sledding in Riverside Park

Blizzard in the City

Finally, a snow day in NYC! The Nemo storm brought a snowy morning to our neighborhood last Saturday, and we forced ourselves out of bed early to catch it while it was white. Our winter is now complete…

sledding in Riverside Park

Blizzard in the City

Finally, a snow day in NYC! The Nemo storm brought a snowy morning to our neighborhood last Saturday, and we forced ourselves out of bed early to catch it while it was white. Our winter is now complete…

Valentine's in Tokyo, from NPR

Be My Valentine, Japan

This Valentine’s day also marks my 6 monthiversary in New York City. And although my life here overflows with goodness, I miss Japan often and deeply. As when any long relationship meets its end, the last half year has brought

Valentine's in Tokyo, from NPR

Be My Valentine, Japan

This Valentine’s day also marks my 6 monthiversary in New York City. And although my life here overflows with goodness, I miss Japan often and deeply. As when any long relationship meets its end, the last half year has brought

roads of Scigliano, Calabria

Road Trip, Southern Italian Style

Plans for summer are heating up. Only a few months after landing in New York, we are already scheming to spend the summer elsewhere. The where? Italy, Bosnia, Tunisia and many places in between. Grants are in progress, leases are

roads of Scigliano, Calabria

Road Trip, Southern Italian Style

Plans for summer are heating up. Only a few months after landing in New York, we are already scheming to spend the summer elsewhere. The where? Italy, Bosnia, Tunisia and many places in between. Grants are in progress, leases are

Deli Ramen at Dassara

New York Noodles: Finding Ramen Close to Home

Followers of this blog may recall that I am somewhat of a ramen otaku, that is, a geek for Japanese noodle soup. After a visit from my pal, ramen chef Keizo Shimamoto, I got inspired to scout out the best

Deli Ramen at Dassara

New York Noodles: Finding Ramen Close to Home

Followers of this blog may recall that I am somewhat of a ramen otaku, that is, a geek for Japanese noodle soup. After a visit from my pal, ramen chef Keizo Shimamoto, I got inspired to scout out the best

Mt Moiwa, Sapporo

Introducing…

…me! Check out my new website for all my latest projects and clips.

Mt Moiwa, Sapporo

Introducing…

…me! Check out my new website for all my latest projects and clips.

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(Where to eat/drink/sleep/play in) The World’s Greatest Metropolis

Regular readers of this blog will already know of my passionate and undying love for Tokyo. Now, enjoy the best of Tokyo dining, drinking and sightseeing, recommended by yours truly.

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(Where to eat/drink/sleep/play in) The World’s Greatest Metropolis

Regular readers of this blog will already know of my passionate and undying love for Tokyo. Now, enjoy the best of Tokyo dining, drinking and sightseeing, recommended by yours truly.

izakaya chef

Tokyo’s Best Izakaya

Have recently started writing for Fodor’s Travel Guides. Check out my post about Tokyo izakaya, here.

izakaya chef

Tokyo’s Best Izakaya

Have recently started writing for Fodor’s Travel Guides. Check out my post about Tokyo izakaya, here.

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Gonzo Inspiration

Here is one of the world’s most obvious statements: looking for a job is a drag. One could argue that it’s exciting. That the world is your oyster. That you’re on to bigger and better things. But the act, the

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Gonzo Inspiration

Here is one of the world’s most obvious statements: looking for a job is a drag. One could argue that it’s exciting. That the world is your oyster. That you’re on to bigger and better things. But the act, the

Sunday's lunch

ariawase: something from nothing

The Japanese term “ariawase” means to throw together whatever is on hand, and it is more common than you’d think in a country of carefully considered cuisine.  Japanese meals traditionally consist of many small dishes – elegantly presented portions of

Sunday's lunch

ariawase: something from nothing

The Japanese term “ariawase” means to throw together whatever is on hand, and it is more common than you’d think in a country of carefully considered cuisine.  Japanese meals traditionally consist of many small dishes – elegantly presented portions of

Sounds of the Kitchen in The New York Times

Sounds of the Kitchen

Introducing, my fabulous friend Cath Spangler. Check out this article and her multimedia feature on the importance of tunes in some of New York’s most celebrated kitchens…

Sounds of the Kitchen in The New York Times

Sounds of the Kitchen

Introducing, my fabulous friend Cath Spangler. Check out this article and her multimedia feature on the importance of tunes in some of New York’s most celebrated kitchens…

inside of Fukuraya

Fukuraya: the best buns, Sapporo and beyond

I am almost ashamed to admit that, two months after our trip to Taiwan, this post about dumplings refers to our neighborhood joint in Sapporo. But let that serve as testament to the fact that these little bundles are really,

inside of Fukuraya

Fukuraya: the best buns, Sapporo and beyond

I am almost ashamed to admit that, two months after our trip to Taiwan, this post about dumplings refers to our neighborhood joint in Sapporo. But let that serve as testament to the fact that these little bundles are really,

view of Mt. Yotei while skiing, Rusutsu

Crab + Visitors

What kind of person eats king crab four times in four weeks? I do, apparently. Please excuse my absence here. February was full of crab and visitors: at a swanky Sapporo restaurant with friends from Hong Kong; at the market

view of Mt. Yotei while skiing, Rusutsu

Crab + Visitors

What kind of person eats king crab four times in four weeks? I do, apparently. Please excuse my absence here. February was full of crab and visitors: at a swanky Sapporo restaurant with friends from Hong Kong; at the market