Ichiban oishii

It’s too much to bring you here, all that I ate and tasted in four days in Osaka and Kyoto, but thanks to research, good friends and tips from many of you, this was one of my best gustatory ventures ever. I ate in the company of Japanese friends whose appetites put mine to shame, and with Burt Lum and Dallas Nagata White, who feared nothing and tried everything.

I owe major thanks to Ogura-san, Fujiwara-san, Monden-san and Choki-san, who never steered me wrong with their guidance; to Takumi, for the rekindling of a precious friendship (and for the ume jam from his wife); and to Burt and Dallas, who let me stick my chopsticks in their food more times than I can remember.

Read and watch the complete Japan eats series:

Konnichiwa Osaka!
First night in the Big O
Osaka eats: First unagi, first sake
Sensory overload in Kyoto
Ichiban oishii: My roundup of fave foods
Sayonara Osaka

Disclaimer: Air transportation provided by Hawaiian Airlines