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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
Sushi Otaku in Hawaii

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
Sushi Otaku in Hawaii

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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Itinerary Review (Kauai, Oaho, Big Island)

Day 8 looks like it's being spent up in Waimea and then trekking down the East side to Hilo. The odd choice is Roy's in Waikoloa.but I think all the replies on this post has taken that place off the list. That leaves a hole for dinner that night in the Hilo area. I'm thinking Miyo's?

Jun 29, 2014
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A new sushi-ya...

Fair enough

Jun 29, 2014
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A new sushi-ya...

Then how can you be sure it's the same restaurant? I would be interested in trying this place.

Jun 29, 2014
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Sushi Sawada review

If you read it all the way to the end, it's a long teaser to go to his blog. That's where you get the food info.

Jun 29, 2014
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A new sushi-ya...

Did you walk in or make reservations?

Jun 29, 2014
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Mochi ice cream in tokyo

I did more research on this and mochi ice cream is indeed an invention of Hawaii cuisine. You'll be hard pressed to find it in Japan. Let us know if you do.

Jun 29, 2014
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Mochi ice cream in tokyo

My understanding has always been that Mochi Ice Cream is more of a US concoction started either in California or Hawaii.back in the early 90's. I travel to Japan for vacation every year and have never seen mochi Ice cream up there. Admittedly, I don't look for it since I get it in buckets where I live but take it for what it's worth. Good luck.

Jun 29, 2014
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Mochi ice cream in tokyo

Yeah, that's the one

Jun 28, 2014
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Mochi ice cream in tokyo

Try the Ice Cream Museum in Namja Town located in Sunshine City (Ikebukuro). If it's anywhere you'll find it there. If not, just get some Kuma or Snake ice cream from there and call it a day.

***There is an entrance fee for Namja Town so you should check it out online to make sure it's worth your time.

Jun 28, 2014
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Itinerary Review (Kauai, Oaho, Big Island)

If you're staying at the Volcano park, consider going to Kau Coffee Farms to pick up your beans. It's a newer farm but they do a great bean to take home

Jun 28, 2014
Sushi Otaku in Hawaii

In Desperate Need of Tokyo Guidance, i.e. Eating in Tokyo Without a Concierge

Asakusa (along with Ueno) is a great place to try the food of "Old Tokyo". Go to TimeOut Tokyo and you'll find a lot of referrals that might fit your criteria. I know there is a 300+ year old Unagi restaurant in Asakusa that I wanted to try. You're in a good spot for traditional food

Jun 28, 2014
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In Desperate Need of Tokyo Guidance, i.e. Eating in Tokyo Without a Concierge

For me, the true experience of Tokyo comes from eating with the locals at yatais, stand bars, and neighborhood izakayas. Michelin star restaurants are fine but jump in the deep end of the pool with the residents.

Jun 28, 2014
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In Desperate Need of Tokyo Guidance, i.e. Eating in Tokyo Without a Concierge

Lots of things to discuss here. First things first, you need to learn about a dozen basic Japanese phrases that will allow you to order and eat in these restaurants. Usually, the more expensive the restaurant the higher the likelihood is that the host or servers speak English and can take your reservation over the phone. That also means they will probably have an English menu as well.

Kyoto is 3 hours by Shinkansen so not worth it in my opinion. Maybe consider Nikko if you want your temple fix or take a hike up Mt Takao for small shrines and beautiful views. Both are much more realistic uses of your time than Kyoto. To put it in US terms, it's the equivalent of being in San Francisco and going to Los Angeles to look at the Hollywood sign for a day. The geographic distance is similar, I think. More later...

Jun 28, 2014
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Itinerary Review (Kauai, Oaho, Big Island)

By that rationale he should just eat Hawaiian food and malasadas if he was to only eat things you probably can only find in Hawaii. Isn't it fun to try many places and appreciate the different interpretations of the same ideas? End of the day, he'll eat where he finds interesting regardless if it exists in NY or not. We're just trying to help right?

Jun 28, 2014
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Itinerary Review (Kauai, Oaho, Big Island)

That's right, I forgot about that.

Jun 28, 2014
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Itinerary Review (Kauai, Oaho, Big Island)

If you want "blow your mind" sushi, go to Sasabune. Be warned though, that it's all Omakase at the chef's discretion. This means that you have no say in what to order. You get whatever is good for that day. Your own choices are what you want to drink and when you want to stop. I've been here several times and have never been disappointed. Runs about $125/person

Jun 28, 2014
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Itinerary Review (Kauai, Oaho, Big Island)

To tempt you further, my friend just went to this place in Kailua and had this...

Jun 28, 2014
Sushi Otaku in Hawaii

Itinerary Review (Kauai, Oaho, Big Island)

I strongly recommend you make the time for Pig & the Lady. They are getting a lot of national buzz and features on the cable food channels. White Linen dinners in Hawaii take a second nowadays to the hip independents. Town would be another great example of this.

Jun 27, 2014
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Tokyo, July 2014: Feedback on my foodie plans so far and suggestions still needed

My friend went to Sukibayashi back in April and he just called in a month ahead of time. The person who answered the phone spoke broken English but it wasn't difficult to make it.

Jun 27, 2014
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Itinerary Review (Kauai, Oaho, Big Island)

If it's for saimin, I would wait until you're back on Oahu and go to Santouka Ramen (Kaheka). If it's for the Lihue area I would recommend Mark's Drive Inn II, pick up a bento box and take it to the airport.

With that said, my friend and I were just talking about this place last weekend and he said that if you ask for the noodles "firm", that makes all the difference. I'm doubtful but willing to give it another go. I'm actually going to be on Kauai next week so maybe I'll stop by.

Jun 27, 2014
Sushi Otaku in Hawaii

Itinerary Review (Kauai, Oaho, Big Island)

O-Ver-Rated! (Clap clap clapclapclap)

Jun 27, 2014
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Itinerary Review (Kauai, Oaho, Big Island)

Four words on breakfast

Liliha Bakery Loco Moco

Jun 27, 2014
Sushi Otaku in Hawaii

Itinerary Review (Kauai, Oaho, Big Island)

For Gaku's you have to call at least a week in advance for a reservation. With that said, they only reserve tables for seating from 5 -7pm. They do not accept reservations for 7pm on.

Jun 27, 2014
Sushi Otaku in Hawaii