Yes! I got to bring home some wonderful wines, olive oil, cheese, bottarga, etc. They are so amazing. I also shipped a case of wine to my sister in Japan!
With grated bottarga, I made a couple of donabe dishes. Malloreddus (Sardinian pasta...they look like warms) with maitake & bottarga. I made it in Kyoto-style shallow donabe. So good!
Here's matsutake mushroom and bottarga rice, made in double-lid donabe rice cooker, "Kamado-san". I will try to post the recipe soon.
I've already opened a couple of wines. They were outstanding. I could picture the vineyards I visited.
I'm such a geek. I even ordered Sardinian cookbook from Japan. I also ordered Portuguese, Sicilian, and Turkish cookbooks. All the wonderful inspirations for my donabe cooking!
Happy donabe life.