Eating This – Outtakes From Nobu Palo Alto

These days I hardly write about food anymore because it’s too difficult to go to fine dining restaurants with young kids. Here’s a throwback to one of my last articles for Metroactive where I reviewed Nobu Palo Alto. Only one picture is used for the article so here are the other dishes I ate that […]

JPOP SUMMIT 2016 – Interview with Chef Tasuo Saito and Yu Hayami of Dining with the Chef

During the JPop Summit 2016, I had the pleasure of interviewing Chef Tasuo Saito of Japanese NHK Broadcasting’s popular show, Dining with the Chef. The program is in its 5th year. Chef Saito’s beautiful cohost, Yu Hayami, is a singer/actress and started participating in the show 3 years ago. The goal of the show is to […]

J Pop Summit 2016 – San Francisco

Every year, fans of Japanese culture are delighted by the JPOP Summit, which is a festival of all things Japanese. Events can last all week (film screenings) but the bulk of activities is on one weekend. Last month, I attended one day of the event to sample the foods offered there. The tasting started with […]

Kula Revolving Sushi Bar – Cupertino

Poke box with rice, imitation crab, mayo, slices of assorted sashimi, and tobiko Getting in line for food seems to be a regular occurrence for me lately with my assignments to review GEN BBQ, Din Tai Fung, and The ByWater. Sometimes I do it of my own choosing though, like last week when I waited […]

Taste of Japan – Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel – Menlo Park

Taste of Japan is an international program developed and supported by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan. Last week, the local committee for Taste of Japan held the Honorary Awards 2015 for Silicon Valley, honoring a local chef whose commitment and demonstration of the use of Japanese ingredients bring international awareness to the […]

Winter Fancy Food Show 2016 – San Francisco

The Fancy Food Show put on by the Specialty Food Association is a trade event that happens twice a year, once in summer and again in winter. It’s a place to showcase new items and for vendors and merchants to connect. For media, such as myself, it’s a great place to get exposed to up […]

Wakuriya – 2015 One Michelin Star Kaiseki Restaurant

  Wakuriya is a One Michelin Star restaurant in San Mateo serving a Japanese kaiseki menu which is a multi-course meal of small plates. The restaurant only seats 18 people at max  (I think) and even then they stagger the serving times so that diners come in two waves. The reservation process is strict. You call at […]

Gaku Yakitori – Santa Clara

Today marks the first official day of the rest of my life. For the last 3 years and 6 months, I have worked full time and taken classes in the evenings for my MBA degree. Today I experience freedom again. Lucky for readers of the blog it also means you will see more of my […]

Kobe Restaurant – Santa Clara

Hey all, Phil here.  I was going to blog about something else, but couldn’t find the pics, therefore I’m deciding to blog about a local Japanese restaurant in the Santa Clara area.  Long story short, one weeknight day, Ngoc and I came home, both exhausted and there was nothing to eat for dinner.  We decided […]

Japanese Chicken Curry

Before I married into my in-law’s family, I never used to like curry. Didn’t hate it, didn’t love it. Now I’m growing to really like it. My MIL makes a really good chicken curry (not spicy) and my aunt in law makes a really good oxtail (sometimes lamb) curry that has a spicy kick. Both […]