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Calicut Paragon, Dubai

Calicut Paragon was recommended to me right here on Tumblr in my comments section, although I can’t figure out by who anymore. Thanks and apologies to whoever it was who gave me the tip!

Specializing in South Indian seafood, the joint had long lines but they moved rather quickly. We only had to wait about 20 minutes even though we arrived at 9:30pm, prime time for dinner in Dubai. Here’s a look…

The house specialty, grilled garlic and chilli Tawa fish…

Sesame cauliflower, which was incredible…

Shrimp in coconut curry with tarragon, if I remember correctly…

Mutton curry…

Masala fried chicken, bone-in, with pickled onion…

And all the fresh baked nan you could eat…

This whole meal, with two large bottles of water, was only $27!

CALICUT PARAGON

20 B St.

Dubai, UAE

+971-4335-8700

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Woke up early for some pre-con sightseeing and the only place we could find open for breakfast was McDonald’s. They weren’t making their new Brazilian burger yet, so I went with something else I’d never seen on a McDonald’s morning menu back home… a Fried Chicken McMuffin. (Do we have these in the States?) Popped on a little local chili sauce, which was thicker and hotter than I expected, and it was probably the best McDonald’s AM item I can remembering tasting. Nicely done, McDonald’s Arabia!

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Afuri Ramen, Tokyo

I’ve been to Afuri Ramen before, having visited their Ebisu branch, but when I saw they’d also opened up a shop in Nishi-Azabu near my hotel, I just had to drop in for a bowl…

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Your trip to noodle nirvana is only the push of a button away…

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Pick a seat and hand over your ticket…

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Choose your soup…

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One’s a chicken-based stock made with fish and konbu, the other is a tanmei soup prepared with “chicken oil”.

Once you decide, here’s where the magic happens…

As usual, I went with their popular Yuzu Shio Ramen as I like the balance achieved with the citrus and the chicken fat…

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I moved the seaweed for you for a better look at the whole bowl…

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Close up…

However, this time I opted out of their thicker noodles and went for the thinner and harder ones…

I actually liked the taste and texture better!

Now with six shops in Tokyo and more on the way, Afuri is one of the city’s fastest growing chains. And after you try their unique ramen, it’s clear why!

AFURI

1-8-10 Azabu-Juban

Minato-ku, Tokyo

+81-3 3585 1156

Filed under Tokyo Japan Afuri ramen noodles chicken yuzu shio

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Abe-Chan, Tokyo

Old school. No frills. Locals only.

All words I’ve heard used to describe Abe-Chan, a yakitori joint located along the Azabu-Juban Shopping Street here in Tokyo.

All words I like.

So I went to check the place out for myself finally and was happy to discover that Abe-Chan lives up to its reputation.

A small restaurant known for its grilled chicken and pig parts, Abe-Chan has a counter and tables inside, but also offers a take-out window if you just want a few skewers to go…

It’s a narrow establishment that you’re not meant to relax in. You enter, you order, you eat and you exit. No dilly-dallying here…

When you go in, you’ll find the master at his station to your left. He methodically turns the skewers till their perfectly grilled then dunks them in that enormous vat of sauce in front…

He then leaves them for servers to pick up and run to hungry customers…

Their smoke stained menus are pasted to the walls. Japanese only. And yes, that is an ashtray as you’re unfortunately still allowed to smoke in restaurants in Japan…

I started with pig heart…

Moved into chicken skin…

The one beef item on the menu, skirt steak with daikon oroshi…

Pig’s liver…

And chicken thigh to close me out…

I couldn’t decide which picture to use so you get both…

I had another meeting to get to so opted for oolong tea instead of beer with lunch, but I enjoyed that they served it in a Guinness pint…

Whether you’re looking for a quick snack on the go or an entire offal-filled meal, Abe-Chan suits all your noshing needs.


ABE-CHAN

2-1-1 Azabu-juban

Minato-ku, Tokyo

+81-3-3451-5825

Filed under Tokyo Japan yakitori pork chicken grilled offal

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Delta Inflight Meal, JFK to Narita, Spring 2014

Not only was I lucky enough to get bumped up to Business Class on my flight today, I also scored one of their limited Japanese meals. Here’s a look…

A starter of grilled shrimp with corn and jalapeno…

The appetizer platter…

Roast beef and lobster with wasabi mayonnaise and miso marinated mozzarella…

Squid with hot mustard and miso…

Pumpkin and chicken “stew”…

Tsukemono…

The main course…

Teriyaki chicken with mushrooms and peppers, served with rice and miso soup..

A cheese plate and glass of Chambers Rosewood Muscadelle dessert wine…

There was also a mid-flight snack of smoked salmon with goat cheese and fennel salad…

Thanks for the hook-up, Delta!

Filed under Delta JFK Narita inflight meal roast beef lobster chicken

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Oklahoma Joe’s, Kansas City

My morning flight to Kansas City yesterday was cancelled, so that spiked my plans for lunch at Oklahoma Joe’s, which serves one of the Top 20 Dishes I ate last year. But my buddies were kind enough to get me a Chicken Z-Man sandwich and dirty rice to go, which were waiting for me when I arrived at the hotel!

Pulled smoked chicken, provolone, BBQ sauce, onion rings and spicy mayo…

A little cold but still amazing…

I absolutely love their dirty rice! The meat is spiced perfectly for the right amount of heat and flavor…

Click here for a look at my original visit to Oklahoma Joe’s.

