My mom originally from Hokkaido, so my cooking (food) roots is also from Hokkaido..
We use many kinds of northern seafood, lot of potatoes/pumpkins, kelp, daily for example
(You can think about the UK weather)
Most of the cheese are imported from other countries in the supermarket if you can find many kinds of them, but in Hokkaido, you can find these kinds of cheeses and all of them are made in Hokkaido!
If you know how poor Japanese cheese selection we have in Tokyo, it’s quite amazing.
And every time I go back there, I go to this Sushi restaurant, “Hana-maru” in Sapporo city..
The best bakery in Japan, “Ange”
But east side of Hokkaido, you can find more deer meat.
We ate deer almost everyday, it’s like lean beef and so tasty
(The picture is at Ainu minority restaurant)
And if you have any chance to go to Hokkaido, I suggest you to
– rent a car, it makes you much easier to travel! For example, it took us 8 hours to drive from Sapporo to east side of Hokkaido, but we enjoyed the small cities on a way and there’re only one train a day..
-stay in a pension, which is normally owned by one couple and is like small regular house. They offer you Home-made Dinner and breakfast, and the house is located in the nature often. You can taste better food than the restaurant, and they always have great hospitality so you can relax like at home!
This food is from the pension we stayed..
The owner (is usually chef) cooked Italian course, and this is the club meat pasta with tomato cream sauce, and he makes the fresh pasta with Hokkaido flour everyday.
We had Lasana, appetizer, dessert, meat, fish so on.
Maybe I love Hokkaido too much, ( I wanna move there to have a small farm and pension in the future..) but I really want you to try there if you have chance, you will love the nature and the foods