Do you remember Julia Roberts eating delicious pizza in the Eat Pray Love movie? In the movie, she is visiting Naples and she eats pizza from L’Antica Pizzaria da Michele until she can’t fit into her jeans. Surprisingly, you can eat the same pizza (minus Julia Roberts) near Ebisu station in Tokyo.
It’s our second visit to Seaside Uwakai うわかい in Ehime and I could not be more delighted to go back. This little family pension is located on the seaside between Uwajima and Yawatahama in Ehime Prefecture. To access the pension, you will need to drive on the extremely narrow and windy route 378. If you are a nervous driver or you are doubting your driving skills, you might want to skip this one.
I recently complained online about the relative homogeneity of the Indian food scene in Okayama and somebody pointed me toward Spicy Spice. I’m glad they directed my attention to this small South Indian restaurant located near the Okayama City Hall.
The food scene around Higashi-Okayama station is somehow limited, but OSten, which was recommended by a co-worker, offered a nice surprise. OSten specializes in soup curry, a specialty from Hokkaido.
Eating eggs in Japan can leave the most adventurous eater shocked and scared. I arrived in Japan in 2008 and I can still remember looking in disbelief at somebody cracking a fresh egg into a bowl and dipping sukiyaki into it. I was open minded, but eating raw egg was pushing it. Takata Sairan specializes in serving raw egg over rice which is commonly know as tamago kake gohan. Oh yes, I overcame my initial reaction… it’s delicious.
Mitchan okonomiyaki has always been one of my favorite in Hiroshima city and the new Miyabi branch located on the 10th floor of the Sogo department store brings this Hiroshima speciality to another level.
I noticed Osteria e Bar Otto a little while ago when I stopped at the Usagiya stationery store (It’s located right next door). This modern restaurant is a short distance from the Kurashiki Aeon Mall.
After driving in front of Tatsumiya for 8 years, I finally stopped and tried the tonkatsu (pork cutlet).
I recently went back to Tsumoro and was shocked by the bad service my family received. We were 4 adults, 2 children and a small baby. We ordered 5 dishes and they refused to serve us if we didn’t order another dish for my tiny little niece who was not hungry. The dishes are gigantic.
My family has been eating there for many years and it’s our last visit. Now you know, no OMOTENASHI at Tsumoro.
I visited Tsumoro about 7 years ago and never connected the geographical dots until last week: this restaurant is only a couple minutes from my work place. I remembered the great hamburger steak or what the Japanese call hambagu (ハンバーグ), the revisit was so worth it.
Maruya is a cosy restaurant and pension in the bay of Shibayama where I enjoyed an amazing crab meal last winter. Since then, I promised myself to try their summer food and spend the night.
Up in the hills of Penang, tourist and locals are flocking to visit Kek Lok Si Temple. The huge temple is a thing of beauty and it offers a great view of Georgetown.
Katsudon Nomura is just a short walk away from Okayama Station and I have to thank my friend Brian for bringing me to this porky delicious restaurant. Katsudon or deep fried pork cutlet is quite common in Japan, so it’s always a pleasure to find a place that makes this seemingly simple dish very well.