Hinone Mizunone

When I eat Japanese food, I judge a restaurant on one thing first and foremost: the rice. Hinone Mizunone has a reputation that it’s all about the rice. As soon as you approach the entrance, you know they’re serious when you see two monster rice cooking pots featured in the large window. They supposedly prepare “gohan”, the rice, old style without electric rice cookers.

The white rice is perfectly steamed producing a texture that is fluffier than the rice cooker version. Not quite as dry as Chinese rice, it’s still slightly sticky (‘cuz locals like da sticky rice). You’ll notice the difference more when the rice has cooled.

But on the way out, we noticed a rice cooker (see pics) that was not there when we entered! What the heck is that about?! Anyway, the rice is good, the staff is super friendly and the service is so fast that you’ll barely have a chance to sip your sake before your order is already being placed in front of you.

Alas, I cannot add them to my favorite’s list – they offer almost NO plant food options. I mean… I guess you could ask for a cold, lifeless sliver of tofu to eat with your rice but I have a weakness for vegetable tempura. Or soba salad. Or something other than two sad lookin’ eggplant oshinko. Ya feel me?

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Thursday night Farmers Market

Our little town has a Thursday night Farmers Market and I’m thrilled to see it’s becoming more popular. I buy all of my produce for the week while supporting local organic farmers. As the market expands, they’re adding more vendors selling prepared foods, like Zarie’s. I tried the hummus, a sun dried tomato spread and the chakchouka. They were all good but the chakchouka was a taste sensation. I loved the sweet tang of the bell peppers and tomatoes so much I bought a container even though it was a bit pricey at $8/8 oz.

Chakchouka is traditionally served with eggs, but I’ve been enjoying it with vegan naan bread and stuffed grape leaves. YUM!

Vegetable Tempura @ Kenko Ya for lunch #FFF ( Fried Food Friday)

Vegetable Tempura @ Kenko Ya for lunch #FFF ( Fried Food Friday)

Do you ever have a taste for something, but you’re not exactly sure what?

Do you ever have a taste for something, but you’re not exactly sure what?

I am a big fan of savory and sweet dishes. My guess was Kale’s Deli would have something I was ono for and I ordered the Cashew Tempeh Kabocha. Yes, yes and YES! This dish is exploding with flavor and a big enough portion to share. My omnivore Dad tried the Wild Rice Chowder with Butternut Squash and gave it thumbs up. Too full to try the PB & J Mochi…next time!

Midnight snack

Midnight snack

Simple snack from Shirokiya

Simple snack from Shirokiya