The One about Good Barbeque in Nakameguro

When it comes to American-style BBQ, finding it in Tokyo was never an easy thing until now. With a Brooklyn-style, Good Barbeque is the go-to location for American-style BBQ and it’s located in the trendy Nakameguro area right near the overpass. While you can expect to pay a lot for the restaurant’s BBQ menu offered in half (150g) or full (300g), this menu is for the true carnivore. For those […]

The One about the Tomb of Kondo Isami (Commander of the Shinsengumi) in Kita ward

Located across the street from Itabashi Station in Kita ward is a memorial for Isami Kondo, the Japanese swordsman who is known as the commander of the Shinsengumi (a special police force organized by the military government – Bakufu). The Shinensumi was established by the Tokugawa regume but in 1867, when Tokugawa. Yoshinobu withdrew from Kyoto and a new emperor was named as the head of a new government, this […]

The One about Ichiran and their awesome ramen

It was 1960 when a ramen stall known as Futaba Ramen was opened in Fukuoka but when the first generation shopkeepers, a married couple were going to closed down, many of their loyal customers begged for them to continue their business. Many wanted to make sure that the taste of ramen from Futaba Ramen would continue with a new successor and that person would become the president of Ichiran Ramen […]

The One about Ikebukuro Suitengu

When I am heading out to Ichiran Ramen, often I pass by an area of Ikebukuro that I usually don’t visit. There is a shrine in the location known as Ikebukuro Suitengu and for those who enjoy exploring small shrines, this one is a little interesting. Interesting that because where it’s located, chances of finding homeless, people smoking, cats gathering and litter are probably to be expected.  It’s always a […]

The One about Pomme no Ki

I’m often asked if there is a restaurant that I always visit when I’m in Japan.  There are a few, but there is one that I keep coming back for their excellent omurice and that’s Pomme no Ki. For those not familiar with omurice, this is yoshoku (western-influenced style of Japanese cuisine) which is an omelet with fried rice inside. And on top of the omurice is typically ketchup, but […]

The One about the Odaiba Takoyaki Museum

One of the popular Japanese snacks that you will often see or hear about is takoyaki. Invented in the city of Osaka during the 1930’s, now this popular Osakan street food can be found all over Japan and abroad. Made of wheat flour-based batter and cooked in different types of molded pans and used with a special pick, takoyaki is filled with minced or diced octopus, pickled ginger, green onion […]

The One about NEWYORK PERFECT CHEESE at Tokyo Station

For those who have gone to Tokyo Station and passed by NEWYORK PERFECT CHEESE, there is something that is consistent since the confectionery shop opened back in March 2017 and that there is always a line and it’s always packed. The sweets were chosen by three well-known names: White House pastry chef Bill Yosses, Japan’s first cheese Chevalier Murase Miyuki and the renown French cheese MOF Cheese Craftsman, Rodolphe Le […]

The One about the Blue Bottle Coffee Aoyama location in Minato

In the early 2000’s, W. James Freeman founded Blue Bottle Coffee in Oakland, California.  The name was inspired by one of Europe’s first cafe, The Blue Bottle Coffee House. Freeman’s original intention for Blue Bottle Coffee was to roast coffee in small batches and sell it within 24 hours of roasting and deliver it to homes. The company would eventually become a cafe and opened locations in the San Francisco […]