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Five pounds March 2, 2009

I lost five pounds during my two weeks in Japan. I haven’t eaten nearly as well since I got home and I’m pretty sure I’ve gained it all back. I guess sitting at a desk all day instead of walking all day really does make a difference. In honor of my five pounds lost and gained again, here are the food highlights of our trip to Japan:

Shakey's

Shakey’s Pizza. Yes, pizza. All-you-can-eat lunch buffet for 850 yen. Crispy thin crust, lots of sauce and cheese, and toppings such as tuna fish, romaine lettuce and honey, and marshmallow. They also serve the best darned spicy potatoes in the universe. Pass the hot sauce.

Samrat

Samrat Indian. I’m all about the all-you-can-eat in Japan. This one is AYCE naan or rice with two curries for 980 yen. The naan always come hot and buttery out of the oven. The deceivingly small bowls of curry really are bottomless.

Woodberry's

Woodberry’s Frozen Yogurt. Start with plain frozen yogurt and add any mixture of fruit and cheese you want.

Mister Donut

Mister Donut. Our old standby. Favorites include ebi (shrimp) gratin and Golden Chocolate donuts. Bonus=free coffee refills! (And I was a proud member of the “Misdo Club” as a child.)

sweet potato

Sweet potato “puree” in a baked apple. Mom and I could only eat half for lunch. I wish I could have one right now. I want to go to there.

liver

Chicken liver. This was a free appetizer–I never would have ordered it on my own. Man, these were cooked so that the texture was amazing.

dango

Matt was so excited for dango. I wasn’t so much but I did taste it and discovered that the green tea flavor with red bean paste was mighty tasty! And filling!

kaiseki

Kaiseki course #1 at Nakamura-Ro. I am mainly posting this for the lightly fried and candied lotus root in front (the ones that look like pinwheels). So light and crunchy.

tempura

Tempura is one of my favorite foods, but not when it’s covered in thick batter and you don’t even know what you are eating. This wasn’t that. It was the opposite of that. Perfect. And the ball of radish made it perfect plus infinity.

soba

Tsumetai (cold) soba is another one of my favorite foods. And this is my favorite soba, made fresh and on premises at Jindai-ji.

meat

Ukai Toriyama. This restaurant is amazing, even if you do have to cook your own meat. This was one of many delicious courses and I especially loved the miso paste. So many meats and fish we ate on the trip had miso paste. What a simple concept–we could even try it at home!

bamboo

Sasagin bamboo. This was another first try for me and it was another home run. We made fast work of the bamboo, a house specialty at this izakaya.

sweets

As unappetizing as these sweets look, mainly made of rice and sweet beans, they were made with love. I felt the love in every bite. The shop that specializes in these sweets has been around for 150 years, passed down through generations of sweet-makers.

This was a small selection of delectable foods we ate in Japan. It was very difficult for me to choose just these. I may have a follow up post one day when I am hungry but am trying to lose five pounds.

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Back to the ‘hood February 11, 2009

Filed under: food,Japan — erinp @ 7:13 am
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You may wonder why you haven’t seen anything really “traditional” yet. Or maybe you don’t care. I am taking care of all of my “old haunts” with my parents, and then I start sightseeing tomorrow and with Matt. Today, we went to my old neighborhood, about an hour away from where my parents live now. I would spend every weekend in Kichijoji, a bike ride away from my old house in Musashi-sakai. It’s modernized a bit since I lived here in 1999-2001 but like I said in a previous post, everything still feels the same.

KichijojiKichijoji stationSun RoadSun RoadSteak house lineThis steak house always has a line. Every time I have ever been here, the line stretches at least 20 people. And I’ve walked past this steak house at least 100 times.neon, really.Diabolina told me neon was in. Proof.SamratcurryI ate Indian food for the first time in Kichijoji at Samrat. They serve the biggest nan and the best curry I have ever had since then.face braStolen idea from Elaine.

Timing: train from Tamachi at 10:15. Arrive Kichijoji at 11:00
Cost: 380 yen per person (one way)
Time elapsed: 7 hours
Accomplished: natsukashii, Sony Plaza, Tokyu, Loft, Samrat, Woodberry’s
Breakfast: home, free
Lunch: Samrat, 980 yen per person

Tomorrow: Asakusa

(There will be a noticeable lack of links from now on–my mom’s computer automatically brings up all Japanese sites and I am too tired to search in English.)