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Derin-chan here. Sorry for the neglect as of late, Sensei Buri. We’ve all been pretty busy starting up with work again, so I hope you can excuse the recent lack of rapidfireblogposting. I wanted to share a photo from a lovely scoffing session that I recently partook in, along with SooKaiLa. We dined at a really tasty Japanese eatery called Manpuku, located near the OCAD building in Toronto. I ordered ramen, SooKai had donburi. This hidden treat-of-a-restaurant was well worth the hype (we had tried to go multiple times while it was closed for the holidays… terrible planning on my part). It was also very reasonably priced. Highly recommended, minus the judgmental art students eye-raping you while you find your way there.

Quite some time ago, I had the pleasure of stumbling upon this glorious treat-of-a-shop in New York City. Rice to Riches is a rice pudding bar with a large variety of flavors including Fluent in French Toast, Key Lime Love Letters, Sex Drugs and Rocky Road, and Take Me to Tiramisu. They also have some crazy toppings like oatmeal coconut crumble, chocolate brownie crumble, and toasted buttery pound cake. This place is basically a donburi dessert outlet. Oh, and did I mention that you can order a shipment of their pudding through their website? I’m getting inspired to create some of my own donburi dessert creations…

This week, SooKai and Derin-San travelled to our country’s glorious capital: Ottawa. We of course had to partake in some donburi tasting during our trip, so we scouted out some hot sushi spots. Eventually, we found ourselves at Wasabi, a jazzy lounge with a decent selection of buris. SooKai and I both opted for the katsudon (pictured above), but some other members of our party ordered oyakodon and gyudon. We are all pleasantly surprised with our dishes. Bonus points for the oshinko (Japanese pickles) that garnished our donburi bowls. So crunchy…

Brought to us direct from Smoke’s Poutinerie

We’ve decided that poutine is basically Canada’s version of donburi. It’s not nearly as healthy, and it kinda makes you feel like a terrible person when you’re done eating it, but boy do those first couple of bites taste sensational. Just substitute rice for french fries, tonkatsu for pulled pork, and delicious Asian sauces for gravy, and you’ve just transformed your Asian delicacy into a fried artery-clogger. Oh Canada, oh Canada!