June 27, 2016

Event Recap: Sakqueso!

by Kayoko Akabori

Sakqueso!, just as the name suggests, was an event we put on pairing cheese with sake. It was loads of FUN! We invited Keisuke Akabori to create a five-course menu and Tim Sullivan of Hakkaisan Brewery to come and pair the dishes with their sakes. Sake and cheese pair very well, wouldn’t you know, since […]

June 15, 2016

Sake Gumi News: Sakqueso! (June 2016)

by Yoko Kumano

June sakes ship today for Sake Gumi, our monthly sake subscription club. If you like what’s on deck here, you should join! There’s a little known secret outside the sake world: Sake + Cheese = Harmony. Before formulating the theme for Sake Gumi this month, I was fortunate enough to talk to all four of the brewers […]

June 2, 2016

Upcoming Event: Sakqueso! An Evening with Hakkaisan Brewery + Casa de Kei

by Kayoko Akabori

Get ready for SAKQUESO!, our first dinner event with Timothy Sullivan of Hakkaisan Brewery and Casa de Kei (Keisuke Akabori) of Delage. Join us for a special meal paired with Hakkaisan Sake from Niigata, Japan, at Sequoia Diner in East Oakland on Friday June 17. We will be serving a 5-course tasting menu highlighting CHEESE! Timothy will be […]

August 13, 2015

Chizu, A Cheese Bar in Portland

by Kayoko Akabori

It’s so important to travel. Not to say it needs to be lavish or romantic or life-changing every time, but it’s really necessary to get out of your comfort zone and visit new places, even if it’s only an hour away. Remember that Sex and the City episode where Miranda was dating a guy who […]

May 11, 2015

MOTOism: Natto Brie Dip

by Moto Yamamoto

I’ve made quite a few dishes using natto (fermented soy beans) in the past years — from Natto Moffin to sweet Natto Sandwich. If you like natto, it’s good with everything (almost), but if you hate natto, you wouldn’t understand any of my creations. That’s ok, I proudly HATE cilantro myself and I refuse to eat any […]

December 9, 2013

Fridgin’ Out: A Tale of Four Refrigerators

by Audrey Luk

My husband, Chris, has an unusual vice: buying refrigerators. “You’re so patient with me,” he says as he slices open another big box. The zip-zip-BRAP sound of cardboard flaps separating is one I’ve come to associate with the rearrangement of our living quarters. Perhaps it would be normal to have four refrigerators in a sprawling […]

October 21, 2013

The Swedish Chef: Czech Fried Cheese

by UM Guest

By Haan Riddell I LOVE CHEESE. This dish is the ultimate cheese dish, perfect when you need to comfort yourself on a rainy day or when you have a bad hangover. This dish is not quite for those on a diet, but what the heck, you only live once! I tried this fabulous dish for […]

January 15, 2013

Slightly Peckish: Omiyage from Japan: Shonan Cheese Pie

by Sakura Gooneratne

There is something about Japanese confectionary and pâtisseries that pushes sweets to a level of sophistication I haven’t found anywhere else. It’s not the purely Japanese examples either. They excel in transforming desserts from all over the world into something less sweet, less heavy and more palatable. And it’s no coincidence that sweets are HUGE […]

December 12, 2012

Fridgin’ Out: The Ramen Shaman + Roommates

by Will VanderWyden

Ah, the joy of roommates. The Ramen Shaman lives with three other dudes in a house in Los Angeles, meaning our fridge is war zone of groceries for four people each cooking for one. But to be honest there’s not a whole lot of cooking going on in this household. I actually enjoy making food, […]

December 3, 2012

The Forest Feast: Persimmon + Brie Sandwiches

by Erin Gleeson

I had some left over persimmon after making this salad for Thanksgiving, so I sliced them into wedges and made these little appetizer sandwiches, which people seemed to really like! You could use any kind of cheese, really… but do make sure you choose Fuyu persimmons (the squat tomato looking ones that are eaten when crunchy and […]