January 2018 archive

Jan 17

Tonkotsu Pork Belly Ramen

I love ramen. If there is one food I am deeply sentimental about (other than a perfectly seared and rested steak), it’s this one. As Teresa and I were sitting about reminiscing our travels in Japan, missing deeply the likes of Suzuran and other ramen shops in Japan, I set out to make a batch …

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Jan 17

Iron Chef Chen @ Shisen Hanten, Tokyo

When we met iron chef Hiroyuki Sakai at his amazing La Rochelle in Shibuya, we thought life was pretty much complete. If that was all that we had been able to accomplish during this trip, it would have been more than enough. I don’t know how or what god decided to intervene, but we managed …

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Jan 17

Homebrewing Beer – A First Experience

It’s no secret that I am a major beer enthusiast; a hophead, if you will. I’ve been thinking about learning how to brew for years, but condo living, time, and fear of the unknown kept me from taking the plunge. Well, tonight I opened up my first bottle of homebrewed Irish stout and had a …

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Jan 17

Fushimi Inari and Issian Pontocho, Kyoto

Part two of our long day in Kyoto: visiting Fushimi Inari shrine, exploring Kyoto at night, a great meal, and a mysterious cat… After our adventures with the Toji temple and the handicraft center tourist trap downtown, we decided to take the bus to Fushimi Inari shrine, a place I have long wanted to see. Finding …

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Jan 17

Dragon Quest: Luida’s Bar, Tokyo

File this one under “only in Japan.” From this blog, you may know me as a lover of cooking, food, and travel, but you may not know about my other great and true love: video games. It all started in the 1980s with my dad’s Radio Shack computer, which played a few basic games, and …

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