Now, I haven’t discussed this with Ramona yet, but I want to add a new zsegment to The Japanese Food Blog. I’m calling it the drinking adventures. So eating is one thing out here, but drinking is another big thing. Note most of the drinks will be the same, so I won’t really be taking about what I n drinking most nn oily f the time. More I will be taking about . The places I drank the people I meet.
For example I’m standing in a bar on the street, s with no seats only business people after work are here. James Brown is playing. And most people bbc don’t want to talk to me.
More coming soon.
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Orange sherbert and coke
My single scoop of orange sherbert
My company for the day, Iroha.
Yesterday a friend and I went to Kyoto and got all dressed up in kimonos and walked around Gion for a while.
Now wearing a kimono gets very hot because of how tight they are and the number of layers. So we decided to get a cold snack in the afternoon. Unfortunately this was our third choice of restaurant. It being a Saturday, the places that Iroha wanted to take me were all full.
So we stopped in this tiny cafe on one of Gion’s main streets. The street is called Hanamikoji Dori.
In this cafe we each got a very simple, single scoop of ice cold orange sherbert. The sherbert itself wasn’t that spectacular, except for the fact that you could feel and taste that it was made with real oranges.
To me it was the setting that was more attractive. Aside from being in one of the most beautiful areas of one of the most beautiful cities, we were sat in a quiet cafe, with traditional shamisen music playing. It had a mixture of traditional and modern decor, with Western tables and chairs, but bamboo screens and traditional art work.
We sat in the peace and cool air of the cafe, and watched the tourists passing by outside, hidden away by a bamboo blind.
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Thought I should pop in and say konnichiwa since up to now you’ve only met Ed.
So allow me to introduce myself; Ramona. You should probably know that as I speak (type) I am practicing how to use chopsticks because, embarrassingly, I am hopeless and I can’t very well show up in Japan in this condition.
Until my Japanese debut (September 23rd) I am going to be reviewing some of our English interpretations of Japanese dishes, whereas Ed arrives a month before me (damn you, Ed) and as such will have a lot more to offer your eager little eyes.
That’s it for today, back to the chopsticks.
Sometime on that rainy Wednesday afternoon I arrived in Japan and made my way across Tokyo to my hostel, somewhere North of Ueno. I immediately trundled to the other other side of Tokyo and spent a couple of hours in Shibuya. Unfortunately, jet lag hit me pretty hard, and I was exhausted by 4:00 pm.
So I went back across Tokyo. Again. By the time I hit Ueno, I had gotten hungry, so I started to look for something to eat. Just outside the station, off of Showa Dori, I stumbled across a small, quiet restaurant. Not being able to speak or read Japanese at the time, I had no idea what kind of food it was. I know now that it was a yakiniku, or grilled meat, restaurant, where you get your own charcoal grill and cook your own meat.
However, being oblivious to all of this, I ordered something off of the lunch menu that looked good, but still not entirely sure what it was. I literally pointed at the menu and smiled.
Now what I got, was pretty impressive. It was a large bowl of lamb noodle stew, with tofu, mixed green vegetables and sesame seeds (sorry that I can’t go into more detail, I couldn’t read the menu at the time and I’m remembering this from over two years ago), with a large bowl of steamed white rice on the side, a light lettuce and sesame salad, a small portion of kimchi and what I think was pickled cabbage. And a large bottle of Asahi Super Dry:
A meal like that in England would set you back at least ￥2,000 to ￥3,000 (somewhere between £15 and £25, depending on where you go). I got all this, at lunch time in the center of Tokyo, for a mere ￥700 (£5-£6). Probably the best value meal I have ever had.
The atmosphere, though quiet at the time, was nice and relaxing, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets outside. The food was absolutely delicious as well. And of course, who could complain with a price like that. I liked the place so much that when I was in Tokyo again two months later, I took a friend there on my recommendation.
And that’s the story of the first thing that I ever ate in Japan. And what a great start it was.