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My Cha-kaiseki Experience: A Klutz at Kaiseki

Cha-kaiseki made me realize that I’m not Japanese. Of course, I already knew that, but many of my friends have joked that I must be Japanese, as there’s so much I appreciate about the cuisine and the culture. Or so I thought, until I encountered…
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Bowled Over by Ramen

You don't have to go to Japan to get a good bowl of ramen. Reporting for Northwest Palate magazine, here are some I sampled in the Pacific Northwest.
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A Slimy Meal at Maneki with Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern

So far this week, there have been Andrew Zimmern sightings at The Walrus and the Carpenter, Fu Lin (not a place I’d recommend for ramen), and Marination Mobile, a few of the places he’s visiting while shooting a Seattle-area episode of Bizarre Foods. Perhaps most…
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My First Report on “Japan: Flavors of Culture” Hits Serious Eats

Last weekend I had the privilege of attending the 13th Annual Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival at the Culinary Institute of America’s Napa Valley Campus. For only the second time in its history, the conference focused on the cuisine of a single country:…
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Bento and sushi blow me away at Naoe

I feel fortunate to meet so many fantastic chefs and to experience their fabulous cooking. To date, I don’t tire of the numerous opportunities to dine out, as going to a new restaurant is still an exciting adventure. I wonder: Will it be one to…
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