April 5, 2013

Postcard from Hanoi: Bread Lady

by Johnny Lopes

*Johnny Lopes is based in San Francisco and is currently traveling through Southeast Asia for two months.

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March 26, 2013

MOTOism: Baking with Charcoal Powder

by Moto Yamamoto

You know what’s inside your Brita filter, right? Charcoal. You know the best way to keep the fridge from smelling bad?

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September 24, 2012

Forest Feast: Zatar Flatbread

by Kayoko Akabori

Zatar (sometimes za’atar) is a Middle Eastern spice made up (usually) of a blend of salt, sumac (a tart red dried fruit powder), sesame seeds and thyme.

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March 28, 2012

Skankynavia: Rye Bread Layer Cake (FAIL)

by Anders Arhoj


So this weekend I was having a few people over for a potluck birthday party and I took it upon myself to make the dessert.

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October 12, 2010

Best of UM: I Baked Bread, So Don’t Break Up!

by Kayoko Akabori


By Kayoko Akabori
Originally posted on March 31, 2008

When the routine bites hard/ And ambitions are low
And the resentment rides high
/ But emotions won’t grow
And we’re changing our ways/ Taking different roads
Then love, love will tear us apart again
– Joy Division

Recently, a few of my closest friends have been going through devastating breakups- couples who have been together for 3 years, 5 years, 7 YEARS.

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June 28, 2010

The Famed Focaccia at Liguria Bakery (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

Liguria Bakery (SF)

Trekked over the Bay Bridge last week (that $4 toll, about to be $6, is gonna be the bank-account-death of me) and visited North Beach.

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June 8, 2010

The Chicago Ten: Floriole Cafe & Bakery (#5)

by Kayoko Akabori

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

My dear friend Leslie alerted me about this bakery when she found out I was going to Chicago.

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February 23, 2010

ReCPY: Fish in a Blanket (Chikuwa Pan)

by Moto Yamamoto


In Japan, there are a LOT of food items you can only find in a specific to a town, city, or area.

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February 3, 2010

Ball-and-Chained to Berkeley

by Yoko Kumano


After a 4-year, 4-month hiatus, I am back in Berkeley. Robotland (a.k.a. Tokyo) was good to me, but finding myself shuffled in line at the Berkeley Bowl between one of these, and Zack de la Rocha‘s doppelganger on a weekly basis has got me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

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June 11, 2009

Buttered Bread Pudding Battle, Part II

by Kayoko Akabori


As I mentioned in my last post, I pretty much fucked up my first attempt at making bread pudding- mostly due to my inability to follow directions.

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