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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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Fuji Mama Chindouchuu: Narita to Tokyo

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I am currently in Tokyo with the entire Fuji family.  We’ve been here since June 14th, and only have a couple of days left until we return to the US.  If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you might know that I’ve been returning to Japan each year for short visits after moving […]

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Sustainable Seafood: A Call to Action

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The choice of what seafood we buy and eat is a choice that we have today, but tomorrow may hold a different reality.  The bounty of our oceans is not unlimited.  The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch reports that “[s]cientists estimate that we have removed as much as 90 percent of the large predatory fish […]

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Pulled Pork & Roasted Tomato Donburi (Rice Bowl) à la Ivan Ramen

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Pulled Pork & Roasted Tomato Donburi Makes about 4 servings Recipe Notes: This recipe makes more pulled pork than you will likely want for four servings, but I’ve found that if I use a smaller piece of meat it sometimes ends up a bit drier than I like.  The size of roast indicated will give […]

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Hamachi Carpaccio, inspired by a trip to Kaikaya By The Sea

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Add this recipe to ZipList! Hamachi Carpaccio Makes about 4 servings 4 ounces thinly sliced fresh hamachi juice of 1 large lemon 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3 garlic cloves, finely minced 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste fresh cilantro, to garnish […]

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Bakeries, Kombini, & Rice Balls, Oh My!

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Tokyo is full of lots of things, like people (12.989 million as of 2009) and buildings.  But it’s filled with a lot of other things too.  Check out the newest video in my Japan video series where I share what some of those “other” things are.  In this video I also answer a question which […]

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