January 20, 2014

Movie Monday: Animal House

by Kayoko Akabori

I just watched Animal House for the first time last night. What a clever movie! There were many iconic scenes that I had heard about through the years, and it was clearly a pioneer of the perverse fratboy-themed storylines that Hollywood keeps reusing today. But there was an underlying darkness despite the silliness that comedies […]

August 4, 2008

What’s Your Favorite TAMPOPO Scene?

by Kayoko Akabori

Went over to Aya and Tmonkey’s place last night for cocktails on their astroturf rooftop and delicous grapefruit fennel steak salad. We were lying like comatose whales on the living room floor flipping through the iTV when we unanimously decided that we were all craving TAMPOPO. YAH! Do you all remember the first time you […]

July 2, 2008

Summertime Delights

by Kayoko Akabori

Sorry I have not been posting so much- our film festival finally starts TONIGHT! If you are in NY, please come check out a movie or two- all 18 premieres are quite excellent, although nothing really food related, unlike last year’s festival. Here’s a plug for perhaps my favorite movie in the line-up (really hard […]

April 30, 2008

Larry Kardish Goes to O Ya (Boston)

by Kayoko Akabori

It was brought to my attention that I may have come across as pretentious and obnoxious last week in my “Making Fun of Times Dining” post. And although I feel that the NY Times editorial staff needs to be called out once in a while, simply for the fact that it has so much POWER […]

November 9, 2007

How To Cook Your Life

by Kayoko Akabori

Watched a very charming, feel-good documentary the other night called How to Cook Your Life. I think it’s worth watching if you’re into food– some of the scenes have stayed with me and I really enjoyed it. Directed by Dorris Dorrie, who is German, this film follows an American Zen monk and master chef. This […]

October 3, 2007

NYFF Opening Night Party at Tavern on the Green

by UM Guest

Editor’s note: Wes Anderson’s new film, The Darjeeling Limited kicked off the New York Film Festival last Friday night with its lush annual opening night black tie affair at the ultra rococo, boho chic Central Park NY institution, Tavern on the Green (TOTG). I was told that this was the “hottest ticket in town”, the […]

June 26, 2007

NY Premiere of Kamome Diner at Japan Society

by Kayoko Akabori

In my day job, I work in the film department at a non-profit “cultural” organization, Japan Society, in Midtown East. So this means that my work consists of movies from Japan: watching them, writing about them, promoting them, blah blah. It’s pretty neat- I’m not complaining one bit. Ryo and I have been slaving away […]

June 14, 2007


by Erin Gleeson

Over the weekend, I saw the cheesy but lovable flick ” Waitress“. It has inspired me to make pies and give them as gifts everywhere I go. My first attempt at this was an open-faced blueberry pie from Delicious, and so easy. I decorated it with a dried orange slice and berries. So much […]

May 24, 2007

NYC Food Film Festival

by Erin Gleeson

What could be better than eating great food while watching a free outdoor movie in the summer on the water? The first Annual Food Film Festival is hitting New York City June 14-23rd at Water Taxi Beach. The films are free! Food is for sale. (Food must be purchased in advance through an online ticketing […]

April 2, 2007

$100/ 2 Weeks/ NYC: Day 8, 9 & 10

by Kayoko Akabori

$100/ 2 Weeks/ NYC: Prologue$100/ 2 Weeks/ NYC: Day 1 & 2$100/ 2 Weeks/ NYC: Day 3, 4 & 5$100/ 2 Weeks/ NYC: Day 6 & 7$100/ 2 Weeks/ NYC: Midway Meditation Friday 3/30 Total Spent: $0 LUNCH–> $0 i boiled some penne in the morning and married it with some of the puttanesca that […]