What do you do when you’re sent to Tokyo with no notice — and no dinner reservations? You learn how to be a person who waits.
If you love the satisfying, deep flavor of many umami-rich foods, you love MSG whether you know it or not. One fellow MSG fan made a pilgrimage to the company responsible for enhancing so much flavor, and enhancing life itself: Ajinomoto outside of Tokyo.
Helen Rosner’s loving ode to Olive Garden, another chapter in Eater’s Death of Chains series on the slow decline of middlebrow chain restaurants.