Gochiso Gourmet

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Are you in a pickle?

I’ll admit it, early on in my formative years I was in a pickle more often than not. Forging excuse notes from Mom when I was in the third grade (thinking back, it took a lot of cajones to try to imitate Mom’s immaculate cursive), smuggling unappealing food in my milk carton past the teacher […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Fresh fruit … almost

I know how you feel. Once those dog days of summer have come and gone, leading to the changing of leaves, then the chill of winter, you sometimes get that craving to bite into a fresh vine ripened peach, or dig in to a bushel full of ripe red cherries. But alas, last season’s bounty […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Fire burn and cauldron bubble

Or in my kitchen, it’s more likely to be “electric heating element warms and Le Creuset bubble.” Also, there’s no eye of newt or toe of frog in my Le Creuset, but since that chill of winter is still with us, what better meal is there than slow braised beef, pork or chicken … or […]


A few years ago, local comedian Frank DeLima delivered a commencement address that started like this: “Eat rice. If you only pay attention to one thing I say, pay attention to this: Rice is the breakfast of champions … the lunch of champions … the dinner of champions. Whole empires, entire dynasties have been built […]


“In the wine … Make me happy … Make me feel fine …” Since we’re well into the holiday season, what better beverage to celebrate with than Champagne? From a well-aged tête de cuvé like Cristal or Dom Perignon to the minerality of a Blanc de Blanc to the richness of a Blanc de Noir […]


The story started many years ago, in fact it started with the most popular video game of its time. Remember “Street Fighter?” That video game of the ‘80s well before X-Box or Play Station this or that. When Capcom went public in 1990, that gave the company founder Kenzo Tsujimoto the capital to purchase 3,800 […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: That mysterious flavor

Wrapping up our tour of the basic flavor sensations is that relatively new taste known as umami. Though the term umami was first proposed by Kikunae Ikeda in 1908, it has only been widely recognized for the past 30 or so years. But what is umami? We all can easily describe its four siblings, sweet, […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Who’s your sweetie?

Continuing on our journey over those papillae also known as taste buds, we come to the flavor sensation favored by most people, the perception of sweet. Whereas there are many individuals who dislike bitter, salty or sour flavors, almost everyone likes sweet. No, make that adores sweet. Or at the very least, we usually don’t […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Why are you a sourpuss?

Is it because you love namasu? Or do you simply relish the palate cleansing effect of a splash of lemon juice? Or are you simply a sour person? Personally, I’ve never really been a huge fan of Japanese pickled vegetables (namasu) by itself. But consuming it as a side dish to cleanse the palate between […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: What a bitter person …

OK, I don’t really consider myself a bitter person. I am a bit of a pessimist and perpetually carry the attitude and assumption that the glass is half empty, but that’s mainly so that when I do recognize when it is indeed half full, I appreciate it all the more. This is probably due to […]

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