January 5, 2011

The Man Behind Happy Hour

by Kayoko Akabori

Meet Paystyle– a dashing, whip-smart, er, smartass from Brooklyn by way of Los Angeles. He’s got dreams. Dreams of someday calling it quits as a lawyer (94 hour work weeks, fuck that!), and pursuing a career as a first-rate mixologist. Paystyle made this video with Vanessa (his wife and Happy Hour photog) for the Manhattan […]

July 11, 2010

¡Viva España!

by Kayoko Akabori

Game starts in three hours, and I’m jumping on the Paul the Octopus bandwagon to say GO SPAIN! Let’s be real- them Spanish mussels just taste better. Just sayin’. PS: Paul is by far the silliest phenomenon of the year.

May 4, 2009

Kewpie Tarako Pasta Sauce

by Yoko Kumano

One of the best ad campaigns I have seen in Japan is for Kewpie’s Tarako (Cod Roe) Pasta Sauce. These ads have been running for the past three years and have created a branding craze for Kewpie dolls dressed up as tarako. Check out these ads bordering on creepy and kawaii (cute).

May 3, 2009

Rap Chop

by Erin Gleeson

January 20, 2009

OBAMA Mochi Celebration

by Moto Yamamoto

In Japan, to celebrate New Year, we make mochi (rice cake). I have no idea historical or traditional meaning of eating and making mochi over New Year, but I believe there’s some kind of celebratory meaning to it. Today, January 20th, 2009 is the new era for not only this country, but the entire world, […]

October 14, 2008

Ferran Adria Live!

by Kayoko Akabori

On Friday we went to see El Bulli‘s one and only Ferran Adria, in conversation with Harold McGee (author of On Food and Cooking) and Atlantic Monthly food editor C0rby Kummer. It was an animated, fruitful discussion, giving the audience a taste of Adria’s brilliance. Adria spoke completely off-the-cuff, in random bits and pieces, with […]

August 30, 2008

Vegemite Rainforest Picnic, AU

by Erin Gleeson

A couple weeks ago in Australia, Jack and I had a picnic in the Daintree Rainforest near the Great Barrier Reef, a stunning spot where the rainforest meets the sea. Along with our sandwiches we tried some Australian specialties: Tim Tam cookies and vegemite spread. I liked the former, and here’s what I had to […]

August 3, 2008

Pancake Breakfast in Santa Barbara

by Erin Gleeson

Those who came to my pancake party know that I LOVE a good flapjack. So when I was in Santa Barbara for the weekend, I was delighted to be able to go to the Pancake Breakast that was put on by the Kiwanis Club as a part of Fiesta. Pass the syrup, please!

March 25, 2008

Happy Hour: Caprese Cocktail

by Kayoko Akabori

November 11, 2007

Umamiventure Report: Sripraphai Thai Restaurant

by Aya Ogawa

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