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Cool for Summer: Studio Arhoj Summer Bowls

It's a cool, cool summer. At least in the Bay Area, where we're getting fogged-in a bit this week. Still, when summertime comes around, we're all about eating chilled foods, like Hiyashi Chuka, Cold Tofu Salad, Cha-Soba, and Nikumiso Udon. Our two new Studio Arhoj Summer Bowls are perfect for tucking...

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Japanify: Summer Slurp Series: Nikumiso Udon

The one (and only) thing that I miss about the disgustingly humid temperatures in Tokyo is the arrival of cold noodle dishes on menus everywhere. During the hot months of June through September, I would convince myself that I deserved a daily reward of a big bowl of cold noodles...

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Kayo's Kitchen: Harusame Salad for Summer Potlucks

I have a confession to make: I am not a fan of potlucks. I've always found it to be a lot of pressure and kind of take them too seriously. But bringing a home-cooked dish to a party is not only financially practical for the party host and guests, but...

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Japanify: Summer Slurp Series: Avocado Walnut Soba Salad

There are ingredients that I always keep in stock in my kitchen; they are my daikoubutsu (favorite foods). Without them I feel like I have no fall-back option when sipping on sake or wine. Two of these ingredients are avocado and nuts. I regularly incorporate both into sauces, dips, and salads....

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Japanify: Summer Slurp Series: Hiyashi Chuka (Cold Ramen)

PREFACE Summer Slurp Series, Pt. 1: Nikumiso Udon The one (and only) thing that I miss about the disgustingly humid temperatures in Tokyo is the arrival of cold noodle dishes on menus everywhere. During the hot months of June through September, I would convince myself that I deserved a daily...

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Japanify: Summer Slurp Series: Cha-Soba (Green Tea Soba)

PREFACE Summer Slurp Series, Pt. 1: Nikumiso Udon Summer Slurp Series, Pt. 2: Hiyashi Chuka (Cold Ramen) The one (and only) thing that I miss about the disgustingly humid temperatures in Tokyo is the arrival of cold noodle dishes on menus everywhere. During the hot months of June through September,...

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Furochan Eats: Sapporo's Soup Curry is a Joy Forever (Until You Finish Eating It)

“I hate Tokyo.” S’s face was perfectly serious. “Sapporo is so much better -- less people, nice weather, great seafood, lots of snow… and Tokyo sucks during the summer.” I’ll never hate Tokyo but you can’t argue with a Sapporo boy on that last point. Hokkaido is one of the...

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Kusa Pote Sara - A Deluxe Potato Salad for Sake

This month we are featuring Female Frontrunners of Sake. These are women who either own or act as the toji (head brewmaster) of their brewery. One of our favorite toji is Miho Imada of Imada Shuzo. She makes the staff favorite sake Moon on the Water, which is also featured...

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Japanify: Tsuyu (Soba Dipping Sauce)

Cold noodles are one of the best things about the summer. My favorite cold noodles are soba noodles. When it's hot outside and steaming rice sounds like the last thing I want to do, I can always rely on soba noodles. But there have been more than a few times...

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Custom-Made Noodles at Ken Ken Ramen (SF)

Recently, I had a ramen epiphany in San Francisco. It was at Ken Ken Ramen, a tiny operation that pops up in the Mission every Thursday and Sunday, at The Corner (a coffee shop/ restaurant space). Robert Patterson, who grew up in Japan, no longer wanted to travel all the...

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Skankynavia: Pumpkin Ravioli Party

I can't believe I just spent another weekend in a kolonihus (colony house). But that's how the Scandinavians roll and who can say no to a pumpkin ravioli punch? My Icelandic friend's friend has a cute little cottage in Copenhagen which she visits regularly on weekends and slowly tries to repair and...

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Niku Soba

If you didn't know already, we have a sake club called Sake Gumi and it's awesome. Every month, we choose a theme, and the sakes reflect that theme. Sometimes the theme is a style of sake, sometime I choose how sakes pair with certain types of food; other times I...

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The 2017 Bay Area Ramen Boom Report

In Japan, they call any big, nationwide trend a boom (ブーム). For example, right now cilantro is all the rage in Japan. I'm serious - cilantro on EVERYTHING. So you could say there's a cilantro boom in full force in Japan. It's taken a long while for the ramen boom...

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Furochan Eats: Out in Otaru, Hokkaido

The temperature readings for the past week have been falling to lows of nines and elevens (that's Celsius, for all you Americans out there). Ladies and gentlemen, I hate to admit it, but summer has passed us by. You could still kind of pretend in September that it wasn't so,...

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Instant Kitakata Ramen

I eat a lot of instant ramen. I've cut down a lot – I used to eat it once a week, living in NYC in my 20s on a non-profit museum paycheck. But even now, as I begin my 40s, I'd say I make myself a bowl about twice a month....

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