dream dining 3.0

tokyo. i’ve never been, and maybe-kind-of-who-knows-sort-of have a plan to visit at some point. not having a concrete plan didn’t stop me from getting the tiniest guide book you could ever imagine for a city so large. it’s small type densely covers the front and back of twelve accordian style pages. of course, there is a section on restaurants, and takazawa really stood out to me. for seven years the restaurant served only two tables a day.  this year they expanded to ten seats. not ten tables. ten seats. i don’t speak japanese… at all, so not everything on the website is clear to me. but it looks like there’s a set menu and you eat what the chef feels like making on the day you are there. i find that exciting and terrifying, as i’m not always the most adventurous eater. usually, though, traveling makes me braver than i am here at home, and this seams like a great place for my tastebuds to take a leap.

this article about the restaurant and the chef dates back to 2007… but it’s still an interesting read.

(photos from takazawa’s website)

dream dining… 1.0

whenever i travel, the thing i’m most excited about is eating. so starting today, every tuesday we’ll take a look at a dream dining experience…it might be somewhere fancy, it might be a food cart. i think i’ll mostly feature places on my “must-eat-here-someday” list, but once in a while i might sneak in a place i’ve actually been to. hope you guys like this!

and speaking of lists, i started keeping a list of restaurants and bars i want to try as a word doc on my desktop a few months ago. anytime i read about a place that sounds great, or even pass by a place on a walk or in a cab, i jot it down and add it to the list. i just recently organized the list by category and neighborhood. i started with new york city but have a section at the end for los angeles and international must-eats too. it’s great and i consult it often… and it’s working out so much better than just trying to remember everything!

first up: mistral in stockholm. i love the philosophy, the design of the space, and the city it’s in. take a peek…

(photos by Erik Olsson, from mistral’s website)