The One about Kobe Motomachi Doria

Throughout Japan, Kobe Motomachi Doria is seen as a restaurant with a fascinating concept. At the restaurant, their food is presented on an iron plate, but to keep the food warm, a flame is underneath to keep the iron dish sizzling hot. While visiting the Futakotamagawa RISE shopping center, I ate at the Kobe Motomachi Doria in Setagaya, Tamagawa. Kobe Motomachi Doria is a restaurant owned by Saintmarc Holdings Co., […]

The One about Pancontomate Pasta House in Shimokitazawa

In several cities in Tokyo, one can find a Pancontomate Pasta House restaurant. A chain of Italian-inspired restaurants which opened in Japan back in 1981 and known for their 2.5mm noodles.  But the name “Pan Con Tomate” is actually a simple Spanish snack which is a Spanish-style toast with olive oil, garlic on bread with ripe grated tomatoes and a sprinkle of sea salt. Popular for their Italian dishes, one […]

The One about Ikinari! Steak

“This is the Very Steak, the Big Cut of Steak!” This is the slogan of the restaurant “Ikinari! Steak” (which translates to “Sudden! Steak”), which was founded by Kunio Ichinose. The first restaurant opened in 2013 in Ginza and by 2015, there were 64 restaurants that have been opened and with a plan of 100 stores were planned by the end of the summer of 2016. The concept is similar […]

The One about Going to BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Late at Night in Cupertino

It was back in 1978 when two men would create Chicago Deep Dish Pizza with a Southern California flair. The two would open their first BJ’s restaurant in Santa Ana and the popularity of the deep dish pizza would lead to several more restaurants in Southern California. And as BJ would open a BJ’s brewery introducing their fine handcrafted beer at their new restaurant in Brea, California. The popularity would […]

The One about Pacific Catch Fresh Fish Grill in San Francisco, California

In San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area, one can find a Pacific Catch Fresh Fish Grill restaurant. The Westcoast Fish House is best known for serving poke and for 13 years, they are best known for their poke bowls. We had our Uber driver take us to the Chestnut area near Lombard St., a location with many delicious restaurants nearby. But for this day, my mind was set on […]

The One about Sno-Crave Tea House and Hot Pot

I have discussed my love for snow ice and have tried many locations around the state. But one that I have not yet tried was Sno-Crave Tea House and Hot Pot, located in the DeAnza shopping area in San Jose, California. As one can expect from a tea house, you would expect many variations.  I just didn’t expect to see so many variations of milk tea, oolong tea, honey juice, […]

The One about Curry House – Japanese Curry and Spaghetti

Way back in 1913, Urakami Shoten was created and until 1926, they started selling Japanese-style curry. Now, known as House Shokuhin Kabushiki-gaisha (House Foods Corporation), the company has become one of Japan’s largest food manufacturers and brands making many types of curry, snacks and the popular ramune. In America, most people know House Foods via tofu products sold in the United States but in California, many are familiar with their […]

The One about 85°C Bakery Cafe

I know I have gushed about the awesomeness of Portos Bakery and Cafe in Southern California. But one of the popular bakery chains in California is 85°C Bakery Cafe, a Taiwanese chain of coffee shops and self-serve bakeries run by Gourmet Master Co., Ltd. Found in 2004 by tea shop owner Wu Cheng-Hsueh, there are over 800 branches in Taiwan, Australia and the United States (the first location was in […]