Cuisine Food Japan Restaurant


Luke and I went to one of my favorite restaurants in Nakatsu, Pushkar, an Indian restaurant in an old, converted traditional house, for lunch today. Pushkar has a real Indian chef and a real tandoor oven as well. They serve up a good mix of Northern Indian and Anglo-Indian classics (in other words, the kind of Indian food we associate with most Indian restaurants in the West). We both had the tandoori and curry lunch set, which came with a minced chicken curry, tamarind seafood curry, mixed salad, a piece of tandoori chicken, a piece of Sikh kebab, and nan bread.

While their lunch menu consists of several sets that are a permutations of different daily curries with salad, nan bread or rice. For dinner, they offer a full à la carte menu of Indian favorites. Some of my favorites are the chicken butter cream (similar to a chicken tikka masala), chicken dopiaza (another kind of chicken curry with onions, bell peppers and almonds), and the tandoor lamb chops. They also make a spinach and cheese-filled nan bread that is worth checking out as well.


By the way, Luke has just started his own blog about Japan as well. Check it out here.


相合傘 (ai-ai-gasa) Sharing an umbrella

On Friday night, I had my going-away party with my Board of Education. My office bought me a traditional Japanese paper umbrella (和傘 – wagasa) for my going away present. The paper is coated with some sort of oil-based water proofing and is hand-made in Nakatsu. Apparently, there are only a few artisans left in Japan who still make these traditional umbrellas, so it is very special.

I also got to see my friend Chie, who is from Nakatsu originally and now a university student in Tokyo. She was back in Nakatsu for a few days before heading back to Tokyo. The picture is of Chie and I posing under my new paper umbrella.