February 12, 2010

Fried Chicken Livers at Magnolia Pub (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

I love chicken livers, but battered in panko and fried???? HOLY HOTCAKES! I could not stop– I think I ate this entire plate all by my lonesome. No sharing, sorry! The nuttiness of the livers were totally enhanced by the hot crunch of the outer layer– that unmistakable flavor of fried food. Look at how […]

Umamiventure #22.5: Everett & Jones (OAK)

by Kayoko Akabori

PREQUEL Umamiventure #22: St. George Spirits & Hangar One Vodka (SF Bay Area) What’s the best accompaniment to whiskey? BBQ all the way! As I’ve already told you, the very first time I tasted St. George whiskey was at Fette Sau, a barbecue joint in Brooklyn. So it was only appropriate that we complet the […]

February 8, 2010

Ibu Oka: THAT Suckling Pig Place (Bali)

by Moto Yamamoto

Ibu Oka is one of the most famous food joints on the entire island of Bali– located in a touristy area of Ubud, Ibu Oka serves some of the best suckling pig. Anthony Bourdain has been here, as have many other food celebrities. Since we stayed around Kuta, the drive was about an hour. I […]

July 6, 2009

Adventures in Chicken Liver Pate

by Kayoko Akabori

Last week I had some fresh chicken livers in the fridge (from a rooster I killed with my own bare hands!!! More about that some other time). Chicken livers are so cheap, but this was my very first time cooking with them! My mama got this new Cuisinart mixer/food processor that I wanted to try […]

June 30, 2009

Front Yard Yakitori Shack (Tokyo)

by Kayoko Akabori

My father has one sister and four brothers- all of who are in the restaurant business. The Akaboris are destined to work with food, what can I say?? My brother just spent some time in a hoity-toity restaurant in Barcelona, and I just started a job at a Spanish restaurant in Menlo Park. As LOST’s […]

January 14, 2009

California Love: Modesto Squab

by Yoko Kumano

My first dinner of 2009 will go down in the books. On the menu was roasted squab (one squab for every member), wild rice with soaked dried cherries, herb stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, and an avocado and grapefruit salad. Everything was purchased at the my favorite grocery store in the world, the […]

January 9, 2009

Tonjiru Miso Stew for the Cold Winter

by Kayoko Akabori

One of my new year resolutions is to cook more. I’m serious this time! Here’s something I made yesterday that is super easy, and perfect for the cold winter months. Oops, I’m in California where it’s 65 today. Sorry NYC suckas!!! Tonjiru is a Japanese dish, which is just miso soup with hearty vegetables, tofu […]

January 7, 2009

7 Course BEEFest for Under $20! (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

My very first post about Bay Area food since I’ve moved here! Woo-hoo! Vanessa took me to Anh Hong in the Tenderloin, a popular Vietnamese restaurant boasting “7 COURSES OF BEEF” for only $18.95! Love it!!! From their website, it looks like there are restaurants located all over the Bay Area, and in LA and […]

December 11, 2008

Fried Meat on a Stick!

by Kayoko Akabori

Besides okonimiyaki, Osaka is known for another genius culinary invention: kushikatsu (aka kushiage). It’s so dreamy. Various meat and seafood parts, sometimes utterly inappropriate but so delicious. All kinds of vegetables. All breaded, then fried. On a stick! Yippee!!! We went over to the Jan-Jan strip of the city (above neon sign), where the taxi […]

May 11, 2008

UM Secret: Shhhh… My Favorite in NYC

by Kayoko Akabori

Living in this overhyped dining netherworld that is NYC, everyone has to have a place that is absolutely their OWN SECRET. It’s usually somewhere on the downlow, waaaay below the radar, somewhere that you hope to god won’t ever get written about in the lame-o Times or blow up on Yelp. This is how it […]