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Takahashi Market circa 1906

August 11, 2009

Boyfriend and I took my parents to the Giants game on Saturday to celebrate my Mom’s birthday.  I knew my parents would prefer Japanese food rather than overpriced stadium food so we stopped at Takahashi Market in San Mateo to grab lunch.

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I love these little Mom & Pop shops!  They have fresh shipments of Hawaiian food every Thursday and tons of Hawaiian plate lunches on their menu.  My Mom went with the saba shioyaki over rice with wakame salad on the side.

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My Dad tends to order unagi every time we go out for Japanese food.  It’s one of his favorites!  He also went with the wakame salad on the side.

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I went with the misoyaki butterfish which was excellent!  Mine came with a few edamame for some reason and I got wakame salad too! 

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Boyfriend is a true carnivore and went with the kalua pig and rib combo with rice and chose kimchee as his side.  I had a bite of the ribs and really liked them!

Takahashi Market has been around for over 100 years now!!  They must be doing something right to still be in business. : )  I would definitely go back to pick up lunch.  The prices are reasonable and the people are really friendly.

221 S. Claremont St. San Mateo, CA

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Eki ben

May 20, 2009

We spent a lot of our time on the train getting from one place to another so we ended up eating a few meals in transit.

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The bento (Japanese boxed lunch) are very convenient and can be found almost anywhere in Japan.  They are sold at convenience stores such as 7-11, in the Depa Chika (see previous post) and at train and bus stations.  Most “eki ben”, or station bento for short, taste great and are reasonably priced.

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The Shinkansen (Bullet Train) is very spacious and clean.  There are people who walk through each car and sell bento and snacks to the passengers and even come by with a trash bag after!  When travelling long distances on the Shink, you will notice the bento choices will change because they sell the food of the region you are travelling through.

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This is a kashiwa bento I bought in Akama (Fukuoka) when we were leaving my Aunt’s house heading to the Mt. Fuji area.  They are known for having great kashiwa bento and we were not disappointed!


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