In the spirit of miso and butter

These days everyone loves a good mashup. It seems like lately the currency of cleverness is the ability to find not one, but two interesting items that when stitched together rise to a sum above their parts. Sadly I am no exception. Eager to impress with my blog title I mixed and matched Japanese and […]

JapaCurry serves up street food in downtown San Francisco

What does a laid off information technology worker do after nearly two decades of living in America? For 40-year-old Jay Hamada, the proprietor of the newly established food truck JapaCurry, it is an opportunity to start over and pursue his lifelong dream of serving delicious Japanese cuisine. Starting in December, the colorful JapaCurry food truck […]

Monument to a Nikkei Bakery, Goya Advocacy and the Other Senses

Conventional wisdom dictates that our senses — sight, sound, smell, taste and touch — have a hierarchy. Sight is at the top of the list, with sound running a close second. Today, the technology to capture sight and sound are readily available to the average consumer. These senses are widely considered the most important in […]

Cooking event raises funds for Kokoro

Supporters of Kokoro Assisted Living gathered at the facility in San Francisco’s Japantown on Nov. 6 for “Cooking from the Heart,” a fundraising event featuring cooking demonstrations and tastings by three local chefs. The event, now in its second year, helps raise both awareness and funds for the facility. “Having the event at Kokoro puts […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The Gochiso Gourmet’s reluctant gift guide

I’ve lost some of that feel-good anticipation and Christmas cheer that I used to experience as a child. While I haven’t converted completely to the Grinch or Ebenezer Scrooge, I’m not exactly the Ghost of Christmas Present come December. Perhaps part of this stems from the commercialization (or over commercialization) of Christmas. Maybe it’s seeing […]

Kabocha the key to Curry Cook-Off concoction

Carol Park-Li and her daughter Tamako had more than their fill of curry over the past several weeks, as the two experimented with various recipes in anticipation of a friendly competition. But in the end, mother appeared to know best as she ended up winning top honors at the eighth annual Japanese American Religious Federation […]

THE KAERU KID: Another Las Vegas banquet

As regular readers know, a section called “Las Vegas Tidbits” is added at the end of each of my articles. There is so much happening in Las Vegas that many tidbits have to be stored in my pantry and they can become stale and no longer worthwhile after such a long wait to be published. […]

Author of ‘Kau Kau’ book on cuisine of Hawai‘i speaks in SF’s Japantown

On Aug. 8, more than 150 people gathered at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) in San Francisco’s Japantown to hear Arnold Hiura, author of “Kau Kau: Cuisine and Culture in the Hawaiian Islands,” give a lecture on Hawai‘i’s food. Part cookbook, part coffee table and history book, “Kau Kau,” released […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Livin’ with Diabetes

I attended the recent 70th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Orlando, Fla. While I mainly attended symposia involving medication treatment updates (I didn’t attend any nutrition symposia), it was still sobering to see that the incidence of diabetes is still on the rise. For instance, more than 4,300 new cases of diabetes […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: A White Wine for All Palates

I’m not sure if there’s still this wine backlash going on; ABC or “Anything But Chardonnay,” or this rejection of Chardonnay by up-and-coming wine enthusiasts. It may have started when the trend was to produce massive, palate-coating, maximum-extracted and concentrated Chardonnays that you needed a spoon to “eat” more than sip. Wines so big that […]

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