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An afternoon in Sendai

Another late post, about my trip to Japan on August 5-11, 2014

As I have mentioned in my entry in Japan Joshi-Tabi, I finally did something that I have always wanted to do: visit Tohoku, the eastern region of Japan! I bought the JR East pass so that gave me unlimited JR train rides, including the bullet trains. Even when I got on the wrong shinkansen, it was OK. :P

I stayed for a night in Yamagata City and my friend drove me to Sendai the following day. We were supposed to go to the Yamadera Temple or Matsushima but there was a typhoon at that time, evident in the photos below:



The photos above were taken close to the Sendai Station

So, we decided to just walk around Sendai City. I bought myself really cute silver accessories somewhere in the shotengai. And, when you spend your time in the shotengai, be prepared to see something interesting. It is Japan, after all. Guess what I found? “Fatbikes” and they really call them as such. I guess the photos below say it all.

When visiting Sendai, one has to try the gyutan, or the beef tongue. I was hesitant at first, but I am really glad I tried it. We had the gyutan at the Date no Gyutan at the Sendai Station and it was really good! Both the miso-flavored and the salt-and-pepper-flavored gyutan tasted good! Oishikatta!

After my fill of the gyutan, I took the shinkansen going back to Tokyo , hoping to visit Tohoku again in the future!

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All the photos in this post were taken using the Asus Zenfone 5

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Sunka, a Japanese restaurant

As a Japanese food lover, I want to find out how different are the Japanese dishes in every country that I get to visit. (Now that I mentioned it, I realize I’ve never tried Japanese food when I went to Paris).

One of the Turibus stops was a shopping mall in Mexico City called Reforma 222. When I saw the Japanese restaurant Sunka, I knew I had to try it. Getting inside was a bit intimidating at first because I’d be eating alone again. At the same time, I was worried nobody among the restaurant staff could speak English nor Japanese (and no one could).

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There was no need for English at all, thanks to the menu with photos.
I took the Menu Osaka and here’s what I got:
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The first sushi that I’ve tried in Mexico. Didn’t taste like sushi at all because I could only taste the cream and white cheese. I thought at that time I ordered the wrong sushi.
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At least this grilled chicken tasted “Japanese” and it helped get rid of the cheese aftertaste.
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I was extremely full when the dessert was served. I liked the one on the left-most stick. It was banana with cheese, I suppose. But I can’t remember eating something like this in Japan.

Even if I wasn’t really satisfied with the taste, I would still go back there because the place was really nice. It was a great place to eat and have a long chat with a friend.

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Mangoes in Mexico

For me and for most Filipinos (maybe even all Filipinos), Philippine mangoes are the best in the world. Here in Singapore, mangoes are easy to find but I’ve never found mangoes from my country. I remember seeing Philippine mangoes in Japan and it was expensive.

When I was in Mexico, I was very delighted to see mangoes in the grocery store nearest to the hotel. They looked and smell like the ones from my country. The taste? It’s almost the same as well! And it’s a lot cheaper. Here in Singapore, mangoes are sold at S$10 for 3~5 pieces. In Mexico City, it’s less than S$3 per kilo!


Mexico mango

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Food trip in Mexico City

One of the reasons why I loved my stay in Mexico is because of the delicious dishes it offers! In this post, I am listing down the dishes that I love, something that I can eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner for days!

Tacos

Sorry I didn’t get a better photo. I enjoyed tacos so much that I always forget to take pictures. This would be the first tacos I’ve ever had. And I instantly loved it! Mind you, the best tacos are at those small taco booths that are only open at night. Tacos definitely go nicely with horchata.

Pozole

Pozole is a Mexican stew prepared from dried maize (corn), with meat, usually pork, chicken, turkey, pork rinds, chili peppers, and other seasonings and garnish. It definitely tastes a lot better if you put lemon and a hot and spicy sauce. I usually get the small bowl otherwise I would have trouble finishing it.

Sopa de lima or Lime soup

I’m not sure if this is served in many restaurants in Mexico because according to my colleagues, only that Yucatan restaurant has this soup. It is very tasty. It is sour (of course) but I love it, just like how I love our very own Sinigang.

Arrachera or Flank Steak

I suppose there’s nothing special about how it is cooked. But if the menu of a restaurant in Mexico City has arrachera, I would definitely try it.

There are many delicious dishes in Mexico City that I wanted to try. Most are in huge servings that in most cases scare me, just like this breaded chicken that I’ve tried to finish but failed many times…

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El Jaguar

After a long walk at the Teotihuacan Pyramids, we were taken to a restaurant named “El Jaguar”. The tour guide didn’t tell us why it is called as such, but it was a very nice place.


There were even performances while we were having a sumptuous lunch and I managed to take a short video:

My colleagues told me to try the cactus leaves dish (I forgot the name) but I was so hungry that I opted to take the buffet. There was a wide selection of dishes and dessert and it costs 200+ Mexican pesos. I only tried the dishes that looked familiar.

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