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sushi platter - raw

Year of the Dog

Happy Lunar New Year! That would be the good one. Today kicks off the Year of the Dog (狗), or more specifically, the Year of the Earth Dog. The current Year of the Dog is supposed to be a generally good year, but requiring some hard work, perseverance, and fiscal responsibility. I think things will […]

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Traditional breakfast

Miso Hungry

I can tell that I’m getting old because apart from constantly suppressing the urge to yell “get off my lawn, you kids!”, my taste in movies has started trending into documentaries. I already scribbled about Jodorowsky’s Dune, but a recent one combined documentary with food interest, Tim Delmastro’s travelogue and dieting experiment Miso Hungry. Me, […]

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Hot pot condiment - egg, shacha barbecue sauce, shoyu, chili paste and sesame oil


The Big Croissant is currently steam-baking in a very sticky heatwave presently, with temperatures yesterday getting to 31ºC and a humidex rating of 40ºC. For those of you still in the old Fahrenheit scheme of things, that would be 88ºC and humidity pushing things to feel like 104ºC. Irrespective of how one measures it, it’s […]

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Docomodake DS

Wireless providers

Wireless providers. You know – they’re the service providers that North Americans love to hate because they’re 1) incompatible with the rest of the world, 2) charge exorbitant fees for very little compared to the ROW, and 3) their service coverage often vacillates between poor and miserable. There’s a reason why Big Red south of […]

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American Thanksgiving again

It’s American Thanksgiving again! As I’ve said before, this apparently the most important holiday south of the 49th. Honestly I would have guessed Xmas (aka the holiday that got moved to December because early Christians needed something that would replace the gambling, rampant overeating and drunkenness that was the Roman holiday of Saturnalia), but I’d […]

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A close-up of the linguini version of Spaghetti Naporitan


What do you do when you’re left with a bunch of wiener middles after spending some quality time practicing knife skills and producing wiener octopus and wiener crab all with the correct number of evenly-proportioned appendages? I guess you could go and eat them on a bun like a typical hot dog, but I’ve already […]

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Close-up of the toriwasa


to·ri·wa·sa とりわさ n. chicken which is lightly seared on the outside while the inside remains raw   You read that right: toriwasa is the word for the feared-by-Westerners dish of tataki (たたき) style raw/rare chicken. Quaking yet? You’re not necessarily the only one as there is a debate going on in one of the Chowhound […]

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Red weenies

I think it’s pretty evident to everyone and their dog that I watch an inordinate amount of food programming, as in I watch almost nothing except food programming. That’s not entirely true: I do also watch select cartoons, CSI (the good one set in Vegas), the odd movie, and Jdoramas, or Japanese drama series. Don’t […]

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Make whatever you want

“Make whatever you want.” It’s one of those Kobayashi Maru scenarios that a lot of chefs and cooks face when thinking about making a meal, doing event planning or planning dinner party menus. On the honorable side and with polite, civilized avant-garde diners, make whatever you want can transcend to omakase (お任せ), which translates into […]

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Tampopo - Gun gives his opinion on the noodles

Quest for noodles

Want to hear something that will give you the willies? “Eric has ordered special pies.” Okay, so special pie willies aside, this is all about the noodle. I really like noodles. I’m not talking pasta – that’s entirely different and since the demise of Pranzo’s it’s often a take it or leave it proposition for […]

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