I’ve been steering away from being that foreigner who compulsively photographs every piece of food that goes in her mouth while vacationing in Japan. I traveled that road for a number of years and finally now feel no need to document it.Eating beautifully presented food has become more of a daily event, not something unexpected. For example, I don’t photograph my morning bowl of oatmeal each time I have breakfast. It’s also pretty boring looking at the food other people have eaten, even if it is garnished with a maple leaf. No one has shouted at me,, “More food photos, please!”
In order for you to see what I was into, I’m posting some Japanese food photos from previous visits. These look pretty amazing to me at the moment, although it’s probably because I haven’t eaten dinner as yet.
The simple truth is, I eat more humbly while I’m on my own. My husband loves to go out for more elaborate meals, which of course, I enjoy. But to eat in these places, one must first plan ahead and make a reservation. Plus, these aren’t the kinds of places I’d want to eat in by myself. Left to my own devices, I find more than enough tasty options, that I can just take advantage of as the spirit moves me, or shall I say when the hunger pangs strike. There are dozens and dozens of choices.
My recent last -minute- eat -alone stand-by is a fast food chain, named Ootoya, specializing in a contemporary hybrid of teishoku (set meal) cuisine.
First of all, a fast food restaurant, that plays a soundtrack of Miles Davis’ Autumn Leaves and June Christy’s Lilac Wine, has to have something going on. Secondly, consider a restaurant whose workers function like a smiling,well-oiled relay team from the moment you are greeted, seated, order and served. Last, but not at all least, they deliver a very tasty meal in just a short time. Just like Goldilocks, you can choose a small, medium or large bowl of rice, white or whole grain. Food and small, whole grain rice bowl consumed, I walk out smiling as well.
All for under $15. NO TIP NEEDED.
P.S. It might happen that you’ll see a few food photos in future posts, now that my husband is here with me and has taken over the reins of making food decisions. But only if I absolutely can’t resist.