|This is my adorable great-uncle, who owns a popular beachside cafe called Tsuboya |
(and his cat, who only likes him).
You should visit if you are ever in Shimoda; it is charming.
|Soba with a fried shrimp topping. It was shockingly delicious.|
|Izu has tons of natural hot springs, |
which means they have a lot of free footbaths in parks.
|My uncle treated my brother and me to a night at a fancypants hotel. |
The hotel gives you jammies, which everyone wanders around in all day,
including to dinner at the hotel restaurant.
|Speaking of dinner, it was endless. Let's count the dishes, shall we? |
Okay, here's 1. Appetizers.
|2. Shabu shabu.|
|Yum, drinks! There are lots of oranges grown in this region, so I got the juice cocktail.|
|4. Teriyaki fish steak. What kind of fish? I don't remember. |
There's probably not an English name for it anyway.
|5. Taro root manju.|
|6. Beef stew. (At this point, my stomach was starting to seriously hurt.)|
|7. Seafood chawanmushi. I couldn't even eat this because I was too full.|
|9. Dessert! Thank God, we made it!|
|10. Oh wait, nm, here's a giant dish of complimentary fruit|
because your aunt's sister works here.
We had to take this back to our room and eat it in the morning.
We felt like we would never be hungry again.
|You know what is delicious? Japanese milk.|
It is fatty and full-flavored.
It's standard to serve milk to drink after going in the hot springs baths.
Sounds like a great recipe for lactose intolerance-induced upset stomach, but I was fine!
|Speaking of Japanese dairy products, their soft serve is ridiculously good. |
American soft serve tastes like garbage in comparison.
|This is the owner of Malukoh, an old-school cafe where he's been serving soft serve and hotcakes for 40 years. We love him.|
|At Kura, a tiny place where housewives cook meals |
out of local ingredients from the area farms.
|This was 500 yen. (Less than 5 bucks.)|
|If you go to Japan, get the menchi, katsu, and croquettes from a local butcher. |
They fry everything in lard.
|Everyone says Japan is expensive, but dude, these skewers are CHEAP.|
The chicken is only 50 cents a pop.
|Japanese spiny lobster in butter sauce with salmon roe over pasta. |
Everything perfectly cooked and seasoned.
|The foam on this beer is frozen like a slushy!|
|An awesome street of tiny bars in Oimachi.|
|Tsukemen. Oh, this pork -- it melted in your mouth.|