Travel

A Trip to Lundberg Family Farms, A Rice Story

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Rice is an important part of Japanese history and culture and is a staple in the Japanese diet.  In fact, rice is such a central part of the Japanese meal that the word for cooked rice in Japanese, gohan, is the same word for meal.  So when you’re eating breakfast, asagohan, the word translates to mean that […]

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Italian Style Rice & Peas (Risi e Bisi)

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Today I am teaming up with World Market (I’m a World Market ambassador) and The Chew to celebrate all things Italy because of a Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes that they just launched! (Details on how to enter are after the recipe.)  I am sharing one of my favorite Italian dishes—risi e bisi, Italian style rice and […]

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Brown Bag Baked Peach Pie at Honey Salt, Las Vegas

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Thank goodness it’s Friday Pie-day!  Today’s slice of goodness comes to us from Las Vegas.  Every time we drive to California to visit my parents we drive through Las Vegas.  On our way back from our most recent visit we may a quick stop at a restaurant called Honey Salt because I had read that […]

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Pillow Talk—Friday Pie-Day

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It’s Friday Pie-Day!  Friday is turning into my favorite day of the week because, well, pie! Today’s pie isn’t actually a pie I have tasted, but it’s on my wish list.

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Apple Pie at Law’s Coffee Shop, Oak Glen, California—Friday Pie-Day

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Pie is my thing.  I happen to have been born on National Pie Day.  Every year for my birthday when my mom asked what I wanted to have for my birthday cake, I would inevitably request something in a crust—maybe a cheese cake (BTW, why do they call it cake? That has always bugged me) […]

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How Japanese Cuisine Has Changed the Way I Think About Food and Cooking

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Last April during our most recent visit to Japan, we took a side trip with some friends to Ikaho, a small town several hours northwest of Tokyo known for its hot springs. For dinner one evening we ate a kaiseki meal, a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner. It was spring, and every morsel of food spoke […]

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Touring Lilly’s Hummus — Portland, Oregon

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Two years ago I was introduced to Lilly’s Hummus and hilarity ensued as we held the first ever “Fuji Bowl”—the game being played by Team Black Bean and Team Roasted Jalapeno.  We got extended family involved and the result of the big bowl game was as a tie.  Lilly’s Hummus became a permanent fixture in […]

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Touring the Tillamook Cheese Factory — Tillamook, Oregon

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Even if you’re not a cheese lover like I am, a visit to the Tillamook Cheese Factory in Tillamook, Oregon is worth the trip.  The factory is located 2 miles north of the city of Tillamook, an hour and half drive west from Portland.  Initially I wondered if we wanted to spend 3 hours out […]

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The Croft Farm on Sauvie Island — Portland, Oregon

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The Croft farm, located on Sauvie Island, approximately ten miles northwest of downtown Portland, Oregon, is a small farm (approximately 5 acres), committed to harvesting organically grown fruits and vegetables, free-roaming chicken eggs, and crisp cider apples, and is registered as a Non-Profit Animal Rescue.  It’s also the location of a perfect Airbnb rental.  My […]

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Summer Fun, Fuji Bites — June 30, 2014

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So far this summer has been a whirlwind.  This past week I was in Southern California to see my brother’s exhibit at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. (How cool is that?!?)  During the week I had a bit of extra time and was able to drive down to see my friend Mimi and her […]

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