Yabaton Misokatsu

Nagoya has the reputation of being a heavy weight player in the B-1 gourmet scene in Japan and I finally had a chance to see what all the fuss was about.  I came back from Nagoya slightly fatter, but it’s worth the extra effort it will take to burn it off.

Yabaton Misokatsu came highly recommended by a friend who lives in Nagoya.  You know it’s trouble when the logo of a shop has a sumo wrestling pig on it, but Yabaton is all about pig, more precisely, deep fried pork cutlet.

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Kanei Soba in Kyoto

As we stood in front of Kanei soba restaurant a solid 40 min before the opening,  a man asked us if this was a soba shop and I wondered the same thing. Kanei is located a short distance from the center of Kyoto in a residential area and it looks just like a regular house with no sign.  The location of Kanei is not exactly a secret since it earned a star in the Kyoto Michelin guide.

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Awa Naramichi

Nara is one of these places that almost every school children in Japan goes to visit at one point and it’s a must see. On our first night in Nara we decided to go the locavore way with a friend who was born in Nara and went to Awa in Naramichi which is famous for using the best  Yamato vegetables and meat.  Yamato is the old name of Nara.

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