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Eight Great Bowls of Ramen to Slurp in Tokyo

I once read that there are over 20,000 ramen restaurants in Tokyo. That's a lot of noodle slurping for one city. So, where to go?
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Best Bites in the Asian Food Mecca of Richmond, British Columbia

Richmond, just outside of Vancouver, is a North American mecca for Asian eats, especially Chinese food. Spend a day and you can start with dim sum, end with night market fare, and feast proudly on noodle soup and fried chicken during the hours in between.…
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Snapshots from Tokyo: Eight Japanese Sweets Worth Savoring

Sushi, ramen, and shabu shabu are among the many iconic foods you’ll find in Japan. But in any quest for quality Japanese food, don’t forget dessert—or sweet snacks any time of day. Japan has its fair share of traditional confections, and its bakers and other…
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Animal in Los Angeles Gives Me Heart and Has My Heart

Los Angeles. Animal. Los Angeles. Animal. I’d been itching for a long time for a chance to get back to Los Angeles and make a first visit to Animal. Organ meats, interesting ingredient combinations, and bold flavors made this a restaurant that’s right up my…
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Snapshots from Japan: Sardine Lunch at Nakajima in Tokyo

Tokyo tops the world in terms of Michelin-starred restaurants, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune to enjoy the food at one of these acclaimed establishments. Not far from Shinjuku Station, in the basement floor of one of the city’s many nondescript…
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Fous Desserts: The Best of Five Quality Croissant-Makers in Montreal?

In addition to finding the best kouign amann in Montreal, my main mission during a recent visit was to search for some of the top croissants in the city. At first, I intended to limit my search to the Plateau area (north of downtown and…
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This Ain’t No Benihana: Teppanyaki at Yamanami in Tokyo

No knives thrown. Just delicious food eaten.
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Snapshots from Japan: Grilled Brains, Genitals, and Other Offal in Tokyo

What I especially like about Japanese restaurants (and what I believe to be a key to outstanding quality) is specialization. A great sushi bar serves only seafood. Even more specialized, an unagi restaurant sells only grilled eel, a tonkatsu restaurant only deep-fried breaded pork cutlets,…
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Snapshots from Japan: A Fish-Forward Breakfast at Kuoues in Tokyo

Visit Japan, and you can conveniently start your day with fried dough from Mister Donut (pronounced “Mis-tah Do-nut-su”) or onigiri (filled rice “balls”) from 7-11 or another konbini (convenience store). But I prefer to get going with a fuller breakfast, like the one you can…
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Snapshots from Korea: Looking For Frozen Sweets in the Hongdae District of Seoul

Artisanal ice cream seems like it would be a sure-fire hit in Seoul, especially during the hot and humid summer days when temperatures can easily reach into the 90s. I recently found myself in the young and hip Hongdae district, full of indie spirit and…
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