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Burger buns in Tokyo - where???

actually, I was just at Nissin this weekend, and they not only had hamburger buns, but they had 3 different kinds! It was definitely a pleasant surprise.

Sep 01, 2008
marckenton in Japan

Burger buns in Tokyo - where???

Thanks for the heads up! I've actually been looking for buns for months. I was actually relieved to see this topic posted...at least I wasn't the only one having trouble. Anyway, stopped by National Azabu this morning and picked some up. Looks like I'll get some pretty decent burgers tonight. Now if only the rain would cooperate...

Aug 25, 2008
marckenton in Japan

Hamburgers in Tokyo

Yes! That's definitely the stall I saw (they also had a small English sign off to the side that's not in the picture -- that's where I saw "The's Hamburger" or whatever it was). I'm in Azabujuban, so I'll definitely keep an eyeout for the Roppongi opening. In the meantime, I checked out the "Great Burger" link you sent, and it looks awesome. I know where I'm eating this weekend :-)

Aug 25, 2008
marckenton in Japan

Hamburgers in Tokyo

I was at the Azabu Juban Matsuri yesterday, and I saw some hamburgers that looked amazing. The burger and toppings looked standard, but what caught my attention were the buns...they were HUGE. I would guess they were 5-6" in diameter, and 3" tall. Anyway, the sign on the stall said something like "Teh's Hamburgers" or "The's Hamburgers" or something like that. Does this sound familiar to anyone? I was hoping to find where their shop is in town, but I'm having trouble getting anywhere.

Aug 24, 2008
marckenton in Japan

Doughnut Plant donuts - Does it get better than that?

Wow! You took the words right out of my mouth. I'm actually in Tokyo now, and the local Starbucks have started carrying Doughnut Plant cake doughnuts, so I thought I'd give them a try. I really wanted to hate it because of the Throwdown episode, but I have to admit, it was amazing. Not too greasy, and yet it melted in my mouth. The flavor (apple cinnamon) was really strong, too. By far my favorite has been the green tea (do they carry that in NY?). It wasn't too sweet, and just had a really distinct and unusual taste.

I've also tried white chocolate and orange flavors -- the cake parts were actually great, but the icings were too sweet. They tasted good, but I'm not sure I would've been able to guess the flavors of the doughnuts if I hadn't ordered them myself. I've seen other reviews that complain about the sweetness of the doughnuts, so I don't think I'm alone. I'm going to try some of the chocolate ones next, so hopefully they won't be as sweet.

Apr 02, 2008
marckenton in Manhattan

Healthy eats in Boston

Just wanted to report back on my trip. All of the suggestions were great, and I was able to eat healthfully…well, most of the time. My favorite discovery was probably Sultan’s Kitchen. I had the swordfish kebab sandwich my first night there, and was hooked. That’s great stuff, and very reasonably priced. I actually ended up eating there twice (heck, I even bought the guy’s cookbook!). The muhammara was a bit bland (I like mine with some heat), but the red lentil soup was awesome! I wanted to try the gazpacho too – the menu said that it’s available through September, but apparently it’s already out of season. For the sake of comparison, I was going to try the Boston Kebab House my last night there, but they closed early because of a holiday.

Sebastian’s was another hit. We really need to get one of those in California. I actually tried the location at the Boston Public library first, but was really disappointed (I didn’t realize that it was different than all the other locations – basically just a selection of pre-made salads). I’m glad I decided to try the other locations. I ended up going to both the Summer St location and the new one in Cambridge (Kendall). The salads were HUGE and amazingly cheap. The vegetable/bean/meat selection was really extensive, and could certainly satisfy almost any palate. I had the sun-dried tomato dressing which was great, although the other choices sounded good as well. The next time I go, I’ll probably try the noodle bowl, which also looked good.

I had a couple of lunches at B Good in Back Bay which were decent…turkey burger one day, and the southwest black bean burger the other. Both were tasty and surprisingly filling. The bean burger was actually the first veggie burger I’ve ever had, but with all the flavor from the cilantro and chipotle salsa, I hardly missed the meat.

