Osaka Eats: Takoyaki and a Crab Dinner

Every region in Japan has their signature dish. One of Osaka’s most iconic dishes is takoyaki – round balls of dough filled with octopus, green onions, tempura flakes, and pickled ginger cooked in special grill molds and topped with a sweet savory sauce, tangy mayonnaise, green seaweed powder, and dried fish flakes. You’ll find takoyaki…

Lunch at Katsukura

Japanese cuisine is my absolute favorite! Sushi may top the list, but another Japanese dish I can’t get enough of is tonkatsu (breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet). One of the best of the tonkatsu chains is Kyoto-based Katsukura. I stopped by for lunch one afternoon. There are several locations in Kyoto and I went to the…

Unique Eats: Enchanted Time with Maiko

Our Japan trip was filled with many unique and beautiful experiences. One of my absolute favorite experiences during the entire trip was our incredible private dinner with a maiko hosted by Enchanted Time with Maiko. We arrived at the restaurant, Yasaka-Dori Enraku, and were shown to our traditional tatami room where you sit on the…

Shinjuku Sushi and Tempura

It was our last day in Tokyo. For lunch, my sister and I did our own thing. She went to a vegan place of course. I ended up getting a salmon sushi combo at Itamae Sushi located in our hotel building. I also walked around Shinjuku for a bit before seeing a nice tempura (battered…

A Vegan Japanese Cooking Class with Tokyo Cook

My sister booked a Vegan Japanese Cooking Class with Tokyo Cook one morning. The private class took place inside Restaurant Shojin Sougo located on the third floor of the Roppongi Green Building in Roppongi, Tokyo. Our instructor, Yoko Goto, was wonderful. The class was fun, informative, and well-organized. Our vegan meal was absolutely delicious! It…