Eat Chankonabe in Tokyo. Sumo Wrestlers Stew.

After watching wrestler’s practice at Hakkaku Sumo Stable in Tokyo, I was hungry. Seeing them huff, puff and sweat actually made my stomach growl and what better thing to eat for lunch than Chankonabe, the nutritious stew that the wrestlers dine on as part of their strict diet. Maybe this meal would give me some muscle. It [...]

By |March 13th, 2015|Categories: Asia, FOOD, Japan, TRAVEL|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Eat at Tokyo’s ‘Kill Bill’ Inspiration Restaurant

You may remember, and may wish to forget, the bloody massacre in the movie Kill Bill where Uma Thurman goes against criminal members of the yakuza gang. The set of this famous fight scene was inspired by a Tokyo restaurant and while in Japan I wanted to eat there. Hopefully the gruesome scene will not be reenacted during [...]

By |October 23rd, 2014|Categories: Asia, FOOD, Japan, TRAVEL|Tags: , |3 Comments

Eat Wiener Schnitzel in Vienna, Austria

I only had five waking hours to spend in Vienna, that is not a lot of time to explore Austria's capital and largest city. No worries. I didn't need a lot of time to do one thing on my Vienna bucket list: Eat Wiener Schnitzel. Wiener schnitzel is the breaded, deep-fried boneless veal dish that is a Viennese specialty. Did I mention deep-fried? After much research, [...]

By |May 24th, 2014|Categories: Austria, Europe, FOOD, TRAVEL|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Drink in a Shinjuku Golden Gai Bar in Tokyo

I am typically a wine lounge kind of lady. Take me to a swanky place with Lorde playing in the background, cushioned couch seating and a large selection of red wine to choose from and I will be as happy as a monkey with a peanut machine. Drinking in a Shinjuku Golden Gai bar in Tokyo was nothing like that, in fact [...]

By |February 28th, 2014|Categories: Asia, FOOD, Japan, TRAVEL|Tags: , , |17 Comments

Experience Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in Las Vegas

Rose. Rabbit. Lie. Huh? Even the mention of these three little words to the locals in Las Vegas gave a facial response of a familiar, yet quizzical look. The name had been on the tips of everyone's tongues in Sin City, but not one person had a valid explanation for exactly what it was. I [...]

By |February 19th, 2014|Categories: FOOD, Nevada, North America, TRAVEL|Tags: , , |8 Comments

Eat a Lampredotto Sandwich in Florence, Italy

In general, I wouldn't go out of my way searching for a sandwich filled with the cooked stomach of a cow. Who am I kidding? I totally would. So, hunting for a Panino con Lampredotto in Florence was no different than any other weird food I had pursued in the past. A Lampredotto sandwich is a Florentine tradition, Tuscan street food at its [...]

By |February 9th, 2014|Categories: Europe, FOOD, Italy, TRAVEL|Tags: , , , , , |12 Comments

Eat the California State Bird in San Francisco

Eating the California State bird? Isn't that illegal? You're not even allowed to pick the state's poppy flower, are you? Technically, neither action is against the law, but there is something so wrong about consuming your home state bird. Yet, at San Francisco's State Bird Provisions, there is also something so deliciously right. There are only a few states in America [...]

By |January 25th, 2014|Categories: California, FOOD, NorCal LOVE, North America, TRAVEL|Tags: , , |11 Comments

Indulge in Fried Frog Legs & Alligator in Louisiana

It was a slow night at Tunk's Oyster Bar. Today was the first day of squirrel season in Louisiana, evidently a big event in this part of Alexandria. Many local folks were probably at home cleaning their catch and making squirrel stew, instead of dining out. Unfortunately, squirrel is not served in restaurants, so eating that [...]

Eat Traditional Fondue in Switzerland

I'm going to be honest, the smell of fondue makes me nauseous. It has something to do with the pungent aroma of melted gruyere cheese. So, I passed by several fondue restaurants in Switzerland, deterred by the smell wafting from them. But, I couldn't possibly leave Zurich without trying something so traditionally Swiss. So, I plugged my [...]

By |November 26th, 2013|Categories: Europe, FOOD, Switzerland, TRAVEL|Tags: , , |13 Comments

Eat at a Themed Restaurant in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan is exploding with quirky themed restaurants. Understatement. You can watch a sexy robot show while eating a bento box or be served by trained ninjas or dine in a European church replica. And though all of those sounded equally as bizarre, I opted for the Alcatraz ER, a medical prison themed restaurant. Who doesn't want to eat [...]

By |September 23rd, 2013|Categories: Asia, FOOD, Japan, TRAVEL, UNUSUAL|Tags: , |25 Comments