October 9, 2009


by Kayoko Akabori

My pops got a new fish slicer-dicer for work. Check it. He got it engraved with the family name, or as fancy Upper Eastsiders would say, “monogrammed.” AKABORI HOLLER! Kinda awesome (Mifune/YOJIMBO) slash creepy (Mishima/SEPPUKU).

September 11, 2008

The Aerobie Coffee Maker (aka the Pump)

by Aya Ogawa

Tmonkey is very grumpy in the morning. He depends on his morning coffee to wake up!Recently he purchased a new coffee making device called the Aeropress Coffee/Espresso Maker. The old espresso machine was pooping out, and this Aeropress was inexpensive and REQUIRED NO ELECTRICITY (except to heat up the water and grind the coffee). Also […]

May 20, 2008

Jewel Box From My Pops

by Kayoko Akabori

For my birthday, Kuni, my dad, handed me this box. A new diamond necklace, perhaps? Um, there is no way in hell that would EVER happen- I’m not even sure my mom has gotten anything of that sort since the wedding ring, uh, THIRTY YEARS AGO. So what was inside? Something better than diamonds, for […]

September 4, 2007

Sometimes Gadgets are the Key for Best Tasting Meals

by Moto Yamamoto

I used to have a LOT of kitchen gadgets. Well, I still do, but I managed to sell food processor, and other various items. Pasta maker is something I am looking into for next purchase. My Kitchen Aid stand mixer is an item from heaven if you cook or bake. It makes my life so […]

August 22, 2007

Importance of Following Rules

by Moto Yamamoto

WARNING! If you don’t like bloody stories, or don’t want to see the reality of cooking disasters, do not read this post. Many people don’t follow rules. Sometimes they end up going to a jail, sometimes pastries don’t get as fluffy as hoped, or this time, it ended up pretty bloody and painful. A mandoline […]

July 18, 2007

All-Clad or All Crap?

by Moto Yamamoto

I was watching the Today Show this morning, and Bittman was explaining to Lauer that we do not need to buy expensive kitchen stuff. He said one can go to any restaurant supply store and buy cheap stuff. I do see his point that chefs cook thousands of meals and abuse pots and pans, so […]

July 10, 2007

American Brands are Not Good Enough for High Rollers?

by Moto Yamamoto

I am hooked on food blogging! I finally bought a USB transfer thing that I can download pics from my digital camera directly into any computer, so it’s very easy to upload visuals. Anyhow, in my previous blog about Peking duck, I mentioned Gaggenau kitchen appliances, and this time, I will tell you more about […]

May 16, 2007

Celebrating Spring with Crazy Daisy Pyrex

by Kayoko Akabori

When Ryohei (aka Yamahomo) announced that he was moving, the first thing I asked was, “can I buy everything you’re selling from your kitchen?” You see, Ryohei is a master chef who truly has the most comprehensive, exquisite kitchenware of anyone I know. He needed to downsize his possessions since he would be moving from […]

March 27, 2007

$100/ 2 Weeks/ NYC: Day 3,4 & 5

by Kayoko Akabori

$100/ 2 Weeks/ NYC: Prologue$100/ 2 Weeks/ NYC: Day 1 & 2Sunday 3/25 Total Spent: $2.50 LUNCH –> $0 everyone, meet Ruby, Ruby, everyone. i bought Ruby as a christmas gift to myself just this past December– she is a 3 quart Le Creuset dutch oven, in a deep emerald green. i named her after […]