September 18, 2009

Golden Egg Eggplants

by Kayoko Akabori

Got these adorable little eggplants the other day at the farmer’s market. They are about as long as the iPhone (per Yamahomo’s consistent size proportionalizer), and look like cute chubby nubs. The color is, as its namesake describes, golden with dark brown streaks running up its skin. I have found little about them on the […]

September 8, 2009

Hokkaido JUNKtion: Breakfast in the Company of No One

by Yoko Kumano

Hakodate is a pretty lonely town. When you walk through the morning market or ichiba (Hakodate’s version of Tsukiji), shopsellers show their desperation as they shove sample pieces of melon and corn in your face. It’s hard to say “no” to their persistence, but just saying no was the only option, if we wanted to […]

February 23, 2009

Oyster Party!

by Erin Gleeson

On Saturday, I attended the New Amsterdam Public’s 1st fundraiser event, which sold out. This wonderful little organization is dedicated to reviving the old site of the Fulton Fish market and filling it regularly with local purveyors. This would essentially be a monthly market place where you could not only buy local fruit and veggies, […]

January 13, 2009

You Know What’s Fresh…

by Yoko Kumano

…when Tsukiji is bubbling over with them. To check out what’s in season, or to simply when I feel like salivating profusely, I walk around Tsukiji on my lunch break. Today I found crabs: short-legged ones, long-legged ones, hairy-legged ones, white ones, red ones, ones in a tank, and buggy-eyed ones. Unfortunately, I can not […]

August 10, 2008

Queen Victoria Market (Melbourne)

by Erin Gleeson

The Queen Vic Market is one of Melbourne’s main attractions and is the largest open air market in the Southern hemisphere. It was started in the 1850s when the British ruled this part of Australia and it’s the only surviving 19th century Market in downtown Melbourne. Also, I learned on Wikipedia that the roof of […]

July 22, 2008

Search for “Made in California”

by Moto Yamamoto

I am back from my trip to CA and WA. It was nice hanging out with mom, but 10 straight days was a bit too much. Eating out every meal for 10 days was not cool either. I did have good meals, but not as much as I could have. Mom also cooks like me, […]

July 5, 2008

Power to the Farmers!

by Erin Gleeson

The New Amsterdam Market was held for the 3rd time last weekend at the historic site of the now defunct Fulton Fish Market at South Street Seaport. The New Amsterdam Public is a group that is backing the effort to turn this site into a permanent forum for local purveyors. The market featured tastings, goods […]

February 20, 2008

Mangiamo 2007: Campo dei Fiori

by Kayoko Akabori

Located right next to the Jewish Ghetto, and near Piazza Navona in Rome, Campo dei Fiori is a glorious outdoor food market. I’m just reading on Wiki that it’s been open every morning, since 1869! Imagine that! Here’s Maria, founder of the market. Kidding (but you know she’s been here before you were even born). […]

January 20, 2008


by Erin Gleeson

Last month there was a gathering of sustainable purveyors in the space that use to occupy the historic Fulton Fish Market in NYC, near South Street Seaport- a place that, until recently, has held outdoor makets for New Yorkers since the 1600’s. An organization called New Amsterdam Public invited a group of local farmers, wild […]

October 30, 2007

Mangiamo 2007!: 24 Hours in Madrid

by Kayoko Akabori

Stopped off in Madrid for one night to see my dear friends Marta and Jose. Marta and I lived together in Padova, and she’s like a sister to me. But first, let’s talk airplane food. I took Iberia both back and forth from NY, and here are just some few points of why non-US airlines […]