• Hello Hojicha!

    Hello Hojicha!

    Hojicha,  it’s just fun to say, and even better to drink.  As an avid green tea drinker, I usually stick to the common sencha variety, but once in a while, I’ll hit up my limited stash of hojicha that I purchased during last year’s Kyoto trip. Hojicha is made of roasted green tea leaves and the brew results in a brownish color with a robust, nutty mesquite flavor. It’s quite unique and I don’t think it’s for everyone’s palette, but eventually, some will come to [...]

  • In Goode Company

    In Goode Company

    I”m in Houston for a conference and I’m glad that it’s held outside of the downtown area because it’s given me the opportunity to dine at Goode Company Texas Seafood.  It was nce to get away from the Tex-Mex that I’ve been eating on previous trips.  I loved that the facade was made up of an old Amtrack coach, it reminded me of the Silver Palm Diner in Chicago.  The walls are adorned with black and white photographs of fisherman showing off their prized catches [...]

  • Bite-sized Cheesy Goodness

    Bite-sized Cheesy Goodness

      Living in Chicago and being relatively close to Wisconsin, I’ve had the pleasure of stuffing my face with cheese curds.  These bite sized delicious morsels of dairy goodness are tasty, chewy, and addictive while elevating cholesterol levels at the same time.  Recently, I had fried cheese curds for the first time.  If there was an equivalent to popcorn shrimp in the cheese world, it would have to be fried cheese curds.   Having lived in the East Coast most of my life, the only thing that resembled in [...]

  • I Went To A Vegetarian Restaurant For The First Time

    I Went To A Vegetarian Restaurant For The First Time

    Keeping with the 80/20 rule (80% plant based/20% everything else) diet guideline that I recently established for myself, I took the dive and went to a vegetarian/vegan restaurant for the first time on Friday. If there’s one thing I learned from others is, it’s that one’s first experience at a vegetarian restaurant can really make it or break it for you. If the place sucks, well, that sets a negative precedent for me to continue on my current path, and if it’s good, well, then [...]

  • San Francisco Does Sushi Right

    San Francisco Does Sushi Right

    There’s something about sushi and sashimi in the San Francisco Bay Area.  It’s damn good.  As a matter of fact, I find the sushi in that area to be just as good as what I had in Japan.  The authenticity is right on and the quality of the seafood is nothing like I’ve had at any place else in the states, except in Los Angeles.  Of course, not every sushi restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area is good, but from the places I’ve dined [...]

  • Dipping Noodles are a Thing of Beauty

    Dipping Noodles are a Thing of Beauty

    It was my last day in Japan and I was in Osaka for the final leg of my journey.  It was around 11AM and with my flight scheduled for the early evening, I really wanted to have a comforting pre-departure meal.  I didn’t have any place in mind, but I was around the Umeda Subway Station, and that meant plenty of dining options, maybe too many. Fifteen minutes had passed and I still wasn’t able to decide on what to eat.  I was in one [...]