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Strawberry Basil Meyer Lemonade + A Giveaway!

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Who knew that I would taste the best lemonade I’d ever tasted in the middle of a strawberry field in Oxnard, California?  Random, I know, but those tend to be the best discoveries!  The Fuji family was invited by the California Strawberry Commission (CSC) on an “I Heart CA Strawberries” Blogger Field Trip with a [...]

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“Local Eats” Japan Tour with PacSet Tours

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I’ve recently been in contact with a Japan tour company based in Los Angeles, called PacSet Tours.  This year they have a food themed tour scheduled for August (August 19 — 28, 2013) that is going to be amazing.  If you have ever wanted to experience Japan, this would be a great tour to try! [...]

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Annin Dofu Blended Crème

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We are currently in northern Washington state visiting Mr. Fuji’s sister-in-law and her cute little family.  As I contemplate sitting down to our Thanksgiving meal tomorrow with family, I am especially grateful for friendship.  During our visit to Japan this summer, my friend Noriko and I made several trips to Starbucks for ice-cold creamy blended [...]

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Roasted Potato Wedges with Gomashio (Japanese Sesame Salt)

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A match made in comfort food heaven: roasted potato wedges sprinkled with fragrant nutty gomashio—Japanese sesame salt, one of my all-time favorite condiments.  

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Potato Harvest Gratitude

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I love learning about where our food comes from and with Thanksgiving coming in a few weeks, I think it’s especially appropriate to learn about the lives that our farmers live and the work that goes into growing our food so that when we sit down with our families to give thanks later this month, [...]

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Dairy Free Sweet Potato Soft Cream

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I have two favorite flavors of soft cream (i.e. soft serve) in Japan: black sesame and sweet potato.  If you had told me a little over 10 years ago that I would be saying that, I would have laughed at you.  But 10 years ago this month Mr. Fuji and I moved to Japan for [...]

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Virgin Tamarind Margarita + A Tropical Fruit Giveaway!!

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A virgin tamarind margarita makes the perfect treat to beat the heat during the miserably hot days of August.  It’s an icy combination of tamarind, lemon, orange, and lime flavors that slides down the throat like a tangy bit of paradise, helping you to forget the sweaty hair sticking to the back of your neck, or [...]

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Cancun Chicken Curry

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Cancun Chicken Curry, chicken cooked in a fragrant tomato based sauce filled with spices and a bit of heat, is an Indian dish inspired by a trip to Cancun, Mexico.  Yeah, I know that sounds a bit funny, but stick with me and it should all make sense by the time you get to the [...]

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Visiting Edo-Tokyo, A Walk Through History

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  Tokyo was once a small, quiet fishing village, not the bustling metropolis that it is today.  Until 1868 it was known as Edo, which means “estuary” in Japanese, a perfect name since Tokyo sits next to Tokyo Bay which happens to be an estuary, with the Sumida river flowing into the bay, and the bay [...]

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Hiyashi Somen (Japanese Chilled Somen Noodles) for Tanabata

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Hiyashi somen—thin, delicate wheat noodles served chilled with tsuyu, a dipping sauce—is one of the most popular meals during the hot and humid summers in Japan.  It’s also one of the foods enjoyed on Tanabata, one of my favorite Japanese holidays.  

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