December 18, 2012

MOTOism: Move Over Shio Koji, Here Comes Shio Yogurt

by Moto Yamamoto

Trends in Japan changes as often as Taylor Swift changes boyfriends. It’s like, wasn’t she dating the Kennedy kid and even bought a house across from his in order to be close to him? Next minute, she is shacking up with one of the bad boys from One Direction. And she publicly stated, “I don’t […]

July 17, 2012

MOTOism: White Peach FroYo (Food Allergy Edition)

by Moto Yamamoto

As I’ve written about in the past, I have developed an annoying food allergy. I’ve discovered that stone fruite are definitely not for me.  Not that I need to carry an epi-pen, or that my face breaks out, or my body is covered with hives — but it’s just uncomfortable, since my throat scratches so […]

August 3, 2011

Skankynavia: Kærnemælkskoldskål (Danish Dairy Delight)

by Anders Arhoj

Let’s start this post by trying to pronounce its title. Easy, no? The Danish language is in a league of its own. Imagine a gurgling sound, the deep noise of a drunk blond viking with too much mead in his mouth. While Americans speak with the front of their mouth, Danes create the words way […]

February 18, 2010

Japanify: Making Natto in North America

by Yoko Kumano

Natto is the one of those foods that elicits strong reactions. I get overwhelmed with a sense of joy and excitement, but the response I hear from most people (who aren’t from or aren’t descendants of the eastern regions of Japan) is pure disgust. I remember how clueless I was junior year in college when […]

June 1, 2009

ReCPY: Aloe Yogurt

by Moto Yamamoto

I am going to start ReCPY, sharing easy (and sometimes moderately difficult) recipes like Paystyle’s Happy Hour, every week. When you go to Japan, you will encounter many kinds of yogurt like these. Among them, aloe yogurt is always a favorite to many. Aside from soothing sunburns, aloe is actually edible, and although it’s flavorless, […]

March 3, 2009

Homemade Yogurt: The Old School Persian Way

by Payman Bahmani

Last month Yoko posted a story on a homemade yogurt she made from Bulgarian cultures, which I found really interesting because the method employed was totally different from the way I remembered my mother and grandmother used to make it. That prompted me to pay a quick visit to the internet to check the “official” […]

January 29, 2009

Homemade Yogurt: My Bulgarian Babe

by Yoko Kumano

I start every weekday with a serving of homemade yogurt over seasonal fruit. Ever since my boss gave me some cultures in a little plastic baggy over two years ago, I have been hooked. I have kept the cultures alive and well. It’s funny, I’ve found that the cultures have become a part of me. […]

December 4, 2008

The Japan Yogurt Files

by Kayoko Akabori

Whenever I travel anywhere, I always check out the yogurt aisle at the grocery store. Countries are doing really bizarre things with yogurt, which fascinates me. I like to consider myself a bit of a yogurt connoisseur- as I’m sure Sonja would as well. Best yogurt I’ve ever had was in India, out of a […]

September 25, 2008

Packaging Whore: White Cow Dairy Yogurt

by Kayoko Akabori

There’s a Murray’s Cheese right inside the Grand Central Terminal Market, so I took a gander at their yogurt section the other day on my way home from work. This brown cardboard wrapping caught my eye- no logos, just the expiration and yogurt flavor stamped onto it. Love it. 2 cute glass jars are snuggled […]

February 8, 2008

Fridgin’ Out

by Kayoko Akabori

I know, this “what’s in your fridge” shit is so tired! But I’ve been wanting to blog about these specific food finds, so I’m just gonna bite it and start the “Fridgin’ Out” column. What a DORK. Here’s this funky herb concentrate stuff that I got at a little Argentinian bakery in Jackson Heights called […]