July 27, 2010

Tokyo JUNKtion: Corpse Candy

by Anders Arhoj

It’s funny how when you mention Japan and food in the same sentence, there only seems to be two options. You can take the fabulous gourmet-cheering, sushi-adoring, heavenly-graced and experimenting Michelin-guided way. Or, you can choose the back alley into the world of eyeball-abusing, crazed up, disgustingly weird nastiness that freak the shit out of […]

April 23, 2010

Sweedeedee Jerkey: The Meat Treat with a Sweet Heat

by Kayoko Akabori

Sweedeedee Jerky‘s little booth at the SF Underground Market last week was just about to close down by the time I got in– they had SOLD OUT of everything by 6pm! Troy, the master chef behind Sweedeedee Jerky, and his lovely girlfriend (aka Sweedeedee Marketing Manager) Pamela had graciously saved me a bag. Lucky me! […]

March 4, 2010

USA JUNKtion: Smith’s Scampi Fries

by Kayoko Akabori

Found these Scampi Fries at a pub in New Orleans– have you heard of them? They’re from the UK. I thought they would taste like the Japanese Kappaebisen (shrimp chips), but they had more of a zingy citrus flavor than the scampi. This product does not have a website, but the company did produce this […]

February 24, 2010

USA JUNKtion: Hubig’s Pies from NOLA

by Kayoko Akabori

A bartender at Royal Street Inn & Bar in NOLA was wearing this shirt: a cute cartoon caricature of a fat man carrying a pie, with the word “Hubig’s” written across in cursive. It piqued my interest– what was this all about, I wondered. I asked Pat and Marshall, who I was staying with, what […]

December 4, 2009

Tokyo JUNKtion: Ichimaru Unagi Bone

by Yoko Kumano

I went to visit my dad’s grave yesterday and on my way there, we had to transfer trains at an adorable little station, Surugaoyama in Yamanashi Prefecture, at the foot of Mt. Fuji. At the kiosk, I spotted a snack named “Unagi Bone” made by Ichimaru foods. I loved the retro packaging and that there […]

June 18, 2009

Dorayaki with Cream

by Kayoko Akabori

My mama bought this special gift box of dorayaki at Mitsuwa the other day. I guess they were on sale for half-off ($9 instead of $18- Japanese gourmet snacks tend to be pricey); she’s so friggin’ shrewd! Dorayaki is a Japanese dessert of azuki (sweet red beans) sandwiched between two little pancakes. This special brand […]