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David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2009/02/24 Vegetarian cuisine at Jiyugaoka

Since I have strong preferences in food — some choices due to allergies, others from ethnic background — Satomi asked me for guidance on restaurant selection. I find Japanese food to not have the vegetarian content that Chinese food offers, so she had some time to think about that.

After a day of meetings at the university, we took the train out to Jiyugaoka station.

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Maps were consulted to figure out directions.

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Up the side street, many of the storefronts in this district were closed. I noticed the bicyclist choosing the safety of sidewalk, while pedestrians casually strolled the streets.

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The sidewalks were sometimes non-existent, so we had to be on alert for oncoming cars.

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Around the curve, the directions led us uphill.

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We found our destination, Aen, with a modest front door.

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Shiomi and Satomi had a lengthy consultation with the server about a good selection of alternative dishes. The menu is complete vegetarian, but I complicate matters by trying to avoid dairy products.

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The presentation was Japanese minimalist. We had egg cake with burdock.

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The yam came with a sauce on the side for dipping. Various salad-type vegetables were served in smll dishes.

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The sushi presentation is typical of Japan. These content was based on vegetables, without fish.

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The grilled vegetables were plated with more altitude.

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The vegetable stew was a contrasting texture to deep fried and cold vegetables.

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We weren’t certain as to these vegetables. The seemed to be a type of root.

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Our group enjoyed beverages with the meal.

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Human beings typically eat three times per day. Putting constraints on the food selection presents opportunities for greater creativity.

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