Goodie Goodie Gumdrops


May 6, 2009
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I tried takoyaki for the first time while in NYC’s Japantown earlier this year. They were the perfect street food and I hope I’ll have the chance to try them in Japan sometime. Gloria loves takoyaki and they were just as good as she said they’d be.

Takoyaki: chopped octopus in hot savory wheat-flour balls


At Otafuku, a 6 piece order of octopus takoyaki is $5. Otafuku only has 3 items on their menu. Takoyaki, yakisoba, and okonomiyaki. There aren’t even tables in the place. You either stand inside at the “bar”, but only if there aren’t any other patrons inside or sit on the small bench in front of the restaurant to enjoy some yummy Japanese treats.

Lucky eaters of said takoyaki


236 East 9th Street
Between 2nd & 3rd Ave.
New York, NY


Sushi Samba Dromo

March 29, 2009
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While shopping on Lincoln Road in Miami we stopped for lunch at the Sushi Samba chain restaurant. Their cuisine is Peruvian and Japanese fusion. I’ve eaten at Sushi Samba Rio before in Chicago and liked it so we decided to take a table outside and people watch. Lincoln Road is great for that. We saw a lot of interesting looking people and the cutest dogs! 


Calamari Caesar Salad


Seabass Lunch Special


Sushi Samba Dromo
600 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139


August 22, 2008
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We went to Makoto for an early birthday dinner for the BF last night. This restaurant requires a credit card to make a reservation, dress code that is strictly enforced, and all patrons to wear their provided slippers upon entry. We ordered the 10 course chef’s dinner – $60 per person. The food makes it a very worthwhile experience as you can see from the pictures (click to see them full size). The sashimi course is missing from the gallery because I ate it before I remembered to take a picture, yes I’m a pig! It was 3 pieces of tuna, 2 pieces of yellowtail, and 2 pieces of flounder, in case you’re curious.

We also tried the warm poison fish fin sake – it numbs your tongue a little so don’t have too much 😉

I recommend going to this authentic Japanese restaurant for special occasions since it’s a little pricey. The wait staff is extremely attentive and pleasant, which makes for a delightful dining experience!

4822 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, DC 20007

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Zen Restaurant

August 21, 2008

Cute sushi/noodle house in Japantown NYC. $8.50 for a big bowl of tonkotsu ramen. The broth is so good with a little crushed chili powder on top!

Zen Restaurant
31 St Marks Pl
(between 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10003