How To Survive The Mystery Appetizer Course

 

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Rule Number One: Try hard not to think of Seabiscuit. It might look like beef, but it’s not.

Rule Number Two: Never ask what it is until after you’ve eaten it. Because no matter how much you know about Japanese food, you never expect those crunchy little things in your umeboshi salad to be cartilage.

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.