Aya’s Kitchen: Meatless Mapo Tofu

My boyfriend and I try to reduce the amount of meat we eat at home, so I have been playing around with vegetarian recipes (or I guess pescatarian to be precise). I find… Continue reading

Aya’s Kitchen: Japanese Shrimp Ceviche

Shrimp, deveined, peeled and halved vertically, 1 lb Red onion, small dice, 1 each Japanese or European cucumber, small dice, 1 each Tomato, small dice, 1 each Salt to taste Rehydrated seaweed, 1… Continue reading

Travel Series, Ishikawa, Japan, Araya Ryokan

This was my first time in Ishikawa Prefecture (coast of Sea of Japan) and I was excited about trying the food because a lot of people rave about the seafood there. I love… Continue reading

Travel Series: Fukui, Japan, Takamura Cutlery and a neighborhood restaurant

Last year I had the opportunity to visit Takamura Cutlery in Echizen City of Fukui Prefecture during my trip back to Japan. The company I work for started carrying Takamura knives for MTC… Continue reading

Aya’s Kitchen: Japanese Style Mapo Tofu

The best mapo tofu I’ve had was probably the one I had at a Sichuan restaurant in Shanghai. It was very different from any other mapo tofu I’ve had (and much spicier!), and… Continue reading

New York City Review: Sea Breeze Fish Market

Sea Breeze Fish Market Address: 541 9th Ave, New York, 10018 Tel:(212) 563-7537 I lived in Hell’s Kitchen for a few months and during that time, one of the very few things I… Continue reading

Visit to Sun Noodle Ramen Lab, Teterboro, NJ

I was lucky enough to visit the Sun Noodle factory in Teterboro, NJ, to get a crash course on ramen (Ramen Lab). After a quick tour of their facility, Chef Shige Nakamura set up a… Continue reading

Bouley Test Kitchen Class: Dashi, Vegetable Dashi and Soups with Chef Yamada

“In 1980, Shizuo Tsuji wrote: “Many substitutes for dashi are possible, but without dashi, dishes are merely à la japonaise and lack the authentic flavor.” Dashi is a class of soup and cooking… Continue reading

Aya’s Kitchen: Mushroom Risotto with Fava Beans

When I went to San Francisco and went grocery shopping with the friends I was staying with, I was so impressed with the freshness and variety of the produce available. Lemons smelled like… Continue reading

Travel Series: San Sebastian, Spain, Petritegi Sidreria

http://petritegi.com/ Address: Petritegi Bidea, 20115 Astigarraga, Gipuzkoa, Spain Phone:+34 943 45 71 88 During my three weeks in Spain, San Sebastian was the region I enjoyed the most. And during my time in San… Continue reading