Category Archives: Food, Wine & Restaurants

Afternoon Interlude at Alain Ducasse Beige, Tokyo

Beige, the Alain Ducasse restaurant in the top floor of the Chanel building in Ginza is where I spent most of yesterday afternoon. I’ve never enjoyed a Michelin star restaurant before and prefer to supply a link the Beige website … Continue reading

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Happy New Year from Tokyo: Welcome 2018

Today I picked up my order of Osechi-ryori, boxes of celebratory New Year’s foods. These are freighted with auspicious symbolism and beautifully packaged inside boxes called jūbako. (Haruka Masumizu describes the individual meanings of each item in Savvy Tokyo, December … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Food & Love on Christmas Day

Christmas, in my view, is more intimate than other occasions on the calendar. At least it is in the Pacific Northwest where I have experienced the majority of my Christmas celebrations. Inside the home trees, lights, fires and candles glow. … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve in Yokohama and Tokyo

Last weekend I hopped the train to Yokohama—about an hour out of Tokyo—to join friends for the Christmas Market in a former warehouse district now  converted to event and boutique space. On Christmas Eve Sunday I’d been invited back for … Continue reading

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Noshing and Nosing in My Tokyo Neighborhood

It is the most unnatural thing in the world for me to point a phone at something and take a photo. I wasn’t much better when carrying my Canon Elph. So often when sifting through the digital files for an … Continue reading

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The Birth of Saké Is Now on Netflix

I’m glad to have enjoyed a both the Yoshida brand wines and a glimpse into the world of traditionally brewed saké. Continue reading

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Champagne Boutique YUHI, Kyoto

I’ve stumbled into Champagne Boutique YUJI. This is what would be called dai kichi luck—the pinnacle of good fortune. Continue reading

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Tedorigawa Yoshida: The Birth of Saké

I am content (and honoured) to have the good fortune to taste a small but rich sampling of a venerable, centuries-old tradition. Continue reading

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Post Card 5: Sunset at Chirihama Beach

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Post Card 3: Night View of Kanazawa

How ironic, the only female party of one in the room, I’ve ordered the “lovers” set. Two glasses of champagne with the Chef’s selection of hors d’oeuvres. Continue reading

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