Monthly Archives: July 2012

tokyo miscellany | part I

Balcony cuppage in Kappabashi Plastic food keychains in Kappabashi Plastic display food in Kappabashi Plastic noodles, mid-twirl, in Kappabashi Post-Beat Takeshi Kitano exhibition katsu-don in Opera City Parking efficiency Chillin’ in Koenji Imperial Palace Hokkaido-style miso ramen at Matsumi-ya Portrait … Continue reading

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i dream of jiro | sukiyabashi jiro, ginza, tokyo

Was it just a dream, or did I really go to Sukiyabashi Jiro and meet the man himself?? Luckily, it wasn’t just a dream.  This past Tuesday, C and I made our way through Ginza Station and took our seats … Continue reading

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breakfast omakase | sushi dai, tsukiji fish market, tokyo

Aji (horse mackerel) Torigai (clam)  Anago (salt water eel) After watching the tuna auction at Tsukiji Fish Market at 5am this morning, I stood in a ridiculously long line for an omakase breakfast at Sushi Dai, a touristy spot in … Continue reading

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beef ramen | matador, kita senju, tokyo

Another day in Tokyo, another ridiculously marvelous bowl of ramen.  This one is from award-winning, highly acclaimed Matador in Kita-Senju.  Matador’s signature bowl consists of thin, straight noodles in a light, slightly sweet beef broth, topped with huge slabs of roast … Continue reading

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shoyu niboshi ramen | ramen nagi, shinjuku golden gai, tokyo

Today’s lunch.  Amazing ramen at Ramen Nagi in Shinjuku Golden-gai.  A thick, porky shoyu broth infused with heaps of niboshi (dried sardines) for an intensely rich flavor.  A new twist on tsugaru-style ramen, I think.  The super thick, chewy noodles … Continue reading

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nippon! | rippongi, tokyo

Sashimi Stuffed pepper Eggplant with beef  Biru First meal in Tokyo!  After a cancelled flight, followed by more airline delays (which required an escorted run through SFO terminals to catch a connecting flight), I finally made it to Japan.  C’s … Continue reading

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cherry cakes | independence day

I love cherries, and the ones at the Farmers’ Market have been plump and flavorful, so for Independence Day, I decided to make independent (aka mini) glazed cherry bundt cakes.  First, I pitted some fresh cherries using a piping tip … Continue reading

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chillin’ | tsujita LA + blockheads shavery

Cold tofu appetizer Sake on ice  Shaved ice cream, aka “snow cream” (left: black sesame; right: green tea) An al fresco dinner at Tsujita LA with Pands and Shane, followed by a cool “snow cream” treat from Blockheads Shavery.  It was … Continue reading

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