Learnings from making lunches

This past winter, I made an effort to make and bring lunches to work because I was tracking my macros and wanted to eat healthier and eat less restaurant food, which I was often opting for lunch and dinner (and occasionally store-bought breakfast). Living in Tokyo with almost unavoidable convenience to dine out in high quality at…

Smoked Salmon and NY Bagel from Allium, Chicago

There’s just something about smoked salmon and bagels – it’s such a great combination, I cannot get over it. My mother claims that my siblings and I started having a liking for smoked salmon during summer 1998, when we had a family Euro trip. To think back, I was only 8 years of old – what…

Homemade Pacific Simmered Suary/Sanma

One of my favorite fish is sanma also known as saury in English. It is a fish popular in late summer and autumn in Japan, and it is probably my favorite because you can eat it raw as sashimi, salted and grilled (I think my favorite!), and simmered. This fish if similar to mackerel and has plenty…

Summer katsuo at home

Raw katsuo or bonito is often times eaten early and late summer seasons (May-June & Sept-Oct) when it reaches its prime time in Japan. There are many ways to enjoy katsuo, and my favorite is not sashimi but in ‘tataki’ form. Tataki is a method of preparation, in which fish or meat is slightly put…

Homemade mixed season salad

I know eating seasonal vegetables is the best, and I know staying away from canned food is important. Take in my excuse for not having fresh beets in Japan, so when I saw canned beets, I took it right away. And I had been saving to open this can… It’s the middle of summer now….

Sashimi variety, and Happy 2015!

Happy New Year! 2015 is here and I hope everyone had a good new year break (that is if you had one). I had a rather relaxing break and spent quality time with family escaping from the busy city, breathing fresh air abundant of natural greens, chasing my cousin’s tireless dog, singing aloud and jumping…

Cod dinner party

In continuation from my last post on shrimp caviar crostini, I will introduce other dishes we had that night. We had two types of salads. First one is spinach walnut and beet salad. This was so good and well balanced. Good vitamin from baby spinach and tomatoes, it also had yellow bell peppers. Beats were…

Peppered saury and colorful vegetables

I wanted to introduce some Asian-ness today, though this recipe could also be interpreted western. I define this as Asian because I have actually never eaten the fish saury outside of Japan (saury is sanma in Japanese). Sanma is SO GOOD from September to October, and I love it grilled with salt – it is…

En boca, Tokyo

This was a good find. My sister first took me here for my birthday this year, and my mom also had always wanted to go, so we took ourselves to En boca again for a casual family dinner. My original request/theme for my birthday dinner with my sister was vegetables, and she found this place…

Amalia’s dinner: Coconut shrimp skewers and panna cotta

A full course dinner was also something I got to experience from Amalia. Though it was supposed to be a simple dinner, a full course was prepared! I have two photos from this dinner. Main was shrimp skewers in coconut flavoring with a side of crunchy salad. The skewers also had pineapple in between them,…

Beer infused shrimp appetizer

This is a great fun appetizer that a bold chef brought to the table. It had taste, texture, smell, color, and all the pleasing elements of hors d’oeuvre. Shrimp was quickly cooked with butter and beer, flavored with some salt and pepper. Other ingredients here are coriander, chopped yellow bell pepper, and everything on a…

Southern in Seattle – Pan Fried Rockfish Fillet at Skillet, Seattle

Is Southern food the trend these days? I have been away from the U.S. for a bit too long to notice these trends but I feel that I have come across several southern cuisine related articles, tv shows, restaurants. Honestly, I was not exposed to southern cuisine until college years, which started in 2008. Anyway,…