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Surabaya Kouhoku: Delicious Indonesian Cuisine

Surabaya Kouhoku: Delicious Indonesian Cuisine

Sep 6, 2013

I love Indonesian cuisine. The first time I went to an Indonesian restaurant was in 1998, back when I was a college student in Nagoya, a city in central Japan. I’ve forgotten the name of the restaurant, but I remember how much I liked the food. Fast forward more than a decade later. Having since moved to the Tokyo vicinity, I found the place to be for...

Delectable Cake Roll from Osaka’s Mon Cher Patissiere

Delectable Cake Roll from Osaka’s Mon Cher Patissiere

Jul 30, 2013

Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you make it a point to eat local sweets when you are traveling? I love cake, candy, chocolate, pie and all other types of dessert. One of the joys of traveling, for me, is to get to eat local sweets. (Continued after Japanese...

Authentic Spanish Cuisine at the Casa de Fujimori

Authentic Spanish Cuisine at the Casa de Fujimori

Apr 2, 2013

¡Hola! ¿Qué tal? That is all I can remember from two semesters of Spanish in college. It’s a shame, really, because now that I’m all grown up I find myself eating a lot of Mexican and Spanish food I might as well have learned the language properly. It’s actually my Japanese husband who loves Spanish food. I’m more of the Tex-Mex kind...

Cafe Tosca at the Pan Pacific Yokohama Bay Hotel

Cafe Tosca at the Pan Pacific Yokohama Bay Hotel

Oct 20, 2012

We had a marvelous time at the Cafe Tosca, a restaurant serving international cuisine inside the Pan Pacific Yokohama Bay Hotel. It was such a lovely place for a casual dinner for two that I wanted to share the experience here, for those undecided on where to go for a delectable and fun dinner date. Cafe Tosca calls itself an open oasis restaurant. It’s...

Yokohama Chukagai at Night

Yokohama Chukagai at Night

Mar 25, 2012

Welcome to the largest Chukagai 中華街 or Chinatown in Japan. One of the largest in Asia. And a place so lively and colorful you’ll never tire of it. At least, I don’t Yokohama Chukagai is one of Yokohama City‘s far-from-hidden gems. The food is awesome, needless to say, but you don’t even have to eat a thing to enjoy strolling...

The Vietnam Frog in Shimbashi

The Vietnam Frog in Shimbashi

Dec 6, 2011

D o you sometimes crave a certain kind of food? In particular, food from another country that you can’t find in the local supermarket. Or maybe you can find the ingredients but can’t (or refuse to) cook the dish yourself. This is what it’s like for me as a fan of Vietnamese cuisine. I was in Vietnam in September this year and there I made sure to eat as...

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