Category Archives: FOOD

4 Unique Restaurant Experiences in Japan

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Almost every time I go out to eat somewhere in Japan, it turns into an entire experience in itself. You could have fun here simply visiting restaurants and trying all the food that you could not get back home. That being said, if you are a picky eater, then I think you are truly missing out on some priceless experiences here in Japan. Here, I added pictures of my most memorable experiences:

1. Japanese Hotcakes

The first picture is of the famous Japanese hotcakes. You might have seen videos of these on Facebook or some travel channel show. It was probably the best pancake I had ever eaten. The restaurant where you can find these unique pancakes is called West Aoyama Garden, a short walk from Nogizaka station after riding the Chiyoda line. The restaurant is based off of a high-end French cafe, so there is also bakery located in the front. Keeping with the theme, there are no chopsticks to be found either, and all the menu items are European to some degree. The servers even dress the part and give you a hot towel, known as oshibori, to wipe your hands with before the meal.

2. Maid and Butler Cafes

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Now, if you like cafes but want a more kawaii experience, then I would recommend any of the maid cafes in Akihabara or mascot cafes like Cinnamoroll Cafe in Shinjuku. There are also animal-themed cafes, like cat or dog or even owl cafes, where one is entertained by the animals while waiting for the food. I would recommend going to a maid cafe at least once because there is really nothing like it. As you …continue reading

    

Easy Seaweed Recipes For People Who Need More Minerals In Their Diet

Last month I wrote a general guide to Japan’s most common seaweeds, their health and beauty benefits and why you should eat this superfood more often than not. By now you know that seaweed provide us with several essential nutrients including fiber, iron, iodine, zinc, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C and B vitamins, and that seaweed are also a wonderful source of antioxidants, which are known to have anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular benefits. You may also know that other wonderful health benefits of seaweed include helping to improve the symptoms of osteoarthritis, assist with weight loss and help moderate blood sugar levels.

Now, all that’s great, but — aside from eating sushi all day and adding some dry seaweed to your miso soup — are there any other easy ways to incorporate this superfood into our diet without having to sign up for Japanese cooking classes? To encourage you to give seaweed a try, here are some five easy recipes that will help you fall in love with seaweed — or at least have it a bit more often! Enjoy!

1. Easy Seaweed Chips

© Photo by Earthy Delights

This is a great recipe for a yummy and healthy alternative when you’re craving something to snack on.

Ingredients

[A]

  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon karashi (Japanese mustard)
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

[B]

  • 5-6 sheets of roasted seaweed
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

Instructions

  1. Mix all [A] ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Brush a bit of sesame oil onto one of the sides of a seaweed sheet. Generously sprinkle the seasoning mixture [A] as evenly as possible on the oiled side. Repeat for all the seaweed sheets.
  3. Heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat until hot. Lightly toast each side for about 10-15 seconds.
  4. Cut each sheet into smaller pieces of your preferred shape and serve as you wish! …continue reading
        

Shunju: Tameike

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Seasonal Japanese cuisine is the specialty here, with excellent charcoal-grilled meats and fish, interesting sushi and sashimi plates, and Italian and French wines as well as sake and shochu to drink. The decor of the main dining room is simple – plain blond-wood chairs and tables – with few distractions from the wide-open 27th-floor view. (There’s also a very tastefully decorated tatami-room area in back.)

Prix-fixe dinners start at Y6800, and a la carte is also available, but there’s a Y1000 table charge for a la carte orders at dinnertime. Lunch is a relative bargain, starting at Y1200 for either a donburi or the fresh-vegetable buffet with rice and soup. …continue reading

    

EVENT: Cheese Drawing and Cute Sandwich Tutorial at Kaimuki Public Library

If you live in the Honolulu area, I’ll be doing an event this coming Sunday at the Kaimuki Public Library from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The demo itself will be pretty quick. I’ll show people the basics on how to cut out and make characters with cheese, then apply nori. After that, it’ll mostly be a hands-on, have-tons-of-fun session where you get to make your own!

I believe the event will be in the downstairs meeting room, but I’ve never been down there, so if you’re not sure either, it’s best to head to the front desk first and ask for directions. Hope to see you there!

After the event, I’ll have some books on hand (both Yum-Yum Bento and Yum-Yum Bento All Year Round) that participants can purchase and get signed.

Hope to see you there!

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