A home style cooking class was one of our highlights in Osaka. We caught the train out to meet Osaka local Naoko, who was inspired by a cooking class in New Zealand and now shares the techniques of everyday Japanese cooking from her home.
We first visited her local market (sadly growing smaller as more people choose to shop at supermarkets) for lotus root and handmade tofu. We then went to Naoko’s apartment to make okonomiyaki and various accompaniments. Unfortunately Felix was not keen to nap in the spare room or the travel pram as planned, so we spent most of the lesson and a good part of the meal trying to get him to calm down. But at least the food was great!
Other things we did in Osaka
Seeing whale sharks and jellyfish at Osaka Aquarium.
Eating street food at Kuromon Market and Dotonbori.
Going on quests for a decent latte (my fave was Mill Pour, which is also next to a nice bakery; Jeff liked Brooklyn Roasting Co; we also went on a big detour one day to Mel Coffee Roaster which great and very popular!).
Catching up with a friend in Amerikamura for lunch and strawberry dessert.
Admiring Osaka Castle (and eating curry).
We managed one day trip during our stay in Osaka – a quick one in Kyoto, up next.