I tried Healthworks one day, but wasn’t too impressed. There was nothing wrong with the salad, but it just wasn’t that memorable (to be honest, I can’t remember exactly what kind of salad I had). I really wanted to try Café Barada one night, but there seemed to be mixed reviews on this board about that and the Reef Café, and since both were somewhat far away, I decided to skip them. Maybe next time. Xinh Xinh was good, but I don’t know that it was that special. I had the papaya salad and a spicy chicken stir fry which were decent.

I had one dinner at Brown Sugar in Fenway, which was one of my favorites when I lived in the area. I was going to get the basic pad thai, which I always loved, but I ended up getting one of the chef’s specials, the spicy basil pad thai. Delicious! Quite spicy too, which I always found to be a rare thing in Boston. They also had a spicy mango curry on the specials menu which sounded awesome, but alas, I would’ve had to extend my trip for that. I had lobster one night at Legal Seafood which was predictably delicious. Although I never cared much for the atmosphere, I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed in the seafood. I also had a chicken pizza at Regina (North End). I’m not sure what people on this board think of Regina’s, but I always liked it, and this time was as good as I remembered it. Not exactly on the healthy list, but worth it…as was Zaftig’s for brunch. The only thing I’ve ever had there is the banana-stuffed French toast, and this time was no different. Damn, that’s good stuff.

Anyway, thanks again for the suggestions! It was actually pretty easy to find healthy food that tasted decent :)

Healthy eats in Boston

For seafood, I've read a lot of recommendations for Neptune Oyster on this board. Does anyone know if entrees there are on the lighter side? I feel like most of the seafood I order at high-end restaurants is cooked in a lot of oil or butter, or topped with rich sauces. I don't mind paying a lot for fresh, high-quality seafood, but I'd rather have it simply prepared, and with minimal seasoning.

On that note, I've alse seen a couple of recommendations for Oishii Sushi, so I'll probaby check that out.

Healthy eats in Boston

The location of Healthworks looks good. Do you happen to know what the hours are? I can't find a listing for it anywhere online.

Healthy eats in Boston

Cool! Thanks for all of the suggestions. I'm glad to hear that there's good Vietnamese in the area. That'll definitely take care of a couple dinners. The Other Side Cafe sounds good too. Although I'm staying in the Financial District, I'll be working near the Prudential, so that's pretty convenient.

I'd forgotten about Helmund! I loved that place. It was ~ 10 minute walk from campus (if I remember correctly). Hopefully it hasn't changed much in the last 5-6 years. I also want to try to get out to a couple other favorites, assuming they're still around...Brown Sugar and Zaftig :D

I've heard a lot about Trattoria Tuscana, so I think I'll check that out one night. Although I love Italian food, I'm usually disappointed in Italian restaurants, as they tend to be overly liberal w/ olive oil. From what I hear, Trattoria Tuscana has some fairly simple, light fare.

I'm still not sure about breakfasts, but hopefully it won't be too hard to find some decent oatmeal or something. By the way, does anyone know anything about the new Myers/Chang restaurant? I read about it a couple of months ago, but I can't remember when it's supposed to open.

Healthy eats in Boston

I'm going to be in Boston in a couple of weeks, and I'm putting together my culinary agenda. I travel a lot on business (which obviously entails a lot of eating out), so eating healthy is a top priority. I really despise greasy, oily foods and tend to go for places that serve light fresh cuisines...maybe homemade oatmeal or granola with fresh fruit for breakfast, light sandwich / salads for lunch, and I'm pretty much open to anything when it comes to dinner (although I do like a lot of SE Asian and Mediterranean foods). Anyway, I'll be staying in the financial district, but suggestions for any T-accessible places to eat healthy would be awesome. I went to graduate school in Boston, but unfortunately most of my favorite places to chow (ah, Pizzeria Regina) don't exactly fall into the healthy category ;)