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60th birthday in Honolulu! HELP

Can you give some info on what your colleague likes to eat at home and a suggestion can be made for something new, fun, but not too unfamiliar. Is he/she an adventurous eater?

Aug 27, 2014
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Where to stay in Tokyo for Chowhounds?

All in fun. I absent-mindedly wrote the same area twice. It happens

Aug 27, 2014
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Slow Cooker Savory Oatmeal

Thanks for this. I'll be trying it very soon.

Aug 26, 2014
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Where to stay in Tokyo for Chowhounds?

Sorry, I meant SHIBUYA rather than Shibuya. Man, these 21st century keyboards are killing me.

Aug 26, 2014
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Where to stay in Tokyo for Chowhounds?

Certainly is.

Aug 25, 2014
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Where to stay in Tokyo for Chowhounds?

Between those two, I would certainly choose Shibuya over Shibuya, but that's my choice.

Aug 25, 2014
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First time in Japan! Is Ebisu the best bet for staying/food?

I also agree that staying in Ebisu might not be the best course of action depending on your budget. If you are coming in with a JR Rail Pass, then I would choose a hotel that is near to a JR Rail station. I wouldn't worry about your hotel being central to food since you'll probably be running around everywhere in Tokyo chasing food and not just eating in one ward. With that said, I do always find myself in Shibuya a few times every trip eating somewhere I've never been before. Have fun.

Aug 20, 2014
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Michelin vs Tabelog - Tokyo Edition

To me subjectivity means accepting that life is grey and not entirely black and white as you are insisting I accept. Isn't this forum to share discoveries and ideas and not to crap all over someone because they don't share your philosophy?

Embrace the grey.

Aug 17, 2014
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Michelin vs Tabelog - Tokyo Edition

It's not dismissive. Subjectivity does not mean that we can't find people with similar likes and within that community can compare notes on where to go to eat.

I certainly don't expect you to like everything I like but we can certainly find common ground and learn about new places from each other. Food should be enjoyable without having arrows shot at us for expressing a varied opinion

Aug 16, 2014
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Your thoughts on Lava Lava Beach Club in Waikoloa on Big Island? Or other date night recs?

For a pure "date night" experience, I would drive 20 minutes south to Hualalai Resort. They have a few good choices for seafood (raw or cooked) and the resort is spectacular. There really isn't anything worth mentioning in Waikoloa in my opinion.

Aug 14, 2014
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Michelin vs Tabelog - Tokyo Edition

For me, the Michelin Guide is just that, a guide. I look at it, research what peaks my interests and make my own decision. End of the day, taste is subjective and you know what you'll like.

Aug 14, 2014
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Michelin vs Tabelog - Tokyo Edition

Thanks. Downloaded and saved.

Aug 10, 2014
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Tokyo Itinerary...Thoughts and Suggestions?...

Shouldn't be that hard. All you have to say is "Sumimasen, ______ o kudasai". Knowing that you are a foreigner, they'll forgive you for the 5 year old way of speaking. Works for me everytime I go into a sushi place. Just take that leap and you'll be rewarded greatly.

Aug 08, 2014
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Tokyo Itinerary...Thoughts and Suggestions?...

Although not on your list, there is a Joel Robuchon in Ebisu. Just an fyi

Aug 08, 2014
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Ramen, Yakitori, and all things Non-Sushi in Tokyo?

Any yakitori-ya is a worthwhile stop if you just learn a couple of key phrases in Japanese:

"Do you have ___?"

"Ok, I'll have ___ please"

I would take a look at this link, copy, paste, and print, and you'll at least be armed to have a fun experience. I had to do this my first time too and I was highly rewarded with a great dining experience. With a yakitori-ya, the atmosphere is usually fun and lively so the wait staff is pretty patient when tourist come in to try their food. Have fun!

http://www.bento.com/rf_yaki.html

Aug 06, 2014
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Ukyo in Azabu Juban

Looks great. Adding this to the wish list for my next trip to Tokyo

Aug 06, 2014
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Dining Solo

I just got done with a week of dining solo. Sticking to Izakaya, sushi restaurants, Yakitori-ya, etc. . ., I had no issues with being by myself. With that said, I didn't go to any restaurants that you would normally need a reservation anyway. Most of those places will have a Website that you can ask a question about this. Lots of solo diners in Japan so I think you'll be fine.

