March 5, 2012

Culinography: Spaghetti alla Chitarra

by Erin Gleeson

Spaghetti alla Chitarra prepared by chef Dan Kluger at The Core Club. He is now the chef at ABC Kitchen in NYC. Photo by Erin Gleeson.

February 3, 2012

Great UM Noodletown: Pizzeria Matsuhisa (Tokyo)

by Kayoko Akabori

Spaghetti with asari (clams), shirauo (little white fish) and arugula at Pizzeria Matsuhisa in Denenchofu, Tokyo. Someday, I will open a wafu (Japanese-style) pasta shop in Oakland.

October 12, 2011

Skankynavia: Pumpkin Ravioli Party

by Anders Arhoj

I can’t believe I just spent another weekend in a kolonihus (colony house). But that’s how the Scandinavians roll and who can say no to a pumpkin ravioli punch? My Icelandic friend’s friend has a cute little cottage in Copenhagen which she visits regularly on weekends and slowly tries to repair and build into a fabulous little […]

July 8, 2011

Jerkey’s Korner: Idyllic Liguria

by Sarah Fatemi

When I say Liguria, I’m talking about the Ligurian coast in the Italian Riviera. Topographically different from the rest of Italy, the coastline is scattered with mountainous cliffs that drop straight down into the ocean, and hidden beaches are nestled away in unspoiled coves. Idyllic Santa Margherita and Portofino were the two stops for us […]

June 7, 2010

ReCPY: A New Gadget Acquisition (Pasta Porn Special)

by Moto Yamamoto

I try not to buy many kitchen gadgets, especially since the mandolin was such a big mistake. Not only did I almost lose my finger, but there’s not much use for it. I have a stand mixer that I use all the time, and the meat grinder attachment is awesome, especially in the summertime for […]

December 15, 2009

Packaging Whore: Fool-Proof Pasta (Thx, JPN!)

by Kayoko Akabori

Dear De Cecco, Barilla, and all other major pasta producers of the world: you should be ashamed of yourself, letting Japan come up with the smartest packaging for pasta EVER. This one is “Mama” brand that my own mama Hideko picked up at the Japanese grocery store. Kinda ironic that she would even consider buying […]

November 19, 2009

Kitchen Improv (Borderline Gross Edition): Kimchi Pasta

by Kayoko Akabori

Remember when I made kimchi fried rice? It has become my staple meal when I feel ultra lazy. Read: ALL THE TIME. So how panicked was I when I went to the kitchen yesterday to take out all the precious ingredients out of the fridge, but then realize that I was missing RICE. Epic FAIL. […]

August 28, 2009

In Need of an Intervention: Red Wine Pasta

by Kayoko Akabori

Since moving to California, I’ve become a bit of a drunk. I’m not sure if it’s out of boredom of living in Cupertino, in the house I grew up in, right across the street from my high school. It could be that I’m almost 30 and living with my parents. Or maybe that I’m single […]

May 4, 2009

Kewpie Tarako Pasta Sauce

by Yoko Kumano

One of the best ad campaigns I have seen in Japan is for Kewpie’s Tarako (Cod Roe) Pasta Sauce. These ads have been running for the past three years and have created a branding craze for Kewpie dolls dressed up as tarako. Check out these ads bordering on creepy and kawaii (cute).

March 23, 2008

Roasting for Jesus

by Kayoko Akabori

Jesus is just alright with me Jesus is just alright, oh yeah– Doobie Brothers Religiously speaking, I am godless. I am a gluttonous heathen, afterall. If hard pressed, I suppose I would say I’m a non-practicing Buddhist, but that’s only because my dad makes me pray to his little shrine whenever I go to his […]