Japan Day 11: Eating Osaka

<p>It's been two and a half years since <a href="http://fridgg.com/phuson">Son</a> and I went to Japan with <a href="http://www.lafujimama.com/">Rachael</a> and her family, and it seems I never quite finished posting about the trip! Oops.</p> <p>However, since I find it helpful to refer back to the trip (especially when other people ask for recommendations), and I hope you all find these posts interesting and informative, I'm going to post about the rest of the trip anyways!

Salmon Poke

<span class="bigPic"> <img src="http://img.fridgg.com/540w_18640000_75___farm6.staticflickr.com/5198/14269154835_f29740010e_z.jpg" alt="salmon poke"/> </span> <p>A few months ago, a new restaurant opened in Redondo Beach that serves nothing but poke. We're kind of addicted. (We like the California Roll poke the best.)</p> <span class="bigPic"> <img src="http://img.fridgg.com/540w_18640000_75___farm4.staticflickr.com/3730/13498624065_2e05468828_o.jpg" alt="Jus' Poke"/> </span> <p>A few weeks ago, <a href="http://fridgg.com/phuson">Son</a> and I went on a business trip/vacation to Europe, which was tons of fun, exhausting, and left us craving Asian food like crazy. (Check out <a href="http://instagram.com/sushiday/">my Instagram</a> for lots

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="http://sushiday.com">Sushi Day</a> back in 2006, I've gotten the

The Ramen Burger in LA!

<span class="bigPic"> <img src="http://img.fridgg.com/540w_18640000_75___farm8.staticflickr.com/7449/10043159573_5005408ca9_z.jpg" alt="Ramen Burger"/> </span> <p>Have you heard of the <a href="http://ramenburger.com">Ramen Burger™</a>?</p> <p>They say it's the next Cronut.</p> <span class="bigPic"> <img src="http://img.fridgg.com/540w_18640000_75___farm4.staticflickr.com/3749/9429058588_792299df4d_z.jpg" alt="Ramen burger on TV"/> </span> <p>Started in New York just <a href="http://www.goramen.com/2013/08/smorgasburg-week-1-shoyu-ramen-burger.html">two months ago</a> by <a href="http://www.goramen.com/">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="http://twitter.com/goramen">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="http://img.fridgg.com/540w_18640000_75___farm6.staticflickr.com/5467/9323728713_1f80fdfc6a_z.jpg" 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="http://www.mitsuwa.com/event/eevent.php?e=45">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="http://www.mitsuwa.com/event/eevent.php?e=45">event page</a> - the fair is in those cities this upcoming Thursday through Sunday!)</p> <span class="bigPic"> <img src="http://img.fridgg.com/540w_18640000_75___farm6.staticflickr.com/5321/9323726803_ee5a1725ea_z.jpg" 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="http://www.mitsuwa.com/event/eevent.php?e=37">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="http://sushiday.com/archives/2013/01/07/japan-day-10-part-1-in-which-we-end-up-right-back-where-we-started/">getting lost</a> and the afternoon <a href="http://sushiday.com/archives/2013/01/14/japan-day-10-part-2-gion-geishas-and-gardens/">satisfying our wanderlust</a>, we were hungry. Time to eat!</p> <span class="bigPic"> <img src="http://img.fridgg.com/540w_18640000_75___farm9.staticflickr.com/8495/8293901576_1882a2dd86_c.jpg" 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="http://sushiday.com/archives/2013/01/07/japan-day-10-part-1-in-which-we-end-up-right-back-where-we-started/">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="http://img.fridgg.com/540w_18640000_75___farm9.staticflickr.com/8356/8289704009_a8f568bb9b_z.jpg" alt="Double decker train"/> </span> <p>At <a href="http://fridgg.com/phuson">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="http://img.fridgg.com/540w_18640000_75___farm9.staticflickr.com/8479/8265716203_362ab6d180_z.jpg" alt="Kyoto street"/> </span> <p>We started the morning off walking to Kyoto station from our hotel.</p> <span class="bigPic"> <img src="http://img.fridgg.com/540w_18640000_75___farm9.staticflickr.com/8077/8320493217_4ba0a7eda6_z.jpg" alt="Curry pan"/> </span> <p>We stopped by a tiny