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 […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Old Bon Odori, new food

The Hawai‘i Obon season has already started in remote locations on the Big Island and will start on the rest of the islands next weekend. What once was traditionally a Buddhist festival to remember those who have passed before us now attracts both Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike. Some attend for the spiritual reconnection with the […]

Sake Supports Senior Services at San Jose’s Yu-Ai Kai

SAN JOSE — What is the “make merriest” time of year in San Jose’s Japantown? Is it Christmas? Is it Obon? Is it Nikkei Matsuri? No…it’s Sake San Jose, hands down! Despite the bouts of showers, on May 27, the crowds thickened and the lines grew long as the throng waited for tickets in the […]

THE JOY OF STICKY SOY: Organic Megumi Natto Launches in California

With its signature stringiness and distinct, pungent smell, natto is a Japanese food made of soybeans that are soaked, steamed and finally, fermented. Usually only found in sushi restaurants and Asian supermarkets, the current natto market is dominated by frozen varieties. Minami Satoh, president of Japan Traditional Foods Inc., noticing the lack of readily available […]

Nikkei Dogs a Hit at Matsuri

SAN JOSE — There’s a new dog in town. No, it’s not top dog.  No it’s not Der Wienerschnitzel. No, it’s not a hot dog.  It’s the “Nikkei Dog” created just for the 2010 Nikkei Matsuri and premiered on April 25 in the festival food court. The Nikkei Dog has two varieties. One is a […]


Hey, with the entry of the Year of the Tiger, it’s only appropriate to pop a couple of corks from bottles of Champagne. Nothing says celebration more than Champagne, or in the words of Napoleon, “In victory, you deserve it; in defeat, you need it.” And it doesn’t specifically have to be from the French […]

THE KAERU KID: Long Way to Kau Kau

My favorite Nichi Bei columnist is Ryan Tatsumoto, the Gochiso Gourmet, because I am an unrepentant foodie. He writes in an interesting way and always presents some new nugget of information. A golden opportunity to meet him presented itself when I was given a very cheap airfare to Hawai‘i. For first time visitors to O‘ahu, […]

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