canned food

March 30, 2015

Japanify: Tuna Toast

by Yoko Kumano

It’s no secret that I don’t like any breakfast/lunch egg dishes. So whenever I go out for brunch, I have to scour the menu for non-egg items. I usually have to order a hodge-podge of side dishes: two breakfast sausages, toast and hash browns. It’s the same in Japan – omelettes and egg-dishes dominate coffee shop […]

August 26, 2013

Kayo’s Kitchen: Final Days of Janky Eating

by Kayoko Akabori

I’m in a flurry of packing at the moment. Actually, Yoko and MOTO had to come over and help me pack since I just can’t seem to get it together. The movers come tomorrow and my days of single living are about to become a faint memory. I am 33 years old and have lived […]

June 7, 2013

Packaging Whore: Chinatown Canned Goods

by Kayoko Akabori

Our shop is located right next to Oakland’s Chinatown, where I spend a lot of my time. This is sort of a dream for me, I’ve always wanted to be near a Chinatown, whether in NYC or in the Bay Area — so I could have access to a variety of banh mi, noodles, dim […]

April 25, 2013

Japanify: Daikon-Tuna Stir Fry

by Yoko Kumano

Sometimes the most humble ingredients can yield some seriously satisfying results. Some days I procrastinate until the last stop on my train to plan out what I’m going to make for dinner. I mentally piece together what I have in the fridge and try to make a meal out of it… kind of like how […]

April 23, 2013

Lazyass Cookin’: Tuna-can Pasta

by Kayoko Akabori

I love canned fish. When I was little, I would eat canned sardines in miso sauce by the spoonful. Like ice cream! Haha. During my year living in Italy, I learned how to make this dish: pasta with canned tuna, onions and tomatos. So easy! In Italy I also discovered the increased quality and flavor […]

September 9, 2010

Japanify: Onigiri (Rice Balls)

by Yoko Kumano

My mom used to pack rice balls for me as an elementary school kid for lunch way before the sushi craze swept the nation and way before there were sightings of Alice Waters toting around onigiri. Having these balls of rice wrapped in “black stuff” was actually a source of shame and anxiety for me […]

July 20, 2010

Lazyass Cookin’: Warm Arugula + Tuna Pasta (An Ode to Wilting Produce)

by Kayoko Akabori

After living with my parents for the last year and half, I forgot how difficult it is to cook for just yourself. Aside from it being a little lonely (I like to cook for other people!), it takes a lot of planning and coordination. Grocery shopping for one is an artform that could take years […]

July 15, 2010

Japanify: The Japanese Canned Fish-Off

by Yoko Kumano

When the heat rolls in, laziness comes in the form of “I don’t want to cook.” Maybe it’s also an instinctual thing where I am unconsciously preparing for a fire or earthquake which is more likely to happen in the hot summer months by hoarding a bunch of canned booty. Whatever the reason, I am […]