In my household, it is fairly common that there a few ripened bananas left over by the end of the week. So during weekend mornings, I switch into baking mode! A freshly baked batch of banana bread makes for a great grab-and-go breakfast throughout the week.
The walnuts and chocolate chips are optional and you can certainly mix and match with whatever fillings (assorted nuts, dried fruits) that you like, or just make a plain banana bread. I personally like this classic combination, enjoy!
Coming back from a two-week trip from Japan in the Kansai (specifically Osaka) area, I wanted to record my first Kobe beef meal experience!
Of our two weeks in Osaka, amongst other day-trips to different cities, we knew that one of the cities we wanted to visit was Kobe and enjoy a world renowned food item that derived its name from the city, Kobe beef. The trip to Kobe takes about 40-50 minutes by train from Osaka (I stayed around the Namba area).
A little background info:
What is Kobe beef?
Contrary to popular/conventional belief, Kobe beef is not meat from Kobe, the city. The term 'Kobe beef' in Canada/US is a term that is promoted without adhering to the Japanese's strict standards of grading the beef, since Canada/US do not acknowledge the same trademarks.
In Japan, 'Kobe beef', is a type of wagyu (any cattle that is raised in Japan), specifically Tajima cattle, raised in the Hyogo prefecture, Japan. The Tajima cuts must pass certain yield and quality specifications such as BMS (Beef Marbling Standard), quality of fat and meat colour and brightness in order to be classified as Kobe beef.
The restaurant I went to was Bifteck Kawamura (ビフテキ), which is only a 5 minute walk away from the Kobe Sannomiya Station. Originally, we had wanted to try their other branch, Bifteck Kawamura Sannomiya Flagship Branch, but they were closed on the day we went (Monday). Thankfully, they had left a sign on their front door directing customers to another branch closeby, Bifteck Kawamura Sannomiya Branch which was only a 3 minute walk away.
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