New Year’s Sushi Craziness!

<p>Note: I wrote this post shortly after New Year's. And then couldn't decide when to post it, or if I should post it, and... now it's two months late and I'm posting it anyways. Yeah... I'm an awesome blogger like that. Enjoy!</p> <p>---</p> <p>Happy New Year!</p> <p>I hope 2014 started out with a little less excitement for you than it did for me!</p> <p>Ever since starting <a href="">Sushi Day</a> back in 2006, I've gotten the

The Ramen Burger in LA!

<span class="bigPic"> <img src="" alt="Ramen Burger"/> </span> <p>Have you heard of the <a href="">Ramen Burger™</a>?</p> <p>They say it's the next Cronut.</p> <span class="bigPic"> <img src="" alt="Ramen burger on TV"/> </span> <p>Started in New York just <a href="">two months ago</a> by <a href="">Chef Keizo Shimamoto</a>, the Ramen Burger™ has taken the ramen world by storm.</p> <p>If his name sounds familiar to you, there's a good reason for it - <a href="">Keizo</a> and I have been friends for several years now, and I've mentioned him

Mitsuwa Kyushu and Okinawa Fair

<span class="bigPic"> <img src="" alt="Ramen shop"/> </span> <p>It's time for another Mitsuwa fair, and all of the delicious things that comes with it!</p> <p>This past weekend they had their <a href="">Kyushu and Okinawa Fair</a> at the Torrance, Costa Mesa, and San Diego stores. (If you're near San Jose, Chicago, or New Jersey, check out their <a href="">event page</a> - the fair is in those cities this upcoming Thursday through Sunday!)</p> <span class="bigPic"> <img src="" alt="Condiments for ramen"/> </span> <p>As usual, they

Mitsuwa Japanese Gourmet Fair

<p>If you live near Torrance, CA or New Jersey, and if you like Japanese food (which, if you don't, I hate to tell you this might not be the right food blog for you... ;) ), then you MUST go to the <a href="">Mitsuwa Japanese Gourmet Fair</a> this weekend (next weekend if you're in New Jersey). (Also, if you live near Costa Mesa, San Jose, San Diego, or Chicago, they all have smaller

Japan Day 10, Part 3: In which we get lost, find ourselves, and then get lost again.

<p>After spending the morning <a href="">getting lost</a> and the afternoon <a href="">satisfying our wanderlust</a>, we were hungry. Time to eat!</p> <span class="bigPic"> <img src="" alt="Red light district? on the other side of the river"/> </span> <p>We headed across the river, and found ourself on a large, busy street full of clothing stores and fast food. We could have stopped at a McDonald's, or Burger King, or Subway (or even Baskin Robbins!), but we weren't quite that

Japan Day 10, Part 2: Gion, Geishas, and Gardens

<p>After spending the morning <a href="">going in circles</a>, we once again left our hotel, and walked to the train station. This time we went to the station nearest us, which - go figure - was not a JR Station. However this time, we had an actual goal in mind.</p> <span class="bigPic"> <img src="" alt="Double decker train"/> </span> <p>At <a href="">Son's</a> suggestion, we were heading to the Gion area of Kyoto - an area famous for its

Japan Day 10, Part 1: In which we end up right back where we started

<p>Our first whole day in Kyoto was such a jam-packed day that I'm splitting it into three posts. Looking back, I can hardly believe we managed to fit so much into one day... and yet can now totally understand why I was so sore I could barely move that night.</p> <span class="bigPic"> <img src="" alt="Kyoto street"/> </span> <p>We started the morning off walking to Kyoto station from our hotel.</p> <span class="bigPic"> <img src="" alt="Curry pan"/> </span> <p>We stopped by a tiny

Japan Day 9: Goodbye Tokyo, Hello Kyoto!

<p>Our ninth day in Japan was our last day in Tokyo. We started the morning by finishing up packing (and ate a couple of onigiri), before checking out and leaving our baggage with the front desk so we could do a couple more things in Tokyo before heading to Kyoto.</p> <p>We met Rachael and her girls at their hotel, and headed to Kappabashi - the "cooking street".</p> <span class="bigPic"> <img src="" alt="Kappabashi"/> </span> <span class="bigPic"> <img src="" alt="Chef Statue

Japan Day 8: Bowls the size of your head!

<p>On the eigth day of our Japan trip, my true love gave to me... cookbooks, udon, and sushiiii!!!</p> <p>(Sorry, now that Thanksgiving is past, I'm in a bit of a Christmas-y mood!)</p> <p>So. Day 8. This was a hot, hot day!</p> <p>Our eighth day in Japan started out like this.</p> <span class="bigPic"> <img src="" alt="Itch cream"/> </span> <p>If, like us, your legs get attacked by crazy biting bugs <a href="">when you're out late at a park</a>, then you'll want