The Omakase at Tojo’s Restaurant

For my final night in Vancouver I wanted a nice sushi dinner with one of the most famous chefs in town, so I made a reservation at Tojo’s Restaurant. The internationally recognized restaurant serves unique and modern dishes using the finest seasonal and local ingredients around the Pacific Northwest. I requested a seat at the…

Vancouver Eats: Ramen Danbo and Go Fish

It was our last full day in Vancouver and we were still intrigued by all the Japanese food offerings. We decided to check out Ramen Danbo for an an early lunch…or late breakfast. The Robson Street location was one of the chainโ€™s first restaurants outside of Japan. Their menu is based around traditional Tonkotsu ramen…

Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba and the Museum of Anthropology

Our third day in Vancouver began with lunch at Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba. The Japanese noodle shop is known for their mazesobe – a dry noodle dish made with a sauce of soy sauce and pork lard topped with various toppings that’s all mixed before eating. I had to try it! We arrived just before the…

Fanny Bay Oyster Bar and Saku

After a wonderful Vancouver Delights Tour, it was time to stop by Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market for lunch. It was located on the same block of our hotel. I just missed their Happy Hour which is offered daily from 3pm to 6pm. You’ll find the freshest shellfish at their flagship location in…

Sushi-San and Star of Siam

My third day in Chicago started off with lunch at Sushi-San. If I’m craving a particular kind of food, there’s a good chance it’s Japanese cuisine. It was close to my hotel and the menu was enticing. I sat down at the long sushi bar and ordered a Yuzu Lemonade. I wanted to try a…

Kinka Izakaya and the 2018 Induction Celebration Gala

I already enjoyed an amazing couple of days in Toronto and it was only gonna get better! That Monday started off with lunch at Kinka Izakaya, an izakaya-style Japanese restaurant serving small plates and drinks in a lively atmosphere. There are a few locations in Toronto, as well as a couple in Tokyo and one…

A Modern Kaiseki at n/naka

For my first night in Los Angeles, I made sure to make a reservation (three months in advance) at n/naka. The upscale Japanese restaurant features a modern kaiseki experience prepared by chef Niki Nakayama who was featured on episode four of the first season of Netflix’s Chef’s Table. Born and raised in Los Angeles, chef…

Yakitori 39

As you may already know, I love Japanese food. I decided to try Yakitori 39 in Teaneck Friday night. Yakitori are grilled chicken skewers made from bite sized pieces of meat from all different parts of the chicken like the thigh, skin, breast, liver and other innards. It’s usually made to order and cooked over…