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Thanksgiving 2012

Thanksgiving 2012
If there’s a correlation to be drawn between a family’s gratitude and the bounty of its dinner table, then the numbers gurus would conclude with high confidence that we’re a very thankful bunch this year.  Lil’ Man was particularly thankful for the Radio Flyer Little Red Roadster that Adam brought him. Back to that bounty, though: the table with medley of Fall favorites… jQuery(document).ready(function(){... 

Lambfest 2011

Lambfest 2011
Any chump with a spatula can pan fry a lamb chop. It takes a Greek family, a few sprigs of oregano and a lot of beer to spit-roast a whole animal. Fortunately for us, Elliot and Jane were able to make that happen.  Read More →

Heaven’s Sake: Rice Wine Appreciation

Heaven's Sake: Rice Wine Appreciation
Holed up in an underground sake bar nestled in Tokyo's Shinjuku ward As most our readers know, we enjoy huddling over the shabu-shabu pot  on cold California nights or rolling sushi in the more temporate seasons.  When dining out, Japanese (and sushi in particular) ranks disproportionately among our preferences.  So we’ve learned a few things about sake – what you should look for in... 
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Tokyo’s Tsukiji: Sashimi Shangri-La

Tokyo’s Tsukiji: Sashimi Shangri-La
Sushi lovers in the hunt for the essential experience would do well to visit to Tsujiki market, a real-world sashimi Shangri-la. Tsukiji Market in Tokyo is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. Licensed wholesale dealers (approximately 900 of them) operate small stalls overflowing with fish as fresh as can be. Tsukiji handles over 2000 metric tons of seafood per day, and business... 

Eating Kyoto

Eating Kyoto
Japanese ranks among our favorite cuisines — quality ingredients delicately combined to produce flavors at once subtle and complex, with the aesthetics of presentation being as important as smell and taste.  Kyoto is replete with fine shinise (historic store or restaurant) that create many quintessential Japanese dishes that are hard to find prepared well outside Japan.  Such as… Kikkoya We... 
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Gion Hararyokaku: Historic Kyoto Shichimi Spice Shop

Gion Hararyokaku: Historic Kyoto Shichimi Spice Shop
Gion Hararyokaku is a shinise (historic store or restaurant) is located in Gion (a ward of Kyoto, Japan), just down the street from the gate of Yasaka Shrine on (the north side of Shijo where it crosses Hanami Koji Street). This highly regarded shinise is well-known for its high quality traditional Japanese spices such as shichimi, sansho and ichimi. We were introduced to Gion Hararyokaku, kuro shichimi... 
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Copenhagen: Cloudy Skies, Cloudy Minds at the Carlsberg Brewery

Copenhagen: Cloudy Skies, Cloudy Minds at the Carlsberg Brewery
…a little child who exclaims frustratingly that the emperor has nothing on at all, a sea kingdom far out in the ocean where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower and as clear as crystal, a soldier expressing his melancholy at having shed pewter tears, or a lonely soul who realizes being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan’s egg… Fiby... 
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