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Best Greasy Spoon in Montreal

As a Montrealer in exile, I mostly crave Paul Patate and the Green Spot. Paul Patate is a great place and the home made spruce beer is delicious.

Paul Patate
2606 Rue De Coleraine, Montreal, QC H3K1S7, CA

Green Spot
3041 Rue Notre-Dame W, Montreal, QC H4C1N9, CA

Etiquette Disaster?

I am sure a nice thank you letter would be very appreciated or a small gift. In a very formal setting, you should stand up to bow and accept the business card with two hands. But I don't think it's a blunder if you didn't.
I've been here 3 years and the Japanese don't worry to much about foreigners. As long as you don't walk around with the bathroom slippers, you are fine!

Mar 10, 2011
ramenking in Japan

Best Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima?

Mitchan is one of my favourite, I always try to eat there whenever I am in town. When you see Japanese tourist taking pictures of their food, you know it's a famous place.

Last time I went, I sat next to a man from Fukuoka who came there with his family.

Sep 05, 2010
ramenking in Japan

Great Places to eat in Hiroshima/Nara

In Hiroshima, I would strongly recommend eating at Mitchan at Naka-ku, Hatchobori 6-7, it's the original store.

If you feel like visiting a very pretty town, I would suggest Kurashiki in the prefecture of Okayama.
The old town near the train station is very pretty. Kurashiki is maybe not the best foodie destination in Japan, but it's a nice relax walk.

Aug 23, 2010
ramenking in Japan

Summer eating in Japan

If you can find a place where to eat cold somen noodles, it's a very simple and refreshing summer food.
In some places it's eaten in river streams or long halved bamboo with running cold water. In my house, my wife will simple serve it on ice in a simple bowl. You dip your noodles in a dipping sauce and enjoy.

Okayama peaches are indeed delicious and filthy expensive. Japanese grapes have a very distinct taste and the local peels them since the skin is thicker than our grapes back home.

Jul 11, 2010
ramenking in Japan

knife health

I am not a knife specialist, but I would stay away from knife sharpener. The proper way to sharpen a knife is on a stone. As for how often you need to sharpen it, well, it depends on how much you use your knives.

Dec 08, 2009
ramenking in Cookware

Tsukiji Market Closed to Visitors

It was also closed last year at the same period, but a friend of mine went and took plenty of pictures right before New Year. She is a very tall british girl and would stand out anywhere in Japan, but if you are discrete, I don't think they will kick you out.

Dec 07, 2009
ramenking in Japan

Family of picky eaters....where to go in Tokyo and Kyoto?

You could try the ramen shop alley at the Kyoto JR Station. My mom who is a super picky eater loved ramen and udon when she visited me last summer. So I ended up going to ramen shop almost everyday. On the cheap side, Kappa Sushi is a popular chain of keiten sushi and they have many foreigner friendly 105 yen plates.

Nov 29, 2009
ramenking in Japan

Food allergies and Tokyo dining... advice please.

If your allergies are severe, I would recommend you get somebody to write down the list of allergies you have in Japanese and show them to people serving your food. They should make sure you don't get sick.

Nov 29, 2009
ramenking in Japan

What is your favorite Fukuoka restaurant?

I will be going to Fukuoka for the fourth time this next Golden Week. I love ramen and I've been to a bunch of ramen shop but I am always looking for something new.
Where do you like to eat in Fukuoka? Any recommendations?

Nov 17, 2009
ramenking in Japan

Best ramen cities

If you stop in Onomichi on your way to Hiroshima, you have to taste Shukaen ramen, it's rated number one on the ramen page and there is always a massive line

If you go to Onomichi, be sure to eat some waffles at Common, a cafe next to the ropeway.

Oct 26, 2009
ramenking in Japan

Choosing a Japanese cookbook

I really like this book :

"Washoku: Recipes from the Japanese Home Kitchen" by Elizabeth Andoh

The book covers Japanese food as a whole and with the optic of home cooking. It is very accessible and informative.

Oct 01, 2009
ramenking in Home Cooking