Japan

Exploring Hachinohe, Japan

Sponsored by the JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization). Hachinohe, Japan Before leaving Aomori Prefecture, we made a quick stop in Hachinohe, Japan.  Hachinohe is the second largest city in Aomori Prefecture and sits on the southeast coast of Aomori Prefecture, facing the Pacific Ocean.  Hachinohe was one of the cities hit by the March 2011 tsunami, which […]

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Exploring the Oirase Gorge & Lake Towada, Japan

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Sponsored by the JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization). Towada, Japan The next stop on my Japan adventure was to the city of Towada which sits in the foothills of the Hakkoda mountains in Aomori Prefecture.  The city includes part of the Towada-Hachimantai National Park, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.  First stop on […]

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Exploring Aomori, Japan

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I returned a couple of weeks ago from a dream trip to Japan, sponsored by the JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization).  You all know that Japan is my happy place, so to be asked to go and explore a new (to me) part of Japan so that I could share it with you? Yes please, […]

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Umeboshi: Fall fruit of summer labor

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The Japanese do incredible things with fruits and vegetables.  From braising to deep frying, and drying to pickling, there are hundreds of ways to use and transform a wide variety of plants.  A particular favorite at our house are umeboshi, Japanese pickled plums (usually translated as plum, though they are actually made from a species […]

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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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Honey Ginger Chicken Soboro Onigiri

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As I mentioned yesterday, I filmed a segment for Studio 5 that was all about onigiri.  I had an absolute blast.  Brooke Walker, the host, is a doll, and was a great sport making onigiri with me.  The first time you make an onigiri, it usually falls apart (it takes one or two to learn […]

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An Onigiri Primer

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Yesterday I spent part of the day filming another segment for an episode of Studio 5 which airs today.  My segment was all about onigiri (“oh-nee-gee-ree”). (My recipe for Honey Ginger Chicken Soboro Onigiri, which I made in the segment, is posted here!)  Since TV time is short, I only got to make the briefest of […]

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Pretty Good Number One: An American Family Eats Tokyo (Giveaway!!)

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In 2009 I read these words: “I have a food fantasy.  When Iris is six, I’m going to take her to Tokyo . . . We’ll go to an eel restaurant and eat several courses of eel, my favorite fish . . . We will eat our weight in rice.  We’ll ride the Tokyo subway, […]

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Mayonnaise, Japanese Farm Food Style {Giveaway}

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I used to think that mayonnaise was mayonnaise, something I occasionally put on a sandwich (but usually not—I was a mustard devotee), and something that my mom used to make tuna fish or egg salad sandwiches.  Then I moved to Japan and tasted Japanese mayonnaise and realized that all mayos are not created equal, and […]

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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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