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Travel and Eats: Chef Lisa Travels To Japan

Travel and Eats: Chef Lisa Travels To Japan

Markets, Giant Tuna Auctions, Sushi, Waffles and more. Follow Chef Lisa's culinary adventures through Japan.

Day One:
Arrived in Tokyo at 3am Toronto Time after over 13 hours of flying!

Day Two:
Pictures of my outstanding dinner at Ninja Akasaka in Tokyo. Not only was the food amazing, but the Ninja magic show brought lots of laughs to the table.

Day Three:
Woke up at 3 am to go to the famous Tsukiji Fish Market. It is the worlds largest fish market, and home to the famed tuna auction. The tuna's are roped off, and tourists must wear yellow vest to separate themselves. After the market, I headed to Sushizanmai for this melt-in-your-mouth-delicious tuna sushi. Even though the thought of eating sushi at 6am usually doesn't appeal to me, the tuna was so delicious that it didn't matter what time of day I was eating it! The owner, Kiyoshi Kimura paid $1.7 million U.S. dollars for a 500 pound tuna. Don't ask me how much each peice of sushi was - because I don't want to talk about. Let's just call it research!

Day Four:
Did you know that there are just as many waffle shops in Japan as places to get sushi??? I didn't, but I'm pleasantly surprised. Today I chowed down on Caramel-Nut Waffles and Chocolate banana waffles, both with vanilla ice cream. Yum!

Day Five:
This amazing Sticky Sweet Tofu over rice is from Lunch at T's Tan Tan Tokyostation Restaurant. This vegan restaurant is rated #6 of 4,523 restaurants, and it was certainly that good! Dessert tonight was an ice cream cone from NamjaTown, an ice cream shop known for their crazy flavors as well as Gyoza dumplings. This cone has a scoop of Tulip Gelato and Whiskey Ice cream. I also tried Wasabi, Miso and Grilled Eggplant ice cream flavors. It's always great to try new things, but I think I'll stick to chocolate!

Day Six:
Arrived in Osaka by speed train for the Osaka Sumo Tournament. As you can see, I got very up close and personal with the sumo wrestlers.

Day Seven:
I arrived in Kyoto today and my first stop was to fill my belly with a warming and delicious bowl of Shabu Shabu at Mizuki restaurant at the Ritz Carlton Kyoto. For dinner, I had to try Hafuu Honten, the #2 rated restaurant in Kyoto. I thought my bowl of Shabu Shabu was hard to beat, but this Panko crusted waygu beef sandwich was the perfect bite.

Day Eight:
Dressing the part in Kyoto. It only took 1 hour of makeup and hair and another 20 minutes to put layers and layers of kimono on to be transformed into Geisha Lisa for a day.