Japan food shopping for cooks

Apr 28th, 2019, 07:52 AM
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Ok..will add Tenmatsu to my list. I have a tour with Yukari, too!

Also have this on my list but have not booked yet; it is for fried pork cutlet and is fairly new.
Must book ahead which I have not yet done.

GINZA KATSAKUMI..anyone been here???


We leave in a week. Partner is sick (bronchitis), I am anxious about packing; internet in our place is a disaster so hard to get things done promptly or even to post sometimes.....

Just read book about MASAKO-san, written by an Austrailian about ten years ago..Fascinating.
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Apr 28th, 2019, 12:18 PM
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Happy Travels!
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Apr 29th, 2019, 04:04 PM
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For a fun, casual Yakitori dinner in Kyoto, sit at the counter at Torito. It is close to a bridge that crosses the river. Chicken shoulder was the best one we ordered.
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May 1st, 2019, 06:15 PM
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Torito is across the river from the Ritz Carlton.
We also had a superb teppanaki experience at
Steak House Aoyama. Steak and scallops.
We had cancelled this trip last spring due to my spouseís unexpected major surgery. When I rebooked this year I did not pay as much attention to the dates which included Golden Week, Emperorís abdication and Crown Princeís elevation to Emperor. Hardly any difference anywhere we went, no big crowds, unlike China.. And being here for the change of Emperors has been a wonderful experience. Flags flying, non stop TV coverage. Yesterday reminded me of inauguration coverage in the US. The Japanese appear to be excited about the new Era of Reiwa.
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May 2nd, 2019, 05:41 AM
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So looking forward! We are both horribly sick with bronchial things but will be ok for Monday departure....

Added the new Ginza katsukami place on recommendations of residents...this shall be 1pm after the tour with Yukari...right now, we'd better get better..few days left!!
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May 2nd, 2019, 05:57 AM
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In the Chiyoda area of Tokyo is Tim Ho Wan dumplings... recently awarded a Michelin star, be prepared for queues.
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May 3rd, 2019, 02:57 PM
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Loved our meals there!
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May 3rd, 2019, 03:01 PM
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Ekscrunchy, we returned from Japan last night. Loved it all. Get better quickly, a lot of beauty and adventures await you.
Also, we has fabulous, tender, moist pork cutlet sandwiches in Hiroshima in the train station dept store.
Every meal in Japan was excellent, from small sushi and ramen shops to kaiseki dinners.
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May 5th, 2019, 04:34 PM
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HapptT: I want to thank you again..I;ve been less responsive than normal since we are not feeling good, but being picked up tomofrrow morning for flight to Tokyo...will see how it goes!!

We do have aTim Ho Wan here in NYC and it is pretty crowded when ever I walk past..but think I will try to concentrate on Japnese food this trip..but who knows...partner has already made noises about missing a few dinners and the food tour...so might be on my own more than I planned..will be fine, I am sure...

Yikes...too many clothes already packed..must get rid of some of these things.....

Thank you again for your enthurisam and all of your tips, and to everyone else who has been so helpful in answering my (often silly, I guess) questions...(!!) So tired now!
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May 10th, 2019, 11:39 PM
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Just wanted to thank everyone for their tips and comments on this thread and others I began in advance of the Japan visit. We are now in Tokyo and I cannot imagine that anyone on this planet is having more fun at the moment! The biggest surprise is the friendliness of the people here, not withstanding a language barrier which turns out not to be a barrier to communication as much as one would imagine.

The food has been terrific although prices at the steak houses (partner does not eat sushi) are astronomic. But then, the quality of the steak has been by far the best of my life thus far.

I only wish there were more hours in the day that we could fill with sampling places to eat! Tsukumen ramen last night at Rokurinsha in the basement of Tokyo Station was a marvelous experience (buy your food tickets from a machine with no English writing, after a wait of 40 minutes!) Not only fun but what a chance to meet locals and to sample food unlike any I've had back home....dinner for two about $25USD with two ramen and one order of bamboo shoots, no drinks.

Will try to assemble some kind of report once we get home, again want to thank all my friends here who have been so helpful, including Happy and DC.
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May 11th, 2019, 08:52 AM
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We loved Tokyo too. And the rest of the places we visited in Japan were delightful too. Enjoy it all.
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May 11th, 2019, 11:54 AM
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So glad to read that you are feeling well enough to have a fun time. Look forward to more reports.
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May 12th, 2019, 12:47 PM
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Using Google Translate, downloaded English to Japanese,was a huge help. Looking forward to more of your adventures.
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May 12th, 2019, 03:41 PM
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CuriousGeo: Many thanks for the recommendation of the Hokkaido ramen shop in the Kitte building, BAIKOHKEN. Easy walk from our hotel. Not one word of English is spoken but it is amazing how easy it is to communicate with a few thumbs up and "ok" hand signs!! Staff were almost ecstatic when we sat down.....all wanted to pose for my camera..

We had two types of the three ramens offered...shio and shoyu. Plus my favorite: bamboo shoots. The great thing here is that the bowls come in two sizes, and you order from a person and not a machine....(sorry Pepper!) USD$20 with one glass of a cherry alcohol drink.

Too sad to leave Tokyo today!!!!!
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May 12th, 2019, 06:22 PM
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Thanks for reporting back, so happy you enjoyed it. I love the shoyu ramen there, amazing deep rich soup. My wife likes the miso ramen with extra veggies and a simmered egg with its creamy golden yolk. There’s a nice view of Tokyo Station from the window seats.

We were also surprised to find a place we had on our restaurant list on the same floor, Nemuro Hanamaru. A very highly regarded revolving sushi shop with a perpetual line of locals waiting to get in. Maybe next time haha.

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May 12th, 2019, 11:25 PM
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Have a great trip!
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May 13th, 2019, 11:58 PM
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Now ensconced in the Nikko Kanazawa. There is a supermarket on the second floor of the train station which is adjacent to the hotel. And that supermarket, today, was the source of what might have been some of the best fried chicken of my life!!

One quarter chicken (dark meat, yes!!) 139 yen. I am invariably disappointed by the fried chicken in the US, even at some of the legendary meccas in the southeast. The crispiness but lack of grease,, and the very slight spiciness of the crust...and the moisture of the meat...... Despite having been under a heat lamp...it was divine....
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May 14th, 2019, 01:56 AM
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Lcuy: Can we get more specific about the shoyu? I will look for the pink, but would also like to have a few names to take the place of those in case I cannot find them. I bought some soba noodles today, trying to find 100% buckwheat but I've not found labels in English so had to guess. So need the soy and the mirin and anything else for a dipping sauce for those noodles....

Oh dear, did send one large suitcase on to Kyoto but what we have left is still a bit clumsy.

After all the talk on another thread about eyeglasses, I've not seen more than two eyeglass stores that sell readers and believe me, I looked in Tokyo! Will take a peek in Kyoto. Have not noticed anyone in glasses any more interesting than what I've seen in the US, but I guess I've not yet met the right people!!

Very impressed by the tailoring here, even of the smallest items like the pjs in the hotel...for someone who knows about sewing,, it is truly awe inspiring.

Ok..off to dinner now..
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May 14th, 2019, 10:24 AM
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I bought a pair of readers from a large eyeglass store somewhere in the labyrinth of shops below Kyoto Station. Otherwise Jinís or Zoff should have some if their shops are nearby.
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May 14th, 2019, 11:41 AM
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https://www.paperglass.jp/eng/

https://thewonder500.com/product/pap...asses/?lang=en

I started to look for a pair for my mom a couple trips back.

Happy Travels!

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