September 21, 2015

Noraneko Ramen in PDX

by Yoko Kumano

Kayoko and I rolled into Portland at around 3pm from Seattle during the first days of summer — and Portland delivered on their end of the summer deal. It was dry, hot and there was no escape from the sun. After attending a meeting and feeling pretty beat overall, we headed over to Noraneko, a new […]

August 13, 2015

Chizu, A Cheese Bar in Portland

by Kayoko Akabori

It’s so important to travel. Not to say it needs to be lavish or romantic or life-changing every time, but it’s really necessary to get out of your comfort zone and visit new places, even if it’s only an hour away. Remember that Sex and the City episode where Miranda was dating a guy who […]

October 23, 2013

Postcard from Portland: Biwa Restaurant

by Kayoko Akabori

Yoko and I are here for Portland Cocktail Week, where we were on a panel about import/ export/ distribution yesterday (it was great!). We have been here for three nights, and it’s been a total blast. Portland has changed so much since we were last here — Yoko in 2004 and 2007 for me. It’s […]

August 6, 2007

Pacific Northwest Road Trip 2007

by Kayoko Akabori

Just got back from a 6 day jaunt around the pristine and spectacular Pacific Northwest, stopping in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. The trip was cloudless, seamless, no accidents, no trip-ups– just good times drinking, eating, discovering, and mellowing with my friend Kristi, who gets a cookie for putting up with me through 2 states, 2 […]