July 22, 2013

Ask Sushi Kuni: Chirashi, A Short History

by Kayoko Akabori

Whenever I go to Sushi Kuni alone for lunch, I always sit at the sushi counter in front of Kuni. It’s usually packed with Apple employees and the staff are usually all running around like a bunch of crazed chickens — so even if I really want to indulge in some nigiri sushi or makimono, […]

May 15, 2012

Ask Sushi Kuni: Makimono (Rolls)

by Kayoko Akabori

Do you guys all know my pops? His name is Kunio, and he is a sushi chef. Classically trained as a tempura chef, he was offered to transfer to Los Angeles where Inagiku, the Tokyo restaurant he worked at, was opening a location in the iconic Bonaventure Hotel. So, the Akaboris all ended up in […]

May 8, 2012

Gochi: Revitalizing Japanese Cuisine in Cupertino

by Kayoko Akabori

Gochi opened quietly in 2005, in a little non-descript strip mall on the back roads of Cupertino. It was actually a bit traumatizing for me — they bought out a nasty dive bar called the Peacock Lounge where my friends and I used to go when visiting our hometown for the holidays. The “Cock”, as […]

July 6, 2009

Umamiporn: California Sun-kissed Picturelog

by Yoko Kumano

I took a much-needed trip back home to California in May for two weeks. I risked contracting the swine flu to indulge in my second passion after eating – photography with my grandma’s 1970s Nikon EM film camera.I love taking photos of food in Tokyo, but there’s something about the California sun that saturates food […]

July 28, 2008

UM Redux: Sushi Kuni Experience (Cupertino)

by Moto Yamamoto

I made it to Cupertino to meet the Kakaboris. I was with my mother, and on our way to Half Moon Bay, we stopped by there. It was about an hour drive from San Francisco. We rented a huge ass Chevrolet minivan, which was like, “who the hell drives this kind of monstrous gas guzzler […]

July 9, 2008

Ode to Cupertino: Ridge Winery

by Kayoko Akabori

Hard to believe that in my little hometown of Cupertino, CA, there is a world renowned winery tucked deep into the hillside. Cupertino is a part of the Silicon Valley- it’s where you can find 1 Infinite Loop aka Apple HQ; and all sorts of other hi-tech companies within a 15 mile radius (turn right […]

May 13, 2008

Wine Heaven at the Suburban Grocery Store

by Kayoko Akabori

Just got in really late last night from a weekend in Cali. Surprised my mama for mom’s day! I scored big points with that one- I expect that to override anything that would be considered bad daughter behavior for the next few years. I’m really exhausted and I’ve got a busy day ahead of me, […]

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- […]

June 17, 2007

Sushi Kuni Restaurant

by Kayoko Akabori

Whenever I visit my hometown, Cupertino, CA (home of the beloved Macintosh computer), the first thing that I do, before I even go home, is stop off at Sushi Kuni Restaurant. In my five years in NY, I haven’t found a place that compares to the comfort, the authenticity (I hate to say that word, […]