Asahi Courthouse Arlington VA

Restaurant Review: Asahi, Courthouse, Arlington

We used to live in the Courthouse neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. In recent years, the so-called "Orange Line Corridor" of Arlington has become a hotbed of rentals and real estate, and eateries are now plentiful in the area. For sushi, I recommend Asahi in Courthouse Plaza. I prefer it to Sushi Rock, which gets larger… Continue reading Restaurant Review: Asahi, Courthouse, Arlington

Adventure, Food

Hanabi Ramen

I took a stroll to the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, VA, this afternoon and stopped by Hanabi Ramen for lunch. I was greeted by a friendly host, who was also an attentive server. I asked him what he recommended, and he said the Tsukemen since it was a hot and humid summer day. I ordered… Continue reading Hanabi Ramen


Kingyo, Vancouver, Canada

On a recent night, I wanted to eat at my favorite neighborhood restaurant, The Fat Badger. It was a Monday night, and the gastropub turned out to be closed on Mondays. What to do? It had been snow storming that day, so we didn't want to walk far. I remembered Kingyo, a Japanese izakaya, was… Continue reading Kingyo, Vancouver, Canada


Homemade Sushi

We made nigiri sushi on Friday evening, and it turned out beautifully. We actually made too much and gave ourselves a sushi hangover the next day. It's easy to make your own sushi at home--and much less expensive than ordering it at a restaurant--as long as you have access to sashimi-grade fish. We have a… Continue reading Homemade Sushi

Art, Food

Hato Popo in Vancouver

We've only been in our new home city, Vancouver, for two weeks, but we've already become regulars at the new Japanese restaurant Hato Popo, located downtown on Robson St. We ate dinner there our first night in the city. Exhausted, jet lagged and hungry, we sat down, hearing Guy Fieri's voice in the background. "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" was on one of… Continue reading Hato Popo in Vancouver