When I left Moriyama after lunch for a long bike ride by the shore of Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture, my goal was to get to Nagahama city early enough to secure a table at Marusa, a popular yakiniku restaurant. All I can say, the reward was worth the super windy 70 km bike ride.
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Curry might be the last thing you associate with Japan, but it’s has been a national favorite since it was first introduced by the British navy during the Meiji era and was adopted by the Japanese to a point where it is considered a national food.
Japanese curry is an historical and geo political culinary dream come true and Tokyu Curry in Hiroshima which was suggested by a friend who knows his curry and it’s a great place to try Japanese curry.
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Honky Tonk: what an awful name for a coffee shop. Japan is the land of shops christen with the weirdest names, so if you look beyond the name, you will find an original coffee shop right in Okayama.
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Where can you find a good pint of draught beer in the land of Asahi, Kirin and Sapporo? I finally found a place to quench my thirst in Hiroshima city;Raku Beer is a great little bar where Japanese microbrewery beer can be found on tap.
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My quest for Sanuki udon has taken me to great little shops all over Kagawa prefecture and Yamauchi udon shop is definitely worth the drive.
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Ono Coffee Shop in Okayama City is one of these places that might be too trendy for it’s own good, yet I recommend it for the cold coffee.
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About a week ago, my boss asked me if I wanted a bibimbap for lunch. I spent the whole week wondering how a burning bowl of bibimbap could be delivered to my desk, well I got my answer today.
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I’ve driven in front of Juu Hachi Ban ramen shop for 3 years before trying it. The shop is located on route 313 in the center of Fukuyama city. I found this shop listed pretty high up on a Japanese ramen website, so I decided to give it a go.
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Let me start by saying that I am not a vegetarian, but I am very interested in vegan and vegetarian cooking. I actually eat a lot of meat and it’s probably why this book interested me so much in the first place.
Kansha was written by the Japanese food specialist Elizabeth Andoh and it is my first vegetarian cookbook. Washoku, her previous book, dealt with fish and meat.
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Kaeru is the word for “frog” in Japanese and it’s also the name of a great little coffee shop in Okayama City. A local English teacher recommended this coffee shop, so I jumped on my bicycle and rode all the way from Kurashiki just to try it.
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I found Bankoku coffee roaster by pure luck. I parked my car to visit a furniture shop and I saw the bright green coffee sign in the distance.
My curiosity was rewarded by a fragrant and well stocked coffee roasting shop, the type of shop I had been dreaming about since I arrived in Japan.
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When I heard that David Chang, the mastermind of Momofuku restaurant, created a magazine about ramen, I ordered it right away and awaited my copy of Lucky Peach like a kid waiting for Santa Claus.
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