Last Day in Japan: Sushi Breakfast at Sushi Dai

After some Golden Gai bar hopping I was still wide awake and figured I had to check out Tsukiji Market before going back home. Because who needs sleep! What’s one of the best things to do at Tsukiji Market? A sushi breakfast of course! And the best place to enjoy that is Sushi Dai. It…

Back to Golden Gai

After a fantastic omakase at Kurosaki, I decided to go back to Golden Gai! I thought the narrow alleys lined with tiny bars was so cool the first time that I knew I had to return for my final night in Japan. I took the super crowded train to Shinjuku. I met some nice travelers…

An Exquisite Omakase at Kurosaki

Away from the hustle and bustle of Shibuya tucked away on a quiet residential street is a Michelin-starred sushi restaurant where traditional Tokyo-style sushi is served by a young highly-skilled up-and-coming chef. Welcome to Kurosaki. Now getting a reservation at any top restaurant in Japan is no easy task, especially for foreigners and especially when…

Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin and Uniqlo Ginza

One afternoon I took a train to Ginza which is a neighborhood in Tokyo known for its upscale shopping, dining, department stores, and other luxurious offerings. I wanted to buy a few shirts at the world’s largest Uniqlo, but first I stopped by Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin for lunch. It may have been the best tonkatsu (deep-fried…

World’s Best Restaurants: Den

I always try to find a special dining experience when I’m spending Thanksgiving away from the family. The previous year I ate at Sushi Masato, and while I was in Tokyo I had to book a dinner at Den.  A recipient of 2 Michelin stars and recently named #17 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants,…

Back to Tokyo: Hakushu Teppanyaki

I left Osaka and made my way back to Tokyo. For the first part of our trip we stayed in Shinjuku, now I was staying in Shibuya. After checking in to the hotel, I walked around the corner and went to a teppanyaki restaurant called Hakushu Teppanyaki for dinner. Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese…

Final Day in Osaka

Another random restaurant, another delicious meal! It was my final day in Osaka and before I caught the train back to Tokyo I walked around looking for a place to eat lunch. I stopped by a restaurant in one of the shopping arcades and enjoyed some tasty katsudon – deep-fried pork cutlet simmered with egg…

A Fugu Dinner at Zuboraya

I’m all about trying new and adventurous foods, so there was no way I was leaving Osaka without going to a fugu restaurant like Zuboraya. Fugu, also known as a pufferfish or blowfish, is a Japanese delicacy that can potentially be fatal if it’s not prepared properly. The fish is poisonous due to tetrodotoxin, a…