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Some eats in Okayama, Japan

I'd say my favourite ramen is Boke

My favourite pizza would be (original location


Favourite reasonable priced Italian would be Lionni

Best Italian period is Fa Niente but its expensive, hidden and is reservation and course only. Well worth it though.

Will try to add some more Japanese restaurants tomorrow.

Feb 01, 2015
TeRReT in Japan

Some eats in Okayama, Japan

I live in Okayama now, near Itoyokado there is a street of ramen shops, boke ramen is very good.

That site also has a lot of local places.

Feb 01, 2015
TeRReT in Japan

getting sent to app store

Samsung galaxy s4 chrome

When I try to go to when I haven't used my phone for awhile the first time it loads it always sends me to another site which then eventually opens play store.

It is only chowhound that does this and has done so for about a week. I am definitely not clicking on any ad.

Jan 20, 2015
TeRReT in Site Talk

Mochi Deaths Increasing in Japan

It's an unfortunate and well known thing in Japan. Sadly, despite this, there is no stopping a stubborn obaasan or ojisaan. Isn't going to happen. Ever. And cutting mochi into small pieces won't happen either. Best to have them consume mochi supervised I suppose.

The numbers of elderly are increasing so the numbers of death by mochi are as well.

Jan 06, 2015
TeRReT in Food Media & News

Look what I got!

You beat me by minutes haha

I also agree its Masanari but the other knives with the same too kanji include 2 additional kanji.


I can't find much about the knife maker, again for more information I'd try contacting the store. It could still be a Takayuki, I forget which brand but I have run into other knives that are sold under different brands when the knife making store has a few knife makers depending on who made it made it a different brand.

Not sure if thats the case here, looks awfully similar, but the label is decidedly different.

Jan 03, 2015
TeRReT in Cookware

Look what I got!

On the website at the top slideshow they show two more knives with the same kanji but it is too faint to read :p

The website has an English button and a contact button so could just email them I am sure they would be Happy to give you more information.

Jan 03, 2015
TeRReT in Cookware

Look what I got!

Chem is correct, the first kanji is definitely masa (正)

I can't read the second kanji, but I could read the yellow paper and it seems like the knife might have been purchased in the famous kitchen area in Tokyo, Kappabashi. is the store it appears to have been purchased could be your knife, unfortunately it offers zero information about the maker. The stores in Kappabashi offer many brands rather than being the actual maker with their own brand.

Perhaps another photo with the kanji more clear would help, or even if you could try to write it and take a picture so we don't get so much reflection.

Jan 03, 2015
TeRReT in Cookware

unable to upload photos using android phone.

Have a galaxy s4 running android 4.4.2 and using chrome and I can't seem to upload photos.

When I click select files it brings up voice recorder, camera and camcorder, it doesnt allow me to use gallery or a file manager.

Dec 27, 2014
TeRReT in Site Talk

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads (Part 2)

You indicated that you didn't sticky these instructions because you only wanted to sticky globally important things, and then you changed it to an inability to sticky with the new site improvements. Why not include these instructions as a feature? Apparently features can remain at the top of the page, no idea why, but would eliminate the need to bump.

Tried to upload two pictures illustrating the fact that the feature on chowder has remained at the top for an extended period but I am unable to upload using my android phone. It tries to link to my camera rather then grab photos from my gallery.

Dec 27, 2014
TeRReT in Site Talk

Open the Yuletide spigot

Without a doubt longer pages are much slower to load in "see all" mode since the new changes. I have never noticed any slow loading, ever, but now have to wait for threads to open.

Dec 24, 2014
TeRReT in Site Talk

Shinjuku near Yotsuya Station; Kurashiki; Onomichi, Miyajima

What kind of food? If you're going to Kurashiki for Bikan Chiku you can either over pay for the restaurants there or eat at the Ario mall food court on the other side of the station, there aren't many other decent choices nearby.

Koba coffee in Bikan Chiku is decent, you can't miss it, its the only pink building in the midde of the historical district.

Ajisen ramen is a decent little ramen shop there, though its a chain its one of the better restaurants there. The rest are all small Japanese restaurants, all ok but nothing outstanding.

Miyajima, just eat on the main street of shops, there's plenty of oyster restaurants and eel and various other little snacks.

Dec 19, 2014
TeRReT in Japan

Too much oil/pesto mix with noodles- can it be saved?

Easiest is add more noodles.

Failing this, you can add cooked, sliced potatoes and green beans.

You could add breadcrumbs or croutons.

Make it a cold pasta salad with lettuce.

Add some chicken or another protein.

Try a soft fried egg on top.

Tomato or tomato sauce would also help cut the flavour a bit.

Mushrooms or broccoli or any other vegetables to use up some of the sauce would help some too.

Anything to dilute it so really many things would work.

problem with jumping pages on android

Android 4.4.2 using chrome on a galaxy s4.

Pages load fine and don't jump like IOS but when I go to click on a link the text size decreases which in effect causes the page to jump and where I intended to click often ends up opening the link under.

I wait and make sure the page is fully loaded but it won't do this until I try to push a link. Virtually every time and been happening for awhile.

No changes on my device recently.

Thanks in advance.

Dec 12, 2014
TeRReT in Site Talk

Buying chopsticks

While there are smooth lacquered Japanese chopsticks it's also common for a rough texture to be applied or grooves added on the tips to aid in grip. When I buy Japanese lacquered chopsticks I ensure they have one if the two.

