I arrived in Osaka at 9AM and I was surprised to find the city so calm. The sun was already scorching hot and the streets were empty when I made it to the Maxx Department Store. It’s weird to see the calmer side of Osaka and Streamer is the perfect place to start the day. I think that Osaka kicks into second gear at around 11 AM, so it’s a blessing to find this place open.
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Nagoya in a weird way seem to rhyme with chicken wings and Yamachan is the chicken slaying bard of them all. A local friend took us to one of the numerous store in the city, this particular one was located a minute away from Nagoya station.
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Nagoya has the reputation of being a heavy weight player in the B-1 gourmet scene in Japan and I finally had a chance to see what all the fuss was about. I came back from Nagoya slightly fatter, but it’s worth the extra effort it will take to burn it off.
Yabaton Misokatsu came highly recommended by a friend who lives in Nagoya. You know it’s trouble when the logo of a shop has a sumo wrestling pig on it, but Yabaton is all about pig, more precisely, deep fried pork cutlet.
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Canal Café was recommended to be by the owner of Café Rico Roastery and it turned out to be a nice little café located just outside the center of Okayama City.
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When I left home this Saturday for a dinner with my family in Kurashiki, I didn’t really know where I was going. Let’s call this a culinary blind date and Restaurant Vingt-Cinq which means “25” in French turned out to be an awsome date.
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If you have ever driven in close proximity of the Kasaoka Horseshoe Crab Museum, you probably noticed Miyama Ramen. Just stop, this place is GOOD!
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I recently wrote about a nice little beer shop located in Kurashiki and they recently moved right in the heart of Bikan in the former Kibidote bar.
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McDonald’s Japan has recently started to offer the Mega Potato which is two large fries combined in one big package. At 490 yen, the Mega Potato is much cheaper than ordering two large fries.
While the food covered on Foodie Topography is often healthy, this is certainly not the case.
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As we stood in front of Kanei soba restaurant a solid 40 min before the opening, a man asked us if this was a soba shop and I wondered the same thing. Kanei is located a short distance from the center of Kyoto in a residential area and it looks just like a regular house with no sign. The location of Kanei is not exactly a secret since it earned a star in the Kyoto Michelin guide.
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The small town of Iga in Mie Prefecture is famous for its ninja museum which attracts legion of little ninjas and nostalgic foreigners. I was also promised a great sukiyaki and Kanaya meat shop was just what I needed after a visit to the ninja museum and Iga castle.
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Onsaya café recently opened a new shop in Toiyacho and it’s very different from the original shop located near Okayama station.
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The area around Yoshino in Nara Prefecture is famous for kuzu, a starch made from Japanese arrowroot. Morino Yoshino-Kuzu Honpo has been making kuzu powder and sweets since 1616 and it is a must eat if you are anywhere near Nara.
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