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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Finding an address in Japan is difficult at the best of time, but finding Coffee Club in Marugame proved to be an epic drive complicated by the fact that there were two route 205 running parallel to each other. Beyond this major urban planning faux pas, Coffee Club is well worth driving around in circle for 30 min.
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Nagahama is an area of Fukuoka famous for its yatai and ramen shops. It’s a little more than a 20 min walk from Tenjin and it’s a necessary stop for anybody who wants to understand the Fukuoka ramen style.
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When my sister-in-law took me and my wife to Morimori, a small family restaurant in Mizushima, I had the weird feeling that I had finally discover a great little food place hidden in plain sight.
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During the new year holiday, I visited the town of Dazaifu which is about 30 min by train outside of Fukuoka City. On my way to the famous Tenman-gu Shrine for the new year prayer, I stumbled upon a brand new Starbucks coffee shop.
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Finding Caféteria was a great surprise, it’s an odd ball hiding in plain sight, a restaurant that could belong to any big city, yet it’s located in tiny Yonago.
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