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Kewpie Vs Kenko

Kewpie vs Kenko

Well this is new to me. While shopping at Hong Kong Supermarket on Hester and Elizabeth, I found Kenko a Japanese mayo brand that was a dollar cheaper than my first love Kewpie mayo. It’s the cute naked baby vs a child chef. I have always just thought that there was only one Japanese mayo and that was Kewpie. Kewpie = Japanese mayo. Now I don’t know what to do. The internet said that Kenko taste just like Kewpie but I don’t want to betray the naked baby but Kenko WAS a dollar less.

Seattle Day 3: Teriyaki

Osaka Teriyaki
There’s always more time to squeeze in 1 more meal, right? It was sad but I have finally reached Tuesday, my last day in Seattle but heck I was also happy because I knew I would be in SF in a few short hours. During my whole trip I knew exactly what I was going to eat for my last Seattle meal.

I have read in the Seattle Magazine the phenomenon of teriyaki in Seattle. I wanted teriyaki! It’s such a simple dish to make and oh so satisfying to eat. The plan was to head to Happy Teriyaki around 10:30am, eat, head back to the hotel, pack, check out and get to the train to the airport. Happy Teriyaki was located in the basement, next to a smoke shop, of a building near all the fancy shops. Aaannnddd of course when I got there they weren’t opened. So plan b! I saw on Foursquare, on my phone, that there was Osaka Teriyaki right on Pike Street.

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Seattle Day 1: Fried Egg Sandwich, Piroshky, Ramen, And Pizza

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Flying into Seattle on Christmas Day was probably not a great idea because nothing was opened when I landed around 5pm. I had always wanted to visit Seattle again to sort of explore more than just the downtown area. Last time I was there it was 2006 and with a group of friends. We did most of the touristy things like going to the Space Needle and visiting the 1st Starbucks at Pike Place.

So Christmas Day in Seattle. It was rainy, gloomy and quiet. I stayed at the Ace Hotel, $99 per night but shared bathrooms with the rest of the guests plus complimentary breakfast and Stumptown coffee. Ace Hotel was a good few blocks away from Pike Place so I was away from any tourists crap but close enough. It was also surrounded by a bunch of great local bars and hang-outs.

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Cocoron

Cocoron
A bowl of hot broth with noodles can give a person comfort during the cold seasons, heals ones soul and restores ones strength. Cocoron, which means “heartwarming” in Japanese, is perfectly named for this Lower East Side soba shop. Yes soba. Seems like ramen has pretty much dominated NYC with over a dozen ramen shops in the city and in Brooklyn. But we can’t forget about udon or soba.

When we think of soba we think room temperature noodles, dipped in sauce and consume. At Cocoron you can get that but don’t expect the typical version. Here they offer few different broths with different stuff in it like bonito flakes and grated daikon or natto served on the side. What you can also get is soba in hot broth. Yes, why not?

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Spicy Tuna Sandwich

Sunrise Mart
Japanese markets are wonderful. Even if you aren’t buying anything it’s just nice to roam around and look at all the cool Japanese things. Most recently I was at the Sunrise Mart in Soho getting lunch with Phae. Just like the Sunrise Mart in the East Village they have boxed lunches and rice balls but unlike the Sunrise Mart in the East Village they DO have a larger space. A larger space to include a kitchen. A week before that I was there and saw these delicious golden thick cut fries and I knew if I go there for lunch next time I will eat them.

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L.A. Eats – Daikokuya

Daikokuya
How do you like a restaurant even before you ordered the food? For me, by playing Runaway by Bon Jovi then followed by Always and Wanted Dead or Alive. How frakkin’ cool is this place?

My family were having lunch before going to the Buddhist Temple for Chinese New Year. My sister, Bonnie, took us here because I had a craving for soupy noodles.

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Haru Hana

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24 HOUR SAKE BAR!!! KNOW WHAT WE CAN BE DOING AT 6AM ON A MONDAY MORNING?! SAKE!! Thats what I told my friend Matt when I found out Haru Hana, a 24 hour sake bar, was opening soon near our work. After coming back from the holidays, on my way to get lunch at Woo Ri Jip, I noticed Haru Hana was opened. I quickly ran back to the office after getting my lunch of course to tell Matt. I believe it was the next day that I IM’ed him to ask, “lunch?” he said sure but where? I replied “24 sake bar of course!”

*Note, I don’t see the sign that says “24 hours” anymore and can’t really find any info if it’s still is “24 hours” so maybe its no longer “24 hours”.

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