It’s been almost 20 years since the original Iron Chef series was televised on the Food Network. Since then, trying the cuisine from each of those chefs has been on my bucket list. Just last month, I went to finish my personal “Iron Chef Grand Slam” at Masahiko Kobe’s Ristorante Massa located in Ebisu. Allez Cuisine!
If you’re traveling to Japan and planning to eat ramen, Hong Kong to eat dim sum, or Taiwan to eat some beef noodle, don’t start your research with an English-language publication or review website (like Yelp). These article writers and travelers most likely had the regional food just a handful of times in their lifetime. Instead, crowdsource millions of people that eat that type of food every day by simply using their country’s version of ‘Yelp’.
Hawaii is probably one of the best states in the US to partake in East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisine. In part three of the tourist’s guide, we cover Japanese food types that you are less likely to get in your hometown.
If you’re a pop culture aficionado, there are probably some movies or tv shows you love that you have watched more than a handful of times. For the most rewatchable on your list, here are a few tips on how you can turn your favorites movies and shows into a fun day trip on your next vacation.
So you’ve been to Hawaii before, or you’re staying for longer than a small handful of days. In part two of the Tourists’ guide, we start the intermediate course and cover food topics for the slightly more experienced Hawaii traveler.
In early 2018, the food documentary Ramen Heads (ラーメンヘッズ) was released in Japan and the US. Being the over-prepared travel planner that I am, I decided to map out all of the locations from the documentary so I could potentially hit up a couple of these locations the next time I’m jonesing for some good ramen in the Tokyo Area. Listed below are the names and addresses of the places shown in the movie, with a google map at the end so you can easily find your way to these places as well.
In America, jerky is a typically a dry piece of salted meat with a leather-like consistency. Unless you’re in desperate need for gas station procured sustenance that has the shelf life of a full year, give your teeth a rest and read the following to learn how to take your jerky game to the next level.
With movie award season in full swing, I’ve decided to join the fun and create a blog award for the best meal consumed in the last calendar year. So without further ado, the winner for best restaurant in a leading role goes to the Peruvian restaurant Andina in Portland.
In March 2017, a food-centric show from Japan called Samurai Gourmet (Nobushi no Gurume 野武士のグルメ) appeared on Netflix in the US. It’s an easy-going show full of heart that I would recommend for anyone interested in Japanese food, but I was noticing as I was watching that they were filming at real places, not sets. So listed below are the names and addresses of the places eaten in Samurai Gourmet Season 1, with a google map at the end so you can easily find your way to these places as well.
I get a little sad when I see mainland tourists lined up outside the Cheesecake Factory in Waikiki waiting over an hour for a table when they can eat there at home. If this is your first time to Hawaii, even if you’re not the most adventurous, here’s a short list of Hawaii-centric foods to try that’s better than what you get at home.