Mizusawa udon, a local specialty in Japan’s Gunma prefecture that is made with just flour and salt. This particular restaurant had been making the same noodles for 17 generations, and it was served cold with a white sesame dipping sauce.

Best bite of sushi ever for $2. Seared fatty tuna, which will leave you smacking your lips with the after taste of pepper and a desire for another. Found at Sushi Zanmai at Tsukiji and throughout Tokyo from the proclaimed “King of Tuna”.

Best bite of sushi ever for $2. Seared fatty tuna, which will leave you smacking your lips with the after taste of pepper and a desire for another. Found at Sushi Zanmai at Tsukiji and throughout Tokyo from the proclaimed “King of Tuna”.

Freshly caught and prepared sushi, had at a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn). Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the best home cooked food ever.

Freshly caught and prepared sushi, had at a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn). Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the best home cooked food ever.

Ignore the boo-hoo reviews on Paul Martin’s in Irvine, close your eyes and stuff your face with this fish taco. Take a good look at the amount of salmon chilling with baby greens, corn salsa, roasted tomatoes, and whatever secret drug sauce they use on that thing. There are tacos, and then there are tacos.

Ignore the boo-hoo reviews on Paul Martin’s in Irvine, close your eyes and stuff your face with this fish taco. Take a good look at the amount of salmon chilling with baby greens, corn salsa, roasted tomatoes, and whatever secret drug sauce they use on that thing. There are tacos, and then there are tacos.

A surprising fresh, fruity and sweet asparagus salad from Library Alehouse in Santa Monica. Although I guess people really just go here to drink classy beer.

A surprising fresh, fruity and sweet asparagus salad from Library Alehouse in Santa Monica. Although I guess people really just go here to drink classy beer.

Ululani’s in Maui, how I love thee, why don’t you exist here in Cali D: The finest shave ever, real fruit flavored syrup, and an awesome Sno Cap on top (condensed milk mixture). This beats Matsumoto’s on Oahu hands down. And everything else.

Ululani’s┬áin Maui, how I love thee, why don’t you exist here in Cali D: The finest shave ever, real fruit flavored syrup, and an awesome Sno Cap on top (condensed milk mixture). This beats Matsumoto’s on Oahu hands down. And everything else.

That’s gold right there. Buttery large kernels from Nuts on Clark in Chicago.

That’s gold right there. Buttery large kernels from Nuts on Clark in Chicago.

Wish I could put these together in the Mainland, a Macadamia Nut Ice Cream Champ-POG (champagne + passion fruit + orange + guava juice) float.

Wish I could put these together in the Mainland, a Macadamia Nut Ice Cream Champ-POG (champagne + passion fruit + orange + guava juice) float.

To celebrate autumn, here’s an apple cider doughnut from the farmer’s market in Madison, Wisconsin.

To celebrate autumn, here’s an apple cider doughnut from the farmer’s market in Madison, Wisconsin.

Gigantic macarons at a friend’s wedding. Wish I nabbed these before they were all gone.