Latest Blog Posts

Latest Blog Posts

Road Food by Jane and Michael Stern #DeliciousBookReview

Fine dining doesn’t require Noritake plates and Lalique crystal. Nobody knows this better than Jane and Michael Stern, the husband and wife authors of Road Food. (Now in its 10th edition! The couple is celebrating their 40th anniversary of stalking scrumptiousness. ) Famous amongst fans of the Splendid Table podcast, the duo travels America’s byways scouting home-style deliciousness. The Sterns’ reports to Splendid Table... Read Full Article46

The Japanese Style American Tea Room #BeverlyHills

The Japanese Style American Tea Room 日本風のアメリカン・ティー・ルーム Prada. Strolling around the town is like stepping into a movie set. Beverly Hills is a beautiful place. But after you’ve had your fill of shopping (window shopping for some of us) and taking photos, you’ll probably crave a pick-me-up. Saunter over to the American Tea Room. You’ll enter a space with a Japanese sense of design. No clutter. (Mari Kondo would be proud... Read Full Article47

Rose Petal Jam Filled Blueberry Cupcakes #RedWhiteandBlue #SundaySupper

Fireworks cascade in the night sky. Faces turned heavenward in awe. It must be the Fourth of July in America. And it must be summer! The time of year when I’d travel from Tokyo to visit Mom in Massachusetts. Mom passed several years ago. One of the most vivid summertime memories with Mom involves blueberries. She loved the little gems. Blueberries were something I only ate in the States with her. Blueberries were usually sprinkled atop... Read Full Article48

Cowboy Sushi #SundaySupper #RootsinBoots

Japanese food and language were all I knew until age 5 (although I’m an American of European descent.) Tokyo was my hometown until age 18. Japan is famous for its Kobe beef. However, my first bite of beef was at my grandmother’s house in Colorado. I was sent there one summer to learn English. Good thing my Nona was patient…And had a large stash of nori. (Dried Japanese seaweed) I refused to eat meat if not wrapped in nori.... Read Full Article49

Mastering the Art of Japanese Cooking #Giveaway

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking pays homage to the oba-san*1 (granny or auntie) in the Japanese home kitchen.  Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking (published in 2007) was a generous share of how to create exquisite Japanese cuisine with a multicultural flair. If you’ve seen Chef Morimoto on Iron Chef on TV in Japan and/or America, you know he’s a master of Japanese and French... Read Full Article50

Chocolate Tofu Cupcakes #SundaySupper

What’s your go-to chocolate? Or is chocolate passé?  Does it pales in comparison to savory snacks? My penchant for chocolate and cupcakes are inherited from my father. My father passed this last February - the day after Valentine’s. He was a goodhearted gentleman. He loved chocolate and cupcakes. I have fond memories of sampling boxes of Bradenton, Florida’s Frosted Over Cupcakery. My father also loved the boxes... Read Full Article51

Veggie Ramen #SundaySupper

Disney's Mary Poppins would approve of this Ninja Baker’s Japanese veggie ramen. The famous Disney nanny was all about fun! In between traveling into colorful sidewalk art with her charges; she was singing, “A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down!” (My Japanese nanny actually did crush up my medicine with honey.) I’m not espousing the sweet stuff today.  But I am promoting ramen! Specifically Japanese... Read Full Article52

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

Organic and outrageously delicious, Kippy's Ice Cream is going global. First stop - Japan! Venice, CA's vegan ice cream is now available in Tokyo.   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。 Andy's sweet smile accompanies delicious scoops of organic, non-dairy Kippy's ice cream.  アイスクリームは笑顔で差し上げます   Assorted berries mingle in the ice cream bowl. 様々なベーリのアイスクリーム ​ Kippy... Read Full Article53

Secrets to the Magic in Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea

Secrets to the Magic in Tokyo Disneyland and  Disney Sea Are you a Disney fan? Me, too! So, I’m delighted to share a few secrets. 1. Enter the parks past 6 p.m. and you get a discount! 2. Can you prove you’re over 60 with an ID? You get a reduced rate! 3. Have kidlets under 3? They are in for free! 4. From 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays, tickets are also discounted. 5. Enjoy rides during... Read Full Article54

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