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Wackiest, craziest, most interesting restaurant that you have ever been to

Oh, a couple more:

-On an island in the salt flats of Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

-While walking "somewhere" in Tokyo

Jonathan
http://buildingmybento.com

about 1 hour ago
BuildingMyBento in General Topics

Female Sushi Chefs: do they exist?

I noticed two the other day in Zhangzhou, China. Not that I was going to eat sushi there anyway...

(A few years ago, someone told me that there never really were female itamae because they were too "warm." Anyone ever hear that?)

about 11 hours ago
BuildingMyBento in Not About Food

Kroepoek... or why is "Chinese" food different in various countries?

FYI, kroepek is the halcyon (Dutch-era) spelling of krupuk. Indonesian indeed.

about 11 hours ago
BuildingMyBento in General Topics

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

Persimmon and crab. I'm thinking...amuse bouche.

about 11 hours ago
BuildingMyBento in General Topics

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

Raw garlic is easy to get when you're at a Dongbei (northeast) restaurant, particularly with dumplings.

about 11 hours ago
BuildingMyBento in General Topics

Food Scars - Things you will never eat again.

A durian shake with a side order of shirako and balut.

'Course, that didn't happen all at once...

Jonathan
http://buildingmybento.com

Famous food in names- add to the list

Hot Butter

Changes coming for Serious Eats

Indeed, Eater is painful to try to navigate since their redo, but I find that it's rather snobbish anyway.

Thanks for the recommendation about Food52.

Dessert Buffets & Zauo in Tokyo

Thanks for your reply, Robb.

Oh, I've been to Sweets Paradise. That would work.

Is the Marble Lounge version (or, hoping that it still exists, Ventaglio) much more opulent?

Nov 01, 2014
BuildingMyBento in Japan

hamburger in Midtown?

Didn't notice that. The brisket and caramelized onions were the reason I ordered the burger anyway. Decent sweet potato fries too.

Oct 31, 2014
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

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

Takoyaki Ramune? That might compete with the mesquite plum I had at a Taiwanese restaurant. Did you try it? If I went to the Tokyu Hands in Takashimaya Times Square, is it less likely that they'd sell the Ramune?

Agreed about the antenna shops. I've found a few pearl onion juices and who knows what else in them.

To get back on topic, does MOS still have the squid ink nan?

Oct 31, 2014
BuildingMyBento in Japan

Dessert Buffets & Zauo in Tokyo

Heh, I only know about some of this stuff primarily because of the various seasonal juice boxes, onigiri and potato chips found in konbini!

Not to mention the random prefectural fairs held throughout department stores and busy train stations (in addition to the prefectural satellite shops scattered throughout).

Oct 31, 2014
BuildingMyBento in Japan

Dessert Buffets & Zauo in Tokyo

Thanks for your reply, ASiteSeer.

If they could specifically offer Japan-centric products - e.g. hyuuganatsu, hasukappu and biwa - I'd be interested. But my buddies aren't keen on healthier desserts!

I remember being invited to a dessert buffet somewhere along Yasukuni Dori in Shinjuku (as usual, in a nondescript building, somewhere near the Isetan). They want the parties, the parfaits and the chocolate fountains.

I try to tell them that there's good stuff in the convenience stores, but...

Oct 31, 2014
BuildingMyBento in Japan

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014 [old]

It's a sign that I need to make my own salsa...

Some eats in Okayama, Japan

Okayama's other meibutsu are shiromomo, white peaches.

Oct 30, 2014
BuildingMyBento in Japan

Peanut Butter survey!

As a former repeat-expat (originally from the US), I eat whatever brand I can find. Indonesia and China don't make this easy.

Changes coming for Serious Eats

Since the changes were made, I've been rather disappointed. There's too much of an emphasis on sponsored posts, cookbooks and liquors.

Every now and then there's a decent backgrounder on specific foods - e.g. one about Korean stews - but now I'm looking for alternative sites. Any suggestions?

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

Thanks for your reply, Robb.

Shimatta! I'll be in Tokyo from the 2nd-7th. Know of any store that is specifically known for stocking unusual Japanese drinks?

Oct 29, 2014
BuildingMyBento in Japan

Dessert Buffets & Zauo in Tokyo

Hi CHers,

I'm the designated Tokyo guide for a couple of mates, and they have two priorities with which I'm not familiar:

1) Where are the most extravagant dessert buffets?

2) Has anyone eaten at Zauo?

Thanks for your help.

Jonathan
http://buildingmybento.com

Oct 29, 2014
BuildingMyBento in Japan

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014 [old]

Hatch Valley Salsa gets a "nay." Even though it has the slightest of kicks, when I eat salsa I don't want to taste anything remotely sweet. Indeed, this made me think of buko pie...

Meh to the Quinoa & Black Bean tortilla chips. Where's the sodium? I started using the Everyday Seasoning and then shaking up the bag.

Jonathan
http://buildingmybento.com

Oct 29, 2014
BuildingMyBento in Chains

Interesting video of wax food samples being made in Japan

I'd like to see the "chefs" try to make casu marzu.

Balducci's new york

Too bad the Takashimaya never had a Japanese-style food hall!

Oct 23, 2014
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

Balducci's new york

A&V puts mayonnaise in the baba ghannoush. No thanks.

Oct 23, 2014
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

Is Japanese food overrated?

Frog can be found all over the place, donkey mostly in the north/northeast, and in Guangdong/the northeast, dog is very common.

As for Donghuamen, since I didn't notice those foods - scorpions, sea horses - in many other parts of China, I capitulated. Chomping on a starfish was essentially eating salty glass.

Jonathan
http://buildingmybento.com

What turns you off about restaurant restrooms?

Getting laughed when asking someone to refill the soap dispenser.

what to eat after food poisoning?

I ate some funky Yangzhou fried rice in...Yangzhou, and I think it contained participants from all groups of the archaic food pyramid.

BRAT became a good friend the next day. The Kewpie jam I used for the Carrefour toast didn't help though.

favorite fish dish

I'd like to try the sole meunière served in the movie Tampopo.

favorite fish dish

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Japanese BOSS canned coffee in America?

If anywhere, Torrance?

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

What are the latest Pepsi/other sodas these days (in Tokyo)? I may be heading there in 1.5 months.

Oct 20, 2014
BuildingMyBento in Japan