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…

Just Swallow!

I’ve been in Japan for quite a while now. One thing I don’t believe I’ve yet experienced to the fullest is sushi; but that will soon change with my upcoming Tokyo food tour. In the meantime, the Liberty Center on the Navy base offered a demo called Sushi 101. Sailors were given the opportunity to practice sushi making….

Shogatsu: My New New Year

    I missed it! Well sort of. I left you a message on Christmas Eve. If you haven’t seen it I should remind you that 2016 was a busy year in which some terrific and some terrible things occurred. This year proves to be just as busy so far. Between some activities at work and…

#YokoChopped: Cutting It Close

I guess the loss may have troubled me more than it initially did. A couple of hours later and I was feeling a bit uneasy. I was hungry, tired, and I think a bit frustrated. I don’t think I was as upset with myself as I was confused, trying to figure out why this trait…

#YokoChopped: Making the Cut

    I’ve sat in front the TV many evenings. The cleaver comes flying down in the midst of the letters C-H-O-P-P-E-D to the suspenseful, gameshow-like music. The competitors are introduced and welcomed, and the somewhere-between-cavalier-and-prestigious voice of Ted Allen makes clear the rules: “Welcome, chefs! Here are the rules: There are three rounds- mandatory ingredients for each course….

Would You Make It On Chopped? Round 2

You know the rules! 4 cooks, 3 rounds, and 4 ingredients per round, but only one winner. Below are the required mystery ingredients from the second day of competition and the allowed times. What masterpiece would you prepare? Would you triumph or would you be CHOPPED? To submit your dish, click the REPLY button up top. APPETIZER…

Would You Make it on Chopped?: Day 1

4 cooks, 3 rounds, and 4 ingredients per round, but only one winner. Below are the required mystery ingredients from the first day of completion and the allowed times. What masterpiece would you prepare? Would you triumph or would you be CHOPPED?

Brooklyn #JapanBut1st

 My time in Manhattan was short-lived, …considering that my aunt whose baked goods I love, especially the coconut tarts, and her family were out of state! But I was on the road again! Unfortunately, by the time I got moving, it felt like I was on the road to the next borough for just as…

Morimoto #JapanBut1st

Boston was cool I had been waiting for this day for some time. Boston was cool, sometimes too cool, like back-aching-shoveling-feet-deep-blizzard cool. I was ready to see my family. And gastronomically speaking, (it may have been my fault) but I was getting bored, ready for something more. I imagine there was much more I hadn’t…

Neptune: More than the Chicken of the Sea

Here I am in Boston. On my way into the city, I knew I’d be here for a while. Before I hit the tarmac on the runways of Boston Logan International Airport, I was determined to find out what grounds I must cover, culinary and otherwise. Besides chowda, I knew I couldn’t leave the New…