By “touristy” I meant the kind of place where you see mostly foreign tourists and the menu is all in English, food is probably adapted to the tourists’ taste etc. I have eaten in many restaurants full of domestic tourists and not a word of English is spoken or seen on the menu. I would rather eat there any day.
Hida beef, yes, of course. I think I ate it every day during my 3 day visit. First try was grade B premium Hida beef (sear it yourself on a hot grill), then for the last dinner I had to try the top grade just to compare. The latter was much too much. Crazy marbling, maddeningly rich.
Want to post the photos of the beef but they are on another laptop. The grade A beef is nearly white. Nearly!
I really enjoyed tasting sakes from different breweries all over the centre in Takayama. The small photo of the cloudy sake in the collage above is one of the many cloudy sakes I tasted.
Lucky you! Sounds awesome!
It’s been on my list for ages. I have actually been to San Sebastian before, in 1997, crossing the border from Hendaye in France. Had some time to kill in San Sebastian whilst waiting for my next long distance train so my partner and I did wander round for a while in the rain no less. Those were my youthful wreckless ignorant days, I got an inter-rail pass and just took off. I know better now, though, and I’m going to do it all again and a lot better!
Indeed it is a lot better to have a kitchen in the lodging. I went to the Costa Blanca area last year and wish I had a kitchen to cook the beautiful seafood I saw at the market. It seems harder to find and more expensive to rent just a small flat with a useable kitchen. They usually want to rent the entire house.
Sigh… so many places to eat and drink, not enough cash and holidays.