Category Archives: Japanese food

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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Immerse Yourself in a World of Asian Flavors at Richmond’s Pacific East Mall

Take your palate on a trip of exotic Asian flavors at nearby Pacific East Mall in Richmond. Dine in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese or Thai restaurants. And sample sweets from around the globe. Adventurous cooks and homesick transplants will find almost any Asian ingredient at 99 Ranch. Continue reading

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Fascinating Food Adventures in Kyoto

On a visit to lovely Kyoto, I choose a hands-on approach to sample its delicacies. With the help of Kyoto Free Guides’ interpreters, I take classes in pickle, soba and sweet making and finally a five course cooking class in a home kitchen. Continue reading

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Discover Japantown’s Delectable Secrets on Tasting Tour

A tasting tour of SF Japantown with Edible Excursions offers a dozen sweet and savory samples — and not the usual sushi and tempura. Learn about and nibble mochi, okonomiyaki pancake, taiyaki fish shaped pastries, seaweed salads, onigiri rice balls and sweet potato lattes. Continue reading

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