Wednesday, October 29, 2014
A couple friends told us to try T's Tantan in Tokyo Station before we even arrived in Japan. Ramen is an easy find in Japan, but the broth is generally made with fish or other meat. The dude is less strict about byproducts like animal broths, but won't eat meat, and I'm a devoted vegan. The dude met another American at a vegan meetup event. We met for dinner at T's for vegan ramen. The dude ordered a ramen bowl that looked more traditional, I picked one with a cream sauce under the noodles. We got the set meals with a ramen bowl and a side bowl of rice with a topping. I picked fried soy nuggets and he picked curry. This place had a line waiting at the door, and now we know why! The food was delicious!
Monday, October 20, 2014
A popular experience in Japan is shabu shabu. The dude went to try shabu shabu already with coworkers, but he said he really wanted me to try it. It's so fun! We went to Neboza in Shibuya. Shabu shabu is the method of cooking food in hot broth at your table. The broth is heated on a hot plate, then you can dunk your food into the broth. Normally people dunk very thinly sliced meats, which cook very quickly in the hot broth. Being a veg couple, we ordered the only meat-free broth and got the veggies from the buffet. The broth is called Sukiyaki. We picked several types of mushrooms, tofu, several types of greens, bell peppers, onion, rice noodles, and udon noodles from the buffet. We each prepared a little bowl with garlic, ginger, and hot pepper sauce to pour onto our food and rice. Our favorite veggie was the enoki mushrooms. NOM. This is a great experience. You pay for the time at the table (1.5 or 2 hours), instead of the quantity of food. We were there for a little over an hour. NOM. We will definitely take any future visitors here.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
After a nap, we used the Happy Cow app to find a place to have dinner. We found an all vegan cafe called Pure Cafe. We were there before 6, so we were stuck ordering from the lunch menu. The food was fine, but the little orange mix contained peanuts so we didn't eat it. I liked the bread and soup, but didn't even think to ask what the vegan butter/margarine was. I don't know what to look for in the store to identify vegan butter. Even though we ordered off the lunch menu, we still ordered a dessert from the case. We picked carrot cake and cheesecake. I bit into the cheesecake and immediately tasted peanut butter. Thankfully the dude only took a bite or two before me. He asked about it, and yes, it had peanut butter. It looked like his bottom lip swelled and darkened a little, but he did not have a severe reaction to the peanuts. We got lucky this time. We need to learn to say no peanuts!
Saturday, October 18, 2014
After we enjoyed our lunch, we walked down to the Natural House market. They sell rice milk ice cream by the scoop! Can you believe that?! The dude loves dairy-based ice cream and he has tried several varieties of vegan ice cream with me. He knew I would be excited to find a vegan dessert and it's not too far away to walk there. He picked berry right away. I thought that sounded great. We rarely order the same thing, but the berry flavor (bottom right) looked too good to pass up. I was originally thinking about ordering the chocolate, but that's the power of suggestion!
Friday, October 17, 2014
The dude discovered the Cori vegan food truck on a previous trip to the farmers' market. I was really excited to try it! The truck says "Pure Vegetable Food" on the front and the signs are very clear that it's vegan. We waited a bit for the truck to be ready to serve food, but it was so worth it. He ordered a curry bowl and I ordered bimbibap with little soy nuggets. Nom. We took our food into the breezeway between two buildings. There are tables for seating amongst the tables for the antique market.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
I'm in Japan, so I'm going to change the headline. I've got a few food posts from last weekend to share too. We went to the farmers' market at the United Nations University, Shibuya Station, the nearby markets, and out to eat. It was a lovely reunion weekend. We did get some rain from Typhoon Vongfong on Monday night, but it wasn't too heavy. We went to Shinjuku for dodgeball that night.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
This is a small ice cream shop that my mom and I spotted as we were running errands. It's called Revolution Ice Cream and it's located in the corner of a strip mall. They always have a dairy-free sorbet option. We have visited twice. The first time they offered a lavender lemonade sorbet, it tasted like lemonade without any lavendar to me. The second time they offered a pumpkin cider sorbet, which had all the pumpkin pie spices that represent the season. We went on a day that was actually cool, like a hint of fall. That's all gone now, it's hot again. I leave tomorrow, so there will be a period of radio silence on this blog. :)