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Last minute overnight stay in Carmel

I suppose it wasn't wet enough, right?

about 7 hours ago
Tripeler in California

Ever had Modus Hoperandi?

Ska Brewing's Modus Hoperandi was pretty good! Fairly complex malty body with a fair amount of amber colour, but not really very heavy at all. Dizzying collection of hops, but not easily identified, all in sufficient quantity for a great boost of bitterness, with impressive aroma profile. One of the better IPAs I have had in a while.

about 7 hours ago
Tripeler in Beer

Craft beer bars in Tokyo

Den,
You did it again! I have gone by Harema many times since they opened (almost a year ago) and could never figure out what kind of food they did. The place before it in that location was a bog-standard Chuka place that, year in and year out, advertised "Mabo Nasu" and I always wondered how the cook managed to deal with seasonal fluctuations in the price of eggplant. Now I will have to give it a try!

About Sakebozu, it is certainly a great find. If I knew they only had one beer available, I would have started with nihonshu. I normally drink nihonshu first, followed by a finish with cold, hoppy beer.

At Sasagin in Uehara, my long-time favorite, the house beer is the nicely hoppy Edel Pils from Sapporo, and served directly from a chilled keg rather from a quick-chill serving system which results in beer with inferior taste.

Thanks again for the tip on Harema.

about 21 hours ago
Tripeler in Japan

Ever had Modus Hoperandi?

I just got a case of Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing.
Has anyone ever had it? I will be trying it in a few hours.
After that, I will make a report.

I also got another case of Worthy IPA from Bend, Oregon.
I liked that so much I got another case.

about 21 hours ago
Tripeler in Beer

Diane Tran's Pho Banh Mi Is Amazing

Amazingly precise lighting gives incredible detail to the photo. Of COURSE it looks so delicious. Very interesting take on banh mi, which got the very interesting article it deserved.

1 day ago
Tripeler in Features

Craft beer bars in Tokyo

I went off looking for Saketeria in Tomigaya because I live in the next neighborhood over, and after a search, I found a place called Sake Bozu, which is mainly a sake bar, but they do carry craft beer. On their card there is the word "Sakeria" and they have a site address (sakebozu.com) which has their address, but no other information, not even the phone number (which is 03-3466-1311 on their card).

They only had one beer when I went, from Minoh Beer, called Italian Samurai, and was a joint brew with an Italian micro named Brewfist. The beer was a dark ale brewed with coffee and orange peel. Unusual, but it was quite tasty. The owner said they normally have about six kinds of beer.

After finishing that, and not wanting another, I switched to sake and had one from the Hakone area called Ryo, a bit sweet (+6) and made with Omachi rice from Okayama. Exactly what I wanted, as I described to the owner. Their sake menu has only the names in very stylized Japanese writing, and I could only read one of the six. I thought the service there was good, the guy running the place was nice and helpful. I live about 7 minutes away, and will go again.

Thanks, Den, for letting me know about Sakebozu Sakeria.

1 day ago
Tripeler in Japan

Making Matzo Ball Soup for Passover with the Wise Sons Deli Guys

Incredible photos, particularly the top one, which has some truly amazing lighting. Looks like it could be from a horror movie, actually. Plus, the story on the matzoh balls is great. I cheat by putting in a tiny bit of baking powder to make the balls fluff up a little to absorb more soup. Great story, and good timing, thank you!

2 days ago
Tripeler in Features

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Learn to like something else. Or move to Montreal.

Apr 15, 2014
Tripeler in Los Angeles Area

Pizza in Tokyo

Yeah, and quite a bit east of the Mason-Dixon line.

Apr 14, 2014
Tripeler in Japan

"Sundays are the Worst"

In my experience, religion tends to bring out the best -- AND worst -- in people.

Apr 14, 2014
Tripeler in Not About Food

Selling greek yogurt at farmer's market.. HELP CHOOSE TOPPINGS!

With curry powder or cumin, add a touch of powdered chicken soup stock. It really brings everything up a notch.

Apr 14, 2014
Tripeler in General Topics

Faux pas - eating fish at work?

I think the McD FOF just smells like "fried". Very little fish aroma, if any.

