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Matsutake suimono (clear soup) 松茸お吸い物

A classic Japanese autumn soup, matsutake suimono (clear soup) is cooked with seasonal matsutake mushrooms, tofu and the mitsuba herb in a clear dashi broth. It’s absolutely nourishing and packed with health benefits. Matsutake soup (松茸お吸い物) is a classic Japanese autumn soup with highly-prized fragrant matsutake mushrooms in clear dashi broth. This type of soup […]

Kabocha pork stir-fry かぼちゃのそぼろ炒め

abocha pork stir fry is a simple yet satisfying dish you’ll enjoy when kabocha is in season. It’s a one-pan wonder for a weeknight dinner! Fall is here and all I can think about is all things kabocha. Soups, desserts, salads — it can do it all. In Japan, people enjoy kabocha year-round, but here in […]

Suzuki to retire after A’s series

ARLINGTON, Texas  — Veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki of the Angels said winning the World Series with Washington in 2019 was a big factor in the 38-year-old’s decision to retire after the season, the Associated Press reported Sept. 21. The 2014 All-Star, 38, said spending more time with his children was equally important. A native of […]

Nakashima takes first ATP Tour title at San Diego

SAN DIEGO  — Brandon Nakashima earned his first ATP Tour victory in his hometown, beating friend and fellow Southern Californian Marcos Giron 6-4, 6-4 on Sept. 25 in the San Diego Open final. “It’s super-special, something you dream of, but to have it happen in my hometown with all my friends and family here, it’s […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Not really a nut

I used to have those childhood sandwiches with that creamy spread from the favorite legume of most children, the Arachis genus, the humble peanut, many times a week. I think most of you are aware that the peanut isn’t a nut at all — actually, foods in the nut family like walnuts, almonds and pecans […]

Fresh spring rolls with yakiniku 焼肉の生春巻き

Juicy Japanese BBQ meat with crunchy vegetables, wrapped in rice paper to seal in the deliciousness, these fresh spring rolls with yakiniku make the best summer dish! Serve the spring rolls as the main dish on a warm summer night or as an appetizer for your next potluck or home party. What do you like to […]

Santo Market serves up poké bowls, mochi and more in San Jose’s Japantown

  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Santo Market, located on the corner of North Sixth Street and East Taylor Street in San Jose’s Japantown, is more than a Japanese American and Asian American grocery store. The market, which first opened in 1946 on Jackson Street before moving to its current location in 1957, sells a variety […]

Hawai‘i-style dishes a hit at Takahashi Market

  SAN MATEO, Calif. — In 1906, Takahashi Market, a San Mateo, Calif.-based Japanese American and Asian American grocery store, opened its doors. At its centennial mark in 2006, the market installed a commercial kitchen, enabling them to start serving plate lunches with poké, musubi and loco moco. “The musubis are definitely the most popular […]

Umami Mart: Come to shop, stay for a drink, and return for the community

OAKLAND, Calif. — Started and co-owned by childhood friends Kayoko Akabori and Yoko Kumano, Umami Mart is a specialty store and tasting bar featuring high-end barware, home goods and a hand-picked selection of sake, shochu and whiskies. The idea for Umami Mart was born from a blog they started in 2007, which still runs strong […]

Pioneering event aims to put Nikkei vintners on winemaking map

For decades, the Bay Area has been a world class destination for wine enthusiasts, drawing millions of visitors to Napa, Sonoma, and even the burgeoning Livermore Valley. But on July 17, a group of Nikkei winemakers tried something new — hosting a wine tasting event at a sake brewery in an industrial park in southeastern […]

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