Tacoyaki was probably one of the first thing I ate when I arrived in Japan and I can still picture myself drinking a big sip of beer to cool down my mouth and wash away my first taste of katsuo bushi. Let’s just say that tacoyaki is growing on me and I was ready to try the famous Akashi-Yaki.
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It somehow took me 4 years and countless trips to Kobe to finally eat the famous Kobe beef and it was a hell of a nice experience.
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Japanese confectionery is a world of its own and Toraya seem to be holding a special place in the hierarchy of high end sweet makers. Before coming to Japan, the only Japanese sweet I knew were the Pocky sold at a Korean import shop. I think Toraya was one of the first quality wagashi I tried.
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Coffee Smart which is located on Teramachi in the center of Kyoto is brilliantly frozen in the past. If you can’t find a time machine, well you could always drink a cup of coffee at Coffee Smart, an establishment that goes back to 1932.
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I got a special place in my heart for food market, so I woke up at 5 AM on a grey Sunday morning and drove to Okayama City to try the monthly market held by the riverside right behind the Okayama Prefectural Office. Kyobashi Asa Ichi is held on the first Sunday of the month while the Kurashiki morning market is held on the third.
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Hanbey Fu restaurant is without any doubt the biggest gastronomical surprise I had in Kyoto. Fu or wheat gluten has been used in shojin ryori (traditional vegetarian devotional food) for hundred of years, but Hanbey Fu takes fu to another level of sophistication.
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Tonkatsu (Japanese pork cutlet) might not be the healthiest food around, but the tonkatsu at Kappa in Kurashiki is simply to die for if you will forgive me the cliché.
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Fukuoka has a vibrant street food scene and Kokin Chan yatai is famous for yaki-ramen or fried ramen.
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Ebimeshi which could be translated to “shrimp-rice” is a specialty of Okayama Prefecture and I had my first ebimeshi experience at Indeira in Okayama City.
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On my latest trip to Hiroshima, I decided to make the trek to the Yokogawa area and try Pizza Riva. I found Pizza Riva on the Associazione Verace Pizza napoletana website, but one friend who lives in Hiroshima had already told me it was his favorite.
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Motsunabe is a Fukuoka speciality, if you have never heard of it, it’s a simple hot pot dish of offals cooked in a soy sauce based soup with plenty of garlic and garlic chive. Motsunabe restaurants are legion in Fukuoka, but this time, we went to a smaller and less touristy place.
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