New Year

January 1, 2014

Hello 2014!

by Kayoko Akabori

After a seriously insane final few weeks of 2013, I’m SO ready to dive into the new year.

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December 31, 2013

The Vin Vivant: Fat Belly, Tiny Bubbles

by Audrey Luk

When Old Man Winter’s icy digit stops mercury from rising, I am reminded of a traveler I met in Argentina, a Canadian middle-school teacher who once ran sled dogs.

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December 30, 2013

TONIGHT: New Year Party in Oakland

by Kayoko Akabori

2013 whizzed past us didn’t it?!?! As I look back on the year, I recall a rager, a long day of blood/sweat/tears, a triumphant expansion, then, another expansion.

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January 24, 2013

UM Recession: Ikaho Onsen

by Yoko Kumano

I woke up on January 1, 2013 ready to shred on the tatami mats at my husband’s parent’s house in western Tokyo.

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October 1, 2012

Forest Feast: Pomegranate Challah

by Erin Gleeson

The Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur was last week, which continues the season of the Jewish New Year.

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January 6, 2012

Peko-Peko’s Tataki Gobo (Burdock Root with Toasted Sesame)

by Kayoko Akabori


I was fortunate enough to peek into the Peko Peko kitchen this last weekend, while they were preparing all 40 boxes of their highly coveted annual osechi bentos.

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January 4, 2012

Skankynavia: Surprise New Year’s in Stockholm

by Anders Arhoj


Five minutes.

That’s litterally how much time I had to decide whether I was going to accept the out of the blue New Year’s Eve dinner party invitation from my friends in Stockholm at 12:30 in the afternoon on Dec 31, 2011.

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December 30, 2011

年越しそば (Toshikoshi Soba)

by Kayoko Akabori

Japanify: Tsuyu

As 2011 draws to a close, I am not thinking about the Mayans. Rather, I am trying to decide what I will be eating over the weekend.

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December 23, 2011

2012 Peko-Peko Osechi Bento (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

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For the last four years, Sylvan of Peko-Peko catering in San Francisco has been making osechi bento sets for the first of the year.

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January 17, 2011

ReCPY: Just Another New Year in Rural Japan

by Moto Yamamoto


I am from a town so rural, you wouldn’t believe it. Although Japan is portrayed as a metropolitan, clean, and simple city to Westerners, that’s not how real Japan is all about.

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