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Seed Kitchen: Macrobiotic Magic, Madonna's Dessert & More, #Giveaway

Venice is a must for those who desire the complete Southern California experience. Rollerbladers and bicyclists glide on pathways paralleling the Pacific Ocean. In the sea, surfers in wetsuits frolic like dolphins in the waves.  On occasion Chef Eric Lechasseur, co-owner of Venice’s macrobiotic Seed Kitchen is one of the surfers…If he’s not prepping meals for Hollywood celebs or updating the macrobiotic menu for Seed Kitchen.

Seasons (as in Japanese cooking) are honored in macrobiotic food creation. Chef Eric traded in his cream-heavy French sauces for organic, healthy cooking when his wife, Sanae Suzuki (co-owner of Seed Kitchen) was diagnosed with cancer. Sanae is now cancer-free. She is, of course, a fan of her husband’s wholesome cuisine. You may also be a fan after a Seed Kitchen meal. You won’t be alone. Seed Kitchen cookbooks (on sale at the restaurant) are sprinkled with praise from stars. Madonna says, “Eric’s macro desserts are so indulgent, you would think they are sinful!”

Kippy's Organic Non-Dairy (Delicious!) Ice Cream is Going Global

Organic and outrageously delicious, Kippy's  Ice Cream may soon be cornering the world's dessert market.

オガニック、超美味しいキッピズアイスクリームは世界市場のデザート女王かもしりません。

Note: Kippy’s is expanding domestically and internationally.
Kippy's may be moving from Venice, CA  to Santa Monica or Mar Vista.
The first stop in global dessert domination for the queen of organic, non-dairy ice cream is Tokyo, Japan!
Consult KippysIceCream.com or telephone the shop to ensure you get your Kippy’s ice cream treat.

Kippy’sは進出しておりますのでオガニックアイスクリームをぜったい食べるように行く前にウェブサイト又は電話をした方が良いかもしりません。

Idaho® Potato Sushi, #FWCon

A colorful quilt covers fields harvested by the Idaho Potato Commission. Purple Passions, Ida Roses, Yukon Golds and Classic Russets are but a few of the potatoes, which weave a patchwork of Idaho beauty. Besides the deliciousness delivered via Idaho® potatoes, the Idaho Potato Commission is one of the generous sponsors of the Sunshine State’s Food & Wine Conference. FamilyFoodie aka Isabel Laessig always arranges a splendid array of speakers and surprise, surprise fantabulous food and wine for the conference.

Green Tea Honeysuckle Minis, #TheCakeSliceBakers

Surprise! The Ninja Baker chose the one Asian accented recipe in Southern Living’s The Southern Cake Book. After all, Japanese food and language were all this Ninja Baker knew until age 5. Tokyo was my hometown until age 18. So, yes, when one of the recipes up for experimentation, I mean baking, for this month’s Cake Slice Bakers was Green Tea Honeysuckle Cake, there was no waffling. But, seriously, who knew that besides sweet tea, Southerners have a thing for green tea?

From trying other green tea matcha recipes penned by foreigners, I suspected that more matcha was required. I’m blonde and probably not allowed to use that word. So...

Chicken Ramen Mini Casseroles, #SundaySupper

Ramen. The Japanese noodles are everywhere. First I thought LA’s love affair with ramen was exclusive to this City of Angels. However, after traveling across this (mostly) great United (sometimes) States of America, I see Japanese ramen noodles nodding hello from the Asian aisles in supermarkets in even the sleepiest seaside towns.

America’s welcome of the ubiquitous Japanese ramen makes sense. Ramen is a DIY fast food. Ripping open a package of ramen is a relief for a multi-tasking mom or for the college student burning the midnight oil. Plus, like any do-it-yourself project, the crafter has the power to decorate ramen noodles with whatever topping is desired.

Vegan California Sushi Roll, #International Food Challenge

The California roll is a made-in-America invention. Avocados with sushi, mayonnaise with tuna, canned Spam on white rice are creations of the West...In ‘60s and ‘70s Japan, going to a sushi restaurant was like visiting a 3-Star Michelin restaurant in Paris. Every detail bowed its head to history and tradition. I remember fresh fish smells blending with the clean scent of purified Japanese stone gardens and bamboo...