Yokosuka Shell

The quick blurb on Yokosuka Shell. An upgrade from our last stop at Launa in regards to the burger. It was a decent burger. Nothing too exciting, but a burger nonetheless. A reminder of what makes a burger a Yokosuka Navy Burger: – 100 percent beef patty with 20 percent fat, i.e.. no fillers –…

The Lousy Launa

Okay, maybe that’s not fair but it was my experience (and the words just work). Launa, right outside the base, between Main and Womble Gates, is buzzing with attention, especially from Japanese nationals. I took this as an indication of good food and a great time. Why else would the Japanese, who I imagine better…

Fireworks

I must admit, I haven’t been out for a burger since last week’s post. This post from 4 4ths ago (originally written July of 2013) doesn’t make it any better as it only intensifies the burger appetite but its a delectable read and its full of great info and burger stories that should hold you…

On the Horizon

We’ve gone for a spin through the Kinjo checking out some neighborhood favorites. (Do you remember what Kinjo means?) And this week has taken me for a spin. But I didn’t intend to go an entire week without a post. So just stopping into to share some ideas of what we’ll explore next. I’m not sure if it’s…

Short & Sweet: Lisa’s Cake Market #MyKinjo

Chocolate cake, cheesecake, shortcake? She’s got it. Though owner, Lisa Kuriyama, specializes in wedding cakes, birthday cakes, and corporate events (for such companies as Lexus, YouTube and Google), her shop runs the gamut from cakes to tarts to cookies and other pastries. I see the shop all the time, biking past its chalkboard sign advertising…

Rising Crust Under the Rising Sun #MyKinjo

“A friend of Zahhk’s is a friend off mine,” he said with that thick, right-out-of-Italy accent, offering a handshake. Alessandro stands behind the counter about 6ft tall- behind the counter. On the other side of the counter, he’s maybe 5’6.  I dunno. With spiked hair and his arms colored with ink, his T-shirt, shorts, and…

Where’s the SLURPEES?: 7 Eleven #MyKinjo

Alright, I’ll admit I didn’t do my homework, so this post is going to depend your participation. It’s been years since I walked into an American 7Eleven, and when I did,, it was for a SLURPEE and the 7Elevens here don’t seem to have any- so far. SO what do they have? Among friends who…

B* Wh@+?!: A Japanese Fruit

I feel like I’ve tasted it before. But I have never heard of it before arriving to Japan. One of the woman in the “soup kitchen” offered me after I inquired. And then I found them in good ol’ 7 Eleven. It’s called a biwa. You may have heard of it before, by another name:…

ON the Burner: Hot Pot at 温 (ON) Motsunabe Mise #MyKinjo

This will be fun! Thunderous laugher. The clinking of glasses. Window clinging steam. The rich aroma of dashi. All of this from within the small..”box” on the corner. All of this snatched my eyes, arrested my attention, and at first pumped my brakes on my bike ride home or on my way out for the…

鍋 Nabe (Nah-Beh)

A small earthenware vessel with a big pile of ingredients. Bubbling over an intimate table top burner, it embraces you with comfort and soothes your insides in the winter. During the summer though it can unleash torrents down your face, involuntarily raising your hand to pat your brow dry. I’m talking about nabe! Nabe simply means pot…

Cafe Continue #MyKinjo

I’ve told you plenty times now that I’ve got a thing for coffee. I owe it to my dad, who gave me my first cup- right out of the measuring cup, seemingly brewed with milk rather than water, loaded with sugar! Frappuccinos and matinee were a regular. When my mother lost me in the grocery…

Shout Out to Pops

I’ve been gone too long. This past week has been heavy. To make up for it, I do have some projects under development. But I’d like to take some time to share some of the foods whose memories I owe to my father. I told you about his preparation of BBQ chicken,  his love off coffee-…