December 6, 2012

Japanify: Winter Root Nimono

by Yoko Kumano

For some, winter may mean honey-baked hams and Santa Claus. But at my house, it means nimono. Nimono simply means “simmered things” in Japanese. You can pretty much simmer anything, but the simmering liquid is usually a combination of dashi, mirin and soy sauce. I was happy to find some very wintry root vegetables at […]

January 13, 2012

Shochu Stop: Oyuwari

by Washi Washino

Happy new year! How did you spend your new year’s day? The start of my new year was the worst. On new year’s eve, I was at my a party in SF and drank many whisky cocktails that my friend made. I enjoyed the cocktail and the party, and then went to the BART (the […]

June 29, 2011

Shochu Stop: Satsuma Shiranami (Sweet Potato)

by Washi Washino

Today, I’ll introduce you to Satsuma Shiranami which used to be my go-to shochu in Japan. I would get home late from work, turn on the TV and settle down into my couch and have this shochu on the rocks. It relaxed my exhausted body and induced a deep sleep. The next morning, I would […]