Calgary Restaurant: Ichi Rock [ra:ku]

After hearing my Asian friends praising about Ichi Rock’s sushi, I couldn’t resist the temptation to confirm the verdict myself. Finally, last month, while deciding the location for the lunch date with Lisa from Lemon Lime Lisa, I took the liberty of choosing Ichi Rock [ra:ku].

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Calgary Restaurant: Ikemen Ramen Bar


Just as we thought we were done with all the ramen bars in Calgary, Ikemen joined the bustling neighborhood of Kensington with its competitors Muku and Menyatai. Emphasizing on using chicken broth instead of pork broth, this newly opened ramen bar quickly became the talk of the town.

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Calgary Restaurant: Goro + Gun

Just returning from Taiwan where top-notch Japanese noodle houses are overly abundant, I currently have very low desire to try ramen in the western land. Especially after having tried most of the Japanese ramen restaurants in Calgary (including Muku, Shiki Menya, Shijiki) and discovered none of them were up to the standard, I have lost confidence in finding one that is truly authentic.  Click to read more!

Calgary Restaurant: Shibuya Izakaya


What would be a casual place to meet up with friends and have a drink? If you were in Japan, you look for izakaya (i.e. Japanese bar). A few izakaya could be found in Calgary, Shibuya being one of them.  Click to read more!

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: 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!