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San Francisco Bay Area RAMEN SHOWDOWN!

As a new resident of the SF Bay Area, one of my first culinary goals was to try out the “best” ramen in the region.  Since sampling some of the best ramen in Japan, and my hometown NY, I thought I would see how the ramen here stacks up.  SF historically has always had […]

My current Japanese snack food obsession: Yuzu Kosho Kettle Chips by Calbee

If you’ve ever been to Japan, or just know about Japanese snacks, you know that the Japanese apply their obsessive nature to snack foods too.  We benefit from this by eating some of the most inventive, and sometimes tasty snacks.  Here’s my current Japanese snack food obsession, Yuzu Kosho Kettle Chips by Calbee.

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Is top rated ramen really better? Fu-Unji ramen restaurant review

One of the priorities during my trip to Japan was to eat at a top rated ramen shop.  There are thousands of ramen shops in Tokyo, so what makes one a top rated shop?  The Japanese who are obsessed with rankings and guides have annual guide books and TV stations frequently do stories on […]

Still Lost In Translation

There’s something special about having cocktails at the NY Bar & Grill atop the Park Hyatt Tokyo.  There are numerous bars in Tokyo that also boast drinking while high up in the sky, but there is an experience that only the Park Hyatt can provide.  Is it because of the film Lost In Translation?

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1, 2, 3 . . . Pork !!!

What do you get when you pair the Japanese obsession with food and the world’s top ingredients?  You get what the Japanese do best, taking food obsessions far beyond what other peoples do.  Some well known examples of this are Kobe beef or bluefin tuna sushi.  But let’s not forget about pork.

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Toscana Pasta restaurant review. Yoyogi, Tokyo

The Japanese are known to take various western cuisines, and adjust them to suit their tastes.  My Cousin Mimi got me hooked on tarako spaghetti many years ago, which she claims to have eaten daily when living in Hokkaido.   So today for lunch I walked next door to Toscana, a local pasta restaurant. […]

Ramen Restaurant Review: Mejiro Ramen- Yoyogi, Tokyo

This is my first ramen restaurant review for the blog.  Mejiro isn’t famous, but I’m starting out local.  Mejiro ramen is less than a block away from my friend’s apartment and I always mention how we should try it out.  My first meal in Tokyo this trip requires it to be ramen, for the […]