January 1, 2013

MOTOism: Family Crabbing

by Moto Yamamoto

Happy New Year. 2013 has started with a perfect sunrise in Japan. Hopefully it signifies that the rest of the year to be bright and shiny. 2012 was filled with happenings: from Taylor Swift changing boyfriends 18 times, to Gangnam Style to Sandy craziness to starting my own business. Let’s hope 2013 will be a […]

March 7, 2012

Postcard from Okinawa: Crab Noodle

by Nahoko Morimoto

*Nahoko Morimoto is a Tokyo-based photographer. Her work has been featured in Brutus and Vogue Japan.

May 26, 2011

Japanify: Soft-Shelled Sacrifice

by Yoko Kumano

I admire killers. I admire butchers, mongers, soldiers and… Dexter. I admire them for the balls and boobies they possess to kill with confidence–without squealing or being a hesitant little sissy. They don’t do things like “name” their kill–like I did for my two soft-shell crab buddies Rod and Todd. I am a total squealer […]

September 21, 2009

Duarte’s Tavern (Bay Area)

by Kayoko Akabori

Since moving back to California, I’m trying to branch out more and find new places to eat all over the Bay Area. A few weekends ago my parents and I took a nice drive out to Pescadero, a quaint little town out on the coast, just south of San Francisco. We had an awesome Umamiventure […]

August 11, 2009

Tokyo JUNKtion: Summertime Party at Washio

by Yoko Kumano

One of the best things about Tokyo is its haphazardness. In addition to being able to drink outside, their zoning and permit laws seems to be pretty lax, allowing for makeshift parties outside – literally on the street. If a car tries to squeeze by, well… it’ll just have to wait until all the drunkards […]

July 14, 2009

Tokyo JUNKtion: Canned Crab Bar GUILTY of False Advertising

by Yoko Kumano

The Canned Crab Bar is guilty of false advertising. I almost forgave them for not serving any canned crab while dining on fresh, juicy crab legs and seafood-cream pasta… until I saw the bill. We walked into the Canned Crab Bar located in a tiny alley in Yoyogi-uehara expecting canned crab. But instead the only […]

January 22, 2009

Crabbin’ in the Richmond (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

Nhu took PPQ newbies Jacobo, Alice and me out for crab the other night in the Outer Richmond district of San Francisco- YAH!!! PPQ Dungeness Island (isn’t that the best name ever? Stands for Pho Phu Quoc), serves whole crab prepared in a variety of ways, Vietnamese style. No joke, this place is the real […]

January 13, 2009

You Know What’s Fresh…

by Yoko Kumano

…when Tsukiji is bubbling over with them. To check out what’s in season, or to simply when I feel like salivating profusely, I walk around Tsukiji on my lunch break. Today I found crabs: short-legged ones, long-legged ones, hairy-legged ones, white ones, red ones, ones in a tank, and buggy-eyed ones. Unfortunately, I can not […]

September 24, 2008

The Largest Living Arthropod in the World (Ishigaki)

by Yoko Kumano

I ate it. Yashigani or coconut crabs live in the Indian and Central Pacific regions. I have never seen one in Tokyo, therefore, although it’s quite pricey (4000yen for a small one at 500 grams), I knew I had to try it. They are terrestrial and have fluffier meat than their aquatic counterparts. The body […]

July 30, 2008

Lobster Rolls & Seafood at BLT Fish Shack (NYC)

by Payman Bahmani

So I’ve decided that my days of blogging virginity will be cast into the past, and what better way to hail the occasion and set the mood than with a blog about that most ancient of aphrodisiacs, seafood. As a precursor to a Lobster roll-centric New England road trip (posts coming forthwith) that I planned […]