More from San Jose (ie: I have been slacking off). Viva Taqueria has some excellent traditional Mexican food! I had a six pack of soft tacos. The lengua (beef tongue) was the best. After lunch I went for a walk in the municipal rose garden. It was nice. Lots of different rose types and hybrids. I found the spiders to be much more interesting though. :wink:
I’m back in Santa Clara for a bit. I arrived last night and we drove directly to En, straight from SJC. :mrgreen:
En is awesome! It is a typical Japanese style izakaya: excellent service, lots to drink, and killer food — served ala carte. We ate hamachi sashimi, buta kakuni “fried rice” / ishiyaki, kurobuta miso katsu, homemade agedashi tofu, bacon wrapped taro balls, and grilled duck with negi (green onions). All were exquisite! I hope to eat there at least two more times while I am in Santa Clara. ;)
With soaring gasoline prices, I make sure to optimize every trip into ‘town. After my business was taken care of this morning, Aimee was kind enough to join me for lunch. You gotta eat sometime–best to do it with good company. :-) On her recommendation we went to the Hawaii State Art Museum (HISAM) to eat at “Downtown”–sister eatery of “Town” on 9th Ave., in Kaimuki. Three words: FAB – YOU – LUS!
We started with a corn ricotta pancake with “micro heirloom tomatoes”. (That is my name for them…anyone know what they really are?) This was very good! Imagine a cheese pancake, crispy on the edges with a fluffy yet gooey center. Insert sweet corn and cover with tangy & juicy (locally grown) chibi tomatoes–YUMMY! It was a crying shame that they only gave us three of them . (Sorry Aimee–I am a guy…we need our volume!) ;-)
Aimee had a warm roasted chicken salad. It had all kinds of good stuff in it: baked apples, roasted walnuts with cinnamon and sugar, steamed potatoes, butter nut squash, and mixed local greens. Oh yes and I must not forget the BACON vinegrette! HOORAY BACON!!! Hahaha, it makes everything better.
I had a seared Ahi club house. BACON!!! Hahaha, it also had a decent slice of seared Ahi, wasabi aioli, real lettuce, sweet tomatoes, and creamy avocado. This sandwich was the BOMB! Seriously, I have not had a sandwich epiphany like this for ages. As you can see I chose deep fried lotus root chips as my side. They were good but nothing could compete with the Ahi. ;-)
Here is another, closer, look at my new favorite sandwich.
Delicious food, good company, and a very hip atmosphere–everything one can hope for in a dining experience. I am stoked with Downtown @ the HISAM and cannot wait to go back again. If you want to check it out be sure to make reservations or go early, like we did. Parking is where ever you can find it. I park in Kukui Plaza but you may have your own favorite lot. I don’t mind the walk. As far as I know, Downtown (the restaurant) is open whenever the HISAM is open. They have free Wi-Fi access AND the art museum is free and open to everyone. Our State tax dollars fund the museum so it really is our duty to check it out. :-}
Hey everyone, Ryan and I made it safely to Japan. We got here on Nov. 28th. But this is the first chance I have had to sit down and write–not a bad thing, but I am ready to just take it easy at the onsen tomorrow. I have a bunch of photos but only pulled a hundred or so for you all to view. The only post processing I ran was the resize and copyright stamp. (I can’t wait to get my hands on a D3!!!)
Thank you to our friends in Okinawa for the awesome food and great fun! I really have a lot more to say about our trip so far but I am just too tired spend more time typing… ;-) While you are waiting for my full write up here is a link to the gallery of images I have collected so far:
2007 Autum: Okinawa, Fukuoka, Kumamoto…
Enjoy and I promise I will write more and post more pics…sooner or later. (^^;;)