For those of you who couldn’t make it, here’s the HealthyTokyo Summer Smash event recap! We were so excited when last Friday finally came because everyone in the office at HealthyTokyo had been counting down for what felt like forever to our first event!
The brand new HealthyTokyo
Not that you ever need a reason to party but, we had so many reasons to celebrate! First, we had been working hard since February to update and launch the new and improved HealthyTokyo! Saying our website had improved is an understatement. We listened and took everyone’s amazing feedback on board to bring you a health and wellness site that provides goods and services for all you need to stay healthy in Japan. The new HealthyTokyo is all you ever wanted and more in a health resource.
We now have a brand new, live chat system, where you can talk to our team of consultants from Monday – Friday from 9am – 5.30pm. The live chat system also means that if you send us a message out of hours, we can get back to you as soon as we arrive in the office.
The shop has also had a major revamp as you can now shop your favorite foods and products according to your dietary preferences such as: gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, non-GMO, additive-free and organic).
Not only has the functionality improved but the site itself has also gone through a major facelift! You can now explore our pages according to your interests to find information, products and places to keep you healthy in Japan.
HealthyTokyo was created with the idea of helping people find their health and wellness in Japan. We always love to give back to the community that we serve, so not only was the Summer Smash a last hurrah to enjoy the last lingering days of summer, but it was a way to thank the people who make HealthyTokyo possible.
The warmly lit ambience of the Pink Cow in Roppongi made the perfect setting for a fun Friday night. Everyone started arriving at 6.30 and by 7pm the venue was full of party-goers. Norma and David welcomed everyone to the Summer Smash and seeing everyone raise their matcha cocktail for the first toast of the night, was a really beautiful sight.
The food and drinks
At the bar, the classic all-you-can-drink menu of beer, wine and spirits was highlighted by three original matcha cocktails designed by Norma. On offer were the matcha sake cocktail, the matcha maple gin and tonic and the one and only non-alcoholic matcha mojito that Norma showcased on NHK Asaichi.
Thank you Sugarlady
To accompany the luxurious drink offerings, was an extensive menu exclusively catered by Sugarlady. Sugarlady has been providing Japan with over 1000 additive-free and natural foods and products since 1970. It is so reassuring to know that Sugarlady provides such a diverse menu of ready-made food that does not contain the 449 additives allowed in food in Japan. Many of the products are flash frozen and ready to be prepared for a quick and delicious meal. Sugarlady’s easy to prepare dishes can make anyone look like a professional chef at home.
This menu had something for everyone from fried chicken and pizza for those who love classic party food, to crunchy vegetables and edamame and even sesame crusted sweet potato for a little something sweet yet healthy. A crowd favorite was the round jade gyoza, which unlike conventional gyoza has a translucent green wrapper with a unique natural flavor. There was also naturally smoked salmon for those who favor a fresh, tapas style menu.
The delicious food and drink were icing on the cake and created a laid-back atmosphere where everyone was able to mingle, chat and have fun! For those die-hard Norma fans, this was a chance to meet and get to know the brains behind all the delicious recipes on HealthyTokyo. The Summer Smash was a wonderful opportunity where we could meet our internationally minded community in Tokyo with delicious food and drinks.
For this event, we went all out and if you thought all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink for ¥1000 wasn’t good enough, we had another surprise up our sleeves! Our partner Sugarlady were gracious enough to provide two gift-sets of additive-free goodies valued at over ¥6000 each for two lucky attendees.
Everyone was on the edge of their seat during the raffle drawing and the winners were ecstatic! The Sugarlady gift sets were of course full of frozen, prepared foods so they were shipped directly to the winner’s houses so they can have the whole Sugarlady experience including the unboxing.
However for those of you who didn’t win the Sugarlady gift set, we’ve created the Summer Smash Set, so you can enjoy the Sugarlady experience as well as the delicious food from the party!
From the constant sounds of laughter and chatter, I heard throughout the night, I think it’s fair to say everyone who attended had a good time, made new friends and filled up on unique cocktails and additive-free party foods. At the beginning of the night, the Pink Cow may have been full of 70 strangers but the Summer Smash brought people together from all over Tokyo and the world and everyone ended up leaving as friends.
We hope this is the first of many future events that highlight the heathy products and services we offer at HealthyTokyo. Keep an eye on our website, our Facebook page and other social networking services so you don’t miss out!