After several nights of drinking and debauchery, Lauren suggested a slight change of pace for an evening excursion. There was this new Japanese BBQ place out in the Inner Richmond which she’d been to once and claimed that “it was to die for”. To me, “Japanese BBQ” typically means yakitori and a few similar items. [...]
Last night Lauren and I went to M.Y. China SF (not to be confused with My China SF) in the Westfield Center. I don’t go to Westfield (aka “The Powell St Mall”) that much, but I had seen it in construction just before opening. We had a free evening so Lauren suggested we go to [...]
Bibimbap is a rice based Korean dish. It’s served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with pickled or seasoned vegetables and marinated meat with chili pepper paste. All of this is topped with an over easy egg. The dish can be served either hot or cold. The hot version, dolsot bibimbap is usually [...]
Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish made with eggs, cheese (usually Parmesan), peas, pancetta, and black pepper. This dish can be made with almost any type of pasta you want, some of the more popular ones include spaghetti, linguini, or gnocchi. It’s heavy, creamy and rich. Perfect as the weather starts to get cold and [...]
Ratatouille is a traditional french vegetable dish originating from Nice, France. While usually a side dish, it can be served as a main meal along with pasta, bread, or as a filling for crepes. There are many, many different versions of ratatouille, and several countries have their own version.
As part of my ongoing summer cooking series, here are a few summer drinks to enjoy with your friends! These are Spanish inspired drinks that go great with Tapas, and fresh seafood.
Since it is now summer and heating up, I have decided to do a series of posts featuring recipes to help beat the heat! Soba is Japanese noodles made from buckwheat flour. They can be served chilled with a dipping sauce, or in a hot broth as a noodle soup.
I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, regardless of what you’re doing. I’m sure most of you are out with friends and family – which you hopefully enjoy! I’m plunking about at home, relaxing, and enjoying a few days off. My vote is for teriyaki chicken and cupcakes over turkey and stuffing… but [...]
Akira Bistro 499 San Ramon Valley Blvd Danville, CA 94526 925-552-5888 A few weeks ago I was in downtown Danville and noticed that a new Japanese restaurant was setting up. I find it slightly amusing since they are literally across the street from two other Japanese restaurants. Danville isn’t exactly big, but does it ever [...]
A few weeks ago I was on a bit of a drive when I found myself stopped at gas station for fuel. I was a bit hungry so I thought a PowerBar would be a fairly healthy option, if not terribly tasty. After all, everyone knows about the PowerBar reputation, you know the rep I’m [...]