There’s a certain food story a friend of mine likes to share about one of his first “discoveries” in Japan. Walking with a friend through one of the many food and bar streets, he noticed a familiar browned, round ball. “Those are hush puppies! They have hush puppies in Japan? I haven’t had those in forever!”
His friend was more wary. “I dunno. . . I don’t think those are hush puppies.”
“I know a hush puppy when I see one!” He bought a batch, and eagerly popped one into his mouth.
There’s a lot to be said for the delicious pancake-like balls of takoyaki, a Japanese fair food whose main ingredient is octopus. But having one’s mouth surprised by anything other than the flavor and texture one expects, particularly when it’s a long-missed, though still familiar taste of home, makes for . . . a less-than-ideal experience.
Thankfully, Kanazawa has Kaname Bar & Café.