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Who owns the doggy bag in a host's refrigerator?

Not sure, but you would certainly know if it's a baggy dog.

1 day ago
Tripeler in Not About Food

Shun Serrated 6 inch "Ultimate Utility" Knife: why not sold in Japan?

Chowrin,
And how much of Japan's mayo is sold in jars?
Most all is in long, fat squeeze jars and tubes made of flexible plastic.

May 17, 2015
Tripeler in Cookware

What is smoked miso?

HEY-OH! He'll be here all week, folks!

May 15, 2015
Tripeler in General Topics
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Japanese Ramen: Is it a Hype?

"...Help Kitty"

Don't you mean "Hype Kitty?"

May 15, 2015
Tripeler in General Topics

Temple Coffee and Roasterie | Midtown Sacramento

Good friends of mine gave us a bag of Temple coffee beans and they were absolutely superb when brewed. Great complex flavours with a delightful point of acidity at the end. Some of the most expertly roasted coffee I have ever had.

May 13, 2015
Tripeler in California

New Taco Bell in Shibuya

Fonda is about as Real Mexican as it gets in Japan. They are an entirely different category with a price point on another planet. I really, really enjoyed Fonda's mole. Complex, superb, satisfying.

May 13, 2015
Tripeler in Japan

Where to buy baby artichokes?

In the past, I have often seen baby artichokes at Trader Joe's when in season.

First sip of the day

Especially if you're gonna do some prayin'...

May 09, 2015
Tripeler in Not About Food

New Taco Bell in Shibuya

I am more curious about how they manage to get their beans past Japanese consumers. Haven't been yet, but likely it is the same as most other Mexican places in Japan -- and can be declared as a "bean free" zone.

May 09, 2015
Tripeler in Japan

McDonald's Has Revived the Hamburglar Because Nostalgia

Yeah, but in terms of sex I can only think of one expression made using the word "burglar" and it is not particularly savoury.

May 09, 2015
Tripeler in Chains

Bass Ale - The Horror

Don't blame all the Belgians for what InBev has become. There are still scads of small brewers in Belgium that make some fairly righteous brews. DuBuisson and DeDolle come to mind right away. Not to mention the Trappist brewers.

May 09, 2015
Tripeler in Beer

Supermarket music

These days I hardly pay any attention to background music in supermarkets, but remember fondly my visits to a small neighbourhood supermarket here in Tokyo that played be-bop jazz (Charlie Parker, etc.) during the evening hours back in the early 1980s.

May 06, 2015
Tripeler in Not About Food

What is smoked miso?

Yes, particularly because things with a lot of salt are easy to smoke, with tasty results.

May 06, 2015
Tripeler in General Topics

What is smoked miso?

Gosh, I have lived in Japan since 1977 and have never heard of smoked miso.
Quite curious, though...

May 06, 2015
Tripeler in General Topics

Horrible Restaurant Names

I wonder if The Crack Shack is popular with plumbers....?

May 02, 2015
Tripeler in Not About Food

MillerCoors sued for marketing Blue Moon as craft

In Japan, the importer of Blue Moon claims it is the #1 craft beer in the U.S. and nobody is stopping them. Still, I don't think their Japan sales are that great anyway. Hoegaarden has been selling well for over 20 years now, and seems to be the favorite in this style.

May 02, 2015
Tripeler in Beer

New Taco Bell in Shibuya

Turns out the opening was covered in yesterday's Metropolis magazine.
www.metropolisjapan.com

May 01, 2015
Tripeler in Japan

Anyone tried the "new" Sab E Lee on Linda Vista Rd. next to Dunkin' Donuts?

I have always wondered if ANY of the Sab-E-Lee locations was in any way connected to the very old R&B song "Stagger Lee".

Apr 30, 2015
Tripeler in San Diego

New Taco Bell in Shibuya

About two weeks ago, the new Taco Bell in Shibuya was in all the news. There was no mention of it on this board (I'm not surprised) but am curious to know if anyone braved the long waits, and if they got food, how did they like it?

Apr 30, 2015
Tripeler in Japan

Horrible Restaurant Names

Somewhere I have a Roadkill Cafe T-shirt done up like a Hard Rock Cafe T-shirt and the motto is "You Kill It, We Grill It" and from start to finish it is one great big hoot.

Apr 26, 2015
Tripeler in Not About Food

Stuckey's

Sounds great for Roll Playing.

Apr 26, 2015
Tripeler in Chains

Biscuits are not Tacos: Taco Bell's New Biscuit Taco | BiteClub Wine Country Dining

Picky Munchies sounds like the name of an alternative music group.

Apr 26, 2015
Tripeler in Chains

Shunji - a more subdued YOLOmakase, but truly excellent

KK's superb clarity in understanding and describing high-end Japanese food continues to astonish me. The third paragraph above about Ikura is remarkable.

Apr 25, 2015
Tripeler in Los Angeles Area
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Wine pairing herby pork?

Sounds like a good match with a bottle of Sutter Home White Merlot someone brought over, oblivious to the "white" designation. The wine is surprisingly sweet, yet rings strongly with the hearty, earthy Merlot flavour.

Apr 25, 2015
Tripeler in Wine

Mo√ęt Hennessy in trademark dispute with Joseph Phelps

Gosh, I was about to open a bottle to treat my pet dog. Poor fella has got a bad case of lice.

Apr 25, 2015
Tripeler in Wine

gourmet sea salt

I have had almost all the Woody's gourmet salt varieties, and they are superb. I heard earlier this year that they will stop making them! Too bad, such great stuff.

Beef from Australia and fish from China, in a supermarket near you.

Here in Tokyo a whole lot of the beef is from Australia, and not only is a lot of it surprisingly good, it seems that a fair amount is largely grass-fed, although it is almost never mentioned since most Japanese don't see it as a sales point. I can often recognize grass-fed by the look, and find it is usually very tasty for how lean it is.

McDonald's back to deep frying their Apple pies!

Actually, I am in favor of all of these because they show how linguistically clever some 'Hounds are.

Apr 25, 2015
Tripeler in Chains

Tea bag turns cheap lager into craft brew

Sounds good. Perhaps the best thing an N/A brew can do is to add a bit more roasted malt, then put in some interesting hops. Since the flavour component of hops is oil from the hop flower cones, alcohol serves as a better solvent than water, so perhaps just a tiny bit of alcohol could make a big difference in flavour.

Apr 25, 2015
Tripeler in Beer

Busch Signature Copper Lager - Decent for cheap

Very interesting and well-written, well-considered review. Many of the points are worth bringing up as the weather gets warmer and I ditch my favorite Imperial IPAs for more hot weather worthy brews.

Apr 25, 2015
Tripeler in Beer