Good morning! There was thunder, lightning, and rain last night here in Tokyo but it really didn’t cool things down … just more humid! I had lunch with my good friend, Kazuyo, at a great tempura restaurant near the Shinagawa Prince Hotel. We’ve had dinner there with Kazuyo and her family several times before, and the fresh tempura bar is UNREAL! For dinner Mark & I went to eat at the katsu place across the street from our hotel and I ordered their jumbo katsu-don dish (pork cutlet w/ egg & vegetables over rice). It was ok, although a little too salty for my taste … but it doesn’t even compare to the quality of the tonkatsu which we eat at Katsu-kura and Meisen restaurants – our favorites!
I’ve found a new favorite snack here in Japan … Cheeza snack crackers! They come in Cheddar, Camembert, and Gorgonzola (my favorite) flavors and they’re AWESOME!! You can find them in any market or convenience store here in Japan, but they only come in small, snack-size packages. I bought about 10 packs already and will probably get another 10-20 more to bring home, although I’m having trouble finding the Gorgonzola flavor. If you like Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish, you’ll LOVE Cheeza!
We have a meeting this afternoon before we head on over to Eats & Meets Cay in Aoyama for our final performance here in Tokyo. Tomorrow we have a couple of more radio interviews and then we’re heading over to Alex’s favorite restaurant, YAMA-CHAN! Then it’s on to Fukuoka for the final leg of our summer tour … sigh! Although I’ve complained a lot about the heat & humidity here, Japan is still an amazing and wonderful place! Our fans are THE BEST, and the food, beer (naturally!) and service are second to none!