Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
The United Nations has named traditional Japanese cuisine — known as Washoku — an intangible cultural heritage. One of the oldest foods of Washoku is the soba noodle. But what most Americans call soba is a pale comparison to the actual cuisine. One woman in Southern California is trying to keep the true traditional noodle alive in America.
Here are five favorite specialty shops selling food and culinary goods imported from Spain, Japan, Russia, Germany and Italy. If you are curious to explore products from these countries or are nostalgic for the food and culture from any of these regions be sure to visit these shops. And, of course, there are so many more of these specialty stores in the Bay Area so please share your favorites.
You think clovers and hearts are impressive? Wait till you get a load of these Japanese latte drawings. A culture that values the beauty of the ephemeral has brought us a new level of art in foam.
Okonomiyaki is a dish that’s described many different ways: a savory pancake, Japanese pizza, or an Asian frittata.There may be tons of Japanese restaurants in the Bay Area, but I realized that most of them don’t serve okonomiyaki. So I was thankful to find these two restaurants that serve good renditions of the dish.
A favorite soup for everyone is ramen. Yummy broth, chewy noodles, and a medley of toppings. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Unfortunately traditional ramen is not vegan; the broth contains fish (bonito), pork, and sometimes chicken, and the noodles contain eggs. So the option of going to a Japanese restaurant is out. But no need to fret! You can make easy and delicious vegan ramen at home with just a few tweaks.
Here’s another great opportunity to try izakaya style cuisine paired and sake. The Japan Society of Northern California, in cooperation with Sozai Restaurant and Sake Lounge and True Sake, presents its next Japanese Language & Cultural Experience Workshop: Sake Appreciation.
On display through the wonderful internets are hundreds upon thousands of photographs of everyday lunches. No soggy PB&J’s here, though. One forum, the Mr. Bento Porn Flickr group, posts their collective creative efforts to make mid-day meals visually appealing, healthful, delicious and, yes, a little easier on the wallet. Their cousin site, Diet Bento, includes […]
Amy Kaneko is a Bay Area resident now, but she spent time living in Japan and earlier this year she published her first book, Let’s Cook Japanese Food! Her book details some of her favorite recipes for home-style Japanese cooking. How is Japanese home cooking different from what’s served in Japanese restaurants?Here we get a […]