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Did Someone Say Sushi Party?


Once a week, my husband and I pay a visit to our favorite sushi restaurant and order the sashimi platter. It comes with a generous assortment of thickly sliced fish that literally melts in my mouth with a rich buttery flavor. I justify the indulgence by knowing that I am getting loads of […]

Bento Box Lunches: Fit Fare on the Go


Good things come in small packages.  In Japan, mothers treat the practice of packing a daily lunch as an opportunity to present edible gifts in small packages to their children.   These lunches are known as “Bento or Bento Boxes.”
In the United States, many of us think of Bento Boxes as a divided lacquer dinner tray […]

Soba Noodles: Japanese Comfort Food


Soba noodles are a traditional Japanese staple made from buckwheat. Soba is a comfort food to the Japanese, which they hold very dear. On a recent episode of the show No Reservations on the Travel Channel, the host Anthony Bourdain asked a group of Japanese people, �If it was your last day on […]

Buckwheat Noodles in Miso Broth


Buckwheat is a healthy alternative to white flour noodles, although most brands are made from a combination of buckwheat and wheat flours, so check your labels. Any combination of vegetables may be used here, but the earthy taste of shitake mushrooms compliments the fresh peas and the nori quite nicely. Any of the Japanese ingredients […]

Exploring Wasasbi


Wasabi. Did you just get a flash of a bad memory where someone tricked you into trying it and ignited your sinuses, ensuring that you wouldn�t willingly try it again? Did you just think “wa-what?” Or do your ears perk up, as mine do, at the mention of anything new/unusual and hot? […]

Review - Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat


Japanese Women Don�t Get Old or Fat: Secrets of My Mother�s Tokyo Kitchen by Naomi Moriyama and William Doyle

There�s an old phrase about the grass being greener on the other side of the fence. For the first time ever, North Americans are applying that philosophy to eating and dieting. After all, we figure, how can […]