Hobble Over to Bubble Over 2021.03.18
In most of my conversations with my clients, the trending topic always seems to be food. It is quite peculiar for a nation of people who are obsessed with not gaining weight. I have come to learn the hard way that one of the main pastimes of Japanese people is eating and enjoying food and if you do not strongly participate or enjoy this kind of passion you will be left out. It is not just in Japan but a lot of other Asian countries as well where the food philosophy is very strong. I met up with a friend of mine last week and we spoke about the emphasis on eating and food. Her background is Chinese. Both her parents are Chinese but she and her siblings were born and raised in England. She explained to me that food culture is important because it is quite a strong tradition for families to eat together and discuss their opinions on food. Hailing from the western part of the world, things are very different. There is a pattern of healthy eating and a focus on more natural food choices. These new lifestyle choices have given rise to lots of organic foods and vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian options at supermarkets and restaurants. The cuisines and meal choices here are quite eclectic but alas trying to find something strictly vegetarian or vegan is more than a little difficult. When travelling, each area in Japan offers a special local dish which is the highlight for most people when they travel. They just want to gorge on whatever delight that place has to offer. No matter what, everything is always delicious! It is just the polite response to whatever you try. Coastal areas always have something in the way of seafood which is a big disappointment for someone such as myself who does not enjoy seafood. Unfortunately, I have been practising, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do.’ A new place that was introduced to me in Ichigao is called, ‘Bubble Over’. The owner clearly has a strong interest in Western culture, California and the west side of the United States to be exact, and even has a container shaped store in the parking lot of the restaurant with west coast paraphernalia. The restaurant features Texan and Mexican style dishes - tacos, burritos, chimmichangas and so on. It is a bit on the expensive side if you ask me but the ambience is pretty great. Wooden and surfer style decor with low lighting and English music. A group of us had a great time there and I have visited many times. They have excellent pies. I highly recommend this place if you are looking for some American culture.
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