Japan
Accidental Funnies - More Japanese Kawaii, Purr-fect Kitty Sushi

Accidental Funnies – More Japanese Kawaii, Purr-fect Kitty Sushi

The longer I am in Asia, the more I enjoy the Japanese sense of humour. It is often quirky, a little left of center…but yet also always a bit cute and kawaii. What is kawaii, you ask? Kawaii is the Japanese word for sweet, cute, adorable (pronounced like...
Accidental Funnies - Japanese "Cooking with Dog" is Campy, Quirky Fun

Accidental Funnies – Japanese “Cooking with Dog” is Campy, Quirky Fun

OK, it’s not what you think. It’s not about cooking dishes with dog as an ingredient. It is a TV show, called “Cooking with Dog,”that you can watch on You Tube – a Japanese woman demonstrates how to cook authentic, homey Japanese meals while the show is entirely...
Nishiki Market for Kitchen and Souvenir Shopping in Kyoto, Japan

Nishiki Market for Kitchen and Souvenir Shopping in Kyoto, Japan

Nishiki Market is a must do if you are in Kyoto and are a food lovers like we are here at Accidental Epicurean. Nishiki has been around for centuries in Kyoto and as such, many of the vendors have been operating their stalls for generations. In fact, today...
Are You Really Eating Kobe Beef - Or is it Wagyu??? And Why Should You Care?

Are You Really Eating Kobe Beef – Or is it Wagyu??? And Why Should You Care?

I have been to a great many restaurants around the world claiming Kobe beef on the menu – from $50USD hamburgers in New York City to Kobe shabu shabu in Paris to Kobe beef steak in Singapore. But as it turns out it probably wasn’t Kobe beef? Why?...
Best Yakitori in Tokyo? - Yakitori Hachibei Restaurant, Roppongi

Best Yakitori in Tokyo? – Yakitori Hachibei Restaurant, Roppongi

There are so many choices when dining in Tokyo, so why do I keep coming back to something so simple like Yakitori? Yakitori is ostensibly the most basic of foods – meats and vegetables, grilled on a stick. Many cultures have something similar like Thai moo ping (grilled...
Japan Kawaii Nonstop! - Cute Simmered Stew

Japan Kawaii Nonstop! – Cute Simmered Stew

In Japan they are relentless with kawaii (cute). Nothing escapes their reach! Even the classic Japanese simmered stews are kawaii-ified. Check it out….the rice people look like they are enjoying a meaty onsen. Made me smile, hope it does you as well.
Epicurean Concept of the Week - Dashi

Epicurean Concept of the Week – Dashi

For some of you dashi may be a new concept, you may have had it and not even realized it. For others who are steeped in Japanese food, you might know it well, but did you know how it was made? Basically dashi is like a stock or...
Leave it to the Japanese to Invent a "Cooler" Beer - Kirin Frozen Beer

Leave it to the Japanese to Invent a “Cooler” Beer – Kirin Frozen Beer

I am consistently surprised by the Japanese culture of innovation. From having the world’s most advanced public transport system decades ahead of others -to- cell phones so advanced you can use them (not cash) to purchase a soda at a vending machine, the Japanese always seem to be...
These Library Lounge - Try the Late Night, Offbeat, Insider Tokyo Cocktail Bar Scene

These Library Lounge – Try the Late Night, Offbeat, Insider Tokyo Cocktail Bar Scene

Just steps down from my favourite “insider” izakaya, Teyandei, is another “insider” spot for cocktails…the These Library Lounge. Near the (in)famous Roppongi area, These is so subtly marked that it is easy to miss. It’s quirky, cool crowd likes it that way – it’s the kind of place...
Teyandei Izakaya - Tokyo, Japan

Teyandei Izakaya – Tokyo, Japan

A Tokyo insider izakaya – well now the secret is out! I find that I am always lucky when I am in Tokyo. There is something special about that crazy city – each time I go I am amazed at the intensity of the food culture and the...
Unforgettable Omakase Sushi in Tokyo - Hashida Sushi

Unforgettable Omakase Sushi in Tokyo – Hashida Sushi

An unforgettable omakase sushi experience in Tokyo Through random coincidence I recently met someone who had lived in Tokyo for 20 years. Being a Japan-o-phile, of course I picked his brain about an upcoming trip to Tokyo. I wanted to get off the beaten track and have more...
Epicurean Concept of the Week – Koshu Japanese Wine

Epicurean Concept of the Week – Koshu Japanese Wine

No, this is not some new form of sake or plum wine. We are talking about a wine made from grapes that has been produced since 1877 when Masanari Takano and Tatsunori Tsuchiya returned from France after studying winemaking. But now for the first time it is approaching...