Dec 11, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware

Buying chopsticks

That's what the chopstick rest is for :P

it's completely preference, I like the feel of my round ones but it really doesn't matter.

I like the thin tipped Japanese ones with the rough grip on the tips.

Dec 11, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware

Buying chopsticks

While lacquer will wear off it takes a bit of time. I use my lacquered chopsticks everyday and have left them in water overnight and the lacquer has only begun to come off three years in. If you use them less then daily they should last awhile.

I prefer Japanese chopsticks as many have a grip at the tip which made it much easier for a beginner to use, long Chinese ones or metal Korean ones challenged me a lot with heavy noodles.

Dec 10, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware

Address our concerns, please

Careful they have already created q&a where you can't reply to a post in a discussion board, next might be the punctuation free posting format and do away with the discussion fornat entirely.

Dec 05, 2014
TeRReT in Site Talk

Best cutting boards?

Your options are sanituff rubber or epicurien pressed wood, I like neither, but there is some positive feedback about Epicurean ones I guess.

If you eliminated dishwasher friendly you could add wood which would be the best choice.

Stay away from glass.

You could do a large wood combined with a few epicurean I suppose.

Nov 27, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware

any of these sharpening stones decent?

The only ones I'm familiar with are king and キング which is king in Japanese. If the price is right these are generally acceptable stones up to 1000 grit. I have heard past 1000 they get to be less consistent. I have a 1000 king and have had no problems with it.

I can't read the left pink box it's not in the photo enough and the white boxes are too fine of writing for me to focus my eyes.

Oct 24, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware

Japanese BOSS canned coffee in America?

If you can't find it anywhere else then go with online. might also have it.

Oct 20, 2014
TeRReT in General Topics

When did coconut oil become OK to use, and how and why?

It's been OK for quite awhile. While it is a saturated fat, it is a medium chain triglyceride and as such is a beneficial saturated fat.

Research more about medium chain triglycerides to have a better understanding.

Oct 13, 2014
TeRReT in General Topics

black burgers and other limited-edition and novelty items at fast-food establishments

yup, definitely good for Halloween, like Disney's Halloween black hotdog.

Sep 20, 2014
TeRReT in Japan

Microwave / Convection Combo Oven - Any Good?

My combo microwave can do all these things but is but is not practical for commercial use. If you use it as an oven for pizza for example you can't use it as a microwave until it has cooled down sufficiently which could take 10 minutes which would be hell for a commercial kitchen.

Not sure if this is true for all models but I suspect there would be limitations in most models.

Panini I don't really understand how you do in an oven as it is supposed to be pressed and grilled but the combo microwave could make a toasted sandwich.

I would probably get a breville smart convection oven and a separate microwave if I were you or look for used commercial appliances which might be more viable.

Sep 11, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware

Shokuyoku no Aki -- Delicious Autumn

My vegetable supply is winding down fast. One of my students is a farmer so had a nice supply over the summer. He hopes to have one more round of cucumber but I really enjoyed the cucumber and eggplant most.

2 weeks ago was the last of the eggplant and also got a huge bag of shishito which i have been loving. Grilled shishito and eggplant with sesame and ponzu so good.

The last bounty I got was potatoes and kabocha so looks like the fall vegetables will be enroute.

Grapes are still here but Melons have gone. Too much rain for a long melon season I guess. Nashi have been good but the peach season was also short this year.

Sep 06, 2014
TeRReT in Japan

Best Chef's Knife?

There are many posts you should wade through on this site full of information.

There are three common themes in all the posts.

First, you need to decide between European style vs Japanese style.

Second, if you can handle the knife before buying it is optimal as each one feels different for everyone, that being said usually the best deals and more difficult to find knives won't be able to be held first.

Third, and most important, sharpening is more important than the knife itself. You can have a $5,000 knife that will get dull within a year and will be as effective as cutting with a butter knife unless you have a means to sharpen it. To solve this, you can either invest in any various means of sharpening, or you can find a good local sharpener to sharpen your knives.

For sharpeners:

Similar knife threads:

The most recommended knife for value is typically the Victorinox but it will lack the weight you are looking for.

For weight the Henckel and Wustof knives are fine, but they typically cost more than other knives which might perform better. for example would be a slightly Japanese style version of a chef knife which would be heavier and good value for quality.

Sep 06, 2014
TeRReT in Cookware

Reply posts not allowed with Firefox?

Try disabling extensions which might cause conflicts, adblock and ghostery have been mentioned as potentially causing problems with replying.

Aug 28, 2014
TeRReT in Site Talk

Reply posts not allowed with Firefox?

Is it possible you are trying to reply to a post in the new question and answer format? That format does not permit discussions so no replying except to original post.

Aug 28, 2014
TeRReT in Site Talk

Chowhound now allowing advertising posts?

Welcome to the new chowhound.

Some of these threads may eventually be deleted but many are now permitted.

Aug 20, 2014
TeRReT in Site Talk

Additions to locked threads

I don't remember the details, someone either needs to have the thread open before it is locked, or a reply already started and then the reply can be finished. Once their browser is refreshed they can no longer post.

I believe they just need to have a thread open, not a reply started though.

Aug 17, 2014
TeRReT in Site Talk

#@%* White Chocolate

I remember hearing sometime in my life that white chocolate in particular is melted easiest in a microwave.