— Osaka —
The umbrella at the top of the stairs... this umbrella speaks volumes about the people of Osaka. It's been there for two days where thousands of people have passed it by. People here just don't take others belongings, I'm guessing out of respect for the person who lost it. The people here treat their food with the same level of respect. During our Japan visit we ate at 75 places in 10 days, this includes each restaurant, each market food stall, and any other spot we came across.
Kuromon Market, a food paradise founded ~ 200 years ago, was worth visiting a few times while we were in town. Our taste buds delighted with Japanese staples, fresh fish galore, street food, and we had the most amazing fatty tuna (toro) sushi. Every food stall offered something new like the baby octopus on a stick with a hard boiled egg stuffed head which added the perfect texture, shrimp with the heads on the size of my hand, and the uni was freshly opened, creamy, and tasting like the ocean… perfection!
local cooking class
Every time we travel, we visit the local markets, taste local foods, and I always want to cook. So, jumped right in and decided to take a Japanese Street Food Cooking Class. We found Eat Osaka through TripAdvisor. The class was held in a local apartment, the kitchen was pretty small, while we all maneuvered well in the space. A local chef lead the class and we were there with another couple from Germany. The class was basic and fun. and I got to try all the Japanese knives I bought so far
Kobegyu Steak Ken
Kintetsu Department Store
We stayed at the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel, located on the high floors Abeno Harukas building, the tallest building in Osaka. The view from the rooftop was amazing, while the lower floors of the Harukas building is the Kintetsu Department Store. The department store contains everything you could imagine, you standard high end clothing, shoes, makeup, as well as the most decedent pastries and candies. At the lowest level of Kintetsu is a grocery store… visiting this particular floor of the department store was like visiting a museum of food. We wondered up and down the aisles looking at all the glorious foods, only wanting to see what delicacy was around the corner, only to find a whole tuna on display ready to be cut as the audience cheered with enthusiasm.
*** three Michelin Stars ***
This traditional Kaiseki multi-course Japanese Sushi dinner stood out differently than other 3 Michelin Star restaurants we’ve been to. The restaurant was clean and simple, with sushi counter seating. Our sushi chef meticulously prepared each dish as our waiter described each dish expertly. The fish was was fresh and the dishes were complex in flavor.
TOO MANY PLACES TOO LITTLE TIME
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