May 19, 2010

The Chicago Ten: Wow Bao (#9)

by Kayoko Akabori

We stumbled across this place, Wow Bao, on the ground floor of a huge, blingy, 80’s-style mall on Michigan Avenue. My friend Ido had mentioned it to me, so I was ecstatic that we randomly came across it. A fast food joint of exclusively Chinese steamed buns! Their tagline is Hot Asian Buns, which is […]

December 4, 2009

Postcards from Japan, VIII: Push My Ramen Button

by Kayoko Akabori

Will it be shoyu? Miso? Tonkotsu? 大もり= Oomori = Super Size Me? Side of fried rice? Gyoza? An extra egg? Extra slices of roast pork? Choose button carefully– there’s no turning back! Drop your yen into the machine and the ticket will print with your order. Take ticket to the dude behind the counter, who […]

June 8, 2009

Oyster Text

by Kayoko Akabori

Here’s something I think is totally random and kinda neat: a text to let you know what oysters are on the menu at Yankee Pier, a seafood restaurant in the Bay Area. I went for happy hour the other day, where they have $1 oysters and beers Monday through Fridays from 3-5pm, and picked up […]

March 21, 2007

Whole Foods NYC Embraces Technology

by Kayoko Akabori

when i got into the hideously long express line at Whole Foods in Union Square yesterday, i heard a robotic woman’s voice coming from above, rattling off numbers. a screen hung overhead, and the voice called out the random numbers “19…12…10…15” while simultaneously, these same numbers dropped down on the screen. i was taken aback […]

March 20, 2007

Frozen Peas Cure Cancer

by Kayoko Akabori

…well, not quite. but research centers should look into this cause seriously, frozen peas seem to remedy all sorts of things: icing sprained ankles (been there many a time), making a batch of soup when you are sick, and of course, keeping your thermostat cold. WHAT??? when i looked up in Fumiko and Jorge’s hallway […]

March 7, 2007

Eggs+Rice+Ketchup= A Mouse Cover

by Kayoko Akabori

Only the Japanese… thanks Matt for this.

Mr. Donut Desktop

by Yoko Kumano

The new ad campaign for Mr. Donut’s Honey Dipped donuts hit the walls of the Ginza Subway line this week. I am always in awe of their design team. For this campaign, they use the acronym UFO, in this case, for Usomitai ni Fuwafuwa no Oishisa (unbelievably delicious pillowy softness). I can’t seem to find […]