Things to eat and drink when you get the chance, or as inspiration to cook at home. Where possible I've linked to recipes.
For general recipes, I cannot recommend [cached]Serious Eats highly enough, their recipes are very detailed and well tested. [cached]Kenji López-Alt is especially amazing, I love his scientific approach to cooking, and he has a great book as well, [cached]The Food Lab.
- Sencha (煎茶), my every day tea.
- Matcha (抹茶) or [cached]powdered sencha (食べる緑茶), great to shake with milk
- [cached]Houjicha (ほうじ茶), roasted green tea
- [cached]Genmaicha (玄米茶), green tea with roasted rice
- Jasmine [cached]green or [cached]oolang
- plum wine (umeshu, 梅酒)
- sake, e.g. dassai
- ice wine
In the recipes below, "1 oz" can be whichever measure you have at hand, typically 25 or 30 ml.
- Tenochtitlan: old fashioned with 1 1/2 oz cognac, 1/2 oz creme de cacao, 2 dash chocolate bitters, 1 star anise; build on large ice
- Midnight Stinger: 1 oz bourbon, 1 oz fernet, 3/4 oz lemon juice, 3/4 oz simple syrup; shake with ice and serve on crushed ice
- Gordon's Cup: amazingly refreshing, muddle 4 lime wedges and 4 cucumber wheels in as shaker, add 2 oz gin, 3/4 oz syrup and shake with ice; pour into glass with 4 fresh lime wedges and 4 fresh cucumber wheels, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Mai Tai: 2 oz rum (I prefer dark), 3/4 oz lime juice, 3/4 oz contreau, 1/2 oz orgeat; shake with ice, serve on crushed ice.
- El Toledano: strong marizpan vibes, 1/2 oz vodka, 3/4 oz disaronno, 1/2 oz orgeat; shake and serve in old fashioned glass, decorate with [cached]mazapan from Toledo.
- [cached]Mozartknödel (right), sweet dumplings filled with chocolate/nougat/marzipan
- Pastel de nata
- Yōkan (great with tea)
Preferrably raw, either as sushi (寿司), sashimi (刺身) or on top of a rice bowl (丼)
- Tuna, especially fatty
- Eel (unagi)
- Sea Urchin (uni), unappetizing at first sight, but absolutely delicous
- Sweet Shrimp (amaebi, 甘えび)
- Arròs negre
- Grilled octopus
- Steak, medium rare
- Jamón ibérico, Chorizo, Morcilla
- Korean & Japanese style bbq (yakiniku, 焼き肉)
- Chicken shawarma
stew & soup
- [cached]Shakshuka, poached eggs in spicy tomato sauce. Straightforward to make and great for brunch.
- Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き), savory pancake
- [cached]Gyudon (牛丼)
- [cached]Oyakodon (親子丼), aka parent-and-child bowl
- Tempura (天丼)
- [cached]teriyaki salmon avocado bowls
- Banana nutella crêpe