Category Archives: Food



We love getting packages… especially ones like the one we received yesterday! Thanks ladies 🙂

Grocery list

FYI we do eat food. Here is a typical shopping list

  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Grapefruit/oranges
  • Lettuce
  • Pineapple
  • Red/yellow peppers
  • Sweet potatoes (purple)
  • Mushrooms
  • Avocado
  • Salmon
  • Ground beef
  • Pork chops
  • Beef parts
  • Spaghetti sauce/noodles
  • Ramen
  • Eggs
  • Edamame
  • Tater tots/french fries
  • Butter
  • String cheese
  • English muffins
  • Bread
  • Milk
  • Almonds
  • Ritz Crackers
  • Saltine crackers
  • Rice
  • Pizza
We recently discovered that the (cash-only) grocery store in Takayama has cheddar cheese, tortillas, and wine.

Look how colorful

Tonki: A 73 year tradition













Shiro and I were out in Tokyo once again for business. We kinda have a thing going that when the other person helps each other out we say, “You owe me Tonkatsu” basically meaning “hey, I did you a favor you owe me dinner”. Being Puerto Rican, it’s only natural that I would have fallen in love with Tonkatsu, a deep fried, breaded pork chop. You can find Tonkatsu pretty much every where in Japan, and it’s a very safe meal for those who aren’t too adventurous.

So dinner was on me this time, and Shiro had been telling me about this Tonki place: the best place for Tonkatsu… or so they say. He claims they have been in business for some 70 years. I wasn’t sure what to expect, after getting off Meguro Station it was a short walk,  kinda squirreled away off the main street behind Meguro Hilltop Walk tower.

From the outside, it is underwhelming to say the least, however the line was practically out the door. Once we got in we stood in line and slowly started seeing progress as the line moved forwarded.

Ojiisan’s were holding the place down- all dressed in white. The head chef is running point calling out to everyone in line, figuring out what everyone wants, and how many are in their party. They only sell variations of portions – Tonkatsu is their only dish. We finally sat down after 30 minutes or so, the place was packed. The tonkatsu was excellent. It definitively kinda has a Soup Nazi thing going on.. but I definitely recommend it!










Gobble gobble!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We celebrated American-style –  Nick came over and MD cooked (the world didn’t even end). Not bad for a toaster oven, microwave and a stove top.

  • Turkey (!)
  • Ham
  • Gravy
  • Stuffing
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Green bean casserole
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Sweet potato casserole
  • Pumpkin pie bars

Big thanks to Therese and Shizue for shipping/bringing us all of the ingredients not readily available in Japan (gravy, CoM soup, fried onions, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie, etc!)

Presses and pasta

Another delightful dinner at La Vita e Bella! (cont’d)

Sunday stroll

Just another lazy Sunday walking around Takayama… trying to enjoy things before it gets cold and work gets cRaZy. (cont’d)


Well. We found ANOTHER Italian restaurant in Gero on Saturday night. It is actually on the same street as the other one and is called “Follow”. From the outside it looks like it would be Japanese-TexMex… (cont’d)


La vita e Bella

YES! Found an Italian restaurant in Gero “La vita e Bella”. We had seen the sign when we were walking by the river and we finally had a chance excuse to go because Shizue is in town. It was pretty amazing. We are definitely going back. (cont’d)

Happy Halloween!

Gu-me bears for everyone! We only saw two kids in costume (and they were eating dinner at Joyfull). One was a witch and the other was a pumpkin. I think they were coming back from an event at their after-school English lesson.

Imported from the USA!

Center 4 Hamburgers

The hidden gem of Takayama is the Center4Hamburgers. Nick receives a big gold star for this recommendation! In addition to delicious burgers, they also carry a great assortment of American beers. McDonald’s who? (cont’d)


Nick is a fan.


American imports!

We’ll be back


First attempt at veggie “sushi”. Try it yourself.

Not ready for prime time.

a little overstuffed?

Shabu-shabu しゃぶしゃぶ

…add veggies and thinly sliced beef into a pot of boiling water + seaweed (for seasoning) and you get shabu-shabu! It is less sweet than sukiyaki and very tasty. The dipping sauces are also very tasty. (cont’d)