Kobe Beef in Kobe & Takoyaki in Osaka

I’m a pescatarian, and when we first had children it was important to me that they be raised vegetarian and they could choose for themselves whether to have meat or not, once they understood what it was. My Better Half, however, is emphatically not a vegetarian. Whenever I’m out of town, he’ll go on ‘meat…

Sake Brewing in Osaka

Since I was pregnant most of our first year in Japan, once our second year began (I mean, obviously once our daughter was born) I was most excited about learning to love sake! To get ready for that momentous occasion, we stopped into a sake museum/brewery in the Osaka area and learned how it was…

Picking Fruit & Vegetables in Japan!

One of the most surprising things to me about living in Japan is how much seasonal foods & flowers impact daily life here. We’ve attended countless festivals celebrating the turn of the seasons, and one of my favorite apps is one called 72 Seasons, which outlines the changing of Japan’s seasons based on the ancient…

Making Umeshu

In mid-June, we took part in one of my favorite Japanese traditions: making something to eat and drink. Japan is hugely focused on seasonal foods and treats, and umeshu (plum wine) is one of them. By June, all the ingredients to make your own plum wine at home were front and center in Japanese groceries.ย I…

Cooking with the Japanese!

One of the activities I’ve enjoyed the most in Japan has been the monthly cooking club – which, if you know how much I love cooking, ought to be an enormous surprise. Each month, the American and Japanese spouses get together to cook a traditional meal from one culture or the other. My first cooking…

Yakiniku in Shinjuku

Before we hit up Robot Restaurant, our Valentine’s Day quadruple-date gang headed through Shinjuku in search of dinner. We’d heard the food at Robot Restaurant was nothing to write home about, so instead, we settled down the street at one of the many Yakiniku restaurants lining the road. Yakiniku essentially means grilled meat, and mainly…

Our Son Eats Sushi

Kind of. He loves using chopsticks, he loves the sticky rice, he’s… warming up to eating raw fish. For a kid who downed a plate of kimchi alone, and is typically a “good eater” I was actually very surprised he is so far skipping the raw fish. But he knows what he likes, and we…

Food Adventures in Japan

Of all the incredible things we knew our family would experience in Japan, my better half was most excited about all the wild and crazy foods we’d get to try. Sushi galore! Noodles! Things we couldn’t pronounce and couldn’t even guess! During our visit to Kamakura, we had our first food adventure. Searching for a…

End of Summer Easy Peach Crisp

Fruit crisps are one of my all-time favorite desserts to make. Easy, healthy and delicious, they are incredibly simple to make, which is hugely important to a cook like me. The only ingredients are fruit, granola, cinnamon & nutmeg, honey, and butter, so it’s insanely healthy for a dessert and a great option for paleo…