The One about Making Jerky

Growing up, I loved beef jerky. May it be the ground beef variety ala Slim Jim or the harder version that you would find at your local supermarket. I recently purchased a Gourmia GFD1650 Premium Countertop Food Dehydrator to dehydrate my vegetables and fruits.  My experience with this machine, I will discuss in another blog post, but for now, let’s focus on the jerky! For those who are not familiar […]

The One about making fish en papillote and shrimp and scallops with beurre rouge

The sadness I feel today after my NFL team lost in the playoffs. But instead of being bummed and frustrated all day, I channeled those raw emotions to  making a wonderful dinner for myself and Angela. With the ingredients that I had, I decided to make Fish en papillote and shrimp and scallops with Beurre Rouge. Fish en Papillote The following ingredients will feed 2-4 people.  Please note that if […]

The One about Pancontomate Pasta House in Shimokitazawa

In several cities in Tokyo, one can find a Pancontomate Pasta House restaurant. A chain of Italian-inspired restaurants which opened in Japan back in 1981 and known for their 2.5mm noodles.  But the name “Pan Con Tomate” is actually a simple Spanish snack which is a Spanish-style toast with olive oil, garlic on bread with ripe grated tomatoes and a sprinkle of sea salt. Popular for their Italian dishes, one […]

The One about the Convenience Store Crepes vs. the Real Thing

Tokyo is known for its plethora of crepe restaurants. Find them all over Harajuku, find them at an indoor shopping center, crepes and even more crepes attract many people, young and old, local or out of the country, people want their fill of crepes in Japan. And thanks to the many offerings, these crepe shops manage to attract customers daily. And as Y500-Y600 for a crepe is common place in […]

The One about the Tamagoyaki in Tsukiji

Tsukiji fish market may be known for its fresh fish and its many sushi restaurants, but the location is also well known for its tamagoyaki. Think of tamagoyaki as a Japanese omelette with its egg rolled together to make up several layers of a cooked egg in a special pan known as a makiyakinabe. With a sweet consistency, the egg is mixed with sugar or soy sauce and sometimes other […]

The One about Curry House – Japanese Curry and Spaghetti

Way back in 1913, Urakami Shoten was created and until 1926, they started selling Japanese-style curry. Now, known as House Shokuhin Kabushiki-gaisha (House Foods Corporation), the company has become one of Japan’s largest food manufacturers and brands making many types of curry, snacks and the popular ramune. In America, most people know House Foods via tofu products sold in the United States but in California, many are familiar with their […]

The One about Napoli’s Pizza & Caffe in Shibuya

Napoli’s Pizza and Cafe is among one of the Neapolitan-style pizzerias in Tokyo. As part of the big Napoli chain throughout Tokyo and has a few branches outside of the country, including Hong Kong, Bali and Vietnam, Napoli’s is great for those who want to eat on a budget and one to quickly eat for the price of Y300-900 yen. But the Napoli’s Pizza and Cafe that I visited was […]

The One about Revisiting Porto’s Bakery and Cafe in Burbank

Last week, I wrote about Porto’s Bakery and Cafe. But I figured that people want a more thorough review considering that the Burbank location was rated at #1 for Yelp’s list of highest-rated restaurants in the U.S. As I was in Southern California for several days for a viewing and family funeral, we needed to grab something to eat for dinner, so it gave me the opportunity to go to […]