Chez Panisse

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Chez Panisse is a Berkeley, California restaurant known for using local, organic foods and credited as the inspiration for the style of cooking known as California cuisine. Well-known restauranteur, author, and food activist Alice Waters co-founded Chez Panisse in 1971. From the beginning, Waters advocated a style of cooking that uses the freshest, most delicious local food available, often prepared and presented simply and/or traditionally. The restaurant prides itself on relationships with producers, and buys through its established network of local farmers, ranchers, and dairies. [wiki]

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Japan: Instant Ramen Museum

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Instant Noodles are a hungry man’s best friend, and actually a large part of my childhood.  So while I was passing through Japan, I paid homage to the man who invented it — Momofuku Ando and his Instant Ramen museum located in Osaka (and also Yokohama, which is closer to Tokyo!).

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Sleeping in Japan (Part 2): Manga Cafe

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Manga Cafe also known as mangakissa in Japanese is a kind of café in Japan where people read manga (comic books).  Patrons pay for their time in the café where they can read in a comfortable setting.  Most offer internet access and drinks.  For an hour’s stay, the cost is generally about 400 yen (~$4.5).  Longer stays are often cheaper, and so staying overnight is actually affordable.  With Peter’s help, I stayed overnight at a Manboo, a manga cafe located in Shibuya for only $22.  Below are photos of my adventure…

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Japan: Haru’s cooking class

Haru’s Cooking Class

One of my most memorable times in Kyoto was Haru’s cooking class.  I learned how to make Dashi (soup stock), Aemono & Kinpira (vegetarian dishes), Tamago (omelet), Kobe beef & Miso soup!  The recipes were simple, but got me started in Japanese cooking.  Taro (the teacher) holds the cooking classes in his home alongside his wife and daughter Haru.

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A look back at 2012!

2012 has come and will be soon gone!  Each year I try to do something new…and for this past year I dedicated it to expand my boundaries and to be more adventurous.  As I look back at this year, I can see God had blessed me with so many new friends and experiences!

Below, I present some highlights of 2012 (also see 20112010)!

February

  • Italian cooking class – Four classes covering different  regional cuisines. I’m preparing Italian lamb fennel!

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Napa: Winter 2012

It’s always fun to make a trip to Yountville for wine and food!  This time, I revisited Bouchon Bakery, tried a new restaurant Reddwood, and more wine tasting!

Bouchon Bakery:Bouchon Bakery is well known for their macarons — and occasionally they have special seasonal flavors.

Napa: Bouchon Bakery

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