THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Green with envy?

My local Marukai Wholesale Mart recently had a sale on all-things matcha. Matcha? Is that some local Hawaiian product? No, matcha is basically green tea leaves that are refined to the nth degree. For starters, the plants that produce matcha aren’t cultivated like your basic green tea plants (Camellia sinensis). Instead, they are shaded from […]

Matcha truffles: This one’s for the ladies

However tedious I find Valentine’s Day here in North America, I still count my lucky stars that I don’t have to do it up Japanese style. On Valentine’s Day in Japan, all the women give men chocolate. But they don’t just give chocolate to the men they are romantically interested in (who receive honmei-choco, or “love […]

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