Maa in Maizuru

On a recent drive which took me from Fukui Prefecture to Tottori Prefecture for our annual crab pilgrimage, we stopped at the Tore Tore fish market in Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture. The fish market is a touristy affair and we decided to head out to find some other food. On the way out of the parking, we spotted a hand-painted sign which promised halal food from Bangladesh. The cul-de-sac where we saw the sign led to a flight of stairs. We then proceeded to navigate a very narrow street which runs parallel to route 175 where we caught a glimpse of the restaurant but could not figure out how to get to the small street where it was located. After cutting through a parking lot, we ended up at Maa.

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Menya Kokoro Honten in Ookayama, Tokyo

Menya Kokoro 麺屋こころ was recommend to me by a Tokyo Institute of Technology professor while we were walking in the Ookayama area near the main campus. Since I will be spending a lot of time in this part of Tokyo for the foreseeable future, I would like to find as many good little places to eat. Menya Kokoro specialty is Taiwan Maze-Soba which is a form of soup-less ramen.

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Yabaton Honten in Nagoya

I visited to the Yabaton Honten (Main store) during a recent visit to Nagoya to eat some misokatsu. Yabaton came highly recommended by Nagoya native.
Nagoya is famous for its red miso which has a very distinct taste. Red miso is hard to describe, it’s much more potent then the stuff you would find in generic miso soup and some people really can stand the taste.

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Ikkaku Dokigawa Branch in Marugame

Ikkaku chicken is legendary on the island of Shikoku. Personally, if I am not eating udon while visiting Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku, I am probably eating chicken at Ikkaku. The Dokigawa (Doki river) branch is the biggest Ikkaku restaurant I have visited so far and it’s busy.

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L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele in Ebisu, Tokyo

Do you remember Julia Roberts eating delicious pizza in the Eat Pray Love movie? In the movie, she is visiting Naples and she eats pizza from L’Antica Pizzaria da Michele until she can’t fit into her jeans. Surprisingly, you can eat the same pizza (minus Julia Roberts) near Ebisu station in Tokyo.  

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