{narita} city eats

July 19, 2016

One of the ways Japan is similar with Taiwan is that restaurants along the street will have plastic versions of their food in the windows so as to entice people to go into their restaurant and order their delicious-looking food. This was for sure the case in Narita where there are lots of tourists who don’t speak Japanese and often make their food choices based on what it looks like. I walked by so many food options and had quite a difficult time deciding what to buy. In the end though, time was running short so I bought a cold bento to eat back at the airport. Even though it was cold and not at a nice sit down Japanese restaurant, it was still quite delicious and very filling. Yum! I also really enjoyed buying canned coffee from the coffee vending machines … so much fun!

Read about our other Japanese adventures here: omotesando st. sightsfamous for unagishinshoji temple

A tasty photo adventure:

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When I told my friend who lives in Japan (Tokyo, so there wasn’t time to go see him) that I was going to walk around Narita, he suggested that I go get myself some unagi, eel, which is famous in this city. I did end up eating some, but that wasn’t even the best part. The best, or perhaps most interesting, was standing outside the unagi restaurant and watching the butchers (?) bop the eel on the head, stake the head, skin it, pull the guts out, and then skewer the meat for grilling. It’s such a complicated process that they have a perfect assembly line set up to complete so that more and more unagi get onto the grill. On the other side, you can walk by and watch the unagi grill in the window. So neat!

Read about our other Japanese adventures here: omotesando st. sights

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Preparing the unagi

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Grilling the unagi

We went to Sonoma with some fancy people who make way more money than I do so we got a chance to eat at a fancy place like Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar. This place serves up tapas-style plates that everyone shares, but are mainly seafood themed. I was so impressed by the tastes of all the plates we got. Take a look!

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Welcome!

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BBQ’D Oysters “Tomales Bay”

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Tuna Tartare, Jalapeños, Cashews, Ginger, Coconut Milk

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Roasted Beet Salad, Goat Cheese Mousse, Spiced Pecans, Petite Basil

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Pan Roasted Shrimp with Chilies, Lemon & Garlic

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Warm Maine Lobster with Garlic Butter & Fennel

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Pan Roasted Duncan’s Mushrooms, Pistachios, Pea Sprouts, Citrus-Soy Vinaigrette

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Almond Crusted Sole, Wilted Bloomsdale Spinach, Lemon Caper Butter

{nyc} congee village

July 13, 2016

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Congee village is pretty famous Chinese restaurant in NYC. They are known for their large variety of congees that are very authentic as well as abundant of other dishes. Their menu is huge and they pretty much offer any Chinese dish you are craving. We ordered a pork and egg congee, noodles, salt and pepper squid and the house special chicken! ALL the food was quite tasty. The only con about this place is that there is a long line and no reservations allowed for small parties! Totally worth the wait though.

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Congee

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House Special Chicken

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Salt and Pepper Squid

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Noodles!!

Recently, I got a chance to go up to Sonoma – Wine Country – for some amazing wine tasting and food. It was something that I had been looking forward to since I had never actually been to this part of California before and, of course, it’s where everyone always goes!

During our time there, we stayed in Santa Rosa, which is home to the Russian River Brewing Company, which serves up deliciously local beer, as well as Sazón, which serves up delicious Peruvian fare. This family-run eatery served up some of the most delicious Peruvian food I’ve ever had. The flavors were amazing and I just loved all the fresh seafood! Seriously yum!

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Welcome!

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Today’s specials

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Corn to munch on

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Chupe de Camarones

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Ceviche Mixto

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Sudado de Pescado

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Seco de Chavelo

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