Category Archives: Japanese food

Handmade Tofu and Mochi Keep Traditions Alive in San Jose’s Japantown

Get it quick before it’s gone! Handmade tofu and mochi sweets in San Jose’s Japantown. Two devoted husband and wife teams have been quietly keeping tradition alive for more than 25 years with the sweetest results. No preservatives, no automation, just loving hands and hard work. Continue reading

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Gruesome Goodies: Halloween Bentos to Make for your Little Bats and Ghouls

Surprise your child with a Frankenstein sandwich, Vampire bunny egg or Severed sausage “fingers”. Make frighteningly easy Halloween Bentos with these tips and tricks for healthy treats Continue reading

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Icy or Spicy? Cooling Foods Across Cultures

Although the Bay Area doesn’t suffer the swoon-inducing heat and humidity of Japan, Peru, India or the Philippines, we can still enjoy their edible solutions for cooling relief. Some like it icy cold with mounds of shaved ice doused with syrups, while others turn to peppers and spice to induce a natural cooling response. Continue reading

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From Peaches to Persimmons: A Taste of Two Seasons (in Japan)

I tasted the essence of two seasons–summer and fall–in two fruits–white peach and persimmon–during two weeks in Kyoto, Japan. Continue reading

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A Sushi Maniac Serves Me an Oishii (Delicious) Day in Osaka

An Osaka brain surgeon with a passion for sushi shares his culinary hobby with me, an enthusiastic visitor and fellow sushi fanatic. We sample Osaka style pressed sushi, shop for fresh ingredients and make an “oishii” (delicious) sushi dinner. Continue reading

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Sushi California: 27 years as Berkeley’s Beloved Japanese restaurant with an Okinawan Twist

Slippery black seaweed salad with crunchy okra: a specialty of Okinawan cuisine found at my neighborhood Sushi California in Berkeley. I interview Chef Arakaki to find out the story behind this beloved community spot for 27 years. Continue reading

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Noriko Nurtures Berkeley Diners with Homey Japanese Dishes

Noriko Taniguchi cooks Japanese food “the way it used to be” at her cozy Berkeley restaurant, Norikonoko. Surrounded by tiny tea sets and origami cranes hardly bigger than a grain of rice, this nurturing grandmother will make you onigiri, oden or her special pork curry. Continue reading

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