Category Archives: FOOD

Stockholm: Akasaka


If you’ve never experienced the pleasures of a real Swedish smorgasbord, this is the place to indulge your curiosity. Stockholm has been going strong since 1971, spending the first 30 years or so in the Sweden Center in Roppongi and now conveniently located just above Akasaka-Mitsuke station.

The smorgasbord here is awe-inspiring, so come with a good appetite – after all these are the folks who invented the buffet. The traditional smorgasbord experience consists of five rounds (according to Stockholm’s explanation) – 1) pickled herring; 2) other cold fish items; 3) cold meats; 4) hot dishes; and 5) dessert (if you still have room). Stockholm offers plenty of appetizing selections in each category – four different herrings, several smoked fish items, lots of cold meats, cheeses and vegetables.

It’s worth saving some room for the hot dishes, such as the excellent garlicky meatballs served with a not-too-sweet fruit jam. Other highlights were the endive and smoked trout canape, the sliced beets, and a creamy, almost cheesy baked apple pudding. Although it’s mostly traditional Scandinavian fare, there are a few modern Swedish dishes like cous cous salad.

Drinks include Swedish craft beers and a decent wine list (starting at around Y4500 per bottle). Eight different aquavits are served from bottles encased in ice blocks, and they’re all quite different in flavor, as our do-it-yourself tasting confirmed.

Prices for the buffet are Y4800 for dinner and Y3240 for weekend lunch (tax and service included), plus a one-drink minimum order at dinnertime. Weekend lunch service is 11:30am-3pm. …continue reading


New Tokyo Ramen Tour: Make Ramen Like a Pro


On this brand new tour, you’ll get to make ramen alongside one of Tokyo’s best ramen chefs. You’ll also get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of a ramen shop kitchen!

Inside one of Tokyo’s Top Ramen Shops

This experience takes place in one of Tokyo’s top ramen shops. You’ll get to meet and work with the owner, a well-known figure in the ramen world.

Make Ramen like a Pro

The ramen making includes everything from ladling the broth to carefully adding toppings at the end. But the most fun part has to be shaking the water out of the noodles!

There will be plenty of opportunities for photos throughout. At the end, you’ll of course get to eat your completed ramen creation.

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New opening - My Curry Shokudo: Ueno


My Curry offers its own distinctively appealing versions of European-style beef curries, pork cutlet curries, fried-rice omelette curries and Indo-Japanese butter-chicken curries. It’s easy to customize your meal based on topping ingredients, spiciness, and portion sizes – so much so that the numerous choices can be bewildering to a first-time diner.

Optional toppings include everything from cheese and spinach to stewed beef and fried chicken. Most basic curries are priced in the Y590-790 range, with add-ons and side dishes a bit extra.

The dining space is slightly fancier than your typical counter shop, and all ordering is done through an electronic vending machine, with instructions and menus provided in multiple languages. Hold onto your ticket after you’ve ordered, and the staff will call out the number on your ticket when your curry is ready. …continue reading


Homemade Noodles, Spicy Miso Ramen in Asakusa


Fuji Ramen is a favorite for ramen in Asakusa. Their homemade noodles are acclaimed, as are their tonkotsu shoyu and spicy miso ramen broths.

Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen

The house specialty is tonkotsu shoyu ramen. It’s a thick and heavy tonkotsu but the shoyu seasoning outfits the broth with some salinity.

Ramen (Tonkotsu Shoyu) with Egg: ¥750

Excellent menma, chashu pork, and green and white negi adorn the surface.

Spicy Miso Ramen

As much as I appreciate the tonkotsu shoyu ramen, I get more excited about their spicy miso ramen.

Spicy Miso Ramen with Egg: ¥900

The tonkotsu intensity dissipates and makes way for the red miso. It’s strongly flavored, thanks to the miso. But it’s lighter since the broth is thinner and less porky. Bean sprouts are added for more crunch.

With either ramen, their thick, housemade noodles emerge heroically.

Fuji Ramen also has a fun, wooden interior. In summary, for ramen in Asakusa, it doesn’t get better than Fuji Ramen.

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Kind Travel: Explore These Alternatives to Owl Cafés in Tokyo

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

Yeah, we get it. On your social media feed, you’ve seen pictures of people petting cute owls and now you want one too. Over the last few years, owl cafés have mushroomed all over Tokyo. And while it might be a unique opportunity to get your picture taken with an owl or other bird and pet their fluffy body, it isn’t the greatest idea from an animal welfare point of view.
Recent research has shown that birds are far more sentient than we used to assume—and anyone with half a heart will probably already have guessed this. Did you know that pigeons can distinguish between male and female humans? I certainly can’t tell one pigeon gender from the other—and admittedly, these birds don’t exactly rank as the Einsteins of the avians

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