July 29, 2013

The Forest Feast: The Farmers Markets of the Silicon Valley

by Erin Gleeson

I had so much fun illustrating this map of all the farmers markets in Silicon Valley for the current issue of Edible Silicon Valley magazine. My local market is the Mountain Goat/4 corners (see it? Click here for a bigger image of the map). There is also an article about Maggie, the woman who spearheaded that market, […]

July 2, 2012

The Grand Foie Finale

by Kayoko Akabori

We said our tearful farewells to foie gras this weekend in California. This fucking blows. *Stewed daikon topped with foie gras and kaiware, in a soy-miso sauce. Kiraku. Berkeley, CA. 

March 17, 2010

Camino Restaurant (OAK)

by Yoko Kumano

Two long tables that seat about 40 guests Harry Potter-style, line the walls of Camino in Oakland. These dramatic slabs of wood sum up the restaurant itself – friendly and warm. Adding to the drama are two stone grills at the back of the restaurant in full view of the guests and four huge chandaliers […]

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 […]

December 27, 2009

Chez Panisse: Petit Four (Berkeley)

by Kayoko Akabori

Chocolate ganache | Almond shortbread thumbprints with meyer lemon peel and icing. Find my meal in pictures here.

July 15, 2009

Daytrip to Calistoga: Cafe Sarafornia

by Kayoko Akabori

Erin was in town for a few weeks and I went up to see her in her hometown near Santa Rosa. What a trip! We killed some roosters together, ate her first meat meal together, and enjoyed the gorgeous Sonoma County sun. One day we decided to go “into town” to Calistoga- which is a […]

July 6, 2009

Umamiporn: California Sun-kissed Picturelog

by Yoko Kumano

I took a much-needed trip back home to California in May for two weeks. I risked contracting the swine flu to indulge in my second passion after eating – photography with my grandma’s 1970s Nikon EM film camera.I love taking photos of food in Tokyo, but there’s something about the California sun that saturates food […]

June 17, 2009

Umamiventure #16: Harley Farms Goat Dairy

by Kayoko Akabori

We ventured out to Pescadero a few weeks back, which is about an hour south of San Francisco, to visit Harley Farms Goat Dairy. It was such a special Umamiventure- Yoko was here from Tokyo, and Jenny and Mitch from NYC! It was the first time on a goat farm for many of us, and […]

April 19, 2009

Shake Stop off the 5 at the Apricot Tree

by Kayoko Akabori

Drove down to Palm Springs last weekend for Sashe‘s fabulous wedding weekend. It was to be a fun-filled weekend of old friends, celebrating love, excellent food, tanning by the pool, and dancin, Dancin, DANCIN! The bad news?? Getting there. The only thing standing in the way between me and my Palm Springs tan was the […]

January 29, 2009

UM Recession: Free Lunch at Google HQ

by Kayoko Akabori

Went over to Google HQ in Mt. View for lunch today. The plethora of food there is just mind-blowing- not to mention FREE!!! Doesn’t have the views like the NYC offices, but on this warm sunny Norcal day where outdoor seating is practically a requirement, I ain’t complaining. Google offices are scattered all over Mt. […]