Shout Out to Pops

I’ve been gone too long. This past week has been heavy. To make up for it, I do have some projects under development. But I’d like to take some time to share some of the foods whose memories I owe to my father. I told you about his preparation of BBQ chicken,  his love off coffee-…

Didn’t Forget

Didn’t forget about you. The Tip of the Tongue hasn’t dried up and the TasteBuds haven’t gone numb. I’m one device down but next post coming very soon!

カレ-Curry Up!

Disclaimer: This post has nothing to do with Steph Curry, other than his name, and the irony that his participation, with Golden State, in the NBA Finals, coincides with the golden curries featured at Yokosuka Curry Festival weekend. But the first results on an image search on Google.com yields the results to the left. But,…

More Than a Cook

Memorial Day, the day we pay tribute to our fallen heroes. I admit, joining the Navy for me was result of no heroic ambition. I recognize the smallest risk associated with the commitment to military service but it’s not my desire to be a Navy SEAL. That said, I have a greater appreciation who have…

The Way of the Kitchen

The time spent completing writing assignments for school has stolen the time I’d spend writing for you. So I figured I’d share with you at least the fruits of my labor. The assignment was to pick a form of media and to define the culture that created it and the culture that it’s created: Making of a Chef by Michael Ruhlman

What Words: a Mother’s Day Nibble

Many mothers wish to hold their babies as the cute, cuddly creatures they gave birth to. “You’ll always be my baby.” This Mother’s Day, I’m giving my Mommy that younger me with a heart of appreciation.

Tsukiji Fish Market

Climbing the stairs to exit the Higashi-ginza subway station, I was vaguely reminded of NY, emerging to the more pleasant scents of the surface, the smell of specialty food shops. But I was looking for a particular smell- of the ocean, as it climbed into the air from the scaled and shelled offerings of Tsukiji Fish…

Medium Raw: A Talk with Tony (Bourdain)

My dreams were made for living. I ‘ve sought the guidance of those that already enjoy the privilege of calling the life I desire to live their job.  I’ve found the easiest way to communicate my intentions with a conversation like the one below: “Know who Anthony Bourdain is? Ever heard of him?” “Yeah! The…

Slurping Noodles, Sipping Sake, and Seeing the Sights

I hope your Friday was good and your Sunday miraculous. I had the privilege of hosting my sister here in Japan last week. Having her here allowed me to appreciate my growth in knowledge of the Japanese language and culture compared to her blank slate. This is no mockery of her entertaining attempts to live…

Tight Spaces: More Observations of Japan

Fish grill This one drives me crazy but it’s pretty cool and convenient. It drives me crazy because all but one (the one I ended up in) of the houses and apartments I looked at didn’t have an oven. The only option available to the home cooks in Japan is the fish grill! I mean,…

Hold My Noodles: Never Give Up

I am sitting here trying to finish posting my second post about what’s so different about Japan, but I didn’t want to give it to you without the pictures and I’m having trouble uploading them. I did manage to get this one up. It’s a picture of my sister and I alongside some inspirational figures…

A Taste of Buds & Blossoms

It’s that time of year here in Japan! Blossoms are still blooming and the sun’s flirting more boldly everyday. Sakura festivals is where everybody’s headed. I missed the perfect picture yesterday: the sun trying to hide behind a screen of clouds yet still detectable from over the branches of the tree before the mound. But…