Lucky Peach #1 and Ivan Ramen

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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Ramen Tomare

We found a ramen shop named 止 by the side of the road just outside of Niimi in Okayama Prefecture. This single kanji means “stop” in Japanese and reads Tomare, a very short name for a great ramen place and one kanji every one should learn since it’s featured on every stop signs in the country.

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Kuishinbo: Offal Gluttony in Tsuyama.

I don’t know why, but Tsuyama in Northern Okayama Prefecture is the capital of horumon fried udon. It’s quite common for Japanese cities to build their reputation on a particular specialty,  but it takes some gusto to build this fame cooking offals or as some might call it the “discarded bits”.

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Zakuro: Mini Kaiseiki in Nagato

The last time I went to Nagato in Yamaguchi Prefecture, I ate a very ordinary meal in a mall. This time around, my wife reserved at Zakuro , a small restaurant own by a Brazilian woman and her Japanese husband.

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Tacostyle: Tex-Mex Food in Okayama City

When I stumbled on the Tacostyle website http://taco-style.com,  I was shocked to have visited Okayama City for the last 3 years without knowing about this place. Mexican food is always on my mind, but I guess some places are hard to find.

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Café Tikal

I have a feeling that a number of great coffee shop in Japan are often located in the most unlikely places and Cafe Tikal is no exception to the rule.

This friendly coffee shop is hidden behind the  gate of the Kogawa family residence in the castle town of Hagi in Yamaguchi Prefecture.

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Drinking History at Café de l’Ambre

The prevalent idea in the coffee drinking world is that fresher is  better. I was proven wrong on my last visit to Tokyo when I stopped at the legendary Café de l’Ambre for a cup of their finest aged coffee.

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Minatoya soba

Every time I go to Tokyo, I am a bit overwhelm by the gastronomical choices I must face. Within the limit of my budget and appetite, I always try to eat something new and exciting.

I found Minatoya address in Pen with New Attitude magazine  and armed with my Tokyo atlas, I slowly made my way to this mysterious soba restaurant which is located not too far from Shinbashi station.

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