Apr 14, 2014
Tripeler in Not About Food

Cheese Store of Pasadena

In Japan, most everyone under 60 eats a fair amount of cheese. However, my wife's mother (born about 100 years ago) could not eat cheese (said it tastes like soap) but my wife (now 65) eats any kind of cheese except blue and likes it. One of the most popular home delivery items is pizza (Dominos, Pizza Hut and Japanese chains). Oh, and most dairy is big, especially yogurt drinks.

Apr 14, 2014
Tripeler in Los Angeles Area

Like Cheese?

At $55 a person, it seems very reasonable for what is offered.

Apr 13, 2014
Tripeler in Los Angeles Area

Thrillist's Top 8 Dim Sum Places in LA?

Now THAT's funny.

Apr 13, 2014
Tripeler in Los Angeles Area

I might be ready for Vietnamese but I think I need your help...

If you really, really hate fish sauce then I don't think you have any sort of realistic future with Vietnamese food.

Apr 13, 2014
Tripeler in Los Angeles Area
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What Kind of Food Has Meaning?

Now this is a great piece. It is full of all those favorite emotions, and is about nothing that is trendy or cutting edge. It has that quality that makes you glad that you can read, use your imagination, and recreate the tale in your mind in an unspecified series of images. Great job, Mr. Birdsall. You made my life a bit richer today, and I am certain I am not the only one who feels this.

Apr 12, 2014
Tripeler in Features
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Billy Bombers American Diner Ad - Singapore

Yeah, I think they are really asking for it.

Apr 11, 2014
Tripeler in General Topics

Where can I get this beer in LA ?????????

Yeah, there are Weizens in Japan that are much better, but likely they are not available in the U.S. I believe Ginga Kogen is a filtered Weizen, with minimal yeast and cloudiness.

Apr 11, 2014
Tripeler in Los Angeles Area

If you could change the restaurant/bar scene in SD. .

Lame Members... how unsavoury!

Apr 11, 2014
Tripeler in San Diego

If you could change the restaurant/bar scene in SD. .

...and ban fedora hats while you're at it.

Apr 11, 2014
Tripeler in San Diego
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Red Grapefruit in Cups at Costco

Good enough reason to toss it, then.

Apr 10, 2014
Tripeler in Chains

Flautas

I do like lamb, and those flautas look very, very good. Thanks for the report.

Apr 10, 2014
Tripeler in Los Angeles Area
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Red Grapefruit in Cups at Costco

Too bad -- the liquid is juice and likely pretty tasty.

Apr 10, 2014
Tripeler in Chains

Expensive Lunch at Farmer's Market

Of all the doozies in this thread, the idea of "Fish & Chips" without the chips (fried potatoes) is truly outrageous, and the proprietor needs to be sizzled in hot oil for this farce. Good on Will for being such a gentleman through all this.

Apr 10, 2014
Tripeler in Los Angeles Area

Foods Without Enemies

I had heard that the crunchy ones originally came from Mexico as Tacos Dorados, but the information on that was very sketchy. In all the decent places I have had tacos in California, they are all soft made with corn tortillas. But when in Mexico once, a Mexican guy told me that tacos don't really exist, rather they are just a style of eating. In any case, fried tortilla crunchy tacos to me are made to suit US tastes.

Apr 10, 2014
Tripeler in General Topics

How often do you drink alcoholic drinks?

How about four?

Check your species before you answer that.

Apr 08, 2014
Tripeler in General Topics
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How often do you drink alcoholic drinks?

If I had all the money I've spent on drink....
...I'd spend it on drink.
(Sir Henry Rawlinson)

Apr 08, 2014
Tripeler in General Topics
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BrewDog redux

Actually, this is a very good and appropriate take on the subject. I live in Tokyo, so Brew Dog is not really any more expensive than other craft imports. I have had Punk IPA and Dead Pony a number of times and thought it was good, but to be honest, I wouldn't really choose it over other craft imports, particularly those from the USA. At first I was turned off by their shrieking hype, but have gotten used to it. Well, the market is huge and there is certainly enough room for Brew Dog, but I am certainly not the person they are marketing towards.

Apr 08, 2014
Tripeler in Beer

Foods Without Enemies

Actually, tacos ARE soft, and the crunchy version came later.

Apr 08, 2014
Tripeler in General Topics