A food aficionado in Washington, DC: Sakuramen and Locolat

Three-language cake. (Image courtesy of Anna Ing.)

I recently went to the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C., a culturally diverse area northwest of downtown. Sakuramen is over a year old and located in a small basement space, satisfying ramen cravings with a simple menu. About 10 minutes away is the Locolat Café. Continue reading

A food aficionado: Gyu-Kaku

Green tea mille crepe with two scoops of ice cream. (Image courtesy of Anna Ing.)

Japanese chain Gyu-Kaku recently opened a Boston location, adding an East Coast post to 700 other restaurants worldwide. It specializes in yakinuki, Japanese for grilled meat. In the former Ginza space off the St. Mary T stop on the green “C” line, it has a bar to the right of the hostess stand. There is plenty of seating and simple but attractive décor. Continue reading

A food aficionado: Mei Mei Street Kitchen

Beef congee. (Image courtesy of Anna Ing.)

Since food trucks rolled into Boston within the last few years, one of my favorites is Mei Mei Street Kitchen. Mei Mei, or Mandarin for little sister, is how older brother Andy Li refers to his sisters Margaret (who does go by Mei) and Irene. It is also how these three siblings decided to make their dream come to life in 2011. Continue reading