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]
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!).
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…
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.
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!
- Italian cooking class – Four classes covering different regional cuisines. I’m preparing Italian lamb fennel!
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.