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Three Must-Eat Meals in Hawaii

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Best Food in Hawaii Humuhumunukunukuapua'a

When people reconnect to the places that they had visited, perhaps they recall a panorama or an encounter with a local, a new adventure explored or a cultural performance experienced. For me it’s usually a dish. On my visit to Hawaii, when I had visited Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island, the three dishes that continue to bring me back to those distant islands are served below. Read more

24 Hours in Kyoto

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24 Hours in Kyoto

I had come to Kyoto because of the photographs and the possibility that some ancient Japan could be incubated in a modern city. But when I had arrived, the city of Kyoto seemed like just another hot metropolis. I had had one desire in Tokyo–to find good food–and nothing was different in this second city. However, I had less time: only 24 hours in Kyoto.

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A Night on Japanese Whiskey (and Small Intestines… Again)

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Japanese Whiskey
Once again a plate of small intestines was set before me, even though I had vowed never to travel down that dis-gustatory path. It all began a few years earlier, at an all-you-can-eat parilla in Uruguay, when this tract of “meat” was served up in place of steak. By the end of plate one, I could order no more. But here in Japan, the small intestines bubbled away in a large pan on our table along with udon and cabbage and the miso broth that one of my fellow diners explained “was a very good way to disappear the bad smell” of such a shitty organ. I took a big sip of Japanese whiskey before diving in.

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Waiting 4.5 Hours for the Best Sushi in Tokyo

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Best Sushi in Tokyo Sushi Dai in Tsukiji Fish Market

I waited in the hot Tokyo sun at six in the morning for four and a half hours to eat at Sushi Dai. Four and a half hours at six in the morning! (And I rarely use exclamation marks.) But, based on its reputation as serving some of the best sushi in Tokyo, it was really the only thing that I had wanted to do in the city. And unlike most sushi restaurants in the city that charge upwards of $200 for a meal, Sushi Dai only charges about $35 for their set breakfast or lunch (depending on when you get admitted). Read more

The Top Ten Foods in Korea: A Return to Specialization

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Eating Live Eel

Before heading to Korea, all I knew about Korean food was that you could order bi bim bap and bulgogi and jap jae noodles at any Korean restaurant in the United States. But when I arrived in South Korea, no restaurant served every dish; they specialized. There weren’t many Korean restaurants; there were bi bim bap establishments or ginseng chicken soup specialists. As one eater I met said, “If a place doesn’t specialize, they probably aren’t good.” Here’s a look at the top ten foods in Korea, the best banchan that accompanied said dishes, and some stories behind black pig and videos of still-living octopus and live eel:

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