DJ Neil Armstrong Ate Robot Sushi, Went Fishing Inside A Tokyo Restaurant

Epic Instagrammer just got back from Japan. Whoa.
Apr 21, 2014 4:00 pm

DJ Neil Armstrong needs no introduction to hip-hop enthusiasts. He was Jay-Z's touring DJ for all of 2008 and 2009 has shared the stage with the likes of Rihanna, Beyonce, Kanye West, Young Jeezy and Timbaland in a storied career. Neil recently took over our Instagram during a four-week trip to Asia and it turns out that music is not his only flavor. We caught up to discuss how Japan's culinary scene is much more diverse than you might expect. Read on.

Welcome To Around The World In 5 Editors

Taking on a country and food culture each day
Apr 21, 2014 9:00 am

Each day this week, one of the Food Republic editors will be breaking in with a lineup of stories dedicated to their respective country, including recipes, interviews and personal essays. Here is the day-to-day schedule, and some more behind the scenes action.

I Ate Poisonous Blowfish Sashimi And Survived To Address 3 Myths

Puffed-up myths to deflate, serve with ponzu
Mar 10, 2014 1:00 pm

When it comes to blowfish sashimi, or fugu, all you may have to go off is the age-old Simpsons episode where Homer demands the fish, despite the chef's warning, then prepares to die. Thankfully we're able to dispel a few myths about this mysterious and highly-prized dish now that West Village sushi paradise EN Brasserie is slicing and serving the best parts. Pull those chopsticks apart and dive right in. 

Gregory Gourdet Enjoyed The Cod Sperm Sac And Blood Clam In Japan

Portland chef is helping write a Japanese guidebook
Feb 28, 2014 2:00 pm

Chefs love to travel — for inspiration, to experience the cuisines of other cultures or just to get away from the heat of their own kitchens. When they return, we hit them with some questions — where'd they stay, what'd they do and WHAT DID THEY EAT?! Next up, Portland chef Gregory Gourdet.

The 50 Best Restaurants In Asia 2014 List Revealed And Bangkok Is On Top

Thai chef David Thompson takes top honors
Feb 24, 2014 1:37 pm

In a ceremony earlier today in Singapore, the list for the top 50 restaurants in Asia were revealed and, as expected, there were some surprises (as any BEST IN THE WORLD lists will tend to produce). Bangkok chef David Thompson locked the #1 position for his restaurant, Nahm. Thompson is widely considered the father of modern Thai cooking and was previously the first chef to be awarded a Michelin star for Thai cooking in Europe. As for the other 49? 

Video: Here’s An Ode To Tonkatsu To Get You Through The Day

NYC food finder Robert Sietsema is on the case
Nov 27, 2013 10:00 am

Eater’s Robert Sietsema has been visiting a New York City tonkatsu specialist, Katsu-Hama 47, for years and files this thoughtful report about the dish’s Japanese, and Teutonic, origins.      

5 Restaurants That May Be Trying To Kill You

Here are the world’s deadliest dishes
Nov 4, 2013 10:00 am

Bad fish and blind dates notwithstanding, going out to eat is usually a safe affair. But that’s no reason to get soft. At restaurants around the world, dangerous dishes challenge diners’ courage and constitutions. From a Las Vegas institution that prides itself on its death toll to a Korean octopus appetizer that literally strangles the eater, these are the world’s five most life-threatening eateries. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Ivan Orkin Faces Off With Toyko’s Most Feared Ramen Critic, Ohsaki-san

On what makes the perfect bowl of ramen. Jeez.
Oct 30, 2013 11:00 am

In this excerpt from Ivan Orkin's recently published cookbook, the acclamied ramen don faces his toughest critic in a one-on-one interview that discusses the evolution of ramen in Japan, and abroad. And what makes the “perfect bowl of ramen."


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