October 5, 2016

Meet the Man Behind the Best Yakitori in Oakland

by Kayoko Akabori


Recently, I got into a discussion about all the restaurants that have been popping up in the Bay Area.

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September 26, 2016

Japanify: Soboro Donburi (Crumbly Chicken Bowl)

by Yoko Kumano


During my last visit to Tokyo, my grandma sent me home with some store bought, vacuum-sealed beef soboro.

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April 25, 2014

The Vin Vivant: Spin the Bottle

by Audrey Luk

Chinese Slider

My #1 tip for how to learn more about wine: spin the bottle around and look at the back label.

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October 28, 2013

Kitchen Follies: Shio-Koji Roasted Chicken

by Kayoko Akabori

In life, I’m all about making mistakes. The important thing is to just try everything! I was always the person to ask all the stupid questions in class; I’ve never had much of a fear of failure or looking dumb in public.

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October 4, 2013

Japanify: Grilled Oriental Chicken

by Yoko Kumano


The early 90s…

I was distancing myself from my Sandylion stickers while making multiple trips to the Wherehouse to make sure that I got tickets to see Radiohead at the Edge in Palo Alto.

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July 18, 2013

Japanify: Chicken Hambagu

by Yoko Kumano


The Japanese dish hambagu derives from the Hamburg steak. Hamburg steak is the patty of a hamburger.

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May 29, 2013

The Swedish Chef: Larb Gai

by Haan Ridell

By Haan Ridell

Hi I’m Haan. I’m Swedish but live in Copenhagen, and I fly around the world for a living.

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December 18, 2012

MOTOism: Move Over Shio Koji, Here Comes Shio Yogurt

by Moto Yamamoto

Trends in Japan changes as often as Taylor Swift changes boyfriends. It’s like, wasn’t she dating the Kennedy kid and even bought a house across from his in order to be close to him?

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February 27, 2012

ReCPY: Rolled Chicken Breast Stuffed with Sticky Rice

by Moto Yamamoto


I’ve been reading on many Japanese blogs that people are stuffing sticky rice inside a whole chicken, which absorbs all the good stuff from the bird, and makes a very nice sticky rice accompanying a perfectly roasted bird.

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February 8, 2012

Great UM Noodletown: Pho Ga Special @ Ao Sen (OAK)

by Kayoko Akabori


Pho ga dac biet is a special chicken noodle soup at Ao Sen, my favorite pho joint in the East Bay.

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