Photo: Having lunch at Yamanashi, Japan on Christmas day. Here's hoping I don't gain 7 pounds on this trip like I did during the last one... (Check out those jetlagged eye bags. I think they're bigger than my actual eyes.)
Photo: Despite my sister's claims to the contrary, the manly man genes in me mean I'm never one to turn down the opportunity to wolf down some oysters. This dish is called Nabe Ankake Gohan with Hiroshima Oysters. The oysters have a crispy batter coated in sweet sauce. At the bottom of the pot is moist and savory ankake rice. Ate the whole thing...
Photo: OK, this stuff should be illegal. Illegal, I tell ya. The one on the left is a parfait with soy blancmange (which is like a pudding), macha ice cream, red beans, bananas and whipped cream. The one on the right is warabi mochi with ice cream, red beans, kinako powder and a side of sweet kuromitsu. Not sure but I also suspect both have a sprinkling of crack in them 'cause I couldn't stop eating even though I was full. Why yes, officer, you can cuff me now.
Photo: A close view of the -- take a deep breath -- Yasai to Sanma Tsumire no Mizore Nabe. It's basically a hot pot with mackarel fishballs and assorted veggies. Part of the name also comes from the shredded daikon, which looks like snow. Winter and Japanese is just a perfect match.
Photo: So after a grueling 11-hour flight, nothing quite hits the spot like some piping hot ramen on a cold winter night. This is a special Katsuo-Miso Japanese ramen with bonito shavings and a miso-based sauce. It basically resurrected my stomach after airplane food killed it... Merry Christmas, everyone.
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Jason Hidalgo
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So after a grueling 11-hour flight, nothing quite hits the spot like some piping hot ramen on a cold winter night. This is a special Katsuo-Miso Japanese ramen with bonito shavings and a miso-based sauce. It basically resurrected my stomach after airplane food killed it... Merry Christmas, everyone.
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