Japanify

After four years in Tokyo, Yoko recently relocated to the Bay Area. She loves dips, dashi and deals.

April 14, 2014

Japanify: Crunchy Daikon Salad

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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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February 7, 2014

Japanify: Salmon Avocado Donburi

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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

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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 15, 2013

Japanify: Ponzu-Dashi Udon

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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

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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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September 20, 2013

MOTO x Japanify Mashup: Kombu-Cured Enoki Mushrooms

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Last month, MOTO made a surprise appearance for our one-year anniversary party. With not one hair out of place, he casually sauntered into our shop and helped us dress into our summer kimnonos.

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September 4, 2013

Japanify: Spicy Indian Summer Stir-Fry

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I’ve been really lazy about cooking these past few weeks. I don’t know if it’s because we are (finally) experiencing summer here in Oakland, or if I’m feeling unmotivated in the kitchen.

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August 15, 2013

Japanify: Egg-On-Egg Pasta

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One of my favorite things to find at the fish counter is sujiko (fish roe). Its appearance is fleeting so I end up getting pounds of it to take advantage of the situation.

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August 8, 2013

Japanify: Chopped Shiitake + Clam Pasta

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I am really into pulverizing food lately. In addition to my daily dose of fruit smoothie in the morning, I’ve also been experimenting with finely chopped foods. 

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