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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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Coffee in Japan: Seeking Perfection at Cafe Use in Tokyo

At Cafe Use, a short walk from Shimokitazawa Station in Tokyo, signs in the window ward off cell phone users, smokers, young children, and people seeking espresso or cappuccino. There’s no wifi for computer users. And while there are a few varieties of tea and…
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Tokyo Ramen Street’s Rokurinsha Makes A Mean Bowl of Tsukemen Noodles

The last time I was in Tokyo, I didn’t make it to Rokurinsha, one of Tokyo Ramen Street’s most popular restaurants, which is known for its tsukemen, or dipping noodles. This time, however, I vowed not to be denied, and arrived before noon to make…
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Snapshots from Korea: Smashing Pastry at Schneeballen in Seoul

A late spring stroll through the hip Hondae district of Seoul yielded a strange and surprising sight: a window full of colorful, giant “snowballs.” Upon closer inspection, I was delighted to see that these were actually powdered sugar-covered pastries called Schneeballen at a bakery/café that’s…
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