This is chef Nobuhiro Okano, the chef at Baqu. Baqu is a Japanese / French fusion restaurant around the corner from the Technorati Japan offices near Yoyogi. Last order is 1AM so I often find myself there with the team after late meetings. Knowing that we'll end up at Baqu helps me get through some of the meetings. Chef Okano always shows us his daily catch and is quite a performer customizing and whipping things up to suit his customer's needs like a good DJ would. The restaurant doesn't have a sign and is a bit hard to find, but there is a map on their site. He said that if you mentioned that you read about it on my blog, he'd give you free dessert.

I do not have any direct interest in this restaurant, but I know the owner quite well. I told the chef I'd plug his restaurant on my blog, and was rewarded with an extra large portion of soup. I apologize for compromising my ethics as a blogger... However, it's a good restaurant and I'm happy to recommend it.

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I can see the headlines now Joi Ito sells out for a bowl of soup. :)

Joi, the link doesn't work for me... is everyone else seeing it?

Hmm... It works for me.

If it's a sell-out I like it. It's personal. :-)

Oh man, you so violated blogger ethics. Unless you fly us all to that resturant for our free deserts, you can expect to be the subject of the next major blogger brouhaha. . . ;-)

Joi, you're a horrible, horrible person. I can't believe you violated the blogger code of ethics just for some soup. And to think of how the conflict of interest with traditional journalists pales in comparison. Good god, it makes me sick.

It clearly states on page 648, appendix 12b of the Big Blogger Book of Ethics & Etiquette that pudding-related deals are completely exempt from any form of community punishment, including stoning, shunning or sniffing.

Joi, you broke the blogger code...=P

shame on you! At least you could have asked for a free dinner for your company. =)

Bloggers have ethics?

the link works alright.

you are making my hunger juices all worked out and this wil be my must visit list, thanks :)

Ah, but was the soup worth it? I imagine this soup will attain legendary status soon...

A VAC in direct live :

"I do not have any direct interest in this hotel, but I know the owner quite well. I told the boss I'd plug his hotel on a comment in joi ito's blog, and was rewarded with an extra large portion of fajitas. I apologize for compromising my ethics as a blogger... However, it's a good hotel and I'm happy to recommend it."

You can find this hotel here:
http://www.dtulum.com/intro.html

Thanks,
Patrice G.

Yes, you your ethic sounds definitely bad: the usual reward for any well know restaurant critic is TWO portions ;-)

BTW: thanks and congrats for your session in Paris!

Regards.

Reminds me of Esau selling his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of soup...

the link works alright.

you are making my hunger juices all worked out and this wil be my must visit list, thanks :)

Yes, you your ethic sounds definitely bad: the usual reward for any well know restaurant critic is TWO portions ;-)

BTW: thanks and congrats for your session in Paris!

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