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In Topic: Gage & Tollner

15 January 2019 - 12:30 PM

I guess it could be about the intelligence of the species you’re eating...which is a point.

Chickens are really really dumb. So are fish. Cattle aren’t much smarter....pigs on the other hand.

In Topic: Gage & Tollner

15 January 2019 - 12:28 PM

I’ve had whale. Can’t say it was amazing. Obviously some species are scarce and some are not. (Some are presumably better eating than others too.)

But I wonder if it was actually mock horror in the interview?

In Topic: eating in Japan

15 January 2019 - 10:49 AM

How do you like it as a city. I really need to visit for work but I've kind of been avoiding it.

I see no reason to avoid it. I mean it’s not Tokyo and it’s not Osaka, but it has a much more manageable “downtown” than either of those. Kind of intimate by Japanese standards. The yatai are kind of tourist traps but you have to do them once.

So I had a Japanese roommate in law school (he was a grad student) almost 20 years ago. We met up in Osaka (hadn’t seen each other since 2002). Yeah, this is one country where you really do have to eat with someone who speaks the language. Night and day difference. Started out with a multi course fugu nabe thing...I actually don’t think it’s a very tasty fish but worth doing once. Then ended up in a seafood centric izakaya (only Japanese spoken) and had course after course of perfect mentaiko, roe-filled rice cakes, braised sea cucumber (this dish seemed Chinese to me actually), etc.

In Kyoto now.

In Topic: eating in Japan

11 January 2019 - 12:18 PM

I’m in Fukuoka. Significantly less formal town then Tokyo. People will start talking to you at the bar in a way I haven’t experienced before in Japan or Korea. Shin Shin for ramen. Broth is more subtle than the ubiquitous Ippudo or Ichiran, considering they are all technically the same style. I like it.
Bar Oscar has a mainly Japanese clientele (unlike its well-known Tokyo equivalents). Problem is, it’s not as good.
Now I need to find some Mentaiko.

In Topic: Ssam Bar

26 December 2018 - 12:23 AM

20 minutes. For two people.