March 12, 2015

Umami Tool Watch: How to Use a Misokoshi

by Kayoko Akabori

The misokoshi is a tool that we have sold since we first opened our shop. It looks like a mini ramen strainer, but alas, it is for straining miso in liquid. Namely, it works perfectly for miso soup. Here’s a video made by Yoko, starring yours truly, of how to make miso soup using a […]

July 8, 2013

Kayo’s Kitchen: Natt-ongs

by Kayoko Akabori

Don’t we all have that certain staple food, drink or condiment in our lives that is devastating when it cannot be found in the kitchen? For some, it is Sriracha, or cream for their morning coffee. Or a cold can of beer. For Johnny, it’s Kashi cereal (GMO-free only) or Mountain High plain yogurt. For me, […]

May 10, 2013

Kayo’s Kitchen: On Adulthood, Canceling My Credit Card, and Getting a New Frying Pan

by Kayoko Akabori

More and more these days, I’m starting to feel like a grown-up. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I am a business owner, or if it’s the hipster kids who walk around without a care in the world (who I can’t connect with at all), or if it’s the pop culture references that […]

January 26, 2011

Happy Hour: What’s a Mixing Glass?

by Payman Bahmani

Back in September of last year I wrote about some of the various bar implements that a devoted cocktail geek would own. Looking back I realize it deserves a follow-up piece devoted solely to the various mixing vessels used in cocktail-making. There are shakers and there are mixing glasses, and within each category there are various types. I’ll […]

September 1, 2010

Happy Hour: What’s a Barspoon?

by Payman Bahmani

Here at Happy Hour the subject all day every day is cocktails. I provide the recipes, and hopefully you enjoy them, and learn a little something new in the process.  But a recent question from a friend prompted the realization that in all the posts about cocktails, I never really dedicated a post to cocktail […]