• eat and drink,  international travel,  japan,  restaurant reviews,  tokyo

    Sushi Daiwa (Tokyo, Japan)

    Raisin Bread and I woke up at 3:30 am one morning to make the journey to Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market. Alas, despite arriving at 4:45 am, we were too late to gain entrance into that morning’s tuna auction. Not matter, we would enjoy an unbelievable sushi breakfast instead. During my research, I picked out three different sushi spots in case one or two had extremely long waits. It was my understanding that the food that each restaurant serves is virtually the same. We walked quickly towards the row of restaurants and discovered Sushi Dai‘s line to be about two hours long. On the other hand, there was just one couple…

  • eat and drink,  international travel,  japan,  restaurant reviews,  tokyo

    Nagi Ramen (Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan)

    If you have been paying attention, you know that I love noodles of all shapes and sizes. Eating ridiculous amounts of noodles was a definite “to do” during my trip to Japan. One evening, we set out on a long, soggy walk to Nagi Ramen in Golden Gai. By the time we arrived, my jeans and shoes were soaked through, so a piping hot bowl of ramen seemed appropriate. Golden Gai is a small area of Shinjuku that is made up of hide-and-seek alleys that are lined with over 200 bars, clubs and restaurants. Each one is a tiny closet-sized establishment. Nagi is no different. It is a minuscule space,…

  • animals,  explore,  international travel,  japan

    Monkey Park Iwatayama (Kyoto, Japan)

    High above the Arashiyama district of Kyoto lies a mountaintop which is home to a little band of monkeys – Japanese macaque monkeys, to be exact. It was late morning, so I figured a leisurely hike would be fitting before we grabbed some lunch. We found the entrance to the Monkey Park and paid our admission.  The entrance happened to be across from a shrine!  And so we began our hike up to see the monkeys. Only, the easy 10 to 15 minute hike that had been sold to me turned out to be grossly underestimated. We, first, started up a set of stairs, which seemed easy enough.  We came…

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    @ Home Cafe (Tokyo, Japan)

    On a Saturday afternoon, Raisin Bread and I went to the Akihabara district of Tokyo to do something uniquely Japanese – visit a maid cafe. We were expecting this experience to be completely unlike anything we have ever done and we were not disappointed in the least. Maid cafes are a relatively new concept. Generally, the waitresses at these cafes dress in maid costumes and serve their master/mistress (the customer) as if they were at their home. Yes, I know it sounds weird. We chose @ Home Cafe because it is the only place that I had read a lot about.   If you don’t have a maid cafe in mind…

  • dc metro,  eat and drink,  restaurant reviews

    Central Michel Richard (Washington, DC)

    A few weeks ago, Raisin Bread’s mother and stepfather came to visit us during the week. We headed downtown to enjoy dinner at Central Michel Richard, a restaurant that I have been wanting to try for quite some time. I read that the restaurant space can be quite noisy, but the hostess was kind enough to seat us in the very back of the restaurant in the private dining space so we were not forced to deal with the noise. To start, Raisin Bread and I shared the roasted beets, arugula and warm goat cheese salad. I am addicted to these salads, but I was a little worried about the…

  • international travel,  japan,  tokyo,  yoyogi park

    Sunday Afternoon in Yoyogi Park (Tokyo, Japan)

    We found ourselves in Tokyo on a beautiful spring Sunday, so we planned to buy some food items and have a nice, relaxing afternoon picnic in Yoyogi Park.  Our apartment was located near a 24 hour grocery store with a huge prepared food section. Raisin Bread and I picked a strange assortment of yummy food, including chicken, chips, potato salad, salad with tuna sashimi, inarizushi, onigiri, mochi, watermelon and strawberries, to enjoy outdoors. Unfortunately, we did not have a tarp or picnic blanket, so we found ourselves sitting on plastic bags and our coats! As I mentioned before, there do not seem to be any open container laws in Japan, so…

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    Imahan (Tokyo, Japan)

    Trip planning often is not planning what to do but what to eat. Having a meal of sukiyaki was a definite “must-do” while we were in Japan. I remember having sukiyaki once before when I was young and it being an amazing food experience. But since sukiyaki is a hard dish to find in the U.S. due to the raw egg situation, I never really had it again. We headed to Imahan in Takashimaya Times Square for dinner. After about a 15 minute wait, we were seated. Imahan had options for three different price levels of beef as well as set options. I decided on the lowest level beef for sukiyaki. Raisin…

  • for the love of the kids,  holiday hustle series,  race recap,  races,  Running,  virtual race

    For the Love of the Kids Holiday Hustle Series 2013 (Race Recap)

    UPDATE (May 5, 2014): I received my three remaining medals in the mail today. Last week, I received an email from the Hole In the Wall Gang Camp, notifying us that they would be taking over the fulfillment of the medals and run shirts from the original organizer, who is still coping with family health issues. Additionally, they would be taking over the coordination of any future virtual race events. I’m not going to go into a commentary about this whole situation. I am just happy to have received what I worked and paid for. Last May I signed up for a series of virtual races for a number of…