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13 February 2010 @ 11:37 am
Eeeeeel dinner yum!!  
A few weeks ago, I went with some friends to check out an eel retaurant in Omeotesando.

I have to say... I love Omotesando! I love eel! I love friends! But really, the eel course wasn't the best. Eel is always good, but things like shiro-yaki (just grilled, no spices, nothing) is really bland, and eel pickled in vinegar.... well, I am a non-vinegar girl so that didn't really go down well. I will take eel-donburi (minus the rice, lol! White rice is a waste of calories. Gimme yummy, flavorful food with every bite I take!) any day! But nomg, eel-bone crackers were one of the most original and unexpectedly delicious things that I've ever tried in Japan! Ten thumbs up for the eel bone crackers! I just need to find a store near me that carries them (in bulk) now. =D

The aforementioned eel bone crackers (of love!)

Grilled eel livers... yum! Okay, liver isn't my favorite thing. I feel that it tastes a little bit like dirt somehow.

Eel cooked in fried egg, sort of like an omelet. TThe problem with this is that there are not really any spices used, so it's also rather bland. I think it would taste GREAT with some sauce! But as it was, it was pretty bland.

Eel is by far the best when grilled with this sauce. But unfortunately there wasn't enough sauce and their blend was rather light. More flavor, please! Eel is very delicate, so it needs a lot of help to bring out the yumminess locked away inside!

Eda being weird.. XD

The whole gang (minus Adele, who took the picture)

Another shot courtesy of Adele and her awesome camera.. me and Eda, lol.

Adding Ale to the mix XD

Our bill.. XD

You'd never know, but we weren't full and since Omote-sando is just another name for "fancy area down the street from Harajuku", we headed to Takeshita-doori for crepes!

All of the crepe pictures I stole from Adele. =D

Me + crepe! You know, the funny thing is, I had never had a crepe or even seen a crepe before coming to Japan. So, just like Chou Cremes, I consider them a japanese food, lol. Weird. America doesn't really do street food (outside of pedestrian-friendly big cities like New York), so I guess that's why we don't really see crepes.

And randomly, Individuality :) What a refreshing sight after the sea of black/grey/drab that is "fashion" in Tokyo.

I wonder sometimes whether if people wore more colors, there would be less suicides along train lines here. Just a thought =D

I wonder... does anyone think that I should make a *fun* travel-guide for Tokyo? Seriously, travel guides never cover the places that I go, and it seems like people always want to go to them... I wonder if it would sell. Sometimes I wish that people would make them for me so that I didn't have to do so much research to find cool places, but it just doesn't seem to exist!

Do you think it would sell? I wonder..
ra-chanscorpioslayer on February 13th, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)
I would buy that travel guide! =D

You've been to really cool places that I would like to go too IF i ever get a chance to go to Tokyo. So yeah, make that travel guide! =D

Oh! Happy valentine's and Chinese New Year. Just wondering..does Japan celebrate CNY? It's really big here in Malaysia. We have lotsa oranges, red decorations and lion dances everywhere. =D
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on February 13th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
Some people do, I'm sure, but it's not really a big thing. Valentine's day, on the other hand, is huge! It's a pity they're on the same day this year. I don't like the idea of a day celebrating love getting overstaged.
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[hikari]x_hikari on February 13th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
if you ever write a fun travel guide I would totally buy it!!!!
It's so true, all the travel guides always have the same places to recommend, I mean I do want to see those places but there are more fun things that I'd like to see too!!

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takenokotakenoko on February 13th, 2010 03:55 am (UTC)
I think a "insider's" travel guide to Tokyo would be lovely. You take such interesting pictures of your experiences :)
gladysakgla on February 13th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
From what I've seen, the places you went to seems a lot of fun :) or it's considered interesting for my age group anyways (I'm 20 btw); but maybe for elders a change in activities would be more appropriate?

You seem to really have the energy and enthusiasm to show people how much you love Tokyo. So all in all, I'll definitely want you as a tour guide if I ever go to Japan :)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on February 13th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
LOL I think that people of all ages can go to these places. Though those that want to go to the more usual places have plenty of books to choose from already. I don't really think that age has any thing to do with it.. even if I was 80, I would still want to go to the chocolate cafe and fun amusement parks.
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rayna3 on February 13th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
omg please yes make a travel guide!!!!

make it an ebook or something, and update it every year or 2 years.... people will LOVE it! as in people I mean mostly me =P
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on February 13th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
LOL I would much rather make it a real book. Something that you can hold in your hands, and read on the plane on the way to Tokyo! =D Plus, of course I want to make money off of it! =D
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arthurfrdent: EViLLaugharthurfrdent on February 13th, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
sort of like a personal rough guide with our hostess with the mostest?

I'd buy it... just on the off chance I'll visit someday... do they have something like cafepress there? They must with the doujin industry...

I think you could pull it off, lady ;)
Mimix_mimioreo on February 13th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
You should! I would totally buy an english travel guide with fun places to go in Japan that aren't the usual stuff you'd find when you google it on the internet.

Plus, added artwork would definantly help with the sells, if you're worried about it (;
Mimix_mimioreo on February 13th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
Especially because the ones I find in california are really typical ones, like general food, scenes, very typical stuff. There are some cool ones sold in Taiwan by young and more or less famous people, but none in the US, I believe (:
traintotaipei on February 13th, 2010 04:45 am (UTC)
I would buy it. When I go to places, I am more for the local restaurants, culture. Not just the tourists spots. It's so limited when you do that. Then again, at least a lot of people know of Japan. Not many know how great Taiwan is and that alone saddens me. People don't even know; they don't even know.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on February 13th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
You should write a book telling them how great it is, then!! Nobody will know if nobody else tells them!
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Reiquentin_watson on February 13th, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
I'd definitely buy a travel guide!
Christyvelessa on February 13th, 2010 05:52 am (UTC)
I would absolutely want the travel guide to YOUR Tokyo. =)
Jor L.jordinothepizza on February 13th, 2010 06:16 am (UTC)
YES to the travel guide, definitely. Many travel guides only cover the big touristy things...not the fun crazy little places to go to!!!
Yamiryu the Original Jack of Anticssanzo_holic on February 13th, 2010 06:38 am (UTC)
I think an insider's guide to Tokyo would be awesome. I think I'm getting a craving for unagi now just looking at those photos. Those bone crackers look yummy.
ore-samathesundaywriter on February 13th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
I like reading quirky guides, so I'd say go for it~

The eel bone crackers look good *_*
.to.appear.to.disappear.: ILUnekosenpai on February 13th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that eel is the best edible creature ever to grace this planet. I feed it to everyone that makes it to a Japanese restaurant with me. :D
シモン・심온nomorethanwords on February 14th, 2010 07:14 am (UTC)
You SHOULD make a travel guide!!!

It would definitely sell. I'm sure we're not the only two people in the world interested in a FUN guide to Tokyo.

I'd buy it, partly for the lovely pictures I'm certain it will have, and partly to see what places you recommend that I will have missed during my study abroad (which will hopefully be next semester!!!)