When I last visited Fukuoka, the city was taken over by 35 000 members from Lions Club International. The Lions Club could not have picked a better place to hold their meeting. I was in the city for a very short business trip and I decided to try a new ramen shop.
I haven’t been to New York City in such a long time, but I did read about Shake Shack and the epic long lines associated with this burger shop. When I heard that a shop had opened a year ago in Tokyo, I knew I would eventually go there and experience the orderlly Japanese line.
For some reason, I never covered the ryokan scene on this blog, but some of the best food I ate in Japan was served in ryokan (japanese traditional inns). Hakkei which located in the onsen town of Yubara in Okayama Prefecture is both a good place to enjoy a warm onsen and eat great food.
Imagine yourself sitting on the couch watching TV with your family and suddenly, the roar of a motorbike and the music of Elvis Presley gets everyone attention. In my area of Kurashiki, the music of Elvis Presley means only one thing: pongashi.
Pongashi is a simple snack made with rice and sugar.
I moved to Japan 8 years ago and since then I have travelled a lot in Asia: I must admit that I am addicted to Bee Cheng Hiang bakkwa. Bakkwa is a dried meat with a sweet coating which is similar to beef jerky but much softer and tender.
Ramen shops are not created equal, but in the case of Ramen Jiro, we are talking about a category of its own. I wanted to eat at this particular shop since I arrived in Japan. I actually ate at the Shinjuku branch a few years ago, but a pilgrimage at the Mita shop is a must.
サルビア珈琲 or Salvia coffee is a shop located in Yasugi, Shimane Prefecture. Yasugi is a town between Matsue and Yonago. Yasugi has no major attractions, but I somehow end up going there quite often: good onsen, good soba and amazing coffee.
Misokatsu is one of these places that I walked by for many years without even noticing it. It is located right in the heart of Kurashiki between the train station and the historical area of Bikan. The restaurant is quite small and cosy.