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Dishin’: Sea-Tac Fly-By of Waji’s

Having recently returned to the States from Asia, I’m thinking about all the great noodles, dumplings, and sushi you can get at airports on the other side of the Pacific – not to mention the bento boxes the Japanese take on their trips. And I’m…
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Dishin’: Sushi Land Conveyance

On the topic of kaiten sushi (or kaiten-zushi), we go, well, round and round. Instant gratification in grabbing dishes upon seating, but hard to know how long they’ve sat on the conveyor belt. A festive feeling, but no natural interaction with the sushi chef. Unlimited…
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Long life (and longing for) noodles in Tokyo (and Seattle)

It’s New Year’s eve in Tokyo, and traditionally a time to eat noodles to ensure a long and healthy life. The noodle of choice would be toshikoshi (year-bridging) soba, but this year (I’ve spent six of the last seven New Year eves in Tokyo), I’ve…
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Only in Japan: Beans Are Cute (Mameshiba)

Staying on the subject of beans, and since I’ll be in Tokyo in just a few weeks, I wanted to share some cute (and yet strangely disturbing) bean-promoting ads from Japan. In each, a dog (shiba) bean (mame) magically appears, giving some factual trivia that’s…
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A Soy Sauce Surprise in Kentucky

Finally, one last note from last month’s trip to Kentucky. Just days before my travel, I read a New York Times article about a man making microbrewed soy sauce in Louisville. I did a double-take. Louisville? I had to visit. Matt Jamie is a chef…
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Bento Bound at Fuji Sushi

Ramen was what I really wanted, but it was sold out. More on that another time. Dejected, my dining companion and I left the restaurant, strolled out to the street, and ended up at another one: Fuji Sushi. She ordered the katsudon: deep-fried pork cutlet…
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Whining in West Orange

My niece’s bat mitzvah meant a family visit in the New York City area, with “family” and “area” being the operative words. I wasn’t in NYC, but in West Orange, NJ, and from a food perspective (and with family not always wanting to go far…
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Seattle Sound 4/08: Izakaya Invitational (Turning to Japanese)

Izakayas are the great new import from Japan, and they’re sprouting up around Seattle. So which is the best izakaya? Well, that depends on what your definition of “iz” is. Formed from i (to remain) and sakaya (sake shop), an izakaya is a drinking establishment…
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A Burger, Of Sorts, at Uwajimaya

Uwajimaya. This wonderful grocery store makes me think of sushi, noodles, Beard Papa…and burgers? Yes, burgers. As you hit the checkout lane, check out the snacks across from most of the registers. You just might find a box of Everyburger, made by a company called…
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Best of Seattle: Top 5 Asian Restaurants

What a great city for Asian food! From super sushi restaurants to fantastic pho joints, we’re never more than a stone’s throw away from great noodles, rice dishes and other treats from the east. Selecting the top five Asian restaurants is a big challenge, but…
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