Sometimes Japanese cuisine and the tastes it offers oftentimes astounds and surprises me. Oftentimes I am left dumbfounded and stumped by the exquisiteness, the quality, the simple extravagance of Japanese cuisine that I am left craving for more. In the past few days my tongue has been craving for some raw sushi, or the tangy taste of soy sauce, or the biting kick of wasabi that drives the flavor of any meal to the roof. Instead of looking for another place to eat either sushi or ramen there was another option, the heavenly aroma of Japanese curry.
With every visit to Little Tokyo I never fail to stop by two Japanese grocers to stock up on uniquely Japanese goodies: my usual liter of Calpis milk and oversized cups of instant noodles from Nissin. In Little Tokyo there are two grocers that warrant attention the first is: Choto Stop or now known as Seikyo and Yamazaki Japanese Restaurant and Grocery.
I dread Good Friday, it's the one time in the year where I literally have to mentally prep myself for abstinence and fasting. For a person who loves food, my mind wanders while the homily of the priest and the passion of Christ takes a backseat as I imagine food in all its glory. I imagine shiny pieces of tuna and other forms of fish being served in wonderfully handcrafted culinary masterpieces. My mouth salivates and drools over the imagined flavors as I dip those little pieces into soy sauce and wasabi. Every year since 2012, my older siblings and I take a culinary pilgrimage to guiltily enjoy (and somewhat circumvent Church dogma on fasting and abstinence) this beautiful pieces of food. Nihonbashitei has and will always be the perfect place to enjoy a unique Japanese sushi dining experience.
My name is Alfonso your nerdy history teacher, bookworm and lover of all things cultural and exciting. You can find me in a weekend market, in a bookshop, or eating in Japanese restos during the weekends.