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Lori D

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  1. The newer, "classy" places still have great food. Viet Taste is another relatively new place (with nice decor) in Eden Center. Their chef is supposedly famous for rice clay pot dishes. They are fantastic.
  2. I finally was able to get back to Japan a few weeks ago. I had planned a trip for April, but, in light of the earthquake/tsunami, decided to postpone. So this trip was overdue. Once again, I didn't do that great of a job of preparing to write about the trip. But I do have a few more pictures than last time. Starting with breakfast: This was from the ryokan (Japanese style inn) that I stayed at the first night of the trip). And another traditional breakfast: I stayed at a Buddhist lodging temple for the next several days. No food served, so I went to nearby small restaurants that cater to
  3. That is over. They now have an Italian temporary menu designed by Fabio Trabocchi to complement two Italian art exhibitions: http://www.nga.gov/dining
  4. If you have time to go to Hokkaido, I would highly recommend Hakodate. A very charming city that is noted for seafood, especially squid. Hokkaido in general is noted for, among other foods, seafood, milk, and potatoes. ANA does have discounted domestic fares if you book in advance. Might be worth your while if you travel longer distances.
  5. Ray's Hell Burger is actually between the Courthouse and Rosslyn metro stops. Definitely not worth taking the Metro from Rosslyn. In the same shopping center is Guajillo, which gets good marks for Mexican food (I have no personal experience there). Across the street from Ray's is Cafe Assorti (www.cafeassorti.com) - Eastern European food, very reasonably priced. If they need to use public transportation, there is a bus between Rosslyn and Georgetown, and they can take the Metro to Clarendon or Ballston for several different options. It takes more than an hour to get from Rosslyn to Bethesda
  6. I will have to look up your instructions on how to make niku jaga, as that is probably my only option. Even though it may not be difficult, I am a very indifferent cook, so I hope it's easy enough for me! I think my favorite teishoku is saba - another thing that I hate at home because it's so poorly done in contrast as to how it is done in Japan. Yes, that is a trend in my posts. Even though I live in a large metropolitan area (Washington, DC), the variety and quality of Japanese food is limited. This is probably because there are relatively few Japanese who live here. Therefore, even th
  7. As I stated in my earlier post, I stayed in a lodging temple for part of the trip. The main purpose of the trip was to go to my sect's Head Temple. It is in Fujinomiya. There is an option for temple members to stay at a lodging temple, or you can stay at one of the local inns. I opted to stay at the lodging temple. When one attends an event with a group, bentos are ordered for the group. When one travels alone, one is responsible for one's own meals. I had my meals at the shokudo, or informal restaurants, that are located immediately off the Head Temple grounds. They serve simple food s
  8. Well, I just returned from my most recent trip to Japan. Despite what I wrote last year, I didn't get it together enough to prepare for posts in the quality of what I have read. And I didn't eat truly gorgeous meals such as have been described here. But, I was in Japan, so I ate far better than I do at home, and I think there are a few things I can mention that have not come up here so far. I'll do this in multiple posts, centered around subthemes, instead of in one big post. And there won't be many pictures, as I didn't concentrate on that as I should have. So, the topic of this post is
  9. Some farmers' markets in DC that are open on Saturdays are at Chevy Chase, H Street NE, Adams Morgan (pretty small market), and Eastern Market. Silver Spring, MD (Silver Spring Metro) and Arlington, VA (Courthouse metro) are good markets that are close to DC and accessible via Metro. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17047-2004May11.html lists locations of DC area farmers' markets.
  10. Richmond Oriental, at 431 East Belt Boulevard, is a Korean grocery store. They probably have daikon.
  11. The wrappers used for those dry out pretty quickly. Unless you make them in the morning, not a good option.
  12. Lori D

    Narita Airport

    It looks as if there are no lockers inside the gates - http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/guide/serv...ist/svc_07.html
  13. I was in Japan for about 10 days during the last half of April. I had good intentions to take pictures and record what I ate, so I could report back here. However, any detailed post from me will have to wait for another trip. For one thing, I didn't get to eat as many exceptional things as is typical for my trips to Japan. The first half of the trip was with a group, and the meals, while good, were utilitarian, to meet time and space constraints. Then, when the second half began, I fell and injured my leg enough to slow me down considerably, enough that I even chose McDonalds one morning
  14. The food is certainly not what it once was, as the Orleans House closed over a year ago. It has been torn down. There are lots of choices in Arlington, from Vietnamese (e.g., Minh's) to steak/hamburgers (e.g., Ray's the Steaks/Ray's Butcher Burgers-Hell Burgers) to central Asian (Cafe Assorti) to Thai (Thai Square). Not much, if any, decent Chinese in Arlington itself.
  15. I've been lurking for some time, but actually signed up to post about this. I was in Japan for a brief trip recently and looked for the Gateau au Chocolat on my first night here. I didn't have any, though, because I found another specialty flavor that stopped me in my tracks - Mont Blanc! If you like Mont Blanc pastries, you must try this one. Picture here: http://japaneseicecream.blogspot.com/searc...el/haagen%20daz
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