Tonki: For 80 years, serving the best tonkatsu in Tokyo, Japan

Rohsu-Katsu Teishoku. 160g of perfectly fried loin cutlet at Tonki Tonkatsu in Tokyo, Japan

Out of all the tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet) restaurants in Tokyo, numbering in the thousands, nowhere seems to do it as well as Tonki near Meguro Station. For almost 80 years, Tonki has been serving tonkatsu, a type of pork cutlet which is breaded in Japanese-style panko breadcrumbs and deep-fried until crispy. It may be old-fashioned, but Tonki is an institution of Tokyo. Many will debate which is better: Tonki or Maisen. I tend to side with Tonki and I’m…

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Purchasing a Japan Rail Pass? Important things you need to know

A 7 day Japan Rail Pass

If you are planning to travel to Japan, and want to explore this beautiful country by train, then purchasing a Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) is a must. These train passes, good for 7, 14, or 21 consecutive days of travel, will allow you to move around the country effortlessly, and most importantly, economically. When traveling to a new country, and using a new form of transportation, you probably have questions such as: What is a Japan Rail Pass? How…

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Los Tacos No.1 at Chelsea Market: The best tacos in New York City

The famous pork marinated Adobada taco

Located in a small corner of Chelsea Market is Los Tacos No. 1, an unassuming taco stall serving up some of the best tacos in New York City. For something so simple, it’s surprising how hard it is to find a decent taco on the East Coast, until now. Three friends, from Mexico and Southern California, have answered the prayers of foodies on the East Coast by bringing authentic and delicious Mexican tacos to New Yorkers. The Los Tacos No.…

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El Aljibe in Havana, Cuba: Famous Restaurant Serving Roast Chicken

Roasted Chicken, the specialty of El Aljibe

A few miles west of Old Town Havana is El Aljibe, a state-owned, open-air restaurant popular with tourists for the family style roast chicken, served the same way for over 60 years. The first time I heard about El Aljibe was while watching Anthony Bourdain’s show ‘Parts Unknown.’ When I saw Anthony eating perfectly roasted chicken marinated in a secret orange sauce and luscious black beans, I knew I had to try this place. If you don’t have a rental…

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Sveitagrill Miu (Mia’s Country Grill) in Skogar, Iceland: Fish and chips

Cod Fish and Chips from Sveitagrill Miu (Mia's Country Grill) in Skogar, Iceland

While searching for places to eat in Iceland, I discovered Sveitagrill Miu (Mia’s Country Grill), a tiny fish and chips food truck located near Skogafoss waterfall. Iceland, waterfalls, fish and chips. In my opinion, it doesn’t get better than that. If you aren’t familiar with Skogafoss, make sure you add it to your list of must visit places to see in Iceland. At 200 feet tall, Skogafoss is one of the biggest and most powerful waterfalls in the county. With…

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13 amazing Buddhist temples in Japan you should not miss

Kinkaku-ji Temple, the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto

13. Nanzenji Temple – Kyoto Not far from one end of the Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto is Nanzenji Temple, an extensive temple surrounded by smaller sub-temples. While the main grounds are free to enter, the surrounding temples require an entrance fee. Hard to miss is San-mon Gate, an enormous wooden gate first constructed in 1628. Just outside Hojo is a unique site that seems out of place: a large brick aqueduct. This aqueduct was built during the Meiji Period between…

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The EATery at Mammoth Brewing Company in Mammoth Lakes, CA

The Philly Steak Sandwich, officially known as the It's Not a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, The EATery, Mammoth Lakes, California

Before Mammoth Brewing Company and The EATery, there was Whiskey Creek, one of the most popular restaurants and happy hours in Mammoth Lakes, CA. When I found out Whiskey Creek would be closing, I almost cried. For years, I stopped by Whiskey Creek for a drink or bite to eat after a long day of snowboarding at Mammoth Mountain in the winter or fishing in the summer. Luckily, the torch was passed on to Mammoth Brewing Company which continued the…

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Jim’s Original in Chicago: Polish Sausage and Pork Chop

Burgers, pork chops, sausages, and mountains of onions on the grill

If you are looking for the best polish sausage in Chicago, you come to Jim’s Original. This institution has been serving the Original Maxwell Street Polish Sausage Sandwich since 1941. When something has been around for that long, you know it has to be good. Everyone seemed to recommend that I try Jim’s Original at least once on my trip to Chicago. They said it’s the best place for a sausage in the city. Hours after landing in Chicago, I…

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Maro’s Shrimp House in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Steak and seafood

Lobster, steak, and shrimp

Everyone told me, if you come to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, you have to go to Maro’s Shrimp House for the lobster, steak, and famous Bulldog drink. At first glance, the restaurant seemed like an overpriced tourist trap. But with great reviews on both TripAdvisor and Yelp, I decided to ignore my preconceptions and see what the fuss was all about. Maro’s Shrimp House is a hole in the wall seafood restaurant. From the outside, the restaurant looked like a…

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Tori no Ichi Festival at Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

The Tori no Ichi Festival at Hanazono Shrine

Each November, the Tori no Ichi Festival takes place at Hanazono Shrine, a Shinto shrine located not far from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, Japan. At Tori no Ichi festivals, held all over Japan, lucky charms or rakes known as Kumade are available for sale. The festival held at Hanazono Shrine is one the most important in the Kantō region of Japan. In Tokyo, you can find these festivals at many other temples including Asakusa Temple and Chokoku Temple. 2018 Dates:…

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