i have been living in san francisco for almost four years and i walk around the city a lot. actually me and my husband recently go for an urban hike on weekends which means walking up and down the hills for three to fours hours in the areas that we don't often walk to. we have been doing this for a couple of months now and each time we find tons of new restaurants, cute coffee shops and places that we have never been too. on our walk last weekend we stopped in japan town. i have been there a couple of times for cherry blossom festival and to go to kabuki theatre but i never spent so much quality time just walking in the japan town and finding cool stuff such as japanese bookstores, bakeries, and restaurants. one of my favorite places is a japanese market that you can get some great ingredients. since i had no idea i run into japan town i had no recipes with me and just bought the ingredients that looked yummy to me. for the appetizers we bought some ikura shoyu zuke (marinated salmon roe). in iran we only have khaviar and not salmon roe. but since it tastes very similar to that to me, i served it the same way with some fresh whole wheat bread and butter. and nothing goes better with it than a glass of champagne or sparkling wine. for the main dish i bought some sanma/mackerel pike. since it is a very small fish, i didn't fill it and rather made a sauce with some mushrooms i bought in the same market. i put some salt and pepper on the fish, butter on an aluminum foil and baked the fish for twenty minutes. on the same baking pan i baked some garlic and walnuts for ten minutes. the grilled garlic gets soft and almost melts in mouth, in summer i love to grill garlic as well to get the same taste. i cooked the mushrooms in a pan with some butter, salt and pepper. added some dill and sour cream to the mix and added the grilled garlic and walnuts at the end to give it a nice texture. i also prepared some brown rice with fresh tomatoes to serve the fish with it. nousheh jahn!