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Archive for June, 2008


Left going clockwise:
cucumber salad
Castella bread: bread with castella cake and strawberry jam in the middle
deep fried soy beans
curry udon: udon noodles in a mild curry sauce with potatoes and carrots

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If there is a dessert that Japan excels at, it would be the parfait. None of this single topping nonsense, instead the parfait is a work of art and balance.
Case in point, this Fruit and Yogurt parfait.
Fresh strawberries, pineapple and bananas carefully balanced on a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt, atop layers of soft serve and crunchy granola with dried fruit. All topped off with a swirl of whipped cream, strawberry sauce, a sprig of mint and a cookie pirouette.

Sunburst Cafe @ Isawa, Yamanashi, Japan

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I love shrimp, and I love avocados. So it was love at first bite from this great sandwich.
Grilled shrimp, fresh sliced avocados, lettuce and a little tartar sauce on toasted bread, served with potato fries.

Sunburst Cafe @ Isawa, Yamanashi, Japan

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This week’s favorite lunch was…
ankake soba: noodles covered in a starch sauce with meat and vegetables.
cooked salad: blanched spinach, soy bean sprouts, and carrots in a vinegar dressing
okonomiyaki: a thick savory pancake made with cabbage from a thick batter, covered in okonomiyaki sauce, mayonaisse and katsuobushi or shaved bonito.
and to round it all off, a small lion shaped cheese round.

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A gallete is a thin buckwheat crepe, usually filled with savory ingredients, such as meats or cheeses.
This gallete is filled with layers of ham, cheese and onion, then topped with a egg and a sprinkle of black pepper. It was really delicious! The gallete is crispy and light, and the fillings were savory and slightly sweet from the roasted onions.

A.E.L. Market @ Yamanashishi, Yamanashi, Japan

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The last thing I expected to come rolling around the conveyor belt at sushi was this ajitsuke tamago 味付け卵 topped sushi. ajitsuke tamago are chicken eggs that have been soft boiled in soy sauce to give them a light brown color and a salty taste. Some inventive chef has decided to whack half an egg each onto sushi rice, wrap them in seaweed, and top them with shaved green onion and a dollop of mayonnaise.

Kurazushi @ Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan

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I’m sure many of you have heard of omu raisu オムライス、which is ketchup flavored rice pilaf coved in omelet. Omumash オムマッシュ is another variation, replacing the rice with garlic mashed potatoes, and the ketchup is nixed in favor of a creamy pumpkin sauce.
I actually don’t particularly like omu raisu, but omumash is a totally different creature. Delicious.

Please excuse the blurry and dark photo, the restaurant is “mood lit” >_<

Dining Bar Chinois @ Isawa, Yamanashi, Japan

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