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Japan's #1 Fresh Wasabi

Took a bus tour down to the Izu Peninsula back in November, in the Shizuoka prefecture of Japan, full of small coastal towns, fresh seafood and blissful...

Packaging Whore

Packaging Whore: Toothpaste Mayo

Sonja just got back from a summer jaunt in Switzerland (where she spa-ed and dined like a princess, and consumed a lot of yogurt), and she brought me back a little gift: mayonnaise! It's really scary how well some people know me.The brand is Thomy, a condiment...

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Packaging Whore: Salad Dressing

Here's something my mama sent me recently- three different kinds of salad dressing that come in these really cute, stout, hexagon-shaped glass bottles. No doubt they were on sale at Mitsuwa or something (Hideko is the craziest bargain shopper ever, and she also lives at Mitsuwa).The dressings are from...

Ceci Nest Past Un...

Jorge lives in Portugal, where he is researching for his book on music and migration. He's back for a month, so I'm trying to get as much quality Jorgetime as possible. Check out this little project that Fumiko and I came home to one night. You know that Magritte painting...

Spill a Little

Buying bulk is like sex without a condom. There's nothing between you and the food, no plastic, no obstruction. Grab a little, taste a little, spill a little and push your way to the front.During my lunch break on Monday, I set out to Tsukiji (like I do at least...

Ode to Meatloaf

there's something about meatloaf that is so so wonderful in the wintertime-- it's the ultimate comfort food. and i didn't grow up with it, as i had a relatively all-asian food upbringing,...

On the Importance of Butter

i always like to think that you can tell the quality of a restaurant in the quality of the butter they give you before you get your meal. more often than not, i've experienced that...