Gochiso Gourmet

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Green with envy?

My local Marukai Wholesale Mart recently had a sale on all-things matcha. Matcha? Is that some local Hawaiian product? No, matcha is basically green tea leaves that are refined to the nth degree. For starters, the plants that produce matcha aren’t cultivated like your basic green tea plants (Camellia sinensis). Instead, they are shaded from […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Memphis in May

About two weeks ago, one of the most prestigious, if not the most prestigious, BBQ contests concluded its annual competition in Memphis, Tenn. with anywhere from 40 to 120 teams competing to produce the ultimate BBQ concoction. While categories in beef, poultry, seafood and various sauces are judged, undoubtedly the most prestigious awards are in […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Spring cleanin’

For some reason, I decided to clean out our kitchen pantry while I was in the middle of doing our federal and state tax returns. It was probably to break away from the monotony of pencil pushin’, as well as the realization that the extra tax burden will consistently be in the four-figure range until […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Livin’ la vida local

Or more accurately, as I previously stated (in the article entitled “Support your community” in the Jan. 1, 2016 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly), I have been attempting in this Year of the Monkey to buy la vida local. Well, it originally sounded easy,  but after my first attempt, it makes me seem more […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The wonderful world of the Internet

Love it or hate it, the Internet is balanced with beneficial innovation as much as it’s plagued with maddening pop-ups and trolling Websites. And because virtually everyone is now connected via our smartphones, having a mealtime conversation is about as archaic as the typewriter is for writers. Diners are either furiously snapping food photos or […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Support your community

It’s that time once again, when most of us focus on changes we’ll make for the rest of the year: Spend less, weigh less, work harder, study more, be a better person and so on and so forth. Sometimes we’re successful and continue on throughout the year. Sometimes we’re not as successful and falter somewhere […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Are you nuts?

For the record, I only act that way,  but what I’m referring to here is the cornerstone of mankind’s earliest diet. Along with the occasional captured rodent and harvested fruits, nuts made up a significant part of the diet, as they are packed with calories and protein and foraging for them didn’t require an elaborate […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Ho ho ho, the mistletoe

Growing up in the 50th, the Tatsumoto ohana (family) didn’t really get into the holiday season. For starters, to get into the spirit, it needs to be cold. Like, Seattle winds blowin’ through your jeans, duckin’ into every Eddie Bauer store to find the right size thermal underwear that you can wear right now, cold! […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Baby steps to giant leaps

Yes, I know how difficult it is to embrace change. I’m rapidly approaching that age when I’ll soon undergo that metamorphosis into my parents, where habits are carved into stone. And the sun is more likely to shower rain than warmth onto this little orb before those habits are broken. But there’s hope, as I’m […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: America’s pie

Is it apple, blueberry, banana cream, Boston cream or custard? It’s actually none of the above. Depending on whose poll you read, America’s pie isn’t even sweet. It’s that savory pie that’s also known as pizza. You know, “when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie.” And Americans do their fair share […]

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