Sunday, May 2, 2010

You are what you eat


The food in Japan was phenomenal... a fat kid's paradise.

It had been a long time since I had so many good meals in such a short amount of time. In addition to the fabulous sushi and mexican food we ate, we also had amazing steaks, "red wine cheeseburgers," (Seriously... it's like someone took my two favorite things and mashed them into one. Amazing), salads, seafood, pasta, okonomiyaki, (a savory Japanese pancake, which we stumbled upon during an after hours late night snack run. Totally delicious.)

...and tempura.

We found a little hole in the wall place in Shinjuku, and I'll admit I was a bit skeptical.
Many of the places that are "tourist friendly" have some english signage, or plastic food in the window...




(Bizarre right? Majority of the restaurants have plastic food in the window, or set out on tables... which sounded really strange to me at first, until I realized that was the only way I would know what they served. Plus, it gave me something to point too.)

...or pictures on the menu. We had no idea what type of restaurant it was because this place had none of those things, and only sat about ten people. But we were only stopping in for a beer... and that we could say.

It turned out to be a tempura restaurant, and these guys were amazing.


We told them we were only there for a beer, but they insisted we try some of the food...

Then one guy pulled everything out of the refrigerator one at a time so we could see what they have since there was no menu to be found.

Tempura Man: Chicken... Beef... Mushroom... Cheese...

The list went on and on... And since I don't pass up food... especially fried food... we tried it.

It. was. awesome.

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There were a few things however, that weren't particularly tasty... and also a bit strange.

The strangest being the food at the Buddhist Temple...




We tried oysters in Hiroshima, they are supposed to be famous for them and I figured if anyone was going to make an oyster I liked it would be the Japanese.

I was wrong.

We ordered a set menu with 5 oyster dishes. The first dish was an oyster on top of a square piece of something that jiggled far too much for my liking... Lee insisted we weren't supposed to eat it, and that it was only for decoration. Turns out it was tofu... we were supposed to eat it, but there was no way that was going to happen.

I'm pretty sure we ate oysters in every way they can be prepared...

I only like them fried...

Imagine that.

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Green Tea Ice Cream...


A shop in the airport had three flavors of ice cream... strawberry, vanilla, and green tea.

And I thought...

I like green tea...

and I like ice cream.

I'll give it a shot.

It tastes like grass...

I couldn't eat more than a bite... and Lee refused to share his strawberry with me, because... "I should have known better." Whatever.

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And this?

Well, this was just weird...


I'll let you decide for yourself what it looks like...

Not. Appetizing.