Taco Salad

The Hunt for Fresh-Mex in Tokyo

What is a life without good fresh-Mex food? A pitiful existence, I’m afraid, devoid of the pleasures of having your burrito deconstructed into a bowl form, or having a mountain of fresh guacamole piled high atop a “light” carnitas salad with cheese and sour cream. […]

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Chibiz Coffee

You can’t miss it. Because it’s bright orange. And cute as hell. I am talking about a vintage retrofitted Citroën van parked in front of National Azabu in Hiroo. The van’s rear door is propped open, and from within emerges cup after cup of simply delicious […]

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...and the pour

Mocha Coffee (Daikanyama)

The only coffeehouse in Tokyo that serves Yemeni coffee, and only Yemeni coffee, is tucked away on a quiet street of Daikanyama. So, when we were in the area recently, we made a quick stop in to Mocha Coffee to get our caffeine fix. Mocha Coffee […]

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Kikanbo Ramen (Kanda)

When it comes to ramen, I leave that in Mr. S’s capable hands. The “S” does in fact, stand for soup noodles, haven’t I mentioned that before? All kidding aside, he does do his due diligence when it comes to finding great ramen shops about […]

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El Rincon de Sam (Ebisu) and Mariachi Samurai…

“So…where can we get good authentic Mexican food?” we found ourselves asking everyone when we moved here to Tokyo. Typically, our listener would then engage in lots of head scratching and “…eeeeto…..” (literally “uuum” in Japanese). That is, until we met a friend-of-a-friend, who is […]

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Pizza Slice

The art of good pizza transcends borders. It’s a universal language that speaks to all tastebuds. (That is of course, unless you are a gluten-free vegan.) You don’t have to be an American or an Italian to appreciate good pizza. And you certainly don’t have […]

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Meal Delivery Services in Tokyo

Since we don’t have a car in Tokyo, and there are no drive-thru fast food places (for us lazy Americans), we have to rely mostly on ourselves to shlep home prepared meals when we don’t feel like going out to dine-in someplace. We live close […]

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We’ve Moved . . . to Tokyo!

As a result of a flurry of events that cascaded upon us at the beginning of this year, long story short, Mr. S and I have moved to Tokyo earlier this month! From one City by the Bay (SF) to another––Tokyo bay––we have fast begun to […]

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Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessan

Mr. S and I miss many things from the East coast, one of which is a good Jewish deli serving up corned beef, pastrami, bagels and lox. Our prayers have been answered. Wise Sons had its soft opening this weekend, but the food was anything […]

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Spice Kit

The banh mi is nothing new. If anything, it has infiltrated the food scene, especially with the business lunch crowd in the Fidi, Tenderloin, and SOMA. Only problem is, the lunch spots from which they emerge tend to be hole-in-the wall, mom-and-pop joints, which… are […]


Bi-Rite Creamery

Salty ice cream? You bet. I’m a big fan of sweet-salty snacks: kettle corn, apples and brie, melon and salt, maple bacon donuts….wait, that’s a whole other post to talk about!)   I discovered the salted caramel ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery when I first moved […]

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Má là. Not your garden-variety spicy. This kind of spice comes from the Sichuan peppercorn, and its numbing effects can become quite addictive. My remedy for an overly bland diet (which tends to happen when I overload on salads and sandwiches throughout the week) is […]

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sebo (CLOSED)

Everything you’ve read or heard about Sebo is probably true. And there has been much written and talked about since it was featured on No Reservations. The fish is clean and fresh to the point of being sweet. The izakaya dishes are simply composed, with […]

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