Food

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 […]

A changing of the guard for Honolulu tofu factory

Paul Uyehara pointed to the tsuru (crane) and turtle logo on his polo shirt. The third-generation president and custodian of Aloha Tofu Factory, explained that the company logo was created to honor his grandparents, Kamesaburo and Tsuruko Uyehara, who founded the company in 1950. “To me, it’s kind of a way to always remember my […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Summertime chillin’

Now that the mercury is definitely on the rise in the midst of summer, when full bodied red wines and dark whiskies are a little too hot for the palate and turning on the oven or stovetop simply magnifies the unbearable heat, it’s time for some chillin’ to counteract the heat. Did someone say chilled […]

Honey Sesame Shirataki Noodles

Shirataki Noodles with Honey Sesame Dressing is a cold and refreshing dish. Top the noodles with shredded egg crepe chicken and cucumber. It’s a perfect guilt-free summer noodle that is low in calories. It’s gluten-free, too! We spend our summer in Japan with my family. In case you weren’t aware, the heat during Japanese summers […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Barbecue time

Just the word barbecue takes on different meanings, depending on where in the country you reside. In the South, barbecue usually means low and slow cooking at somewhere between 225 to 275 degrees over charcoal. In the Carolinas, it primarily means hog, whereas it’s only beef in Texas. And even in the hog centric regions, […]

Anmitsu フルーツ白玉クリームあんみつ

Celebrate summer with this delightful Japanese dessert called anmitsu! It’s a Japanese wagashi dessert with kanten jelly, fruits, mochi, red bean paste, green tea ice cream and a good drizzle of sweet black sugar syrup. Anmitsu (あんみつ) is a summer dessert (but why don’t we enjoy it year-round?) made of small cubes of kanten jelly, sweet […]

Agedashi tofu (video) 揚げ出し豆腐

Agedashi tofu (揚げ出し豆腐) is soft tofu coated with potato starch and deep-fried so that the outer shell is crispy. It is typically served with grated daikon, katsuobushi (bonito flakes), scallion, and grated ginger on top. Then tsuyu (sauce) made of dashi, mirin and soy sauce is poured over the toppings and soaks the tofu to enhance […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The ABCs of alcohol

Since my cocktail videos are appearing in the monthly “Nichi Bei Café” segments on YouTube, I thought this might be a good opportunity to rehash things I may have discussed in the past, as these cocktail videos typically run no more than five minutes, not nearly enough time to discuss individual liquors on their own. […]

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