Category Archives: Japan

Vanessa’s Poke Leaps Across Cultural Boundaries

Vanessa’s Bistro serves a superb Tuna Salmon Poke that melds elements from Hawaiian, Japanese and Mexican cuisines with chef Vanessa Dang’s Vietnamese twist. Continue reading

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Voyage to 99 Ranch Market-Land

Go on an instant trip to exotic lands by visiting Richmond’s 99 Ranch Market, a shopping emporium of Chinese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, Japanese and Indonesian foodstuffs. More than an ocean of fresh fish and hard to find fruits and vegetables. Snacks in un-dreamed of flavor combinations. Continue reading

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Japanese Pickles – more than just a condiment

Tsukemono or Japanese pickles are an essential part of every meal. They add crunch and color, and aid digestion. Easy to make at home with recipes from a book or website. Continue reading

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Get Lucky this New Year’s with Food from Many Cultures

A whirlwind tour of lucky New Year’s foods from France, Germany, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Japan, Mexico, and Greece. Continue reading

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Home Cooking — Japanese Grandmother Style

Trust me, I could eat sushi everyday of my life. But on a dreary, wet, cold December afternoon, I crave a grandmother’s warm home cooking. My grandmother would whip me up some chicken soup and brisket at the drop of … Continue reading

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Japanese Tea room is hidden gem in Rockridge Jewelry Shop

EXCERPT: A moment of Zen tranquility in an unlikely spot – Oakland’s Itsy Bitsy Jewelry shop now houses a Japanese tearoom to study the way of tea. Continue reading

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Sake Secrets Spilled at Takara Sake

Berkeley’s Takara Sake Tasting room and Sake museum will educate your palate about different types of sake and enlighten you about the history of its production. Continue reading

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