Jul 25, 2014
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Honeymoon dinner and lunch in Tokyo

Although it may be cliche at this point, go to Sukibayashi but the one in Roppongi Hills (which is a little cheaper than the original). This will be about $300/person. You can call direct to make a reservation a few months in advance and the person answering the phone does have enough English skills to take your reservation.

Jul 25, 2014
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Value restaurants in Tokyo

This is what it looked like

Jul 25, 2014
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Value restaurants in Tokyo

I had the pork loin set. I think it was the second most expensive one

Jul 25, 2014
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Ramen/Udon restaurants open on Sunday nights in Tokyo?

On Sundays it is a hit or miss. Best bet is to find something on these boards that is also located in a large department store. Those usually stay open as long as the store it's in (usually 7pm or 8pm).

Jul 22, 2014
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Value restaurants in Tokyo

So I just got done with my Tokyo food trip and wanted to give a brief update on my "list" that I utilized during the last 9 days:

Chikara Meshi- Didn't go
Clover's - Didn't go
Gion Tokuya - Didn't go
Goodbeer Faucets - Very good beer, below average food
Hemel Miyamasu - Didn't go
Hitsumabushi Bincho - Didn't go
Ivy Place - Didn't go
Kanemasu -BEST MEAL OF THE TRIP!! Expect an hour wiat
Katsukura - Very good but pricey for tonkatsu ($30)
Lahore - Very good curry in a pool of curry chains
Magic Spice - didn't go
Midori Sushi - didn't go, always a wait of over an hour
Momotarou Ebisuten - didn't go
Moto - Very good sake; good food
Negishi - Good food but you need to like beef tongue
Nikunchu - didn't go
Priya Indian - didn't go
Sangyodo - just ok
Shin Tanaka - didn't go
Sushi Zanmai - typical chain sushi
Tokyo Noren gai - didn't go
Tonteki - didn't go
Unatetsu - didn't go due to unagi surplus concerns
Viron - good baked goods. go early
Yamaga Honten - go only if you need something to eat at 6am
Bon - didn't go
Butagumi - didn't go
Takano Fruit Parlor - very good, very expensive for a parfait ($16)

Jul 22, 2014
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Itinerary Review (Kauai, Oaho, Big Island)

Glad you had fun and you enjoyed Izakaya Gaku. Funny how you went to Rainbow Drive-Inn anyway and a lot of the tourist places were "forgettable". Like most tourist places, the quality has gone down from long ago in efforts to keep up with the increased masses. Leonard's Bakery and Rainbow's definitely fit in the group

Jul 22, 2014
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Taking this off my food list this summer

Does that mean you're not going to eat unagi also?

Jul 03, 2014
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Taking this off my food list this summer

A small sacrifice to make for the good of future foodies.

http://www.tokyoweekender.com/2014/06...

Jul 03, 2014
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Itinerary Review (Kauai, Oaho, Big Island)

Look forward to some of this when you get here. Make sure you always have a small cooler filled with ice and keep stuff like this in there to snack on through the day. Can't find this on Madison and Fifth

Jun 30, 2014
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Itinerary Review (Kauai, Oaho, Big Island)

Saw this over the weekend and took a quick pic for you. It probably didn't have anything you need but you may find a coupon or two that aligns with your dining plans. I believe you'll find these at any airport baggage claim area. This one was at the customer service area at a local Safeway.

Jun 30, 2014
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Itinerary Review (Kauai, Oaho, Big Island)

If you're backtracking go to Yongs Kalbi. They make their own gochujang so their Bi Bim Bap is worthy of the still

Jun 30, 2014
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Itinerary Review (Kauai, Oaho, Big Island)

It's a Locals place so off the tourist radar. Check Yelp for better reviews. Hilo is very much a sleepy town without much of a tourist market. I've been going there bi-weekly since 2004 and I have a hard time every trip finding a dinner that I can recommend on here.

Jun 30, 2014
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Contemplating Niigata as a Day Trip

Visiting Japan next month and will be taking a couple of day trips with my JR Rail Pass. I'm already going to Nagoya for the Summer Basho but am contemplating Niigata to tour some of the sake factories. Is this a worthwihle use of my time? I'm thinking of arriving at 9am and leaving around 5pm on the Shinkansen after an early dinner.

Any thoughts on the sake and my dining choices?

My B choice is Kiuchi Brewery in Ibaraki

Jun 29, 2014
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