CHANGING LANDSCAPES: How to build a raised garden bed for growing your own vegetables at home

Over the past year as the pandemic caused stay-at-home orders across the country, I found myself tinkering in the yard to update things that had been neglected or were in need of improvements. One such project was to rebuild the raised vegetable garden beds, which were in need of a refresh after years of use […]

Glenn Yasuda, who made Berkeley Bowl internationally known for its excellent produce, dies at 85

Editor’s Note: The following article was originally published by Berkeleyside. BERKELEY, Calif. — Berkeley Bowl, lauded for its seemingly endless varieties of fruits and vegetables, is in mourning after losing the man who started it all. On the evening of Feb. 14, co-owner and co-founder Glenn Yasuda died from a blood infection. He was 85. […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Veggies and the art of dry cooking

OK — that was my take on “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values,” which really didn’t translate too well. Oh well! But unlike Robert Pirsig, who states in his introduction that despite the title, there is no factual information on Zen Buddhism or motorcycles, this article does contain pertinent information […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: A decade of wala’au

Wala’au is the Hawaiian term for speaking, as in having a simple conversation, which is what I’ve been doing for the past 10 years with you in Nichi Bei Land, originally through the Nichi Bei Times and recently through the Nichi Bei Weekly. I make no pretense of it, my column will never win a […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Get your Brassica on!

You’ve probably sampled at least one of the Brassica oleracea species of vegetables since they encompass a diverse range of edible delights. From cauliflower and broccoli to kale and cabbage to Brussels sprouts and collards, this diversity lends itself to tasty side dishes as well as main courses, and as an added bonus, the group […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Turning a new leaf

Well, it’s the start of the new year, the Year of the Dragon. The Year of the Water Dragon, if you want to get technical, and it doesn’t officially start until Jan. 23. But it’s that time once again, that we make little promises to ourselves to change for the better; to be a better […]