Milkshake.Boys.Yard. Phew. Glad I got that out of the way! I love that you’ve visited Japan. It’s on the ol’ bucket list. I definitely could this milkshake right about now!

  12. I’ve always wanted to go to Japan! These photos and stories are so fun!!

    And nutella + Bailey’s? Be still my heart! :)

  13. Beautiful pictures !!

  14. WOW! Looks like Japan was amazing…and so does this milkshake!!!

  15. Oh wow your pictures are incredible, what a great trip! And I would devour this milkshake in 10 seconds flat, now I’m craving one! :)

  16. Just seeing the title, I knew I will like this post. Booze in a milkshake! Nicely played, Jen :) And then I got lost in Japan. Wowza! Your pictures are amazing. Looks like you had a fabulous time!

  17. Great photos! Japan is on my long list of places-to-visit, soon!
    Love the milkshake too!

  18. Jen, your photos of Japan are awesome…thanks for sharing! Loving the Milkshake too! For some reason, today seems like a good day for a creamy, boozy milkshake! Thanks so much for the coffee ice cream mention! So appreciated!

  19. In love with your milkshake! Thanks for sharing your trip photos :).

  20. Thanks for sharing your pics, looks like a great place..Mc HotDog?? Hmmm.. ;)

  21. Your milkshake brings all the boys to the yard…

    I loved listening to the song whilst looking at your trip photos! :) Half of the reason that I’d like to go there involves reading all of the signs! Too funny!!!

  22. That sign / letter made me LOL!!

  23. Awesome pics. I’d love to visit Japan soon!

  24. So many pretty pics! And yummmyyy milkshake!

  25. OMG i want one of these milkshakes!!! gorgeous photos by the way…

  26. Japan looks awesome! It seems like such a unique and interesting country. I wish you would share a post all about the food. I would love to read it. I also hope you do get back there one day!

  27. Stunning photos! I’d love to travel to Japan one day!

  28. Awesome Photos… Japan is such a beautiful place.

  29. Amazing photos of Japan! They make me want to go! Even thought I don’t speak/read/understand the language AT ALL.

    The company I work for makes a lot of hotel reservations, and norovirus makes me pretty sure that I will never ever step foot on a cruise ship. Ever. No thank you. It’s nice of them to tell you they will come and clean up your puke tho lol.

    Oh, and the milkshake sounds delicious too! Now I have to go to the other blog to see it! :)

  30. Ah! So happy seeing your Japan pictures! There are so many wrong Japangrish everywhere in Japan… Which I didn’t even realize until my English is better! Love to meet you and hang out in Japan one day!
    The milkshake!!!! Wow I need to pin this when I check from computer!

  31. Wow these photos are gorgeous, I can only imagine what an experience it must have been :)

  32. I feel like I just went on a little vacation to Japan – that could be just cause I am stuck here in snowy NY, but I think it was your photos – beautiful!

  33. Your photos of Japan are wonderful, Jen! I don’t know much about that culture or the country, but I loved looking at all of these. What an experience! So many treasured memories. And that milkshake. OMG stop. Gimme!

  34. Thank you very much for filling in for me Jen – this shake looks amazing!

  35. That milkshake looks ridiculously amazing and you know, not exactly what I need at the moment but I’m saving this recipe for later! :)

    Love the Japan photos and their English is awesome. You never see fun signs like that in Germany! Booo.

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