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Northern Japan

What a day. In an effort to totally avoid paying for hotels we have worked out an elaborate system of only taking night trains, where we can sleep as we travel.

Today that landed us in Aomori, a small city in Northern Japan. After spending two hours researching things to do there, I had found only one possibility: eat apples. The city is known for having good apples, and nothing else whatsoever.

With 14 hours before our next train to Sapporo, we had to find something else to do. To fuel our brainstorming we found a little trendy Italian restaurant called Piccolo. Even one-street towns in Japan have restaurants with beautiful interior design. It's important here. We lucked out - they use high quality ingredients, make their own sauces, and use extra virgin olive oil.

My Life and Food

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My relationship to food has been one of the most tumultuous aspects of my life. According to my parents, when i was young i would eat literally everything: Beans, tomatoes, Lettuce, all kinds of fruits and Vegetables. As i started growing up my diet kept becoming more and more restrained. I remember  becoming almost completely anti-vegetarian, eating only meat, chicken, and pork and sometimes bananas and apples. I didn't even like fish. Furthermore i detested expensive food, even if, at least in hindsight, they were worth the price. in Fact I remember constantly saying "Why pay 30-40 dollars for a good sushi/sashimi meal when i can just go to fuddruckers and get full for 10-15 bucks?"

For some reason though, in my early teens, i suddenly started becoming more adventurous, I started trying fish with "exotic" sauces (Passion fruit) and eating sushi and sashimi to he point whre i would crave it every time we would decide on a restaurant.

Nowadays my life practically revolves around food. Of all the money I've spent in the past month, nearly 95% of it has gone to food of some sort (I don't have any real living expenses due to Financial Aid). I consider myself a huge foodie because in my opinion eating and tasting food is something so primal that it has the potential the create some of the most unique experiences. As such now, Almost everytime I go out I try to search for that boutique Cafe that sales high quality espresso, or that craft beer bar that has over 200 beers or even that one bakery that sucks at everything but for some reason has amazing canolis. Every time I go I am bound to make friends with someone, whether it be a fellow foodie or the owner and I am always filled with joy.

Of all the cuisines in the world the ones I love most by far are Japanese and Spanish Cuisine. Japanese cuisine is exceptional because it revolves almost completely around the idea of having fresh fish and ingredients. Other than the need of freshness in sushi and sashimi, the Japanese attention to detail is bar non. the amount of passion and focus that goes into something as simple as perfecting the broth of a ramen dish, or the the thickness of each soba noodle is something that will never stop amazing me.

Second is Spanish cuisine. While Japanese cuisine is mostly about carefully and calmly enjoying the subtle nuances of each dish, Spanish cuisine is all about completely filling your taste buds. Eating Jamon Iberico, the best ham in the world, fills your mouth with an indistinguishable, amazing taste that you will remeber for years. The fresh seafood ranging from different types of shrimps, prawns and lobsters mixed with a blend of spices and oils will fill mouth with a unique blend of flavors that are not only difficult to forget, very hard to not have occasional cravings for.

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