July 6, 2016

Happy Hour: Umeboshi Splash!

by Kayoko Akabori

My best friend Sara wrote a book and it just came out! It’s called Never Ever and it is a young adult fiction novel recreating the story of Peter Pan. I just finished the book yesterday and I must say that it is brilliant! It is the perfect pool-side summer read, or a way to spend […]

June 1, 2015

Lazyass Cookin’: Cold Sanuki Udon with Nameko Mushrooms

by Kayoko Akabori

Many of you are well aware of my noodle addiction. I like all noodles: soba, udon, ramen, linguine, naengmyun, pho, any and all of it. Fried, boiled, in broth. Cold soba is probably the only food that I crave all of the time — and it is always the first thing I eat after being […]

May 7, 2014

Lazyass Cookin’: How to Boil a Dumpling

by Kayoko Akabori

Have I seriously never posted anything about frozen dumplings? That’s crazy! Frozen dumplings have been my #1 go-to lazyass meal for years now. I used to buy the bags in the frozen food aisle at Chinese super markets, with their bright color-coded bags for bitter melon or chive and shrimp varieties (usually made in Thailand). […]

January 13, 2014

Izakaya Hideko: Taberu Rayu Tofu Salad

by Kayoko Akabori

My parents hosted a shinnenkai (New Year’s party) last night and it was a fantastic feast! As usual, Hideko and Kuni battled it out in the kitchen for cooking space, laughing and making fun of each other along the way. Who will make the best dish of the evening? This competitiveness has harshened lately, as Kuni has […]

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. I actually just tripped and fell on a busy street with full-on Farmer’s […]

September 4, 2013

Japanify: Spicy Indian Summer Stir-Fry

by Yoko Kumano

I’ve been really lazy about cooking these past few weeks. I don’t know if it’s because we are (finally) experiencing summer here in Oakland, or if I’m feeling unmotivated in the kitchen. It’s probably a little bit of both. But eating out or buying pre-made food gets really old, fast. And the effects of eating […]

August 26, 2013

Kayo’s Kitchen: Final Days of Janky Eating

by Kayoko Akabori

I’m in a flurry of packing at the moment. Actually, Yoko and MOTO had to come over and help me pack since I just can’t seem to get it together. The movers come tomorrow and my days of single living are about to become a faint memory. I am 33 years old and have lived […]

April 25, 2013

Japanify: Daikon-Tuna Stir Fry

by Yoko Kumano

Sometimes the most humble ingredients can yield some seriously satisfying results. Some days I procrastinate until the last stop on my train to plan out what I’m going to make for dinner. I mentally piece together what I have in the fridge and try to make a meal out of it… kind of like how […]

April 4, 2013

Japanify: Mizuna Crunch Salad

by Yoko Kumano

Spring is here and my local market is starting show signs of different colors of the rainbow after a winter abundance of orange and brown fruits and vegetables. I’ve been most excited about the appearance of more greens — broccoli, asparagus, green onions, etc. The bulk greens sections has also been exploding and the appearance […]

March 28, 2013

Japanify: Mentaiko Rice Redux

by Yoko Kumano

Forgive me, I am going to cheat a little here… like that “100 Episodes of Seinfeld” episode. I think Umami Mart has been around long enough for something like that. So this is a re-post/interpretation of another post I wrote in Tokyo 4 years ago. The other day I got a tray of mentaiko (spicy cod […]