The Omakase at Wataru

It was our final day in Seattle and I made a reservation at Wataru that night. I was excited to indulge in an intimate omakase experience with Chef Kotaro Kumita. There are only two seatings nightly at 5:30pm and 7:45pm. Seating at the sushi bar is limited so be sure to make a reservation as…

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 chain’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…

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…

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…

Morimoto Las Vegas

Earlier in the day I was pleasantly surprised by a great fish and chips lunch, and now I was craving one of my favorite foods, sushi! The best sushi I had in Vegas was off the strip in Chinatown, but this time I stopped by Morimoto which was conveniently located in the MGM Grand, the…

Off to Vegas: MOzen Bistro

It was time for another trip to Las Vegas! I went a couple years earlier to celebrate my 30th birthday, and this time I went to celebrate 311 Day and see the Devils play the Vegas Golden Knights during their inaugural season at the new T-Mobile Arena. Off to Vegas! I stayed at the MGM…

An Unagi Lunch and Vegan Dessert

It was our second day in Tokyo and after a very interesting night exploring Shinjuku, we got ready to go out for something to eat. I have to mention how much I loved the Japanese-style shower room and amazing Japanese heated toilets. Once you go Japanese toilet, it’s really hard to go back. We walked…