California Soul

May 7, 2008

California Soul: Blue Bottle Music Video

by Kayoko Akabori

This is ridiculously overdue, being the last post in my California Soul series which began two months ago (!). Putting together this video has been haunting me, and I finally buckled down and worked on it for your viewing pleasure. It took me all Sunday to make it, so you better friggin love it! I […]

March 17, 2008

California Soul: Joy Luck Place (Cupertino)

by Kayoko Akabori

This post is dedicated to Hua and Wangster. Whenever I go home, I gotta get my dim sum fill. My mom thinks this is so bizarre, cause she knows I always go to dim sum in NY. But it’s just different in the Bay somehow- dare I say better? I don’t know what it is- […]

March 11, 2008

California Soul: Osha Thai Noodle Cafe (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

After driving around for about 30 minutes trying to decide what to eat (pho? Thai? Burmese? Tofu House?) Alice and CJ took me to the original Osha in the Tenderloin, which everyone says is the best out of the other 5 Oshas scattered around the city now. I guess all the other ones are fancy, […]

March 10, 2008

California Soul: Swan Oyster Depot (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

They say the sun comes up every morningAnd if you listen oh so carefully The winds that ride on the high timeWhistle in melody And so the people started to sing And thats how the surf gave birth untold To California soul, California Soul– Ashford & Simpson You know what the surf all along the […]

March 8, 2008

California Soul: Naglee Park Garage (SJ)

by Kayoko Akabori

Christi considers herself quite the rotisserie chicken connoisseur, and she had been raving about her discovery of “the best roasted chicken” for months. Naglee Park Garage is a cute little brick house (lots of house restaurants in SJ) near its namesake park, close to SJ State. I would call this place old-school-garage-knick-knacky-cool. There’s even a […]

March 6, 2008

California Soul: Casa Vicky (SJ)

by Kayoko Akabori

Jamie is always taunting me about these deep fried burritos he gets near his place in downtown San Jose- sounds like the best invention ever, right? (Second to a fried calamari sandwich). So of course he took me to his spot, Casa Vicky, when I got into SJ. It’s literally a little house on the […]

March 4, 2008

California Soul: Osteria Mozza (LA)

by Kayoko Akabori

I’m sorta embarrassed to admit it, but seems that I have a Mario Batali obsession. But let me preface this entry by saying that we weren’t even supposed to go to Mozza- we had reservations at Campanile, but my flight got in too late so we had to cancel. Sara said they were being buttholes […]

March 3, 2008

California Soul: Park’s BBQ (LA)

by Kayoko Akabori

Can’t go to LA and not go to Koreatown. Best Korean food ever, and it’s a trip down memory lane for me, cause that’s where we lived for 4 years when my family first moved to the States. On my friend Jim’s recommendation, Keisuke, Yoskay and I went to Park’s on Vermont. It was late […]

March 1, 2008

California Soul: Hot Date with Oishii Eats (LA)

by Kayoko Akabori

In LA, I was finally able to meet up with my personal favorite food blogger, Oishii Eats aka Jeni (I hope her name isn’t a secret). I’m embarrassed to say, but in the overcrowded sea of food blogs, OE is the only one that I consistently keep up with- it’s totally unpretentious, easy to navigate, […]

February 28, 2008

California Soul: Silverlake Edition (LA)

by Kayoko Akabori

It’s all in the air/ You hear it everywhere No matter what you do/ It’s gonna grab a hold on you California soul… California soul…— Ashford & Simpson It’s in my bones, I can’t shake it off- California is IN me. Took a week off to attend a wedding in San Francisco, and detoured through […]