Seattle Restaurant: Musashi’s

We made it our goal to eat as much sushi as we could when we were in Seattle because, you know, it is not easy for us Albertans to get fresh seafood. However, after having the freshest, most exquisite sushi at Shiro’s, it is pretty difficult to find any other restaurant that’s up to that standard. Sometimes I was not even sure if our palate got more refined, or the food was just bad.

On our last day in Seattle, we took a short trip from Ballard to Wallingford to check out Musashi’s, a Japanese restaurant that was highly rated on Yelp and Urbanspoon for its sushi.

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Seattle Restaurant: Shiro’s

If you’re a big sushi lover, you certainly have heard of Jiro, the world famous sushi master, and the documentary film, Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It is every serious sushi diner’s dream to visit his restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, in Tokyo. We might not have the luxury to fly all the way to Japan and spend $300 per person on a meal, but we would definitely jump on a chance to eat at his apprentice’s restaurant that is less than 2 hours away from home.

To ensure we wouldn’t get stuck in a never-ending long lineup, we made a reservation a week prior to our Seattle trip. If you would like to dine at the sushi bar counter and watch the chefs making sushi in front of your eyes, sorry, you will have to wait in line.

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Calgary Restaurant: Gachi

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I have very low tolerance for unauthentic Asian cuisine, especially for Japanese, Korean, Malaysian and Chinese food. I get it, this is not Asia. We can’t get 100% original dishes served to us all the time. You may argue that restaurants have to adapt to local tastes, just like Western fast food chains needed to “localize” their menu items as they entered the Asian market. True, but I also believe that by adding creativity and introducing elements of different culinary traditions to your food might be a smarter way to attract a broader group of diners. Today, I am sharing with you a restaurant we recently found that did just that! Click to read more!

Calgary Restaurant: Sushi Bar Zipang

I am the type of person who is always looking for a change- a new TV drama, a new type of tea, a new hobby, or a new dine-out restaurant. My philosophy is that if you don’t keep exploring, how do you know what’s really out there? Maybe you will discover something amazing and perhaps it will even become your new favorite! So despite Globefish being one of our “to-go” place for sushi, we constantly look for other sushi restaurants to try. Click to read more!

Eat Like a Local in Vegas (Off the Strip Asian Restaurants)

Having traveled to so many places in my life, I’ve learned that the best restaurants are sometimes hidden in local neighborhoods. Personally, I like spending a day or two outside the downtown area . Just to get away from the touristy area and see what the city has to offer. By taking the buses, walking in the local neighborhoods and interacting with the locals, you get to see a different side of the city. Exploring like a local really makes your experience unique and memorable. Also, it may save you some money 😛

In Vegas, Kev and I visited a few local restaurants. Here are some Asian places we went. Maybe on your next trip to Vegas, you might consider paying a visit! Click to read more!

Calgary Restaurant: Izumi Sushi Yokozuna

One of the most inconvenient things in Calgary is trying to find a restaurant on a holiday. We stumbled upon Izumi Sushi, a Japanese restaurant on Macleod Trail, when a group of us attempted to feed our hunger on a long weekend holiday back in February. We were almost drowning in tears when we finally found a place that was open.

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Calgary Restaurant: Menyatai Japanese Ramen

Menyatai has been our to-go place for ramen in the city. We first visited there in February and we’ve been continually going back there whenever we have a craving for ramen. It is a cute little restaurant in Kensington. The bright-color furniture and clean, simple interior created a welcoming, cozy atmosphere. Click to read more!