Author Archives: yoko


April 14, 2014

Japanify: Crunchy Daikon Salad

by yoko

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Warning: DO eat this at home before taking it out into the world! Weigh the social risks!

You may momentarily lose some friends while eating this salad because the smell will clear the room.

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March 28, 2014

Niigata Noodle JUNKtion: Hegi Soba, Ramen + The Italian

by yoko

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Japan is noodle crazy. Each station in each town of each prefecture have their own noodle specialty. Being noodle fiends ourselves, Kayoko and I researched some of the regional noodles of Niigata prefecture before setting foot there last month.

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March 17, 2014

Tokyo JUNKtion: Hosomaki Diaries

by yoko

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Trends in roll combinations in the States are rapid, with so many joints coming up with their own “house” rolls. Conversely, the combinations of rolls or makimono are very constant in Japan.

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February 24, 2014

Tokyo JUNKtion: Jicca

by yoko

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Whenever I visit Tokyo, I look forward to meeting newborns… especially when I’ve followed the progression of their parents. No, I’m not talking about newborn babies.

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February 7, 2014

Japanify: Salmon Avocado Donburi

by yoko

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Shopping for the freshest seafood just got easier with another fish market that opened in the People’s Republic of Berkeley. Fish is still my favorite thing to eat for dinner because it’s easy and so, so delicious.

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January 17, 2014

Japanify: Take-It-Easy Takikomi

by yoko

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If there’s one thing 6 days in paradise (Kauai) reminded me about life, it’s that cooking rice on the stove top (and not in a rice cooker) is so easy!

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November 29, 2013

Holiday Cooking 101: Make-Ahead Gravy

by yoko

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Did you run out of gravy this year? Do you dream about swimming in vats of gravy?

I’ve answered “yes” to both of these questions on many occasions.

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November 15, 2013

Japanify: Ponzu-Dashi Udon

by yoko

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Last Friday, Kayoko hosted a girl’s night at her house. While our other halves sulked around the house or went away for the weekend into the mountains, us girls gorged ourselves on beef, pork and chicken balls.

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November 1, 2013

Japanify: Steamed Kabocha with a Protein Boost

by yoko

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The markets are exploding with pumpkins and other squash — which means, autumn is here! I always look forward to this time of year because I like bundling up, wearing my hair down and cozying up on the couch with all kinds of tea.

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October 4, 2013

Japanify: Grilled Oriental Chicken

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The early 90s…

I was distancing myself from my Sandylion stickers while making multiple trips to the Wherehouse to make sure that I got tickets to see Radiohead at the Edge in Palo Alto.

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