OKLAHOMA JOE’S

Original Gas Station Location

3002 West 47th Ave.

Kansas City, KS 66103

913-722-3366

http://www.oklahomajoesbbq.com

Filed under Kansas City KC BBQ chicken sandwich rice

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Momokichi, Tokyo, Japan

Momokichi in Kichijoji is not on many of Tokyo’s “best of” or “hot” lists… but it should be. However, flying under the radar is how the owners like to keep things at this low-key izakaya. A rather small establishment, Momokichi prefers to cater to locals and regulars, the people they know will enjoy their rotating food and sake menus. I tagged along with a couple of these regulars and had a mouthwatering meal last month. Here’s a look…

Momokichi is about a five minute walk from Kichijoji Station, separated from all the hustle and bustle, tucked away in a residential area…

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Their main business revolves around the standing bar in the front of the joint, where most people pop in for a quick bite and drinks after work…

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There are four small tables in the back, however, for parties of four or more. Reservations are a must!

Once seated, you’ll be presented with a hipster-ish menu made of cardboard and an embroidered jeans’ pocket…

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Upon opening it, you’re introduced to the house specialty, their famous roast chicken, which, as you can see here, you’re meant to enjoy with cabbage and lots of beer. But more on this later…

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The chicken-centric menu is quite extensive for the size of the place, and they offer a wonderful selection of daily specials, as well.

Our meal started a seaweed and bonito salad…

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The daily tsukemono selection, pickled baby lotus root and daikon radish…

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"Kimagure" macaroni salad, which means it’s made with whatever the chef feels like adding that day…

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Nankotsu toridango, or meatballs made of chicken cartilage…

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Torikawa senbei, wonderful crisped chicken skins with a homemade hot sauce…

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Poached quail eggs…

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Chicken necks and scallions fried with yuzukosho paste…

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A palate cleanser of blue cheese stuffed olives and dried tomatoes…

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Chicken ham lightly poached in hot seasoned oil…

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A selection of fresh seasonal vegetables from Kawata Farms, served with a homemade cheese dip…

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The day’s sake selection…

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Then it was on to the reason you go to Momokichi in the first place… their roast chicken!

You’re served the entire chicken leg and thigh (from an organic farm in Iwate Prefecture) which has been spice-rubbed and let to chill overnight…

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The chicken is then roasted and continually basted to crisp the skin and impart fatty flavor. You can opt to have it served whole or have them cut it for you. We went with option two…

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Momokichi’s chicken lives up to its billing… crispy skin, juicy meat, full of flavor. Superbly succulent!!

Finishing the chicken is not the end of your experience though! Remember that illustration you saw up top? Here’s the second half…

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After you polish your bird, you’re delivered a tray of onigiri, or rice balls…

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Which you then use to soak up the chicken fat and crispy bits left over on the tray!!

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Keep on dipping as they’ll give you as many as you need.

Oh so good!

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At Momokichi, what usually goes to waste is utilized for taste!

MOMOKICHI

1-34-3 Kichijoji Honcho

Musashino, Tokyo

180-0004

Japan

+81-422-20-0345

Filed under Tokyo Japan izakaya sake beer chicken

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Yopparai on the Lower East Side is quickly becoming one of my favorite new places in NYC. Popped by for a quick drink last night and Shibata-san, the owner, let us try one of their newest “chinmi” snacks… nankotsu (chicken cartilage) mixed with fish fin, umeboshi plum and tobiko caviar.
Just heavenly, and the perfect pairing for sake!

YOPPARAI
151 Rivington St.
NY, NY 10002
212-777-7253
http://yopparainyc.com

Yopparai on the Lower East Side is quickly becoming one of my favorite new places in NYC. Popped by for a quick drink last night and Shibata-san, the owner, let us try one of their newest “chinmi” snacks… nankotsu (chicken cartilage) mixed with fish fin, umeboshi plum and tobiko caviar.

Just heavenly, and the perfect pairing for sake!

YOPPARAI

151 Rivington St.

NY, NY 10002

212-777-7253

http://yopparainyc.com

Filed under NYC LES Japanese sake bar chicken caviar

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Kagari, Ginza, Tokyo

The last thing I expected to find on my January trip to Tokyo was one of the best bowls of ramen I’ve ever had in Japan…

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As my schedule was pretty much packed with business lunches and dinners, I actually had no ramen joints on my agenda. But Sugie-san, my friend from Brutus magazine, said he had discovered one of the best bowls ever and that I could not leave Tokyo without trying KAGARI. Never one to argue with a man who knows his noodles, I made the time to go and slurp in between appointments one afternoon.

As I was in a bit of a rush, my heart stopped when I got to the place and there was a line outside…

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Sensing my panic, the guy in front of me told me not to worry, that the line moves quickly. And he was right…

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I was at the door in about 15 minutes…

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As a woman comes out and takes your order while you wait, your ramen is served as soon as you enter, speeding up the entire process…

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Kagari is definitely the smallest ramen counter I’ve ever eaten at, looking more like a sushi bar, seating only 8 people…

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Two chefs and one server run the show in a perfectly timed ballet of bowls of noodles…

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Kagari specializes in paitan soba, or noodles in chicken bone soup. Think of it as the poultry version of tonkotsu. Thick, fatty, creamy; it’s amazing the flavor their soup has…

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Served with chicken, bamboo shoots and rapeseed, there’s also a thin layer of fat on top, so the soup stays piping hot while the noodles maintain a springy bounce to their consistency…

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The other thing Kagari offers is grilled rice balls with mentaiko fish roe and fuki miso paste, which you can eat as is…

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Or bathe in a light chicken stock…

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Words can’t describe how wonderful the ramen was here at Kagari. Truly.

I’ll let this picture speak for itself…

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A better bowl cannot be had.

KAGARI

4-4-1 Ginza,

Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Japan

No phone.

No website.

Filed under Tokyo Japan ramen paitan chuka soba onigiri chicken