food for thought
Tokyo Travel Blog› entry 12 of 32 › view all entries
October 3rd, 2007 – by: hellokiel
Sunday evening was rainy and so it seemed fitting to go out and get a hamburger, fries, and a shake. Mos Burger is to the average Tokyoite what McDonald's is to the average American. Yes, of course they have McDonald's here too, but why would I want to go there? The green neon signs can be found throughout the city and with decent prices and a nice selection of burger types (and hotdogs), it makes for a delicious, easy meal. The portions in Japan are quite smaller however than in the States, so hungry visitors beware! I happened to be extra hungry when I met up with my friends, so I ordered two burgers, fries, a vanilla shake, and oolong tea.
The other day, CIEE put on a luncheon for the students at a sushi restaurant in Akasaka. This was an event that allowed students to meet with the chief financial officer of CIEE over lunch to discuss their opinions and share with the director their experiences thus far. I happened to be one of the lucky few to join this luncheon. Only a few paces from the rear entrance of the campus, this little sushi restaurant is hidden away from the noise of the busy streets, adjacent to a beautiful park. This was some of the best sushi I've had while in Japan thus far. The wasabi kept me in check as it was packed neatly underneath each piece of fish, hidden from eyesight but definitely not hidden from the taste/nasal region.
Every night upon my return from the university, I make a stop by the two vendors who set up shop outside the train station. One vendor is the tako-yaki man, who makes octopus pastry-like balls for 400 yen. A mean dish that is covered with different toppings like mayonnaise and onions, this is a must after a long day of classes. The other vendor is a pastry man who sells pancake-cupcakes filled with different things like chocolate, anko (Japanese red bean), and cheese. At only 100 yen a piece, this has been my favorite. Hot off the cooker, these little muffins keep me company for the 15 minute walk back to the dorm from the station. Did I mention that both of these vendors' shops are actually the back ends of their vans? Delicious!
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