Home away from home.

Just a little recap of more highlights from traveling in Japan! I aimed to seek out a few of my favorite things–taste a little bit of home, too–in both Osaka and Tokyo.

Coffee:

All Day Coffee was a tiny nook in Osaka Station that looked like something you’d see in the US–advertising some pretentious flair with mellow wooden accents and a sleek pourover that tasted smooth and rich on my tongue.

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Sushi:

No trip to Jiro, y’all. But I still ate heartily! My palate for sushi is far from refined, but after this trip I developed a fondness for fatty tuna (but as lean as you can get), salmon, and unagi (eel). I’d dip the fish in a pool of soy sauce, and the salty tang mixed with fresh seafood flavors were followed by a refreshing sting of wasabi. The conveyor belt destinations kept trundling out plates and plates, so no doubt I ate well.  Particularly at Tokyo’s Sushi Zanmai located right in the hub of the famous Tsujiki Fish Market (pictured here).

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Ramen:

Ramen is sort of like the Japanese version of “meat and potatoes”–a heap of noodles and slices of meat floating in a rich, savory broth glimmering with oil. So delicious and hearty, yet a task to tackle the entire bowl. This tonkotsu creation was found in Tokyo’s Ramen Street, a popular tourist destination.

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Taiyaki:

This Japanese dessert is basically a waffle pressed in the shape of a sea bream fish and stuffed chock full of azumi bean paste. The place in Osaka I went to is quite venerable–it’s been open since 1910 and still serves top-notch quality in these iconic confections.

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